Fans of Vanillaware -- developers of the cult hit Odin Sphere -- were disheartened to learn that XSeed would no longer be bringing its next game, Muramasa: The Demon Blade for Wii, to North America. Thankfully, Ignition Entertainment was on hand to save the day. Ignition has picked up the exclusive North American publishing rights to the game. In a recent press release, Ignition's business development director ShaneBettenhausen said:
I contacted Bettenhausen for more information on the matter, but he declined my request (probably because he was attending to his tremendously hideous cat, Asuka). Seriously though, this is great news for Vanillaware fans. Numerous critics have said that Muramasa will be the best-looking game for Wii in 2009. Combine that with the gameplay Vanillaware is known for and the game has a chance for modest success.
Then again, MadWorld was an absolute flop for Wii. While Muramasa won't be hampered by an M-rating, it doesn't have the benefit of being backed by a large publisher like Sega. A new franchise for Wii from a small third-party publisher? I dunno...I'd love for Muramasa to sell well, but I wouldn't bet on it.
What do you think America (and other countries)? Are you interested in Muramasa? Do you think it will sell in North America? Leave a comment and let me know (please)!