In a recent interview with Nintenderos, Vanillaware President George Kamitani admitted that he would like to bring Wii Metroidvania Muramasa: The Demon Blade to modern consoles one day. However, there is something blocking it.
Vanillaware has been playing a bit with Switchport lately. In 2022, the critically acclaimed sci-fi adventure game 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim gets a near-perfect port on console, and a few months later the PS2 RTS GrimGrimoire gets an improved re-release called GrimGrimoire OnceMore. And while Kamitani wants the beautiful Edo Japan set Metroidvania to join these two titles (Odin Sphere and Dragon’s Crown both received ports from other consoles as well), it won’t be that easy.
Besides admitting it’s something he wants to do, Kamitani has been vague about the port’s potential. When Nintendos asked the artist and president about a potential port, this was his answer. (Editor’s Note: I’ve updated the quote below with the official translation from Nintendos. Thanks!):
“I think we will. I want to transplant too. MuramasaBut there’s an issue I won’t cover…
Our priority right now is to start doing the homework that has piled up on us. That means starting work on the game we were planning to make.”
Muramasa has already received an improved re-release. In 2013, Muramasa Rebirth was released on the PS Vita with a new localization and four additional DLC stories. but it only On the Vita, specially chosen because of the small handheld’s OLED screen. Well, we know of another console with an OLED screen. Oh no, 13 Sentinels: I see the Aegis Rim. unbelievable thereon.
Despite the ambiguity, it sounds like Vanillaware is pretty busy right now. And in the same interview, Kamitani teases a new game from the developer that he’s not personally working on, but teased in the prologue episode of 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. Kamitani is also working on her own project, but says it “won’t be finished for several years.”
You can read the full interview on Nintendos. In the meantime, if you need more vanillaware on your Switch, you can pick up GrimGrimoire OnceMore on April 4th (North America) or April 7th (Europe).
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