Generally favorable reviews - based on 58 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 58
  2. Negative: 1 out of 58
  1. 89
    As much a piece of art as it is a game, and it’s that true cohesive nature that will keep players pushing further and further along. The gameplay isn’t always the deepest experience in either the action or RPG genres – two buttons, blades, and a whole lot of killing –but the game’s inherent action mechanic is fun, fast, and addicting, and there always seems to be something new around the next corner; visually, gameplay, or otherwise.
  2. This 2D hack-and-slash adventure lacks depth, but the striking backgrounds make it easy to get sucked into its world.
  3. The best hack-n-slash side-scroller of the generation. Muramasa is a masterpiece from beginning to end.
  4. It's a surprisingly long game, since it offers two different storylines and endings with two different characters. There are also challenges scattered throughout, as well as an incredible amount of swords to forge or collect.
  5. Even in the face of some structural missteps, Muramasa is a visually stunning game that is entertaining in the heat of battle – though that heat eventually cools down due to short and shallow encounters. Without better pacing and a lot more depth, Muramasa isn’t fit to run with the top-tier action titles.
  6. 70
    Muramasa is frustrating because it's a game that should be great, but its compounded faults result in it merely being good. If you can overlook the repetitive combat and boring backtracking, then you'll get a kick out of slicing up ninjas and monsters for a few hours -- and you'll certainly like ogling one of the best looking titles on the Wii.
  7. Oboromuramasa is shallow, rather simple and relatively short-lived, but nonetheless wonderful in its way. As a piece of visual videogame art it's at the very peak of the medium's achievements, along with Okami and Odin Sphere, and it's crafted with such obvious, loving care and attention to detail that it's impossible not to like. If only its combat were as precise and considered as the faultless presentation, this might be an enduring love rather than a fleeting but indisputably beautiful affair. [JPN Import]
  8. 90
    My only qualm with the demon was that he never really veered us off the beaten path, for the most part we were always trying to get from point A to point B; I would've loved to take in the sights more.
  9. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a gaming experience that must be played regardless of your console preference.
  10. All together, if you own a Wii, you should definitely plan on picking up Muramasa: The Demon Blade. It's easily one of the best third party titles on the system, and it's certainly the best looking 2D game I've seen in quite some time.
  11. But perhaps its best unrecognized feature is that it actually got a hardcore “gamer” like me to stop playing my Xbox 360 and pick up the Wii for the first time in months, possibly years, not just because it was my assignment, but because I wanted to. And I’m not sure I can give better praise than that.
  12. 91
    Like the legendary sword the game's named after, Muramasa easily cuts through all the unnecessary fluff and gives you just what you want: tons and tons of flashy sword action.
  13. Even with all its flaws in terms of pace, exploration and level design, Muramasa remains a brilliant example of 2D action game. It's not just a nostalgic commemoration, but a good piece of classic gameplay brought up to date by a wonderfully crafted product.
  14. One for those who like their games tough, terrific to look at and ever-so-slightly traditional. [Winter 2009, p.74]
  15. Muramasa will stand out on Wii, shining as one more ray of inspiration to other developers who have passed on Wii for good.
  16. Action, exploration and Japanese tradition made art in your screen.
  17. 88
    Muramasa: The Demon Blade is another example of a developer that truly takes pride in what they do. The sheer visual enjoyment you can take away from this experience is endless, making this one of the best looking game this generation.
  18. Sure it has its problems, but it is a drop-dead gorgeous game and sometimes you're not looking for a rocket scientist; you're just looking for a good time.
  19. Is Muramasa a luscious concept art gallery rudely interrupted by swordplay, or just a ponderous Ninja Gaiden clone. Whatever the case, it doesn't wholly succeed. [July 2009, p.99]
  20. In an age where choice of avatar often means nothing more than trivial personalisation, it's great to see a game like Muramasa come along and use that choice to offer twice as much game. [Dec 2009, p.124]
  21. The art of fun is in a safe place thanks to games like Muramasa: The Demon Blade. It's a little piece of art that nobody should miss.
  22. Other than Princess Crown and Odin Sphere (which were equally superior in their time), Muramasa defies comparison. The art and animation throughout is so refined it almost seems unfair, the gameplay is intuitive and never grows old; the RPG elements are unique and superbly presented and the score is simply mesmerizing.
  23. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a great 2D action game. Unique and amazing Japanese style makes the game a truly beauty to play. Too much backtracking and a lack of variety in the gameplay are two unforgivable missteps. Luckily there are over one hundred swords to forge and two different stories to play.
  24. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is already destined to garner a cult following, and I feel it deserves better. This title should be embraced by all Wii owners, don't let this one pass you by.
  25. Overall, it's a very solid title. Flawed, certainly, but a lot of fun to play if you don't mind a little repetitive combat and a story that feels a bit slow.
  26. While it may not be the sharpest blade from the forge, Muramasa: The Demon Blade is still a finely crafted work of art.
  27. Muramasa is a good game with a few small flaws.
  28. Muramasa symbolize the rebirth of a genre, and defends the bideimensional culture with an intriguing gameplay.
  29. You've-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it graphics certainly don't hurt. [Oct 2009, p.88]
  30. A simple hack slash RPG with a lot of repetition. Still - the action is fairly addictive and the beautiful 2D art creates a charming atmosphere. [Dec 2009]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. RomanP
    Oct 30, 2009
    Best 2D hack and slash game in a decade. Beautiful graphics. This is the best game on the Wii.
  2. Feb 12, 2011
    Muramasa: The Demon Blade is an excellent wii game that will captivate. The graphics of course are the best part, with everything beingMuramasa: The Demon Blade is an excellent wii game that will captivate. The graphics of course are the best part, with everything being beautiful hand drawn pictures for sprites and backgrounds. The combat is quick and beautiful, and you've an abundance of blades to use throughout the game, each with different abilites. The music is extremely beautiful, and fit perfectly with the mood of the game (You'll be humming them every now and then). The voice acting is of course excellent. The storyline is enjoyable and the cutscenes are embracing. Full Review »
  3. BobbyJ
    Jan 5, 2010
    Maybe it's because I'm from a generation of low graphics but, depth is more important and this game is definitely lacking in it. If Maybe it's because I'm from a generation of low graphics but, depth is more important and this game is definitely lacking in it. If it wasn't for software return policies I would be taking this back pronto. Full Review »