Generally favorable reviews - based on 58 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 58
  2. Negative: 1 out of 58
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 90
    Muramasa may not play quite as beautifully as it looks, but you can be confident in the knowledge that whizzing around slicing ninjas with a big katana is definitely as fun as it looks.
  4. Muramasa is positioned as a compelling work and highlights a passion for Japanese culture.
  5. The best part about Muramasa, though, is the presentation. This Wii effort sports vivid hand-drawn animation, breathtaking locales and a memorable soundtrack. It's without question one of the better games you'll find on the Wii.
  6. 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.
  7. On top of the unparalleled graphics that lovingly caress players' retinas from the second they load up the game, and enveloped within a traditional Japanese soundscape, Muramasa delivers steadily enjoyable gameplay from start to finish
  8. There’s no two ways about it, Muramasa: The Demon Blade is the most rewarding game to hit the Wii this year.
  9. One for those who like their games tough, terrific to look at and ever-so-slightly traditional. [Winter 2009, p.74]
  10. The best hack-n-slash side-scroller of the generation. Muramasa is a masterpiece from beginning to end.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Muramasa is a good game with a few small flaws.
  14. 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.
  15. Expect the depth of an RPG and you may be disappointed, but for latent ninjas this blisteringly quick and beautiful action title will be like manna from heaven. [JPN Import; July 2009, p.64]
  16. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a game of the highest quality. While there are a few minor complaints to be made against the game, they really are minor and easily overlooked.
  17. 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.
  18. Action, exploration and Japanese tradition made art in your screen.
  19. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a gaming experience that must be played regardless of your console preference.
  20. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 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 »