IGN writes: "While wandering through Marvelous' TGS booth we stumbled upon a game that truly lives up to its publishers name. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a stunning action RPG from Vanillaware, makers of Odin Sphere. It is presented in 2D with beautiful, layered scenery and a rich color palette. Although it features legendary Japanese swordsman Muramasa, this is a new IP. Muramasa is the star, but he also has a playable female companion.
Players can use either the remote and nunchuk or the classic controller. The game moves along briskly through a series of brief encounters with enemies like ninja and demons from Japanese folklore. Each episode is very short and must be completed within a certain time limit. The fast pace keeps the scenery constantly changing, and during our play session we kept being more and more impressed with each new backdrop. Rooftops, countryside, cherry blossoms, a rushing river… Our favorite was a lush forest with rays of sunlight piercing in between branches."