Muramasa: The Demon Blade (coming to the Wii) has been on my radar for a while. Looks like it comes out in Japan soon. You can check out the Japanese site here. The game looks really similar to Odin Sphere, developer Vanillaware's previous PS2 sidescrolling action game. That is a very good thing, btw. Odin Sphere was gorgeous, and Muramasa appears to be no different. Maybe even gorgeouser!
I desperately wanted to like Odin Sphere. I played it on multiple occasions, but found the gameplay pretty impenetrable. The game looks like a simple beat-em-up on the surface, but in reality, requires some serious precision to pull off successful attacks. Mashing buttons would get you dead fast. You could call it a "tactical sidescroller" -- but I called it frustrating. A shame, because it is really one of the most beautiful games I've ever seen. Part of the problem was the complicated item management system used to power up your character, made more difficult by a clunky menu set-up and the fact that you have to pick up items from the ground while trying to beat back waves of enemies. Although I do seem to remember something about turning cute little sheep into meat.
Does anyone read this? If so, did you play Odin Sphere? Did you like it? Are you going to buy Muramasa? I am!