Although we love Muramasa: The Demon Blade around here, it seems UK retailers are less than optimistic about the game's success, with some stores refusing to stock it completely.
Martin Defries, managing director and general head honcho of the game's UK publisher Rising Star Games, wrote into UK trade mag MCV recently to highlight the game's limbo-like position. Citing sales figures from Japan and the US - where it outsold the superlative Dead Space: Extraction - Mr Defries says retailers simply aren't interested in games like Muramasa.
Here in the UK, the game will NOT be available to buy in the majority of video game retail outlets. Evidently this is not because of game quality... it is because retail is becoming increasingly choosy and actively reducing the variety that is offered to consumers.
Although Mr Defries doesn't name specific retailers, with only a handful of big-name games shops in the land it's not difficult to figure out who's refused to stock the title. If you want to get your hands on a slice of Oriental gaming goodness, you'd better get on the phone to your local games emporium and see if they're going to be stocking Rising Star's latest release. If they're not, vote with your feet, or risk losing titles like this altogether.