The Mysterious Murasame Castle is a Famicom Disk System game from 1986 that's only been known in the West through some cameo appearances and references — most recently through the Takamaru's Ninja Castle game in Nintendo Land. Having recently made its Western début on the European 3DS Virtual Console in late May, it's now coming to North America on 7th August.
Shown as part of a challenge section in the Nintendo Gaming Lounge live broadcast from San Diego Comic-Con, it could be an intriguing retro option. Described as "like a more linear, action-oriented version of the original The Legend of Zelda" in our review, our own Marcel van Duyn summarised as follows when awarding 8/10.
The Mysterious Murasame Castle is unlike any other Nintendo game of the time, with incredibly fast-paced gameplay and a high degree of difficulty which, thankfully, manages to feel completely fair. With all of the references the game has had in recent years, you're now finally able to see what the fuss is all about.
Are any of you in North America planning to pick this up on 7th August?
Thanks to Ryan Millar for the tip.