If you're not familiar with Koei's popular franchise you shouldn't be too surprised - The only game released on a Nintendo platform, Samurai Warriors: Katana, was a spin-off which was not that well received.
All is forgiven with Koei's latest announcement however - The newest game in the series, Samurai Warriors 3, will be exclusive to the Wii, and on top of that, will feature a Nintendo-related bonus mode!
The mode will be based on Nazo no Murasamejou (Mysterious Murasame Castle), a Famicom Disk System game which was never released outside Japan. Originally one of the first Nintendo games created for the system, in it, you play as samurai apprentice Takamaru as he travels through Japan, defeating all the evil monsters that have appeared.
The game is a bit like the original The Legend of Zelda in that you first travel through an outside area before entering a castle/dungeon, although in Murasamejou there is no real puzzle-solving aspect at any time - It's almost all combat. Nazo no Murasamejou is currently available on the Japanese Virtual Console, but it's not available elsewhere - However, the game is not really that text-heavy, so there is hope it could one day be released as an import.
In case you're not aware, the games in the Warriors series put you in control of a single character, as you run around a massive battlefield killing seemingly endless hordes of enemies all by yourself. We have to wonder what the Nazo no Murasamejou mode will be like - Will it simply let you play as Takamaru, or will it perhaps be a 3D remake of the original game? Only time will tell!
Thankfully, we can pretty much assume the game will be released worldwide - Almost all other games in the series were, so why should this one be an exception? Hopefully the Murasamejou mode will be kept intact!
This is the first I've heard of this game. The screenies look badass. Color me excited!
Keep in mind that for now this news story is linked to Samurai Warriors: Katana and not Samurai Warriors 3 - We haven't added the game page for it yet!
All of the Warriors games I have played have been bland and repetitive. There's no reason to get excited.
Every warriors game is like dynasty warriors.... wait didn't they make that too?
After closer inspection of the screenies, they do look rather horrible. Here's hoping for a graphical overhaul.
If Takamaru is in the game, I will buy it the first day it's available. No questions asked.
hmm, this looks pretty bland actually, but then someone is going to have to defend us against the hordes of ninjas and samurais that are coming, right?
Are they actually calling it that?
I don't know... noone of you can't read, or what?
The screenshots are from the game Samurai Warriors: KATANA (Wii) and NOT from Samurai Warriors 3.
Could be cool; if the VC game lacks text then I'll have to check it out -- actually having checked screens, maybe not. Shame it wasn't on the C-64!
I remember a Dynasty Warriors arcade game that was fun in the arcade (I think you controlled a group of three warriors on horseback) -- assuming that was Dynasty Warriors -- so if the console game is similar that will be something to check out!
the screenshots are wrong and off katana, ign has some that are off samurai warriors 3, the game will play with classic controller with no motion support whats soever and look like samurai warriors 2, in japan part 3 will come with the classic controller pro and be out in nov
I keep hearing bad things, but I never played anything like this series and it looks fun in my mind. So I hope to see this come state-side.
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