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The Mysterious Murasame Castle

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The Mysterious Murasame Castle
Nazo no Murasamejō
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Developer(s): Nintendo R&D4
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Famicom Disk System
Category: Action-adventure
Players: 1
Predecessor: N/A
Successor: N/A
Release dates
N. America: August 7, 2014
Japan: April 14, 1986
Europe: May 29, 2014
Australia: May 29, 2014
USK: 6
© 1986 Nintendo

The Mysterious Murasame Castle is a video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Famicom Disk System on April 14, 1986.

The Mysterious Murasame Castle was one of the earliest games for the FDS, and was one of the first original titles released for the system along with The Legend of Zelda. However, unlike the latter, The Mysterious Murasame Castle never saw a release outside of Japan until it was released for Nintendo 3DS as a Virtual Console title in 2014.


The Mysterious Murasame Castle is set in Edo period Japan. The titular Murasame Castle houses a giant statue known as Murasame. On a stormy night, a mysterious glowing object falls from the sky and into the castle. The object is revealed to be an alien creature that gives life to the Murasame and takes over the castle. He then sends four spheres of power to the daimyos of four other nearby castles, which cause them to become enslaved to the alien and summon armies of ninjas and monsters to attack villages. Hearing of this, the shogun Tokugawa Ietsuna sends the apprentice samurai Takamaru on a secret mission to stop the alien.


The Mysterious Murasame Castle is played from a top-down perspective, similar to that of The Legend of Zelda, which allows Takamaru to move across the screen freely in four directions, moving across individual screens. Unlike The Legend of Zelda, however, The Mysterious Murasame Castle is a linear, level based game with fast-paced action.

Takamaru is at all times equipped with a katana and shurikens, and unlike The Legend of Zelda, there are no more items to be found. When the player far away from an enemy or projectile, attacking will result in Takamaru throwing a shuriken. When near an enemy or projectile however, he slashes away at the foe, or deflects the projectile, unless it is a fireball. Takamaru can also use a special technique if he has the required item. These are invisibility and Inazuma lightning. Inazuma lightning is a powerful attack that destroys any enemy on the screen. Occasionally various upgrades can be obtained, by finding tanookis and gift boxes. These can be more powerful projectiles, the special techniques or healing items.

The game consists of five levels, Murasame Castle and the four surrounding castles. Each level consists of two parts, a field part and a castle part. All levels start in the field, and the player needs to find the way to the castle. Before entering the castle the player may choose one of four tanookis to earn an item in preparation. The castle functions similar to the field, but ends with a boss. There are also princesses in the castles that can be rescued for extra points.

Technical details

Technical details
Media: Famicom Disk System Disk Card
Game Boy Advance Game Pak
Digital download (Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U)
Download size: Wii:
Nintendo 3DS: 63 blocks
Wii U: 3MB
Input / compatible controllers: FDS: Famicom controller
Game Boy Advance
Wii: Wii Remote, Classic Controller, Nintendo GameCube Controller
Nintendo 3DS
Wii U: Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Remote, Classic Controller

Other releases

Title Cover art Platform Release date(s) Notes
Famicom Mini: Nazo no Murasamejō Game Boy Advance JP: August 10, 2004 A direct port of the original game. This game was released as part of the third series of titles in the Famicom Mini line.
Nazo no Murasamejō Wii (Virtual Console) JP: August 19, 2008 A direct port of the original game as a digital download on the Wii Shop Channel.
The Mysterious Murasame Castle Nintendo 3DS (Virtual Console) NA: August 7, 2014
JP: July 3, 2013
EU/AUS: May 29, 2014
A direct port of the original game as a digital download on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS, with added Virtual Console emulator features. This release marks the first release of the game outside of Japan.
Nazo no Murasamejō Wii U (Virtual Console) JP: July 30, 2014 A direct port of the original game as a digital download on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U, with added Virtual Console emulator features.


  • In Pikmin 2 for the Nintendo GameCube, the original Disk Card for The Mysterious Murasame Castle, referred to as the "Cosmic Archive", is one of the treasures Captain Olimar finds early in the game.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, music from the game can be unlocked. Moreover, a sticker of the game's protagonist is also featured.
  • Takamaru appears as a supporting character on Mimin Island in the Wii game Captain Rainbow. His wish is to control his "excitement" around women.
  • One of the microgames in the Japanese version of WarioWare D.I.Y. is "Murasame Jō", based on The Mysterios Murasame Castle. The goal of the game is to activate Takamaru's invisibility by tapping him to avoid the attacks of the enemy ninjas. For the game's releases outside Japan, this microgame was replaced with a new microgame, "Pikmin".
  • Samurai Warriors 3 includes a "Murasame Castle" mode, a Dynasty Warriors-style remake of The Mysterious Murasame Castle which features Takamaru as a playable character.
  • In the Wii U launch title Nintendo Land, there is a minigame based on The Mysterious Murasame Castle, entitled Takamaru's Ninja Castle. In the minigame, players have to throw shuriken at attacking ninjas.
  • Takamaru is an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, running around the stage and using his Multidirectional Pinwheel Knife Rook Attack or slashing nearby opponents with his katana when summoned. A Mii outfit based on Takamaru was also released as downloadable content in for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and was included in Ultimate as part of the base game, usable by Mii Swordfighters. Finally, a medley of songs from the game appears as a music track in both games.

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