Old Famicom Games – Nazo no Murasamejou

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Nazo no Murasamejou was one of the few original Nintendo releases that never made it outside of Japan; this was due to its limited sales success. The game features a similar engine to The Legend of Zelda, but it also features a similar Super Mario style time limit. This was done to make the game a linear fast paced action game.

Story wise, you play as a young samurai in training, Takamaru, who is sent to investigate some castles. The castles are infested with demons and your goal is to rescue the princesses of those castles and defeating the demon lord who resides in them. So the game is one of those… “What if Super Mario Bros, and the Legend of Zelda had a baby?”

The only notable thing about this game is that the main theme is featured in Smash Bros Brawl and the track goes by the same name as the game. Along with that, Takamaru, is a support character in Captain Rainbow, which is another title that will probably never be released outside of Japan.

Nintendo is known for keeping some games region exclusive like Doshin the Giant. However, like all games released someone somewhere has played them. So Infendo have you ever played a Nintendo game that was never released outside of Japan? If so, what game was it and what did you think of it?

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An artist from New York. Will has been writing, designing, and loving video games since he was young. He has traveled across the United States, and parts of Canada in order to learn more about the world of gaming. After visiting E3 for the first time in 2009, he has vowed to return there and show off a game of his own. In his spare time he tinkers with electronics, programming, and of course collecting video games.