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Underrated? Overrated? Must Play? Muramasa: The Demon Blade U.S. Data Report

September 11, 2012


Coffee Beans
Muramasa: The Demon Blade was released on September 8, 2009 with a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by Vanillaware, and published by Ignition Entertainment for its North American release. It received an ESRB rating of “Teen” with “Alcohol Refernce, Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

A portion of the description on Amazon.com says, “The creators of the acclaimed PlayStation 2 hit, Odin Sphere, return with the single player, action RPG, Muramasa: The Demon Blade. Steeped in the ancient mythology of Japan, Muramasa: The Demon Blade tells a tale of possessed souls, forgotten pasts and unimaginable destinies. A Wii exclusive, filled with expertly hand animate graphics and gameplay that transitions seamlessly between player-controlled elements and story sequences it is an adventure only to be experienced on the Wii.”

How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing Muramasa: The Demon Blade since it released just over 3 years ago? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
Muramasa has approximately 36,042 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Nintendo Channel, now with 1,098 days possibly reported. The game has about 31,453 more Wii owners that have reported data since the first report on the game.

The Demon Blade’s play-time per day/session is 2 Hours 3 Minutes, and the overall reported average is 13 Hours 49 Minutes as the image above shows. The reported 498,269 Total Hours of game-play is an increase of 444,760 Total Hours since the first report.

What about critic and customer review score averages for Muramasa: The Demon Blade? The “professional” critic review score average is 81.94%, based on 45 reviews on GameRankings.com. The customer review score average is now 94.28%, based on 98 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
While I have not played the game, I have seen many positive comments from players of Muramasa on articles, forum threads, and reviews for the game around the internet. If you have not played Muramasa and have never seen the art style of the game, the short trailer below will give you a decent idea of how the game looks in action:

I think the reported average being almost 14 hours “Per person” shows the game was probably played through once, but then not really played again by most players. While the game originally released with a MSRP of $49.99, it can be purchased much cheaper now from sites like Amazon.com and even GameStop.com.

Being that I haven’t played it, I may need to add this to my “bargain bin” game hunting list and keep a lookout for it considering how high the customer review score average is.

Questions
If you have played Muramasa: The Demon Blade what do you think about the game? Based on the critic review score average, do you think it was underrated or overrated based on your time with the game? Or, do you not care about the reviews and just think that the game is a must play for any Wii owner?

If you played the game did you average about 14 hours on just one play-through, or did you complete it multiple times?

If you are interested in the game, you can see a link for it on Amazon.com below:

Flashback-Flashforward Comparison: Little King’s Story and Muramasa: The Demon Blade

June 20, 2010

Quick Brew Info:
The last time I showed the data for these two games was on November 1, last year.
Little King’s Story was released on July 21, 2009 for the Wii, with a MSRP of $49.99.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade was released on September 8, 2009, with a MSRP of $49.99.
The data used in the original story was effective as of October 26, 2009.

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Number of Players Reporting Data:
Little King’s Story now has approximately 8,644 players reporting their play-time data, an increase of 5,124 players since the October 26 data.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade now has approximately 15,851 players reporting play-time data, an increase of 11,261 players since the October 26 data.

Total Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
Little King’s Story now 160,894 Total Hours reported, an increase of 99,599 hours since October 26.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade now has 216,747 Total Hours reported, an increase of 163,238 hours since the October 26 data.

Amazon.com Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
Little King’s Story’s Amazon.com sale rank is #1,902 and the current selling price is $28.12.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade’s Amazon.com sale rank is #890 and the current selling price is $33.99.

GameRankings.com Review Score Averages:
Little King’s Story’s review score average is 86.32%, based on 37 reviews.  It was sitting at 87% on MetaCritic.com on November 1.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade’s review score average is 81.94%, based on 45 reviews.  It was sitting at 80% on MetaCritic.com on November 1.

Thoughts:
I still have not played either of these games, but I have read several reviews and hands-on previews out them.
From what I remember reading, it seems that both Little King’s Story and Muramasa: The Demon Blade are really solid titles, just with little to no marketing campaign behind them.

Here’s the picture from November, that I originally posted with the debut data for both games:

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Questions:
If you have played either Little King’s Story or Muramasa: The Demon Blade, are they titles that you would recommend to others?
Also, if you completed Little King’s Story, how long did it take you to complete?

If you are interested in either Little King’s Story or Muramasa: The Demon Blade, you can see new and used prices for them on Amazon.com below:
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Flashback-Flashforward Comparison: Little King’s Story and Muramasa: The Demon Blade

June 20, 2010

Quick Brew Info:
The last time I showed the data for these two games was on November 1, last year.
Little King’s Story was released on July 21, 2009 for the Wii, with a MSRP of $49.99.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade was released on September 8, 2009, with a MSRP of $49.99.
The data used in the original story was effective as of October 26, 2009.

(Click image to enlarge)

Number of Players Reporting Data:
Little King’s Story now has approximately 8,644 players reporting their play-time data, an increase of 5,124 players since the October 26 data.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade now has approximately 15,851 players reporting play-time data, an increase of 11,261 players since the October 26 data.

Total Game-Play Hours Reported/Increased:
Little King’s Story now 160,894 Total Hours reported, an increase of 99,599 hours since October 26.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade now has 216,747 Total Hours reported, an increase of 163,238 hours since the October 26 data.

Amazon.com Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
Little King’s Story’s Amazon.com sale rank is #1,902 and the current selling price is $28.12.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade’s Amazon.com sale rank is #890 and the current selling price is $33.99.

GameRankings.com Review Score Averages:
Little King’s Story’s review score average is 86.32%, based on 37 reviews.  It was sitting at 87% on MetaCritic.com on November 1.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade’s review score average is 81.94%, based on 45 reviews.  It was sitting at 80% on MetaCritic.com on November 1.

Thoughts:
I still have not played either of these games, but I have read several reviews and hands-on previews out them.
From what I remember reading, it seems that both Little King’s Story and Muramasa: The Demon Blade are really solid titles, just with little to no marketing campaign behind them.

Here’s the picture from November, that I originally posted with the debut data for both games:

(click image to enlarge)
Questions:
If you have played either Little King’s Story or Muramasa: The Demon Blade, are they titles that you would recommend to others?
Also, if you completed Little King’s Story, how long did it take you to complete?

If you are interested in either Little King’s Story or Muramasa: The Demon Blade, you can see new and used prices for them on Amazon.com below:
  

The Nintendo Channel Notable Debuts

November 1, 2009
Nintendo Channel Data

Little King’s Story was released on the Wii in July this year.  The game received generally favorable reviews all around and currently has an 87% out of 100%, for it’s average review score on MetaCritic.com.  There’s a company, called NPD for short, that tracks game sales on a monthly basis.  There was supposed, “leaked”, NPD numbers for July, that showed Little King’s Story sold between 6,000 to 12,000 units during ten days in July.  While Little King’s Story received favorable reviews, the game seemed to be struggling with sales.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade was released on the Wii in September this year.  Muramasa also received generally favorable reviews and currently sits at 80% out of 100% as it’s average review score on MetaCritic.com.  The supposed, “leaked”, NPD numbers for September showed Muramasa: The Demon Blade sold about 35,000 units during twenty-two days in September.

Assuming the leaked rumored NPD numbers are correct, it seems that Muramasa would have sold more it’s first month, even if Little King’s Story had been released for the same number of days it’s first month.  The last the Nintendo Channel data had updated, was the week starting September 13.  Little King’s Story still wasn’t showing any numbers reported for play time data.  Muramasa wasn’t showing any numbers either, but it usually takes two weeks for the numbers to update to the Nintendo Channel from a game’s release, so Muramasa’s numbers probably wouldn’t have been showing that week anyway.  Six weeks passed, and the Nintendo Channel play time data wasn’t being updated and shown on a weekly basis, so I didn’t know how any games were performing.  This past week, the Nintendo Channel finally updated the play time data on games, and both Little King’s Story and Muramasa: The Demon Blade debuted showing play time data.

How did both games debut with hours on the Nintendo Channel?  Have a look at the data:

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Interesting notes:
Little King’s Story has been out for 14 weeks.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade has been out for 7 weeks.
Little King’s Story has averaged 4,378 hours of game play each week since it released.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade has averaged 7,644 game play hours each week since it released.
Little King’s Story has 3,520 gamers reporting their data through the Nintendo Channel.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade has 4,590 gamers reporting their data via the Nintendo Channel.
Assumptions, based off the data:
Just from the numbers presented above, one could conclude that Muramasa: The Demon Blade has sold at least 1,070 more copies, than Little King’s Story has.
Have you bought Little King’s Story and/or Muramasa: The Demon Blade?  If so, what do you think of either game?

If you haven’t purchased either game, why haven’t you?

The Nintendo Channel Notable Debuts

November 1, 2009

Little King’s Story was released on the Wii in July this year.  The game received generally favorable reviews all around and currently has an 87% out of 100%, for it’s average review score on MetaCritic.com.  There’s a company, called NPD for short, that tracks game sales on a monthly basis.  There was supposed, “leaked”, NPD numbers for July, that showed Little King’s Story sold between 6,000 to 12,000 units during ten days in July.  While Little King’s Story received favorable reviews, the game seemed to be struggling with sales.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade was released on the Wii in September this year.  Muramasa also received generally favorable reviews and currently sits at 80% out of 100% as it’s average review score on MetaCritic.com.  The supposed, “leaked”, NPD numbers for September showed Muramasa: The Demon Blade sold about 35,000 units during twenty-two days in September.

Assuming the leaked rumored NPD numbers are correct, it seems that Muramasa would have sold more it’s first month, even if Little King’s Story had been released for the same number of days it’s first month.  The last the Nintendo Channel data had updated, was the week starting September 13.  Little King’s Story still wasn’t showing any numbers reported for play time data.  Muramasa wasn’t showing any numbers either, but it usually takes two weeks for the numbers to update to the Nintendo Channel from a game’s release, so Muramasa’s numbers probably wouldn’t have been showing that week anyway.  Six weeks passed, and the Nintendo Channel play time data wasn’t being updated and shown on a weekly basis, so I didn’t know how any games were performing.  This past week, the Nintendo Channel finally updated the play time data on games, and both Little King’s Story and Muramasa: The Demon Blade debuted showing play time data.

How did both games debut with hours on the Nintendo Channel?  Have a look at the data:

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Interesting notes:
Little King’s Story has been out for 14 weeks.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade has been out for 7 weeks.
Little King’s Story has averaged 4,378 hours of game play each week since it released.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade has averaged 7,644 game play hours each week since it released.
Little King’s Story has 3,520 gamers reporting their data through the Nintendo Channel.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade has 4,590 gamers reporting their data via the Nintendo Channel.
Assumptions, based off the data:
Just from the numbers presented above, one could conclude that Muramasa: The Demon Blade has sold at least 1,070 more copies, than Little King’s Story has.
Have you bought Little King’s Story and/or Muramasa: The Demon Blade?  If so, what do you think of either game?

If you haven’t purchased either game, why haven’t you?