Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a classic painting come to life, if classic paintings had ninjas

I could not be more excited about Muramasa: The Demon Blade, the Wii-exclusive spiritual successor to Odin Sphere. Vanillaware has once again returned to the gorgeous hand-drawn art style that made Odin Sphere such a visual delight, drawing inspiration from Japanese rather than Norse mythology. This trailer gives us a closer look at two of the playable characters, the brain-scrambled Kisuke and the kimono-sporting Momohime. Both are ninjas. And both are awesome.

Though scheduled for release this summer, this might be worth importing from Japan anytime after April 9, regardless of your skill level. In addition to supporting both casual-friendly motion controls and classic controls for hardcore gamers looking for precise control of the demonic swordplay, Muramasa: The Demon Blade will be playable in two different modes: “Musou” (meaning warrior) and “Shura” (meaning carnage). Musou mode will focus on character leveling and strategy while Shura mode is all action, all the time.