Vanillaware’s Muramasa: The Demon Blade, spiritual successor to the stunning 2D side-scroller Odin Sphere, is currently a Wii exclusive, but that doesn’t preclude the possibility of a high definition version in the future, according to founder George Kamitani.
“The original art we draw is all done in double size – in the case of Muramasa, the animation frames then get compressed down to the Wii’s native resolution. As a result, producing a fully HD title would not be a great deal of extra work for us; it would just mean our original art is displayed in higher resolution,” he said in an interview with Gamasutra. “It wouldn’t be a simple insert – we retouch the compressed graphics here and there to make sure they look as good as possible – but it’s not restarting from scratch, either.”
But before you get too excited, know that Kamitani intimated that just because they could make the leap from 480 to 720 doesn’t mean they would. “We did have to cut out four bosses and a fair bit of the story, but if you asked me whether I want to make Muramasa all over again with that stuff included or not, I’d say that if I had that sort of time to work with, I’d prefer to devote it to some new idea instead. There are so many things I want to make, still,” he said, hinting that their next project could be their first to go fully high-res. “If Muramasa sells a million copies and I get all the royalties from it, then maybe I can think about it.”