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Nazo no Murasame-jou, or The Mysterious Murasame Castle, is an action-adventure game for the Famicom Disk System released by Nintendo themselves. It superficially resembles a medieval Japan variant of The Legend of Zelda with its top-down view and branching paths, but has far more of an emphasis on combat than exploration and puzzle solving. The goal of the game is to explore strange goings-on at five separate castles and defeat the bosses at the end of each one.
Nazo no Murasame-jou was actually the second original game created for Nintendo's Famicom Disk System device; the first being The Legend of Zelda.
While Nazo no Murasame-jou did not receive any direct follow-ups, the game was eventually ported to the Game Boy Advance and is available in Japan as a Virtual Console title. However, the game did receive a sequel of sorts as the inspiration for a special mode included in Samurai Warriors 3. Murasame Castle mode evokes the gameplay concepts of the FDS title as presented through the gameplay of Samurai Warriors. Plotwise, it is a sequel, and sees Takamaru and a partner from the Samurai Warriors roster fight their way toward and through five castles, each with a boss from Nazo no Murasame-jou at the end.
In Nintendo Land, the game serves as the theme behind the minigame Takamaru's Ninja Castle. Bearing no resemblance to the FDS title beyond its setting, it is a shooting gallery-style game in which the player must use throwing stars to fend off ninjas.
It was released in the west for the first time in May 2014 on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, 28 years after it was originally released in Japan.