Takamaru is the protagonist of the former Japan-only Famicom Disk System title, The Mysterious Murasame Castle. His appearance is based on a samurai look and is Nintendo's first samurai protagonist.

The Mysterious Murasame Castle

The Mysterious Murasame Castle takes place in the Edo period Japan. One stormy night, the grand Murasame Castle is attacked by aliens, and a giant statue known as Murasame comes alive. The alien used their power to take control of four nearby castles and their four daimyo using four powerful orbs. The leaders then use the orbs to summon ninja and other evil creatures that attack the people in the land. To protect the land, the shogun sends Takamaru on a mission to infiltrate the castle and bring peace back to the land.

Takamaru traveled through the land and the four castles, killing the four daimyo and destroying the orbs on his way. He also rescued the daughters of the daimyo in the castles before he finally reached the Murasame Castle. After making his way through the by now totally twisted castle, Takamaru challenged the Murasame Statue. Destroying it revealed a path to the aliens' world where he once and for all destroyed the alien.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Takamaru is featured as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Equipping it will increase the power of any weapon based attack by 11.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Takamaru as he appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.

Takamaru Mii Swordfighter costume.

Takamaru appears as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U. Takamaru will swiftly move across the stage and throw windmill swords. He will also uses his katana to deal damage to enemies that gets too close to him. Takamaru also appears as a Trophy and a Mii costume. He had at one point in time been considered as being a playable character, however Sakurai felt that due to his low popularity in the west, it was best he be regulated to Assist Trophy status.[1]

QR code for those who wish to have the exact Mii used in the costume's advertising.

Trophy Description

  • "The main character of The Mysterious Murasame Castle. In this game, he dashes and jumps straight to the nearest opponent and shows off his swift sword skills. If he's got a bit of distance, he uses his special ninja techniques, based on the rook and the bishop in Japanese chess, to send projectiles spinning through the air."

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Takamaru returns as both a Mii Costume and an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He is essentially the same but the Assist Trophy can now be KOed. He is also now an Ace attack focused primary Spirit with 2 open slots and the ability to boost sword attacks.

Other Appearances

Captain Rainbow

Takamaru finally returned in Captain Rainbow as one of many "forgotten Nintendo characters". He had come to Mimin Island wishing to learn to control his excitement around women.

WarioWare D.I.Y.

In the Japanese version of WarioWare D.I.Y. there is a micro game based on The Mysterious Murasame Castle, in which the player needs to make Takamaru invisible to avoid enemy attacks.

Samurai Warriors 3

In Samurai Warriors 3, Takamaru appears as a playable character in a special mode based on The Mysterious Murasame Castle. After gather 33 Tanuki statues, Takamaru becomes playble in Free Mode.


Takamaru was sucked alongside Murasame one hundred years into the past. He is guided by Ayame, a woman based on the damsels in distress from The Mysterious Murasame Castle, in this game. Like in the original game, Takamaru must slay four castle lords before facing Murasame. After slaying the beast, Takamaru returns to his time period after thanking the other playable characters.

Nintendo Land

In Nintendo Land Takamaru offer his name to the playable Mii of a mini-game of this Wii U game, where the player will be able to throw shurikens at other ninjas with the Wii U GamePad.

Super Mario Maker 2

In Super Mario Maker 2, Takamaru appears as a visual effect in the game reusing visuals and audio from The Mysterious Murasame Castle. When activated he rushes across the screen as ninja's fill the screen.


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