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Samurai Shodown (3DO)

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In early feudal Japan, a man named Shiro Tokisada Amakusa preaches a heretic religion. Little does anyone know that Amakusa is really a servant of the evil Ambrosia, who had possessed and taken over Amakusa's body, as Ambrosia wishes to shroud the world into eternal darkness. Now, the player must select from out of 12 fierce warriors and plus 3 bonus characters in order to fight for the honor of defeating Amakusa once and for all, while fulfilling a specific mission for each and every warrior in the game.

The Genesis version of the game does not however include the Earthquake which has been removed due to its 16-bit memory capacity and technical size limitations.


There are no 3DO screenshots for this game.

There are 147 other screenshots on file for other versions of this game.

Alternate Titles

  • "侍魂" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Samurai Spirits" -- Japanese title
  • "Samurai Shodown! - Pocket Fighting Series" -- Neo Geo Pocket title
  • "Samurai Shodown 1" -- Informal name
  • "Nettou Samurai Spirits" -- Japanese Game Boy title
  • "サムライスピリッツ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Samurai [NOW LOADING] Shodown! Fake Spam (94) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars

Critic Reviews

Electric Playground 2001 10 out of 10 100
FLUX Oct, 1994 A 100
Consoles Plus Jan, 1995 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic Feb 18, 2002 A- 91
Joystick (French) Jan, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Coming Soon Magazine Mar, 1995 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Players Mar, 1995 82 out of 100 82
CD Player 1996 8 out of 10 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Feb, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76


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Japanese release

Strangely enough, when the 3DO version was released in Japan, it was under the overseas name instead of the original Japanese title.

Hattori Hanzo

Either coincidence or not, the ninja Hattori Hanzo is actually a real samurai in medieval Japan. The "real" Hattori Hanzo served under the daimyo Tokugawa Ieyasu. Fans of Nobunaga's Ambition will recognize this.


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