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Samurai Shodown (Game Boy)

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In early 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 took over Amakusa's body. Ambrosia wishes to shroud the world in darkness. Now, choose between 12 warriors, and 3 bonus characters (the Genesis version does not have Earthquake - removed due to size limitations) to fight for the honor of destroying Amakusa, and fulfilling a mission.


Samurai Shodown Game Boy Jubei execute your fast-sword move trying avoid a possible Gen-An's counter-attack.
Samurai Shodown Game Boy Tam–Tam's skull goes in direction of a fainted Galford... ;-)
Samurai Shodown Game Boy Character select screen
Samurai Shodown Game Boy Each character has a small story exhibited before the adventure starts.

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

The original, and not a bad one at that. Zorgob (24) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

Electric Playground Sep 20, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Jan, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) Jan, 1995 2.25 out of 6 75
Mega Fun Jan, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74
GamePro (US) Dec, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70


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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.


  • GamePro
    • Vol.6, Issue 2 - Fighting Game of the Year 1993 (Editors' Choice)
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Zorgob (24) added Samurai Shodown (Game Boy) on Sep 20, 2002
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