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Samurai Shodown (Game Boy)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Samurai Shodown Game Boy Kyoshiro slashes a fainted Haohmaru! A great chance like this is rare...
Samurai Shodown Game Boy Title Screen (Japanese)
Samurai Shodown Game Boy Ukyo and his fast-action move.
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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Trivia

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.

Awards

  • GamePro
    • Vol.6, Issue 2 - Fighting Game of the Year 1993 (Editors' Choice)
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