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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.


Samurai Shodown Game Boy Charlotte feels the power of Haohmaru's sword!
Samurai Shodown Game Boy Tam–Tam's skull goes in direction of a fainted Galford... ;-)
Samurai Shodown Game Boy The environment: a peaceful bamboo forest... Peaceful? With a fight in course?!?
Samurai Shodown Game Boy Jubei execute your fast-sword move trying avoid a possible Gen-An's counter-attack.

Promo Images

Samurai Shodown Screenshot
Samurai Shodown Screenshot
Samurai Shodown Screenshot
Samurai Shodown Screenshot

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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The original, and not a bad one at that. Zorgob (27) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Electric Playground Sep 20, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Oct, 1994 81 out of 100 81
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Jan, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Play Time Jan, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Total! (Germany) Jan, 1995 2.25 out of 6 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1994 37 out of 50 74
Mega Fun Jan, 1995 74 out of 100 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.


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