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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 Neo Geo Jubei's move is not connected this time. Sorry!
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo This is Amakusa Shiro Tokisada, the last boss. Defeat this terrible creature and save the day!
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Kyoshiro feels the power of Wan-Fu's "little" sword...
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Title screen (Japanese version).

Promo Images

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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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Oct, 1993 5 out of 5 100 Mar, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Apr 21, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
1UP! Jan 24, 2006 94 out of 100 94
Play Time Sep, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun Sep, 1993 89 out of 100 89 Nov 06, 2012 17 out of 20 85
Megablast 1993 83 out of 100 83
Edge Jan, 1994 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic May 08, 2010 C 50


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