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In Samurai Shodown II players take on one of the roles of fifteen warriors, fighting their way through the land to defeat Rashojin Mizuki, who was thrown into the sea when she was a little girl and since then became a servant of the dark god Ambrosia.

This sequel to Samurai Shodown introduces five new playable characters: the warrior and Haohmaru's rival Genjuro Kibagami, the cat-like Cham-Cham (Tam-Tam's sister), the Prussian gun-wielding knight Neinhalt Sieger, the old monk Nicotine Caffeine, and the hidden boss and unlockable character Kuroko.

The game features special moves accessible by charging up a power meter, as well as other gameplay-related additions. Characters can now roll forward and backward, perform small jumps to evade low attacks, and duck to avoid high ones. There is also a parrying move that leaves the opponent vulnerable for a moment if executed at the right time.


Samurai Shodown II Neo Geo Feels the power of Haohmaru's sword... Yes, all over again!
Samurai Shodown II Neo Geo The Ranking screen is short: only shows the best score (of only 1 player!) and the winner's best score in VS matches!
Samurai Shodown II Neo Geo Title screen.
Samurai Shodown II Neo Geo When you are in sword conflict, press quickly the A Button more than your adversary! And see who will be unarmed first: you, the opponent or both!

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Alternate Titles

  • "侍魂2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Shin Samurai Spirits: Haohamaru jigokuhen" -- Japanese title
  • "Samurai Showdown2: Katana Battle Action Game" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Samurai Shodown! 2 – Pocket Fighting Series" -- Neo Geo Pocket Color title

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Critic Reviews Mar, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Electric Playground May 06, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 10 out of 10 100
GamePro (US) Feb, 1995 5 out of 5 100
Defunct Games Jun 04, 2005 94 out of 100 94
The Video Game Critic May 08, 2010 A- 91
All Game Guide 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Play Time Feb, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89


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1001 Video Games

Samurai Shodown II appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
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