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Bringing a new breath to SNK's swordsman fighting series, this 4th installment marks the return of 3 classic characters (Yagyu Jubei, Charlotte and Tam Tam, now with updated stuff), introduces 2 newcomers for the pantheon (the brothers Sogetsu Kazama and Kazuki Kazama) and brings some new backgrounds.

In spite of these little improvements, the game preserved (and improved a lot) many elements that did the previous one (Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood) a quite popular title, like the dodge move and the chance to choose between two versions of the fighter: the standard one and an alternative dark-styled one (SLASH and BUST, respectively).

With the intention to provide more action in the battles, the "No Contest" Moves were introduced: working in similar way (and under certain conditions) to the many games of Mortal Kombat Series, your fighter will execute an ultimate-slaughter move in a stunned opponent.


Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge Neo Geo Could be possible Shizumaru win the big wave of energy made by Jubei's super move Zetsu SuigetsuTou?
Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge Neo Geo Into the air, Genjuro does his POW Special Ura Gokou (the Hanafuda cards are a coolest detail!).
Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge Neo Geo Title screen (Japanese version).
Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge Neo Geo Shizumaru struck by a successive wave of icicles made by Rimururu's move Upun Opu.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Samurai Spirits: Amakusa Kourin Special" -- PlayStation title
  • "Samurai Spirits: Amakusa Kourin" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews Dec, 2003 10 out of 10 100
All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1997 8 out of 10 80


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