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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 SNES Haohmaru versus Gen-An
Samurai Shodown SNES Gen-An Attacks!
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Galford obtains success defending this attack. Somebody wants apple?
Samurai Shodown Arcade Nice slash

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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User Reviews

Samurai [NOW LOADING] Shodown! 3DO Fake Spam (94)
A great translation of the Neo Geo original. SEGA CD Luis Arocho (3)
The original, and not a bad one at that. Game Boy Zorgob (24)

Critic Reviews Neo Geo Mar, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Consoles Plus Genesis Jan, 1995 93 out of 100 93
Player One SEGA CD Nov, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Game Players SNES Dec, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Play Time SNES Nov, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Game Players 3DO Mar, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Video Games Game Boy Oct, 1994 81 out of 100 81
Video Games & Computer Entertainment 3DO Feb, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun Genesis Jan, 1995 75 out of 100 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Oct, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74


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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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