Samurai Shodown

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Neo Geo
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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 Successfully, Nakoruru uses her Lela Mutsube on Wan-Fu.
Samurai Shodown Arcade After fight
Samurai Shodown SNES Gen-An's Poison Cloud
Samurai Shodown Game Gear Japanese Title Screen.

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

Electric Playground 3DO 2001 10 out of 10 100
FLUX 3DO Oct, 1994 A 100
GamePro (US) Neo Geo Oct, 1993 5 out of 5 100
The Video Game Critic 3DO Feb 18, 2002 A- 91 Genesis Sep 12, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) 3DO Feb, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90 Neo Geo Nov 06, 2012 17 out of 20 85
Mega Fun SNES Nov, 1994 82 out of 100 82
CD Player 3DO 1996 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Neo Geo Aug, 1993 4 out of 5 80


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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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