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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 Arcade Player select
Samurai Shodown Game Gear En Garde!
Samurai Shodown SNES Gen-An Attacks!
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Galford obtains success defending this attack. Somebody wants apple?

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

Power Unlimited SNES Feb, 1995 9.6 out of 10 96
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Neo Geo Apr 21, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Consoles Plus 3DO Jan, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Sega-16.com Genesis Sep 12, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Neo Geo Pocket Mar, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide SNES 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mega Fun Genesis Jan, 1995 75 out of 100 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Jun, 1995 7.5 out of 10 75
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Sep, 1995 3 out of 5 60
The Video Game Critic Genesis Mar 10, 2002 D 25


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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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