Samurai Shodown

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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 Gear En Garde!
Samurai Shodown FM Towns Stage clear time
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Pocket Title screen.
Samurai Shodown Arcade Charlotte

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

Consoles Plus 3DO Jan, 1995 92 out of 100 92
GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Game Gear Oct 02, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Genesis Feb, 1995 86 out of 100 86 Neo Geo Nov 06, 2012 17 out of 20 85
Megablast Neo Geo 1993 83 out of 100 83
Mega Fun SNES Nov, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Sep, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Wii May 30, 2008 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
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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