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Description

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.

Screenshots

Samurai Shodown Arcade Title screen
Samurai Shodown Game Gear En Garde!
Samurai Shodown Game Boy Jubei execute your fast-sword move trying avoid a possible Gen-An's counter-attack.
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo It's the end for Amakusa. Congratulations!

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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

Coming Soon Magazine 3DO Mar, 1995 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Play Time Neo Geo Sep, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Video Games Genesis Feb, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Sep, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Edge Neo Geo Jan, 1994 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Jun, 1995 7.5 out of 10 75
Mega Fun Game Boy Jan, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Oct, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Dec, 1994 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Genesis Mar 10, 2002 D 25

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Trivia

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.

Awards

  • GamePro
    • Vol.6, Issue 2 - Fighting Game of the Year 1993 (Editors' Choice)
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