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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 FM Towns A battle between Gen-An and Earthquake, the more colorful characters of the game
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo In the center you can see Kuroko, the judge. Those 2 flags that he hold is not mere accessories...
Samurai Shodown SEGA CD Gen-An vs Wan-Fu Battle Map
Samurai Shodown Genesis 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 Neo Geo Mar, 2005 10 out of 10 100
FLUX 3DO Oct, 1994 A 100
Joystick (French) 3DO Jan, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Game Gear Oct 02, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Neo Geo Sep, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Video Games Neo Geo Aug, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Neo Geo Pocket May 01, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Nov, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74
Mega Fun Game Boy Jan, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Digital Press - Classic Video Games 3DO Jan 30, 2005 5 out of 10 50


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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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