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Samurai Shodown

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Description

In early 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 took over Amakusa's body. Ambrosia wishes to shroud the world in darkness. Now, choose between 12 warriors, and 3 bonus characters (the Genesis version does not have Earthquake - removed due to size limitations) to fight for the honor of destroying Amakusa, and fulfilling a mission.

Screenshots

Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Pocket Options set.
Samurai Shodown Genesis Clone battle
Samurai Shodown Game Gear Japanese fighter selection.
Samurai Shodown Arcade Gen-an special attack

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)

The Press Says

FLUX 3DO Oct, 1994 A 100
Electric Playground Neo Geo CD Oct 16, 1995 10 out of 10 100
Power Unlimited SNES Feb, 1995 9.6 out of 10 96
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Game Gear Oct 02, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Game Players 3DO Mar, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Nintendo Life Wii May 30, 2008 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
CD Player 3DO 1996 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) 3DO Jan, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76
GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Sega-16.com SEGA CD Jun 24, 2010 7 out of 10 70

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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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