DescriptionIn 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.
- "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
Part of the Following Groups
|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)|
|Electric Playground||Neo Geo CD||Oct 16, 1995||10 out of 10||100|
|Play Time||Neo Geo||Sep, 1993||90 out of 100||90|
|Player One||SEGA CD||Nov, 1995||90 out of 100||90|
|Game Players||3DO||Mar, 1995||82 out of 100||82|
|Video Games & Computer Entertainment||SEGA CD||Sep, 1995||8 out of 10||80|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||Game Boy||Nov, 1994||7.4 out of 10||74|
|GamePro (US)||Game Boy||Dec, 1994||3.5 out of 5||70|
|GamePro (US)||SEGA CD||Sep, 1995||3 out of 5||60|
|The Video Game Critic||Genesis||Mar 10, 2002||D||25|
|The Video Game Critic||SEGA CD||Mar 12, 2002||D-||16|
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Japanese releaseStrangely enough, when the 3DO version was released in Japan, it was under the overseas name instead of the original Japanese title.
Hattori HanzoEither 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.
- Vol.6, Issue 2 - Fighting Game of the Year 1993 (Editors' Choice)