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Samurai Shodown

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Neo Geo Pocket
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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 Neo Geo After this blow, I think that she needs visit the plastic surgeon!
Samurai Shodown FM Towns Match-up
Samurai Shodown Genesis Bloody Slice
Samurai Shodown Arcade Ok, pretty blood game

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
GamePro (US) Neo Geo Oct, 1993 5 out of 5 100
Electric Playground 3DO 2001 10 out of 10 100
Electric Playground Neo Geo CD Oct 16, 1995 10 out of 10 100
Player One Genesis Mar, 1995 94 out of 100 94
Hobby Consolas Genesis Mar, 1995 89 out of 100 89
All Game Guide SNES 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
CD Player 3DO 1996 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Oct, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74
The Video Game Critic Genesis Mar 10, 2002 D 25


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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.


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