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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 SEGA CD Matchup screen
Samurai Shodown Genesis Wan-Fu vs Galford
Samurai Shodown FM Towns Character selection
Samurai Shodown Genesis Slash!

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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

Player One Genesis Mar, 1995 94 out of 100 94
Consoles Plus 3DO Jan, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Coming Soon Magazine 3DO Mar, 1995 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN Wii Jul 02, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
CD Player 3DO 1996 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Wii May 30, 2008 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) 3DO Jan, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76
Mega Fun Game Boy Jan, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Dec, 1994 7 out of 10 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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