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Samurai Shodown

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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 Neo Geo It is rare to find ninjas that throw electric spears.
Samurai Shodown Genesis Bloody Slice
Samurai Shodown Game Boy Kyoshiro slashes a fainted Haohmaru! A great chance like this is rare...
Samurai Shodown SEGA CD Matchup 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)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic 3DO Feb 18, 2002 A- 91
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
All Game Guide SNES 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) 3DO Jan, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Nov, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Oct, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74
Defunct Games 3DO Aug 14, 2005 58 out of 100 58
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo May 08, 2010 C 50
The Video Game Critic Genesis Mar 10, 2002 D 25

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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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