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Samurai Shodown

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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.


Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Pocket Selecting a grade level.
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo In the center you can see Kuroko, the judge. Those 2 flags that he hold is not mere accessories...
Samurai Shodown SNES Gen-An Attacks!
Samurai Shodown SNES Title 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 Genesis Sep 12, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Electric Playground Game Boy Sep 20, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Wii May 30, 2008 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
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) 3DO Jan, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jan, 1995 2.25 out of 6 75 SEGA CD Jun 24, 2010 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo May 08, 2010 C 50


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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.


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