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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 Arcade Nice slash
Samurai Shodown Arcade Second player joins to game
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo The energies of both fighters are very low. Can you win this combat?
Samurai Shodown Genesis Pre-Battle Taunting

Promo Images

Samurai Shodown Screenshot
Samurai Shodown Screenshot

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
Superjuegos Genesis Mar, 1995 91 out of 100 91
The Video Game Critic 3DO Feb 18, 2002 A- 91
Joystick (French) 3DO Jan, 1995 90 out of 100 90
GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
Nintendo Life Wii May 30, 2008 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Play Time Game Boy Jan, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Nov, 1994 7.6 out of 10 76
The Video Game Critic SEGA CD Mar 12, 2002 D- 16


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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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