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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 Game Gear Ippon!
Samurai Shodown Game Boy Ukyo and his fast-action move.
Samurai Shodown SEGA CD Wan-Fu kicking Gen-An ass
Samurai Shodown Game Boy Intro frame – Haohmaru is cutting some lanterns as part of its hard training.

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

Electric Playground Neo Geo CD Oct 16, 1995 10 out of 10 100
Play Time Neo Geo Sep, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Player One SEGA CD Nov, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Game Players 3DO Mar, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Sep, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Nov, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74
GamePro (US) Game Boy Dec, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Sep, 1995 3 out of 5 60
The Video Game Critic Genesis Mar 10, 2002 D 25
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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    • Vol.6, Issue 2 - Fighting Game of the Year 1993 (Editors' Choice)
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