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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 Kyoshiro vs Gen-An taunt screen
Samurai Shodown Game Gear Try harder...
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Galford obtains success defending this attack. Somebody wants apple?
Samurai Shodown FM Towns Get up and fight!

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

The Video Game Critic 3DO Feb 18, 2002 A- 91
GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
Video Games Genesis Feb, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Game Boy Jan, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Neo Geo Pocket Mar, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide SNES 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 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
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Nov, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74
GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1994 3.5 out of 5 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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