Samurai Shodown

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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 Neo Geo Title screen.
Samurai Shodown FM Towns Nakoruru is hurt in a tough battle with a beautiful view
Samurai Shodown SEGA CD Intro screen 1
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Some Kurokos are evaluating your performance in the Bonus Stage.

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

Defunct Games Neo Geo Pocket Jul 10, 2004 88 out of 100 88
Video Games 3DO Apr, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Edge Neo Geo Jan, 1994 8 out of 10 80
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Neo Geo Pocket May 01, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games Neo Geo Aug, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Total! (Germany) SNES Oct, 1994 2 out of 6 80
Mega Fun Genesis Jan, 1995 75 out of 100 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Jun, 1995 7.5 out of 10 75
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Dec, 1994 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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