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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 Arcade French speak
Samurai Shodown Game Gear Let's see!
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo When this happens, press the A button quickly. Depending of how much you press, you and the opponent (or the two simultaneously) will leave to fall the weapons.
Samurai Shodown Arcade Earthquake uses kusarigama

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

GamePro (US) Neo Geo Oct, 1993 5 out of 5 100
FLUX 3DO Oct, 1994 A 100
Power Unlimited SNES Feb, 1995 9.6 out of 10 96
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Neo Geo Apr 21, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Consoles Plus 3DO Jan, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Electric Playground Game Boy Sep 20, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Neo Geo Sep, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Hobby Consolas Genesis Mar, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Nov, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Dec, 1994 7 out of 10 70


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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.


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