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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 VS screen.
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Score screen.
Samurai Shodown Game Gear Oh my, I'm so perfect!
Samurai Shodown SEGA CD Intro screen 2

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 (27)

Critic Reviews

FLUX 3DO Oct, 1994 A 100 Genesis Sep 12, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) 3DO Feb, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Sep, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) SNES Oct, 1994 2 out of 6 80 (UK) Wii Jun 02, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Nov, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74 SEGA CD Jun 24, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Defunct Games 3DO Aug 14, 2005 58 out of 100 58
The Video Game Critic Genesis Mar 10, 2002 D 25


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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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