DescriptionIn 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.
- "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
Part of the Following Groups
|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)|
|Electric Playground||3DO||2001||10 out of 10||100|
|Digital Press - Classic Video Games||Neo Geo||Apr 21, 2004||9.5 out of 10||95|
|1UP!||Neo Geo||Jan 24, 2006||94 out of 100||94|
|Superjuegos||Genesis||Mar, 1995||91 out of 100||91|
|Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames||Neo Geo Pocket||May 01, 1999||80|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||3DO||Jan, 1995||7.6 out of 10||76|
|Mega Fun||Game Boy||Jan, 1995||74 out of 100||74|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||SNES||Oct, 1994||7.4 out of 10||74|
|GamePro (US)||Game Boy||Dec, 1994||3.5 out of 5||70|
|GamePro (US)||SNES||Dec, 1994||3.5 out of 5||70|
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Japanese releaseStrangely enough, when the 3DO version was released in Japan, it was under the overseas name instead of the original Japanese title.
Hattori HanzoEither 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.
- Vol.6, Issue 2 - Fighting Game of the Year 1993 (Editors' Choice)