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In Samurai Shodown II players take on one of the roles of fifteen warriors, fighting their way through the land to defeat Rashojin Mizuki, who was thrown into the sea when she was a little girl and since then became a servant of the dark god Ambrosia.

This sequel to Samurai Shodown introduces five new playable characters: the warrior and Haohmaru's rival Genjuro Kibagami, the cat-like Cham-Cham (Tam-Tam's sister), the Prussian gun-wielding knight Neinhalt Sieger, the old monk Nicotine Caffeine, and the hidden boss and unlockable character Kuroko.

The game features special moves accessible by charging up a power meter, as well as other gameplay-related additions. Characters can now roll forward and backward, perform small jumps to evade low attacks, and duck to avoid high ones. There is also a parrying move that leaves the opponent vulnerable for a moment if executed at the right time.


Samurai Shodown II Neo Geo Title screen (Japanese version).
Samurai Shodown II Neo Geo A faint Charlotte in Continue screen.
Samurai Shodown II Neo Geo The girls who pass for the screen receive uninterrupted applause from the "commission judge". It seems that they never seen many together beauty!
Samurai Shodown II Neo Geo Earthquake tries prevent at all costs this Kyoshiro's super attack, but it seems that this "tornado" will delay some time to finish!

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Alternate Titles

  • "侍魂2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Shin Samurai Spirits: Haohamaru jigokuhen" -- Japanese title
  • "Samurai Showdown2: Katana Battle Action Game" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Samurai Shodown! 2 – Pocket Fighting Series" -- Neo Geo Pocket Color title

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User Reviews

Decent game that does an effective, not great, job of translating the big-brother gameplay. Neo Geo Pocket Color zemonn (173)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Neo Geo CD Jun 17, 2003 A 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Neo Geo Dec 10, 2003 10 out of 10 100
Video Games Neo Geo Dec, 1994 95 out of 100 95
Mega Fun Neo Geo Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89
Defunct Games Neo Geo Pocket Color Sep 25, 2004 89 out of 100 89
IGN Xbox 360 Sep 15, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Mag'64 Wii Feb 26, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Official Nintendo Magazine Wii Oct, 2008 71 out of 100 71
Pocket Gamer UK Android Jul 01, 2013 5 out of 10 50
Pocket Gamer UK iPhone Jul 01, 2013 5 out of 10 50


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1001 Video Games

Samurai Shodown II appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
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