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Samurai Shodown II

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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 What's happening? Samurai Shodown is a match known for sheltering professional fighters, not apprentices!
Samurai Shodown II Neo Geo Title screen.
Samurai Shodown II Neo Geo Finish one round very quickly to set the best clear time!
Samurai Shodown II Neo Geo Three Ukyos are better than one. Ippon!

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)

The Press Says

Electric Playground Neo Geo CD Oct 16, 1995 10 out of 10 100
Defunct Games Neo Geo Jun 04, 2005 94 out of 100 94
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo May 08, 2010 A- 91
Nintendo Life Wii Aug 08, 2008 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
IGN Xbox 360 Sep 15, 2008 8 out of 10 80 (UK) Wii Aug 26, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Giant Bomb Xbox 360 Sep 23, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Meristation Android Jul 16, 2013 6.5 out of 10 65
Pocket Gamer UK iPad Jul 01, 2013 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Pocket Color Sep 05, 2006 C 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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