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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 Earthquake tries prevent at all costs this Kyoshiro's super attack, but it seems that this "tornado" will delay some time to finish!
Samurai Shodown II Neo Geo Pocket Color Charlotte has some advantage with this sword move, but her energy is lower than Nakoruru's.
Samurai Shodown II Neo Geo Feels the power of Haohmaru's sword... Yes, all over again!
Samurai Shodown II Arcade Old man Nicotine

Promo Images

Samurai Shodown II Screenshot
Samurai Shodown II Screenshot
Samurai Shodown II Screenshot
Samurai Shodown II Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "真サムライスピリッツ 覇王丸地獄変" -- Japanese spelling
  • "侍魂2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Shin Samurai Spirits: Haōmaru 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 (176)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Neo Geo CD Jun 17, 2003 A 100
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo May 08, 2010 A- 91
Play Time Neo Geo Feb, 1995 90 out of 100 90
All Game Guide Neo Geo 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mega Fun Neo Geo Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89 (UK) Xbox 360 Sep 10, 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
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Pocket Color Sep 05, 2006 C 50
Imperium Gier Windows May 10, 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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