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Samurai Shodown II

MobyRank MobyScore
Neo Geo Pocket Color
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3.7
iPhone
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Wii
81
4.5

User Reviews

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

Our Users Say

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Arcade 1 4.2
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Neo Geo 16 4.2
Neo Geo CD 9 4.0
Neo Geo Pocket Color 13 3.7
Wii 2 4.5
Windows 9 3.7
Xbox 360 4 3.9
Combined MobyScore 54 4.0


The Press Says

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100
Neo GeoPixel-Heroes.de
Somit ist Samurai Shodown 2 ein absolutes Referenzspiel für alle Beat´em up´s und ein Muss für jeden spielebegeisterten Anime-Fan. Ähnliche und/oder bessere Spiele muss man schon wirklich sehr lange suchen. Ein TOP-Titel der Extraklasse!
100
Neo Geo Pocket ColorPocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames
Techniquement, le jeu est au top niveau : sprites magnifiquement détaillés, décors somptueux. Seul petit reproche, les magnifiques mélodies typiquement asiatiques sont méconnaissables en raison de la faible qualité du processeur sonore de la NGPC. Ceci dit, la profondeur et l’ambiance singulière de ce titre suffisent à détrôner KoF R2. Le roi est mort, vive le roi !
100
Neo Geo CDElectric Playground
All hail Caffeine Nicotine!!! The most pernicious and puny miscreant to ever infiltrate a video game but you know what, I love the little guy. If this game hadn't come to the arcades I'd still be happy with Shodown 1 but now that you can bring this amazing battle into your living room, I don't think I'll ever leave my house again. Samurai Showdown 2 is simply perfect. The developers took an already perfect fighter, tweaked it, prettied up the graphics, sound effects and music; added a few characters and changed some of the older characters' weapons and special moves and presto instant one-upmanship. They've also added the ability to magically break your opponent's sword in one gigantic dramatic swipe. I love SNK.
100
Neo Geo CDThe Video Game Critic
Shodown 2 is incredibly fun and rewards skilled technique. I love how the weapons can lock together, and sometimes you'll even lose your weapon and have to fight with your bare hands. The power meter on the bottom of the screen displays the button presses for the disarm move - a nice touch. The spectacular backgrounds are an eyeful, bursting with color and teeming with animation. Are those Jedi guards I see in the throne stage? The audio is also fantastic, with outstanding music and crystal clear voice samples. Add in intro and ending scenes for each character, and you have one of the definitive fighting games from SNK.
100
Neo GeoGamePro (US)
With four world-class fighter's under it's belt (Fatal Fury Special, King of Fighters '94 and both Shodowns), SNK is conquering the crowded fighting-game field. Before, Capcom was the master and SNK was merely the disciple. Now SNK is...almost the master. And definitely the innovator.
100
Neo GeoElectric Playground
All hail Caffeine Nicotine!!! The most pernicious and puny miscreant to ever infiltrate a video game but you know what, I love the little guy. If this game hadn't come to the arcades I'd still be happy with Shodown 1 but now that you can bring this amazing battle into your living room, I don't think I'll ever leave my house again. Samurai Showdown 2 is simply perfect. The developers took an already perfect fighter, tweaked it, prettied up the graphics, sound effects and music; added a few characters and changed some of the older characters' weapons and special moves and presto instant one-upmanship. They've also added the ability to magically break your opponent's sword in one gigantic dramatic swipe. I love SNK.
100
Neo GeoDigital Press - Classic Video Games
This is most likely not a game that will ever catch on with the masses. This is a game the SCREAMS hardcore. Total patience is required as is the utmost respect for your opponent. Give yourself 10 minutes with this one and you will never be able to put this one down. There isn't another fighter like this on the market and there most likely never will be. You cannot ask for anything more from any video game. This game is pure bliss. If you ever questions yourself as to why you need to own a Neo Geo, this is it. Need another reason? Greatest....video game....ever.
94
Neo GeoDefunct Games
Samurai Shodown II is the real deal; it's your best bet when it comes to a fighting game on the Neo-Geo. This is one game with almost limitless replay, an amazing sense of style, and some of the best music you'll hear in an SNK game. Samurai Shodown is simply one of the best games ever made, there's no reason you should not have this in your permanent collection.
91
Neo GeoThe Video Game Critic
Samurai Shodown 2 builds on the foundation of the original title to create one of the definitive fighters for the system.
90
WiiNintendo Life
While many companies would have been content to only make a few minor upgrades here and there and call it a sequel, SNK ignored the "if it's not broke, don't fix it" approach and went all out for their follow-up to Samurai Shodown. The result is one of the best fighting games ever made, and easily the pinnacle of the outstanding Samurai Shodown series. If you love fighting games, this one should be at the top of your Virtual Console wish list. And even if you don't like fighting games, this one's so good it might just make a fighting game fan out of you yet. If you only own one Samurai Shodown title, make sure it's this one.
90
Neo Geo CDVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
The one drawback of this game is the long loading time. Between each match you will have to wait through two periods when the CD must load information. This is an unfortunate break in the pace of an otherwise blistering fast and intense game. If you can find the secret blood code, you'll really be able to ream your opponents in an all-out bloodbath.
90
Neo GeoAll Game Guide
As it stands here at the turn of the century, Samurai Shodown II holds up remarkably well against newer fighters on the various 32 and 128 bit systems out there. If you are a 2d fighting fan and can get your hands on this one, you're not likely to be disappointed.
90
Neo GeoElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
The first Shodown impressed me with its graphics and game play. The sequel improves on every aspect, adding features that surpass all the other fighting games. The visuals and audio are spectacular. There are incredible combos, new types of grappling and enough technique to tilt a camel. There are secrets galore too! Samurai Shodown II is simply the best fighting game out there. This is the fighting game to buy.
89
Neo Geo Pocket ColorDefunct Games
Most of the characters are represented here, and they all control as I remember, which I might add, impressed me. Plus the back grounds and the cinemas were all familiar. Let it be known that this is a fantastic product. But it's not perfect. As in the original, some of the moves are a little hard to pull off. And I would have liked a better two player mode. The one we get is adequate, but not real innovative. I wish they had added something to this rather old game. But they kept it intact, and that's saying a whole lot.
85
WiiIGN
So it's easy to recommend Samurai Shodown II as a candidate to claim your digital dollars, just as it was easy to recommend the first Samurai Shodown when it arrived in VC form a few months back. I wouldn't go so far as to say that this sequel is far and away superior to the original, as I find nostalgia to be much more of a positive factor for Samurai Shodown I than it is for this less well-known follow-up. But loyal fans of the franchise will often point to Samurai Shodown II as the best in the series, citing flaws and mistakes introduced in later sequels -- feel free to side with either perspective. Either way, whether purchasing the first Samurai Shodown or Samurai Shodown II, you'll be getting an excellent, focused weapons-based fighter for only nine bucks. And the multitude of matches you'll likely end up playing in either one will certainly leave you with some lost time that you yourself will need to make up.
85
Neo GeoIGN
So it's easy to recommend Samurai Shodown II as a candidate to claim your digital dollars, just as it was easy to recommend the first Samurai Shodown when it arrived in VC form a few months back. I wouldn't go so far as to say that this sequel is far and away superior to the original, as I find nostalgia to be much more of a positive factor for Samurai Shodown I than it is for this less well-known follow-up. But loyal fans of the franchise will often point to Samurai Shodown II as the best in the series, citing flaws and mistakes introduced in later sequels -- feel free to side with either perspective. Either way, whether purchasing the first Samurai Shodown or Samurai Shodown II, you'll be getting an excellent, focused weapons-based fighter for only nine bucks. And the multitude of matches you'll likely end up playing in either one will certainly leave you with some lost time that you yourself will need to make up.
80
WiiMag'64
Endlich wissen wir wieder, wie sich ein richtiges Arcade-Spiel anfühlt! Auch als Neuling der "Samurai Shodown"-Serie weiß man die Qualität des Spiels nach einiger Zeit zu schätzen. Das Gameplay ist verglichen mit damaligen "Street Fighter"-Titeln einen Tick komplexer und optisch hebt sich das Spiel auch von der sonstigen Konkurrenz deutlich (positiv) ab. Da wir einen Wii-Arcade-Stick zu Testzwecken zur Verfügung haben, kommt das NeoGeo-Flair natürlich noch besser zum Vorschein, aber auch mit dem Classic Controller (Pro) sollten Genre-Interessierte zumindest einen Teil dieser Serie mal gespielt haben. Die umständlich einsehbare Move-Liste bzw. ein fehlender Trainings-Modus kann dennoch nicht unerwähnt bleiben, da sie den Spielspaß stellenweise extrem drücken und das Experimentieren mit verschiedenen Charakteren zur Geduldsprobe wird. Wen das nicht weiter stört kann, unserer Wertung gerne einen weiteren Spielspaßpunkt hinzu addieren.
80
WiiEurogamer.net (UK)
Still, this is another fine Neo Geo fighting game and one that deserves attention from casual fighting fans as well as the inevitable hardcore devotees.
80
Neo Geo Pocket ColorPortable Review
As for replay value, this game has quite a bit of it. Throughout the game, you are able to earn "Character Cards", which can be used to enhance each character’s abilities and give them new moves. For each character, there are 8 different cards, 4 for the "Slash" style and 4 for "Bust". Two cards can be applied to your character at a time and they can only be equipped after selecting your character.
80
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
In the end it only seems fair to rate it the same as the Virtual Console version - as a solid fighting game in its own right - and leave it up to you, dear reader, to decide if the online play and minor technical compromises improve or tarnish an enjoyable core experience.
80
Xbox 360TeamXbox
Fanboys stop typing your missives right now. It’s the truth; you either love this game because it reminds you of Slurpee-fueled afternoons at the 7-11 near school, or you’re an incredibly knowledgeable fan of fighting games who wrote your 500 page dissertation on the subtle differences between SNK and Capcom games. You guys are cool, you’ll love it. But to the entry level fighting gamer, I can’t fully recommend it.
80
Xbox 360IGN
Samurai Shodown II is a great nostalgic release for Xbox Live Arcade. Diehard fans will appreciate the ability to take the game online and do battle against the masses, while others will just enjoy the ability to play a classic fighter on the 360, despite the terrible D-pad. If you can overcome the frustrating controls then there’s plenty to enjoy.
80
Xbox 360Giant Bomb
Samurai Shodown is a great series, and as far as I'm concerned, SS2 is the best installment of the bunch. Between that and the game's online support, I'm well satisfied with this release. If you have fond memories of '90s arcades, I'd guess that you'll be satisfied, as well.
75
Xbox 3601UP
This version of Samurai Shodown II doesn't bring much new to the mix, but that won't matter for fans of the original. The classic's here in all its glory and occasional goofiness -- if you're outfitted for the experience, slice away.
71
WiiOfficial Nintendo Magazine
,so we were quite excited when we heard Samurai Shodown II was coming to the Virtual Console. Note, however, the use of the word 'were' - now that it's here, we're not quite so elated.
65
AndroidMeristation
Samurai Shodown II llega a iOS y Android como un interesante port táctil de uno de los juegos de lucha más recordados y celebrados de SNK, pero que falla tanto en su interfaz ‒resultando algo incómodo e impreciso‒ como en su precio de salida, con unos exagerados 7,99 euros. La conversión es fantástica en muchos sentidos; ofrece todo lo que se espera de un Samurai Shodown clásico, diversión, acción, espectacularidad, estilos de lucha diferenciados... Será casi como si tuviéramos el juego original en nuestras manos, lo que supondrá un valor añadido para los jugadores más veteranos y fans del género. Por contra, en ningún momento nos sentiremos cómodos a sus mandos, descuidando la profundidad de los combates originales en favor de una simplificación notable de su jugabilidad. Ya podemos hacernos con Samurai Shodown II tanto en la AppStore como en Google Play por 7,99 euros, una conversión interesante que falla en lo esencial.
60
Xbox 360GamingExcellence
This is a problem that many retro releases face; how do you attract people to purchase the game outside of the group who played it when it was originally released? Generally most games that are released to services like Xbox Live Arcade will have some sort of upgrade done be it to graphics, gameplay or adding new features to the title. The only thing really added here is the ability to play on Xbox Live and that’s just not enough. There are other, better, games out there to play now and unless you’re that obsessed reliving the once great games of the past there’s no reason to look back.
50
iPadPocket Gamer UK
While the original remains a classic, Samurai Shodown II for iOS is too glitchy and broken to really recommend
50
iPhonePocket Gamer UK
While the original remains a classic, Samurai Shodown II for iOS is too glitchy and broken to really recommend
50
AndroidPocket Gamer UK
It's a shame, because this is a classic of mid-'90s scrapping and it deserves better. There are times when the game gets a chance to shine through, and the multiplayer Bluetooth battles are still fun, but there's too much baggage here to recommend to anyone who isn't a fan of the original.
50
Neo Geo Pocket ColorThe Video Game Critic
Shodown's graphics are as good as it's going to get on the Neo Geo Pocket, with scenic flowing streams and moonlit villages. The well-done background music is tinged with a traditional Japanese flavor. Samurai Shodown 2 can't compare to its big-screen counterpart, but this portable version still has all of the necessary ingredients for a playable fighter.