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Bringing a new breath to SNK's swordsman fighting series, this 4th installment marks the return of 3 classic characters (Yagyu Jubei, Charlotte and Tam Tam, now with updated stuff), introduces 2 newcomers for the pantheon (the brothers Sogetsu Kazama and Kazuki Kazama) and brings some new backgrounds.

In spite of these little improvements, the game preserved (and improved a lot) many elements that did the previous one (Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood) a quite popular title, like the dodge move and the chance to choose between two versions of the fighter: the standard one and an alternative dark-styled one (SLASH and BUST, respectively).

With the intention to provide more action in the battles, the "No Contest" Moves were introduced: working in similar way (and under certain conditions) to the many games of Mortal Kombat Series, your fighter will execute an ultimate-slaughter move in a stunned opponent.


Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge Neo Geo The "How To Play" screen can be used to review the basic commands to be a good samurai.
Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge PlayStation Yagyu Jubei waiting the best time to avoid Charlotte's triangular projectile-based move Tri-Slash...
Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge Arcade Flame skull
Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge PlayStation Character selection

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Alternate Titles

  • "Samurai Spirits: Amakusa Kourin Special" -- PlayStation title
  • "Samurai Spirits: Amakusa Kourin" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews Neo Geo Dec, 2003 10 out of 10 100
FNintendo Wii Apr 19, 2012 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide Neo Geo 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
neXGam SEGA Saturn 2006 8.8 out of 10 88
Video Games Neo Geo CD Feb, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Dec, 1997 80 out of 100 80
Nintendo Life Wii Mar 12, 2012 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Neo Geo Jan, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Defunct Games Wii Mar 16, 2012 B- 67


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