Description"The Demon King descends from his mountain domain to you, the First Samurai and your master. Defenceless against the Demon's magic, you succumb to his powers, leaving the your Master to fight the Demon King alone. Your master falls in combat, dying. But, with his last breath, he summons the Wizard Mage. The Demon King fearing defeat, escapes to the future. Tormented, the young samurai seeks the teachings of the Wizard Mage in the ways of magic. Boiled with revenge and armed with a magical sword, the young samurai follows the Demon King into the future and the unknown..."
The First Samurai is a platform action game very much similar to other platform games, but with a medieval oriental touch to it in addition to various unique features.
Arriving in the new unknown land, you are defenceless hence your fists and kicks. But as you journey forth, you'll find your trusty magical sword as well as throwing weapons such as knives and axes. With your martial art skills, your enemy best beware with those sudden moves that may prove fatal!
The First Samurai offers a wide array of weapons, special items and other objects. Combat is usually melee, either relying on your punch or kicks or using the magical sword to slash some pretty skillful blows in whatever direction possible.
Monsters are forever regenerating but food for health is plentiful. It actually takes an effort to be killed...
- "The First Samurai" -- Atari ST/DOS in-game title
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The Press Says
|Player One||Dec, 1993||69 out of 100||69|
|Mega Fun||Oct, 1993||66 out of 100||66|
|Nintendo Magazine System UK||Apr, 1993||62 out of 100||62|
|Edge||Oct, 1993||5 out of 10||50|
|neXGam||2002||4.5 out of 10||45|
|Total! (Germany)||Jul, 1993||4.25 out of 6||35|
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Cancelled remakeA revamped version was to be released for the Nintendo 64, with a 3D perspective aimed at exploration, similar to Tomb Raider and one-on-one fights geared towards Tekken. The game was ultimately cancelled.
ExtrasSome game boxes came with a free color poster featuring an enlarged picture of a Samurai and the caption "the power of bushido will be yours..." followed by the company's logo and address.
ReferencesThe game's name is a deliberate play on the popular Last Ninja series.
SNES versionIn the SNES version several pictures in the intro, a bloody sword on the title screen and burger/coke power ups in the later levels were removed. Additionally all human enemies were replaced with demons. A detailed list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).
Information also contributed by Big John WV and Garcia.