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Samurai Shodown (SNES)

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In early Japan, a man named Shiro Tokisada Amakusa preaches a heretic religion. Little does anyone know that Amakusa is really a servant of the evil Ambrosia, who took over Amakusa's body. Ambrosia wishes to shroud the world in darkness. Now, choose between 12 warriors, and 3 bonus characters (the Genesis version does not have Earthquake - removed due to size limitations) to fight for the honor of destroying Amakusa, and fulfilling a mission.


Samurai Shodown SNES Ukyo "sharpens" his sword in Kyoshiro!
Samurai Shodown SNES Haohmaru Unleashes a Tornado!
Samurai Shodown SNES Title Screen
Samurai Shodown SNES Gen-An's Poison Cloud

Alternate Titles

  • "侍魂" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Samurai Spirits" -- Japanese title
  • "Samurai Shodown! - Pocket Fighting Series" -- Neo Geo Pocket title
  • "Samurai Shodown 1" -- Informal name
  • "Nettou Samurai Spirits" -- Japanese Game Boy title
  • "サムライスピリッツ" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Power Unlimited Feb, 1995 9.6 out of 10 96
Game Players Dec, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Total! (Germany) Oct, 1994 2 out of 6 80
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Oct, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74
GamePro (US) Dec, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Dec, 1994 7 out of 10 70


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Japanese release

Strangely enough, when the 3DO version was released in Japan, it was under the overseas name instead of the original Japanese title.

Hattori Hanzo

Either coincidence or not, the ninja Hattori Hanzo is actually a real samurai in medieval Japan. The "real" Hattori Hanzo served under the daimyo Tokugawa Ieyasu. Fans of Nobunaga's Ambition will recognize this.


  • GamePro
    • Vol.6, Issue 2 - Fighting Game of the Year 1993 (Editors' Choice)
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fooziex (2936) added Samurai Shodown (SNES) on May 30, 2003
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