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Samurai Shodown (3DO)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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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.


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There are 146 other screenshots on file for other versions of this game.

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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User Reviews

Samurai [NOW LOADING] Shodown! Fake Spam (94) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars

The Press Says

FLUX Oct, 1994 A 100
Electric Playground 2001 10 out of 10 100
The Video Game Critic Feb 18, 2002 A- 91
GamePro (US) Feb, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Joystick (French) Jan, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Game Players Mar, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Feb, 1995 8 out of 10 80
CD Player 1996 8 out of 10 80
Defunct Games Aug 14, 2005 58 out of 100 58
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jan 30, 2005 5 out of 10 50


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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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