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In early feudal 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 had possessed and taken over Amakusa's body, as Ambrosia wishes to shroud the world into eternal darkness. Now, the player must select from out of 12 fierce warriors and plus 3 bonus characters in order to fight for the honor of defeating Amakusa once and for all, while fulfilling a specific mission for each and every warrior in the game.

The Genesis version of the game does not however include the Earthquake which has been removed due to its 16-bit memory capacity and technical size limitations.


There are no 3DO user screenshots for this game.

There are 146 other screenshots from other versions of this game or official promotional screenshots.

Promo Images

Samurai Shodown Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)
Samurai Shodown Other
Samurai Shodown Screenshot
Samurai Shodown Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

3DO Magazine (UK) Dec, 1994 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
FLUX Oct, 1994 A 100
Electric Playground 2001 10 out of 10 100
The Video Game Critic Feb 18, 2002 A- 91
Joystick (French) Jan, 1995 90 out of 100 90
GamePro (US) Feb, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Video Games Apr, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Retro Archives Mar 01, 2021 17 out of 20 85
Game Players Mar, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1995 38 out of 50 76


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Yasushi Adachi 1 Freeman (64473)
Dec 03, 2017


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.


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    • Vol.6, Issue 2 - Fighting Game of the Year 1993 (Editors' Choice)
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