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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.


Samurai Shodown Genesis Ippon!
Samurai Shodown Genesis Pre-Battle Taunting
Samurai Shodown Genesis Title Screen
Samurai Shodown Genesis Bloody Slice

Promo Images

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

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

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Critic Reviews

Player One Mar, 1995 94 out of 100 94
Consoles Plus Jan, 1995 93 out of 100 93 Sep 12, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Hobby Consolas Mar, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Video Games Feb, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Play Time Feb, 1995 83 out of 100 83
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1994 38 out of 50 76
Mega Fun Jan, 1995 75 out of 100 75
Mean Machines Mar, 1995 61 out of 100 61
The Video Game Critic Mar 10, 2002 D 25


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Yasushi Adachi 1 Freeman (50151)
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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