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The Bushido code of honor governs the actions of the Samurai and sets a code of ethics for use in fighting. Sometime in the 20th century, a group of Narukagami ninja, each proficient in a different style, find themselves in a battle to regain their honor in the fighting ring.

Bushido Blade is a versus fighting game with several unique features. It does away with health bars, special meters, and other traditional gimmicks and allows for battles to be won with a single hit. Players select from among six ninja, each of a different fighting style and attributes. Players also choose equipment from among eight weapons, including Japanese swords, European blades, naginata and a sledgehammer.

Battles take place in wide open areas in which combatants can run around as well as climb up and down. Some structures, like bamboo trees, can even be cut down. In the single player game, players can even run through the entire castle, picking a preferred fighting ground location. In addition to the single player story mode, there's a versus mode, a slash mode where you will be attacked by 100 generic ninja in one long corridor, a training, and a 'POV' mode, which allows players to play from first person, heightening the realism. The game's versus mode can also be played using two Playstations linked up.

Gameplay involves picking one of three stances, then attacking high, middle, or low. Directions while attacking change attacks, and attacks can be combo'd. Player damage is location based, with hits to arms often making them useless, hits to legs crippling, and hits to heads and clean across the torso being mortal. The use of stances and the easily achieved one hit kills make Bushido Blade one of the most deadly, and therefore realistic, weapon fighters around.


Bushido Blade PlayStation Practice mode
Bushido Blade PlayStation The meat of the game. A duel.
Bushido Blade PlayStation Through the eyes of a warrior. First person perspective is both difficult and interesting.
Bushido Blade PlayStation Game Intro. Red Shadow performs a very pretty kata.

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Alternate Titles

  • "ブシドーブレード" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The Way of the Warrior Zovni (10623) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Play Magazine 1997 94 out of 100 94
PSM Oct, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
GameSpot Nov 13, 1997 8.9 out of 10 89
Game Revolution Jun 04, 2004 B+ 83
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 02, 2012 16 out of 20 80
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Oct, 1997 29.5 out of 40 74
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Edge May, 1997 6 out of 10 60
Video Games Apr, 1998 51 out of 100 51


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1001 Video Games

The PS1 version of Bushido Blade appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

German index

On January 31, 2003, Bushido Blade was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. More information about what this means can be found in the game group.

Japanese version

The original Japanese version actually has less blood than the western release. Originally "fatal" blows were indicated by a golden eyaculation followed by a flash instead of by blood.

Information also contributed by Xoleras.

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Ray Soderlund (3576) added Bushido Blade (PlayStation) on Apr 04, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (25908)
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