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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 Neo Geo Title screen.
Samurai Shodown Game Gear Options screen.
Samurai Shodown FM Towns Okay, I am a freak with a tiny head and a corresponding brain. But I still won!
Samurai Shodown Game Gear Oh my, I'm so perfect!

Promo Images

Samurai Shodown Screenshot
Samurai Shodown Screenshot
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

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User Reviews

Samurai [NOW LOADING] Shodown! 3DO Fake Spam (94)
A great translation of the Neo Geo original. SEGA CD Luis Arocho (3)
The original, and not a bad one at that. Game Boy Zorgob (27)

Critic Reviews

Electric Playground Neo Geo CD Oct 16, 1995 10 out of 10 100
The Video Game Critic 3DO Feb 18, 2002 A- 91
Player One SEGA CD Nov, 1995 90 out of 100 90
CD Player 3DO 1996 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Nintendo Switch Aug 25, 2017 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) 3DO Jan, 1995 38 out of 50 76
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Jun, 1995 30 out of 40 75
GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Mean Machines Genesis Mar, 1995 61 out of 100 61
The Video Game Critic Genesis Mar 10, 2002 D 25


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Yasushi Adachi 1 Freeman (65665)
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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