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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 Slash!
Samurai Shodown Arcade Flame attack
Samurai Shodown Game Gear Let's see!
Samurai Shodown Game Gear Japanese Intro cutscene.

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! - 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! 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

Power Unlimited SNES Feb, 1995 9.6 out of 10 96
Electric Playground Game Boy Sep 20, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Video Games SNES Sep, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Defunct Games Neo Geo Pocket Jul 10, 2004 88 out of 100 88
Video Games 3DO Apr, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Game Players SNES Dec, 1994 85 out of 100 85
CD Player 3DO 1996 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun Genesis Jan, 1995 75 out of 100 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Jun, 1995 30 out of 40 75
Digital Press - Classic Video Games 3DO Jan 30, 2005 5 out of 10 50


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Yasushi Adachi 1 Freeman (45432)
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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