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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 FM Towns Match-up
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo This is Amakusa Shiro Tokisada, the last boss. Defeat this terrible creature and save the day!
Samurai Shodown Genesis Wan-Fu vs Galford
Samurai Shodown SEGA CD Gen-An win screen

Promo Images

Samurai Shodown Screenshot
Samurai Shodown Other
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

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

The Video Game Critic 3DO Feb 18, 2002 A- 91
Coming Soon Magazine 3DO Mar, 1995 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Joystick (French) 3DO Jan, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Hobby Consolas Genesis Mar, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Defunct Games Neo Geo Pocket Jul 10, 2004 88 out of 100 88
IGN Wii Jul 02, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Sep, 1995 8 out of 10 80
CD Player 3DO 1996 8 out of 10 80
Defunct Games 3DO Aug 14, 2005 58 out of 100 58
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo May 08, 2010 C 50


Topic # Posts Last Post
Yasushi Adachi 1 Freeman (48240)
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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