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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 Arcade Wan-Fu vs Tam-Tam
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Charlotte uses a fast attack. But where is Nakoruru?
Samurai Shodown FM Towns What's the mater, ma'am? Have I treated you badly?
Samurai Shodown FM Towns Lovely room - perfect for a ninja encounter!

Promo Images

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

Games World: The Magazine Neo Geo CD Mar, 1995 91 out of 100 91
GamePro (US) 3DO Feb, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Game Gear Oct 02, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Neo Geo Sep, 1993 36 out of 40 90 Neo Geo Nov 06, 2012 17 out of 20 85
Video Games Game Boy Oct, 1994 81 out of 100 81
Video Games Neo Geo Aug, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Nintendo Life Wii May 30, 2008 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Mega Fun Genesis Jan, 1995 75 out of 100 75
GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70


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Yasushi Adachi 1 Freeman (63165)
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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