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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 Game Gear Haohmaru performing a special attack.
Samurai Shodown Arcade Oh my God! You killed Nakoruru
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Charlotte throws Nakoruru with style.
Samurai Shodown FM Towns Wan Fu doesn't even need his sword anymore. Kyoshiro is finished

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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

GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun Neo Geo Sep, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Play Time SNES Nov, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Mega Fun SNES Nov, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Video Games Game Boy Oct, 1994 81 out of 100 81
CD Player 3DO 1996 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Nov, 1994 37 out of 50 74
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 Neo Geo May 08, 2010 C 50


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Yasushi Adachi 1 Freeman (59215)
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.


  • GamePro
    • Vol.6, Issue 2 - Fighting Game of the Year 1993 (Editors' Choice)
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