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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 Ippon!
Samurai Shodown FM Towns Title screen
Samurai Shodown FM Towns Nakoruru's winning picture
Samurai Shodown Game Boy The environment: a peaceful bamboo forest... Peaceful? With a fight in course?!?

Promo Images

Samurai Shodown Screenshot
Samurai Shodown Screenshot
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 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) Neo Geo Oct, 1993 5 out of 5 100
1UP! Neo Geo Jan 24, 2006 94 out of 100 94
Play Time Neo Geo Sep, 1993 90 out of 100 90
GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
Hobby Consolas Genesis Mar, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Retro Archives Arcade Mar 01, 2021 17.5 out of 20 88
Retro Archives Genesis Mar 01, 2021 15.5 out of 20 78
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jan, 1995 2.25 out of 6 75
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Sep, 1995 3 out of 5 60
Digital Press - Classic Video Games 3DO Jan 30, 2005 5 out of 10 50


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Yasushi Adachi 1 Freeman (64433)
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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