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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 SEGA CD Intro screen 4
Samurai Shodown SEGA CD Gen-An vs Wan-Fu Battle Map
Samurai Shodown SEGA CD Intro screen 2
Samurai Shodown SEGA CD Kyoshiro vs Gen-An taunt screen

Promo Images

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

A great translation of the Neo Geo original. Luis Arocho (3) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

Critic Reviews

Player One Nov, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Sep, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jun, 1995 30 out of 40 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Aug, 1995 29 out of 40 72 Jun 24, 2010 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) Sep, 1995 3 out of 5 60
The Video Game Critic Mar 12, 2002 D- 16


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Yasushi Adachi 1 Freeman (45930)
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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