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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 SNES Title Screen
Samurai Shodown SNES Gen-An Attacks!
Samurai Shodown SNES Gen-An's Poison Cloud
Samurai Shodown SNES Haohmaru Unleashes a Tornado!

Promo Images

Samurai Shodown Screenshot
Samurai Shodown Screenshot
Samurai Shodown Screenshot
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

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Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited Feb, 1995 9.6 out of 10 96
Video Games Sep, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Game Players Dec, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Play Time Nov, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Mega Fun Nov, 1994 82 out of 100 82
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Total! (Germany) Oct, 1994 2 out of 6 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Oct, 1994 37 out of 50 74
GamePro (US) Dec, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Dec, 1994 7 out of 10 70


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Yasushi Adachi 1 Freeman (45986)
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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