Samurai Shodown

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    NTSC-J
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    PAL
  • Sega Game Gear
    US
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    JP
  • Mega-CD

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Samurai Shodown
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Takara
Sega Mega-CD
JVC Musical Industries
Developer:
Licensor: SNK
Original system(s): Neo Geo
Publisher(s) of original games: SNK
Developer(s) of original games: SNK
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
SMPS 68000
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega-CD
Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Action[1][2][3][4]

















Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega-CD
1-2,
Sega Game Gear
1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,8008,800 G-4127
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-103066
Videogame Rating Council: MA-13
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1184-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
PT
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£49.9949.99[6][5] 1184-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$99.9599.95[7] FSAM01SMC
OFLC: M15
Sega Game Gear
JP
¥4,8004,800 T-146027
Sega Game Gear
US
T-103018
Videogame Rating Council: MA-13
Sega Mega-CD
US
T-60175
ESRB: Teen
Sega Mega-CD
EU
T-60175-50
ELSPA: 15+ OK
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£34.9934.99[11] T-60175-50
ELSPA: 15+ OK
Sega Mega-CD
AU
Sega Mega-CD
BR
R$69.9969.99 063696
Tectoy: 13+
Non-Sega versions

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Samurai Shodown, known as Samurai Spirits (サムライスピリッツ) in Japan, is a versus fighting game by SNK, originally developed for Neo Geo AES/MVS hardware. It is the first in the series, and is notable for using weapons rather than relying on hand-to-hand combat during battles - one of the first fighting games of its type to do so.

After being released for the Neo Geo in 1993, ports were made to a variety of platforms, including the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD and Sega Game Gear.

Gameplay

Characters

Gen-An
Calford
Haohmaru
Ukyo
Charlotte
Tamtam
Nakoruru
Wan-Fu
Jubei
Hanzo
Kyoshiro

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Samurai Shodown Samurai Shodown
English (US) Samurai Shodown Samurai Shodown
Japanese サムライスピリッツ Samurai Spirits

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Executive Producer: Nobuyuki Tanaka
  • Producer: Yasushi Okahara, Takahiro Shima
  • Direction: Zizi
  • Main Programmer: Haccyan
  • Assistant Programmer: Yama
  • Graphic System: Hideki
  • Graphic Design: Original from SNK
  • Graphic Design Modify: M.Toshiro, T.Koyama
  • Sound Design: Original from SNK
  • Sound System: Den
  • Sound Arrangement: Shinichi Yamazaki, Kazuhiko Oshikiri, Hideki Nagai, Hiroyuki Takei
  • Collision Tuning: Kuzira, Shikanosuke, Koyaman 3D
Takara Staff and Takara USA Staff
  • Producers: S.Suzuki
  • Director: T.Ikenoue
  • Production Composers: T.Hocho, K.Kijima, S.Takagi, D.Fowler
  • USA Marketing Planner: T.Kinya
  • Art Work Composers: INTAC I.T.C. Staff
  • Special Thanks to: All SNK Staff, Rika
  • Translated by: Saurus Co., Ltd.
  • Presented by: Takara Co., Ltd.


Mega-CD version

JVC Musical Industries Inc
  • Executive Producer: Makato Orii
  • Producer: Yoji Takenaka
  • Game Testers: Aki Akaike, Julio C Arreygue, Jeremy Klein
JVC Victor Entertainment Inc
  • Executive Producer: Harunobu Komori
  • Producer: Toshiyuki Nagai
  • Director: Kazuya Tominaga
  • Co Director: Gaku Sato
  • Assistant: Ryo Misawa
Funcom
  • Main Programmer: Roar Flølo
  • Cruncher and Realtime Animation Decruncher: Eivind Hagen, Johan Köhler, Morten B Ofstad
  • Other Programming: Anders Dybdahl, Eivind Eklund, Morten B Ofstad, Carl-Henrik Skårstedt
  • Graphic Artists: Joachim Barrum, Torkell Bernsen, Colin McMahon, Tommy Svensson
  • Music and Sound: Kim Jensen
  • Animation Editing: Vebjørn Strømmen
  • Producer: Trond W Larsen
Source:
In-game credits


Funcom
  • Artist: Colin McMahon, Torkell Bernsen, Joachim Barrum, Vebjørn Strømmen, Glenn Kristofferson, Jack Kristoffersen
Source:
Manual credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Samurai Shodown/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Samurai Shodown/Promotional material.

Artwork

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 [12]
Sega Mega Drive
85
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[13]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
60
[14]
Consoles + (FR)
93
[15]
Cool Gamer (RU)
80
[16]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
76
[17]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
60
[18]
Freak (IL)
88
[19]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
88
[20]
Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
86
[6]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
89
[21]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
67
[22]
Mega (UK) PAL
79
[23]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
75
[24]
Micromanía (tercera época) (ES)
75
[25]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
61
[26]
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
50
[27]
Player One (FR)
94
[28]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
62
[5]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[29]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
85
[30]
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
72
[31]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
69
[32]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
85
[33]
Video Games (DE) PAL
86
[34]
VideoGames (US)
70
[35]
Sega Mega Drive
75
Based on
25 reviews

Samurai Shodown

Mega Drive, JP
SamuraiShodown MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
SamuraiShodown MD JP CartTop.jpg
SamuraiSpirits MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Samuraispirits md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
SamuraiShodown MD US Box.jpg
Cover
SamuraiShodown MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Samuraishodown md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
SamuraiShodown MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
SamuraiShodown MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Samurai Shodown MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, PT

Mega Drive, AU
SamuraiShodown MD AU Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, AU (Silver)

SamuraiShodown MD AU Cart Silver.jpg
Cart

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Computer & Video Games (UK)
71
[9]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
75
[36]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
73
[37]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
68
[38]
Gamers (DE)
87
[39]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
85
[40]
Mega (UK) PAL
47
[41]
Player One (FR)
90
[42]
Sega Magazin (DE)
79
[43]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
67
[44]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
53
[10]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
68
[45]
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
80
[46]
Sega Mega-CD
72
Based on
13 reviews

Samurai Shodown

Mega-CD, US
SamuraiShodown MCD US Box Back.JPGSamuraiShodown MCD US Box Front.JPG
Cover
SamuraiShodown MCD US Disc.jpg
Disc
Samuraishodown mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, EU
SamuraiShodown MCD EU Box Back.jpgSamuraiShodown MCD EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Samurai Shodown MCD EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Samurai Shodown MCD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega-CD, BR
SamuraiShodown MCD BR front.jpg
Cover

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
68
[47]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
55
[48]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
73
[49]
Sega Game Gear
65
Based on
3 reviews

Samurai Shodown

Game Gear, JP
SamuraiShodown GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSamuraiShodown GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
SamuraiSpirits GG JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, US
SamuraiShodown GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngSamuraiShodown GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
SamuraiShodown GG US cart.jpg
Cart
Samurai Shodown GG US Manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 93fd73dc
MD5 71b53a4577065e11453928774a7b64b0
SHA-1 2aaf7b6f9d37275995d4a62bb8a465333d8b0bf4
512kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 98171deb
MD5 4898db4b63c7024842e748fb81c95a55
SHA-1 d7330f5abcadb5c199299b24c22334be0072ec80
512kB Cartridge (US)

References

  1. File:SamuraiShodown MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  3. File:SamuraiShodown GG JP Box Front.jpg
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/gg/soft_licensee.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-01-01 20:24)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Sega Magazine, "February 1995" (UK; 1995-01-15), page 94
  6. 6.0 6.1 Games World: The Magazine, "April 1995" (UK; 1995-xx-xx), page 13
  7. 7.0 7.1 File:NewReleasesCatalogueApril-May1995AU.pdf, page 12
  8. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video.sega/c/2_XPmLVygEY/m/2fcTyybkMLsJ
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Computer & Video Games, "July 1995" (UK; 1995-06-09), page 60
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Sega Power, "July 1995" (UK; 1995-05-18), page 52
  11. File:SegaPower 68 jul 95.pdf, page 52
  12. GamesMaster, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-02-16), page 72
  13. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 198
  14. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1994" (JP; 1994-11-08), page 23
  15. Consoles +, "Janvier 1995" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 110
  16. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 180
  17. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 46
  18. Famitsu, "1994-11-25" (JP; 1994-11-11), page 40
  19. Freak, "1/95" (IL; 1995-xx-xx), page 1
  20. GamePro, "December 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 44
  21. Hobby Consolas, "Marzo 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 60
  22. MAN!AC, "03/95" (DE; 1995-02-08), page 61
  23. Mega, "May 1995" (UK; 1995-04-30), page 16
  24. Mega Fun, "02/95" (DE; 1995-01-18), page 96
  25. Micromanía (tercera época), "Febrero 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 106
  26. Mean Machines Sega, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-01-30), page 76
  27. Next Generation, "Premiere Issue 1995" (US; 1994-12-08), page 108
  28. Player One, "Mars 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 82
  29. Sega Power, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-01-19), page 40
  30. Sega Pro, "February 1995" (UK; 1994-12-29), page 34
  31. Sega Mega Drive Review, "2" (RU; 1996-01-03), page 115
  32. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
  33. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 151
  34. Video Games, "3/95" (DE; 1995-02-23), page 91
  35. VideoGames, "December 1994" (US; 1994-1x-xx), page 101
  36. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "June 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 36
  37. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "August 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 36
  38. GamePro, "September 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 48
  39. Gamers, "November 1995" (DE; 1995-10-11), page 55
  40. Hobby Consolas, "Agosto 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 78
  41. Mega, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-08-31), page 20
  42. Player One, "Novembre 1995" (FR; 1995-1x-xx), page 142
  43. Sega Magazin, "Februar 1996" (DE; 1996-01-10), page 10
  44. Sega Magazine, "July 1995" (UK; 1995-06-15), page 82
  45. Sega Pro, "August 1995" (UK; 1995-07-13), page 65
  46. VideoGames, "September 1995" (US; 1995-08-22), page 81
  47. Beep! MegaDrive, "January 1995" (JP; 1994-12-08), page 27
  48. Famitsu, "1994-12-23" (JP; 1994-12-09), page 44
  49. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 88


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