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This is the first game in the Samurai Shodown series. For other games in the series see the Samurai Shodown category.

Box artwork for Samurai Shodown.
Box artwork for Samurai Shodown.
Samurai Shodown
Year released1993
System(s)Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, SNES, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Sega Game Gear, 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, Wii
Followed bySamurai Shodown II
SeriesSamurai Shodown,
ACA Neo Geo
Japanese titleサムライスピリッツ (Samurai Spirits)
ModesSingle player, multiplayer
Rating(s)CERO Ages 12 and upESRB TeenPEGI Ages 12+USK Ages 12+OFLC Mature Accompanied & RestrictedOFLC MatureOFLC-NZ R15ELSPA Ages 11+
RSAC: V3S/N1L1 (1)
ACA Neo Geo Samurai Shodown
Publisher(s)Hamster Corporation
Year released2016
System(s)Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One, iOS, Android
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For the 1998 Neo Geo Pocket game, see Samurai Shodown!. For the 2019 reboot, see Samurai Shodown (2019).

Samurai Shodown, known as Samurai Spirits (サムライスピリッツ) in Japan, is the first game in SNK's popular series of fighting games.

It is set in the late 18th century and all of its characters wield weapons. It also bears comparatively authentic music from the time period and a refined version of the camera zoom first found in Art of Fighting. True to its use of bladed weapons, the game also includes copious amounts of blood. Its overall aesthetic drew in the curious, and made SNK many fans.

Samurai Shodown quickly became renowned for its fast pace, focused more on quick, powerful strikes than combos. As to emphasize the distinction of this gameplay system, slow motion was added to intensify damage dealt from hard hits. Also during a match, a referee held flags representing each player (player 1 was white; player 2 red). When a player landed a successful hit, the referee would lift the corresponding flag, letting everyone watching know who dealt the blow. To lessen the repetition of fights, a delivery man running in the background threw items such as chicken (that healed) or bombs, which could significantly change the outcome of a play.

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