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Box artwork for Samurai Shodown III.
Samurai Shodown III
Developer(s)SNK
Publisher(s)SNK
Year released1995
System(s)Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Game Boy, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii
Preceded bySamurai Shodown II
Followed bySamurai Shodown IV
SeriesSamurai Shodown,
ACA Neo Geo
Japanese titleサムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣
Designer(s)Galapagos Team
Genre(s)Fighting
Players1-2
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)CERO Ages 12 and upESRB TeenELSPA Ages 15+PEGI Ages 12+USK Ages 12+
ACA Neo Geo Samurai Shodown III
Developer(s)SNK
Publisher(s)Hamster Corporation
Year released2018
System(s)Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
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Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood (サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣, Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musouken, the subtitle roughly translates to "Peerless Blade of Zankuro") in Japan, is the third game in SNK's popular Samurai Shodown series of fighting games for the NeoGeo. While it is the third game in the main series, it is the first part of a two-chapter interquel between Samurai Shodown and Samurai Shodown II.

In keeping with their curious habit of using the third game in a series as a place to wipe the slate clean and start fresh, SS3 was to be the start of a bold new direction for the franchise.

The most obvious difference between this game and the others in the series is the notably darker aesthetic. The "sillier" characters from the previous games have been excised, and even the kabuki master, Kyoshiro Senryo, received a bold redesign, transforming him from a flamboyant stage performer into a grim-faced, muscular man. All of the characters have been completely redrawn, and impressively so. The animation is surprisingly smooth for all characters.

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Basara Genjuro Haohmaru Shizumaru Galford Gaira
Kyoshiro Ukyo Rimururu Nakoruru Hanzo Amakusa