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Samurai Shodown
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega/Takara,
Sega Mega-CD
JVC,
Sega Game Gear
Takara
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: SNK
Developer(s) of original games: SNK
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD, Sega Game Gear
Original system(s): Neo Geo
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Six button pad
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,800 G-4127
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? T-103066
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£? 1184-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1184-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 1184-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1184-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$99.95Media:NewReleasesCatalogueApril-May1995AU.pdf[1] FSAM01SMC



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥4,800 T-146027
Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-103018



Sega Mega-CD
US
$? T-60175
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£? T-60175-50
Sega Mega-CD
FR
?F T-60175-50
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM ? T-60175-50
Sega Mega-CD
ES
?Ptas T-60175-50
Sega Mega-CD
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega-CD
BR
R$69,99 063696



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.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Excective 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"


Magazine articles

Main article: Samurai Shodown/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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EGM2 US 05.pdf

PDF
Mega-CD print advert in
EGM² (US) #5: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
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EGM US 065.pdf

PDF
Mega-CD print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #65: "December 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Sega Visions (US) #22: "December/January 1994/1995" (1994-xx-xx)[4]
  • GamePro (US) #66: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)[5]
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GamePlayers US 0802.pdf

PDF
Mega-CD print advert in
Game Players (US) Vol. 8 No. 2 "February 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

Artwork

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
93 №39, p110/111
85 №27, p72
86 №10, p13
75 №1995/02, p96[6]
61 №29, p76/77[7]
94 №51, p82/83/84
62 №14, p94/95
75 №64, p40/41/42
85 №41, p34/35
70 №71, p101[8]
Sega Mega Drive
79
Based on
10 reviews

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
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, AU
SamuraiShodown MD AU Box.jpg
Cover
SamuraiShodown MD AU Cart Silver.jpg
Cart

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
71 №164, p60/61[3]
90 №58, p140
53 №68, p52/53
68 №48, p65
Sega Mega-CD
71
Based on
4 reviews

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
Mega-CD, BR
SamuraiShodown MCD BR front.jpg
Cover

Game Gear version

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
Game Gear, JP
SamuraiShodown GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSamuraiShodown GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
SamuraiSpirits GG JP Cart.jpg
Cart

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:NewReleasesCatalogueApril-May1995AU.pdf, page 12
  2. File:EGM US 066.pdf, page 230
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:CVG UK 164.pdf, page 60
  4. File:SegaVisions US 22.pdf, page 131
  5. File:GamePro US 066.pdf, page 23
  6. File:MegaFun DE 1995-02.pdf, page 96
  7. File:MeanMachinesSega29UK.pdf, page 76
  8. File:VideoGames US 71.pdf, page 101


Samurai Shodown/Samurai Spirits games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Samurai Shodown (1994) | Shin Samurai Spirits Haohmaru Jigokuhen (1998)
Sega Game Gear
Samurai Shodown (1994)
Sega Mega-CD
Samurai Shodown (1995)
Sega Saturn
Samurai Spirits Zankurou Musouken (1996) | Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits Bushidou Retsuden (1997) | Samurai Spirits Amakusa Kourin (1997) | Samurai Spirits Best Collection (1998)
Sega Dreamcast
Nakoruru: Anohito Kara no Okurimono (2002)
Arcade
Samurai Spirits Tenkaichi Kenkakuden (2005)