Samurai Spirits Zankurou Musouken

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Samurai Spirits Zankurou Musouken
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: SNK
Original system(s): Neo Geo
Developer(s) of original games: SNK
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (36 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Extended RAM Cartridge (1MB/4MB)
Genre: Fighting Action/Kakutou Action (格闘アクション)[1], Action[2]

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥5,800 (5,974)5,800e[3] T-3106G
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
(RAM Pack)
¥8,800 (9,064)8,800e[3] T-3104G
Sega Rating: All Ages

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Samurai Spirits Zankurou Musouken (サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣) is a 2D fighting game developed by SNK as part of the Samurai Spirits (Samurai Shodown in the west) series. It was released, among other consoles, for the Sega Saturn.


Zankurou Musouken is the third main entry in the series. Had it been released in the western world, it would have likely used the name Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood like other ports.

Magazine articles

Main article: Samurai Spirits Zankurou Musouken/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-19: "1996-19 (1996-11-08)" (1996-10-25)
also published in:
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-21: "1996-21 (1996-12-13)" (1996-11-22)

Physical scans

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Samurai Spirits Zankurou Musouken

Saturn, JP
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Saturn, JP (1MB RAM Pack)
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Jewel Case

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
619,657,920 1996-10-04 CD-ROM (JP) T-3104G, T-3106G V1.009

Track list

1. Data track
2. Ken no Tamashii (0:28)
Japan 剣の魂
EN: Spirit of the Sword
From: Title
3. Otoko Zake (2:38)
Japan 男酒
EN: Alcoholic
From: Haohmaru Stage
4. Kawa (2:39)
EN: River
From: Ukyo Tachibana Stage
5. Shobu Ari (0:16)
Japan 勝負あり
EN: Conclusion
From: Conclusion
6. Kachiikusa (0:08)
Japan 勝戦
EN: Victorious Battle
From: Winner Demo
7. Shojin no Taki (2:55)
Japan 精進の滝
EN: Purifying Waterfall
From: Galford Stage
8. Shizen no Ibuki (1:46)
Japan 自然の息吹
EN: Nature's Breath
From: Nakoruru Stage
9. Junishi (0:42)
Japan 十二士
EN: Twelve Warriors
From: Select Screen
10. Iza Jinjo ni (0:06)
Japan いざ尋常に
EN: Fair and Square
From: Engarde
11. Saien no Shomo (0:13)
Japan 再演の所望
EN: Call for an Encore
From: Continue
12. Shuen (0:06)
Japan 終演
EN: End of the Show
From: Game Over
13. Musoken (0:24)
Japan 無双剣
EN: Peerless Blade
From: Middle Demo
14. Kuroi Yatsu (0:36)
Japan 黒い奴
EN: The Man in Black
From: Kuroko Demo
15. Butogeki (2:56)
Japan 舞闘劇
EN: The Dance of Battle
From: Kuroko Stage
16. Oniuta (3:01)
Japan 鬼唄
EN: Ogre Song
From: Genjuro Kibagami Stage
17. Embu (1:24)
Japan 宴舞
EN: Banquet Dance
From: Kyoshiro Senryo Stage
18. Goku (1:45)
EN: Prison
From: Hanzo Hattori Stage
19. Sanzu no Nageki (2:56)
Japan 三途の嘆き
EN: Lament of the River Styx
From: Basara Kubikiri Stage
20. Tera (2:26)
EN: Temple
From: Gaira Caffeine Stage
21. Kaze,Kaoru (2:28)
Japan 風,薫る
EN: Fragrant Breeze
From: Shizumaru Hisame Stage
22. Kokoro no Kagami (2:58)
Japan 心の鏡
EN: Heart's Mirror
From: Rimururu Stage
23. Kyotai (2:55)
Japan 狂態
EN: Asylum
From: Shiro Tokisada Amakusa Stage
24. Kyosha Arawaru (0:36)
Japan 強者現る
EN: The Strong One Appears
From: Boss Demo
25. Biwa no Shirabe (0:11)
Japan 琵琶の調べ
EN: Biwa Tune
From: Image Screen ME
26. Iza Jinjo ni "Ni" (0:12)
Japan いざ尋常に 「弐」
EN: Fair and Square "II"
From: Zankuro Stage Engarde
27. Saigo no Yaiba (1:46)
Japan 最後の刃
EN: The Final Edge
From: Zankuro Minazuki Stage 1
28. Daibutsuden Kuzureru (0:06)
Japan 大仏殿崩れる
EN: The Temple Collapses
From: The Temple Collapses
29. Mugen (1:11)
Japan 無限
EN: Infinity
From: Zankuro Minazuki Stage 2
30. Amedaiko (1:24)
Japan 雨太鼓
EN: Rain Drum
From: Ending
31. Matsuri Nagareru (4:03)
Japan 祭り流れる
EN: The Festival Flowing
From: Staff Roll
32. (Ending Theme) (4:03)
Vocals: Tomo Sakurai
33. Mini Drama 1 (0:57)
34. Mini Drama 2 (0:48)
35. Mini Drama 3 (0:57)
36. Mini Drama 4 (0:53)
37. Iza Jinjo ni (0:11)
Japan いざ尋常に
EN: Fair and Square
From: Engarde
Running time: 53:04


Samurai Shodown/Samurai Spirits games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Samurai Shodown (1994) | Shin Samurai Spirits Haohmaru Jigokuhen (Unlicensed) (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)
Samurai Spirits Tenkaichi Kenkakuden (2005)