The Second Samurai

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The Second Samurai
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Psygnosis, Sony Electronic Publishing
Sound driver: Krisalis sound driver
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
£? T-113106-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F T-113106-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? T-113106-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas T-113106-50
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?

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The Second Samurai is a beat-em-up developed by Vivid Image and Psygnosis and released exclusively in Europe for the Commodore Amiga (1993) and Sega Mega Drive (1994). It is the sequel to The First Samurai, a beat-em-up released for various home computers and the SNES internationally a few years prior.

A Sega Mega-CD port was advertised and was planned to launch alongside the Mega Drive version[1], but never released.


You play as one of two Samurais (the 1-player mode has the male protagonist from The First Samurai only; the 2-player mode lets the second player control a new female Samurai). A and B both attack depending on what weapon you have equipped right now (only one at a time, some in limited quantities), what enemies/objects are nearby, and which D-pad buttons you are holding at the time. C jumps. A screen at the beginning of the game (also accessible from the Options menu) shows you what each in-game item does for you.

Production credits

  • Programming: Raffaele Cecco
  • Design, SFX: Raffaele Cecco, Mevlut Dinc
  • Graphics: Teoman Irmak
  • Title Screen & Dutro Graphics: Saurev Sarkar
  • Music: Brian Marshall
  • Documentation and Design: Psygnosis Creatives
  • Cover Illustration: Paul Kidby
  • Producer for Vivid Image: Mevlut Dinc
  • Producer for Psygnosis: Nik Wild

Magazine articles

Main article: The Second Samurai/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

MegaForce FR 34.pdf

Print advert in Mega Force (FR) #34: "Décembre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

ASVG 13 SCG.pdf

Print advert in AS Magazin-Video Igrice (SCG) #13: "Jul-Avgust 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

VD 60 RU.pdf

Print advert in Velikiy Drakon (RU) #60 (2002-09-05)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
77 №24, p77
65 [2]
86 №12, p97
88 №60, p55
82 №39, p42/43
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
7 reviews

Mega Drive, EU
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SecondSamurai MD EU Cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 78e92143
MD5 333f15e8bc4ecacf168b399a988fe1e7
SHA-1 72bfe0d4c56d9600a39fae00399fef157eb1fe6f
1MB 1994-09 Cartridge (EU)


The Second Samurai
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