The Second Samurai

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The Second Samurai
Publisher: Psygnosis, Sony Electronic Publishing
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: Krysalis/Shaun Hollingworth
Genre: Action

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
$? ?

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.

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.

A Sega Mega-CD port was advertised, but never released.

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

Promotional material


MegaForce FR 34.pdf

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

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
77 №24, p77
65 №49, p118
86 №12, p97
88 №60, p55
82 №39, p42/43
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
7 reviews

Mega Drive, EU
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