Samurai Shodown™

Samurai Shodown
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Samurai Shodown™

Back in the 80’s, gaming technology was developing and video games were just being introduced. These video games, or arcade games, were very simple and easy to play. They did not involve any complexities or violence that games nowadays tend to have.

Samurai Shodown™ is a 1993 competitive fighting game. In contrast to other fighting games at the time, which were set in modern times and focused primarily on hand-to-hand combat, Samurai Shodown is set in feudal-era Japan and was one of the first fighting games to focus primarily on weapon-based combat.

The Gameplay

The gameplay involves the player controlling the main character and fighting against a number of enemies. The game is set in the late 18th century and all the characters wield weapons. The game uses comparatively authentic music from the time period, rife with sounds of traditional Japanese instruments, such as the “shakuhachi” and “shamisen.” True to its use of bladed weapons, the game also included copious amounts of blood.

The game quickly became famous for its fast-paced, focused more on quick, powerful strikes than the combos. As to emphasize the distinction of this gameplay system, slow motion was added to intensify damage dealt from hard hits. Also during a match, a referee (named Kuroko) holds flags representing each player. When a player lands a successful hit, the referee would lift the corresponding flag, letting everyone watching know who dealt the blow.


To lessen the repetition of fights, a delivery man (named Hikyaku), running in the background throws items such as chicken (that healed) or bombs, which could significantly change the outcome of a play.

Difficulty Levels

The player has three lives. The game ends when the player loses all the lives.

Interface and Controls

The interface and controls of the game are very easy. Use the arrow keys to move the character and the control button to use your weapons.

Samurai Shodown™ is a very innovative game. It features the use of weapons in its fights which sets it apart from other games.

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