Samurai Showdown
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Game Type




Samurai Showdown is a versus game produced by SNK.


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, and a refined version of the camera zoom first found in Art of Fighting. True to its use of bladed weapons, the game also included copious amounts of blood.

The game quickly became renowned for its fast pace, 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 held flags representing each player (player 1 was white; player 2 red). When a player landed 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 running in the background threw items such as chicken (that healed) or bombs, which could significantly change the outcome of a play.


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  • Andrew
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  • Cham Cham
  • Charlotte Christine de Colde
  • Earthquake
  • Galford D. Weller
  • Haohmaru
  • Hanzo Hattori
  • Shizumaru Hisame
  • Iroha
  • Ocha-Maro Karakuri
  • Kazuki Kazama
  • Enja
  • Sogetsu Kazama
  • Genjuro Kibagami
  • Basara Kubikiri
  • Kuroko
  • Yumeji Kurokouchi
  • Kyougoku Hinowanokami Gaoh
  • Liu Yunfei
  • Mina Majikina
  • Zankuro Minazuki
  • Sugoroku Matsuribayashi
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  • Rasetsumaru
  • Mizuki Rashoujin
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  • Kyoshiro Senryo
  • Genan Shiranui
  • Ukyo Tachibana
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  • Yoshitora Tokugawa
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  • Kusaregedo Youkai
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