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Samurai Shodown III PS1

The third installment of a series of two-dimensional battles, in which players take control over the masters of white weapons from different parts of the world.

Fighting | 2D | Japan | Samurai

Sony PlayStation 1
Samurai Shodown III cover

developer: SNK Playmore

publisher: SNK Playmore

Game mode: single / multiplayer

Multiplayer mode: common screen, players: 1-2

English language game language: English

game release date for PS1:


The third installment of the famous series was prepared by the SNK studio specializing in 2D battles. Again, players have the chance to lead masters of different martial arts, using small arms. Released on PS1, the game is a conversion of a hit from a slot machine, which went to salons in 1995.


The mighty demon Zankuro Minazuki has been terrorising the country for decades, attacking new villages and murdering all inhabitants. Legends say that only one child managed to survive the meeting with him. One day a group of daredevils, each with a different goal and ambition, decides to deal with a powerful being once and for all. Before them the most difficult fight in their lives.


Samurai Shodown III is kept in a much darker style than the previous parts of the series. For this reason, the authors made a few changes in the line-up of available warriors. Some of them were removed, others re-modeled, and the list was supplemented by a few new masters of wielding small arms. Players can steer a mysterious boy with a Shizumaru umbrella, Rimururu, or a revenge-hungry soul of the late ninja Basara Kubikirim.

A big novelty in the third part of the cycle is the availability of two versions of each character, Slash and Bust, which differ in behavior in the arena and attacks. The authors also introduced a number of modifications, such as increasing the damage from sword blows and the ability to move from a simple blow to a special attack in no time. As a result, the clashes are more dynamic and often end much faster.

Technical issues

Samurai Shodown III once again stands out with its beautiful 2D paints, arenas, detailed character models and spectacular punch animations. PS1 conversion from the slot machine suffers from several irritating errors and graphic underdevelopment.

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Age Rating

age requirements: 12+

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