SamSho 2's Engrish Intro
SamSho 2's Japanese introp/url]
[url=http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/samuraishodown/samuraishodown.htm]Hardcore Gaming 101 SamSho entry
SamSho: Warrior's Rage /Samurai Spirits: Crimson and Azure Swords PSX intro
I'm not much of a SamSho fan TBH, and haven't been able to get into any of the games. SNK are currently hiring for a new SamSho and KoF game FYI.
The SamSho games are among SNK's longest running franchises, with a huge cast of wacky and zany characters. Note that the Japanese release of most SamSho games had a subtitle, which may not necessarily have been properly translated into English
...and of course the game would be infamous for it's blood and gore, such that it had various censorships with some releases.
An interesting aspect of the game is how the sequels don't necessarily take place after their predecessors, from Wikipedia, the chronology goes as thus:
SamSho 5/Zero -> SamSho 1-> SamSho 3 -> SamSho 4 -> SamSho 2-> SamSho 64 -> SamSho 64-2 -> SamSho Sen -> PSX SamSho game
SamSho 6 is, IIRC, a dream match game, but from what I heard is jampacked with lots of content gameplay wise. I personally wish that game would get a release on PSN, XBL, etc. =/
Even if I'm not a fan, I am well aware of it's popularity. Happy 20th anniversary Haohmaru and co =)
Oh and here's a list of the SamSho games released, in case anyone's wondering
SamSho 1 was released in 1993
SamSho 2 in 1994
SamSho 3 in 1995 (SNK made tribute to the creator of Rurouni Kenshin by having Shizumaru Hisame resemble Kenshin)
SamSho 4 in 1996
SamSho RPG in 1997
SamSho 64 in 1997 (IIRC the game wasn't well received, it's sequel improved greatly on it)
SamSho 64-2 in 1998 (English release was given subtitle 'Warrior's Rage', in Japan it's Asura Zanmaden)
Samurai Shodown! for NGP in 1998
Samurai Shodown! 2 for NGP in 1999
SamSho Warrior's Rage for PSX in 1999
SamSho V/Samurai Spirits Zero in 2003 (Got an update that vastly improved on this)
SamSho V Special/ SS Zero Special in 2004 (Sadly never got any release outside the Neo Geo, being one of the last games for that formt IIRC)
SamSho 6 in 2005 on the AtomisWave, and then later got a PS2 release in Japan
SamSho Sen in 2008 (I don't care how bad it may be, it has decapitations, that's enough for me to want to play it!)
Nakoruru also got an OVA and an ADV released focusing on her, but I don't think they were very popular or good?
Note that the PSX SamSho game is available on JPN PSN if anyone's interested.
Most of the SamSho games should also be available on the Wii IIRC.
There are 2 animated features for the series, but good luck finding the first anime OVA in Japanese+Eng. subtitles. The 2nd animated series was a 2 ep. OVA based on SamSho 64-2...could've gone with some more action scenes TBH...
BTW anyone able to find an image of SamSho 1's map that apparently does not acknowledge the existence of the American continents?