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    SamSho II Dedicated Neo Cab? Ever Seen One?

    Has anyone ever seen the dedicated Samurai Shodown II "We're Not Worthy" cabinet? I have never seen any in person only the ad flyer.

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    Sup NexusX. I never saw one in-person at any of my local arcades or indoor amusement locations back when it hit (mainly Big Red cabs). There are plenty of photos of them in the wild though:



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    Here’s an older arcade-museum forum post inquiring about their rarity:

    https://forums.arcade-museum.com/sho...d.php?t=330679
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    The arcade I worked at 15 or so years ago had two of them. As I recall, both of them had a fair amount of damage to the side art. They're definitely out there.
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    that pattern always reminded me of Akira or Arms...
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    Yeah, there used to be one in Ober Mountain Ski Area in Gatlinburg Tennessee. I haven't been up there in about 10 years so I'm not sure if it is still there or not. (Probably not) It is an amazing looking cabinet to see in person

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    Got bodied by a loooot of Ukyos back in the day on one of these at my local spot.

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    We had one here in Cincinnati back in the 90's at a local Q-Zar laser tag center. That's the only time I've seen one in the wild.

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    Great looking cab! Never knew these existed.
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    The photo BlackaneseNiNjA posted said it sold for $350. Wonder how long ago that photo was taken...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneSage View Post
    The photo BlackaneseNiNjA posted said it sold for $350. Wonder how long ago that photo was taken...
    God damn those days were the days huh.

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    No shit. I've seen a few of these in the wild many years ago also.

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    I'm not too familiar with MVS machines, but never seen a dedicated machine for one game before that wasn't your generic red one. Was there other games with dedicated cabinets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmsc View Post
    Was there other games with dedicated cabinets?
    To my knowledge this is the only Neo cabinet I have ever seen with dedicated art all over the cab. I have know about the SamSho II one since way back when they released it but never seen one in the wild. All other "dedicated" Neo cabs I have seen (made by SNK) have been Big Red cabs with the main Marquee replaced with one game title art. They made quite a selection of large Marquee art inserts for the Big Red cabs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NexusX View Post
    To my knowledge this is the only Neo cabinet I have ever seen with dedicated art all over the cab. I have know about the SamSho II one since way back when they released it but never seen one in the wild. All other "dedicated" Neo cabs I have seen (made by SNK) have been Big Red cabs with the main Marquee replaced with one game title art. They made quite a selection of large Marquee art inserts for the Big Red cabs.
    Aside from unique projects like Irritating Maze, I assume SNK sidestepped the full cabinet art/design approach to keep the game switching process as cheap and manageable as possible. Simply switching the cart and marquee card was their primary draw (aside from the multi-cart capability of course) for arcade operators.

    Samurai Shodown II was a very special case since it was their best selling game worldwide by a long shot and was probably their biggest title to rival the likes of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter 2 in the western/global arcade market at the time.

    Although the original Samurai Shodown was ported to a ton of home consoles, sadly, Samurai Shodown II never received that wide of a distribution for home console users of the 90s. The ports of SS1 were compromised, but with some adjustments and improvements I bet Takara could have pulled off some impressive ports that could have elevated the success of Samurai Shodown II even further.

    Samurai Shodown II was SNKs best shot at international success at the time. The unique cabinet art treatment of this title only helps to cement that status imho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackaneseNiNjA View Post
    Aside from unique projects like Irritating Maze, I assume SNK sidestepped the full cabinet art/design approach to keep the game switching process as cheap and manageable as possible. Simply switching the cart and marquee card was their primary draw (aside from the multi-cart capability of course) for arcade operators.

    Samurai Shodown II was a very special case since it was their best selling game worldwide by a long shot and was probably their biggest title to rival the likes of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter 2 in the western/global arcade market at the time.

    Although the original Samurai Shodown was ported to a ton of home consoles, sadly, Samurai Shodown II never received that wide of a distribution for home console users of the 90’s. The ports of SS1 were compromised, but with some adjustments and improvements I bet Takara could have pulled off some impressive ports that could have elevated the success of Samurai Shodown II even further.

    Samurai Shodown II was SNK’s best shot at international success at the time. The unique cabinet art treatment of this title only helps to cement that status imho.
    That does make a lot of sense. I remember as a kid seeing the 3DO version being marketed as arcade perfect. I wonder how true that is. The ST port on 3DO is good but its definitely not arcade perfect.
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    If one were ever to come up for sale surely it would be the most expensive Neo cab?

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    I played one of these almost every day back in college. I wonder what happened to it??

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    My arcade had a 1-slot with the large marquee when the game was new. Only replaced when 3 came out.

    Forgot about the dedicated side art. We didn't get that.
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    I have the SSII marquee in my basement...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capitalistix View Post
    That does make a lot of sense. I remember as a kid seeing the 3DO version being marketed as arcade perfect. I wonder how true that is. The ST port on 3DO is good but its definitely not arcade perfect.
    The 3DO Samurai Shodown is a sack of shit. It runs at 30hz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulbousbeard View Post
    The 3DO Samurai Shodown is a sack of shit. It runs at 30hz.
    All ports of Samurai Shodown were/are shit. That said, I have fond memories playing the 3DO port before I got my first AES in late 1997. Back then, it was as close to "arcade perfect" as you could get considering the abysmal quality of the 4th generation console ports.

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    I have never seen this cab in France, and I have spent a lot (too) time in the arcadesr room in 90's.
    Can it be handcrafted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLKrauser View Post
    I have never seen this cab in France, and I have spent a lot (too) time in the arcadesr room in 90's.
    Can it be handcrafted?
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    maybe it was not imported into France. Too bad, beautiful cab!

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    Does this have a regular ol' one-slot board? If I found one of these, could I simply throw my carts into it, or does it have a regular arcade board?

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