Samurai Showdown started the weapon fighter genre and was one of the best SNK
games ever produced. The SS at the local arcade introduced many people,
including myself, to SNK. Without this gem no other companies would realize for
a while how fun a weapon-based fighting game could be.
The whole Samurai Showdown series has been known for its luscious animations and
serene backgrounds, yet the SNES version is an exception. First off the
scrolling in-and-out when you move closer or farther away from your opponent is
gone. All of the characters are a lot smaller than Neo-Geo or Genesis version,
except Earthquake who is still a little smaller than normal. In my personal
opinion the graphics of the backgrounds arenít even close; but some people say
that they are close to the MVS version. In addition to the problems of porting a
game to a system that has nowhere near the RAM of Neo-Geo, this game was ported
during the ĎStop the Videogame Violenceí era. This means that there are no
finishing moves, no blood, and at the end of a fight the loosing character comes
to a crouching position as if it was just a sparring match! In my opinion this
is a disgrace to the SS community because it doesnít keep the realism that is
portrayed in the arcade and the almighty Neo-Geo.
Overall graphics deserve a 3/10.
Pretty Impressive. With Dolby Surround Sound support and that traditional
Japanese music it is almost perfect. From the sound of the sword slicing through
the air and the little melody played when you win a match itís satisfying. In
addition every fighterís music has a change of pace, for example Jubeiís
quiet forest theme to Galfordís fast paced arena type theme.
Overall Sound/SFX deserves a 4.5/10.
All the moves, the comebacks with well devised attacks, and the newbies being
slaughtered when attacking like itís another add-on of Street Fighter 2. While
people who havenít played this series before will have to get used to the
defensive playing style I think its worth it and is fun after a while. The only
little grudge is the fact that the slowdown can sometimes affect the
Overall Gameplay deserves a 5/10.
The Final Verdict:
Definitely rent this game first, and if you have a Neo-Geo or an arcade close by
just play it there! But if you have a Genesis then you might consider buying it
for that instead because the characters are slightly larger and the graphics are
better, yet the Genesis cannot have the sound quality that the SNES has for