Samurai Shodown 2

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a game by SNK
Platforms: NeoGeo, PC
Editor Rating: 8.8/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 9.1/10 - 7 votes
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See also: Fighting Games, Arcade Games, Samurai Games, Samurai Shodown Series

I was blown away the first time I played Samurai Shodown 2. The first game was a fun fighting game, using weapons in a fighting game at the time blew my mind. However, rather than just give us more of the same, SNK went all in and made a whole new game from the ground up. Seriously the best compliment I can give this game is that once you play it, it is pretty much impossible to go back to the first game.

One Year On

I like how SNK introduced some fun lore into the series here. The game is set just a year after the first game and Samurai Shodown 2 introduces a new big bad for the characters to take on. Big evil wanting to take over the world, blah, blah you know the deal. However, the setting and the presentation really do make you take notice of what is going down. Plus, each character has their own story and ending so you will want to beat the game with everyone.

Refined Combat

I said that once you play this there is no going back to the first game and the reason for that is the gameplay. SNK enhanced pretty much everything that could be enhanced with this game. The fighting is just flat out fantastic. You have many new moves that you can do such as a parry which was if I am not mistaken one of the first times this was used in a fighting game. Things feel much tighter and more responsive and as a result, the game is way more fun.

A huge part of what makes Samurai Shodown 2 is the fact that the fighting is very deep and you can certainly master a character like you would in Street Fighter. However, the gameplay also suits people who just want to button mash and have fun. Although, against the AI button mashing on the higher difficulties is not going to get you anywhere as the AI can be super cheap!

The Beauty Of Japan

Pretty much the whole roster from the first game is here along with 6 brand new characters. Like in other fighting games in character has their own backstory, design, moves and so on. What makes them stand out is that SNK quality. The artwork in this game is just amazing, the characters have a ton of animation and each stage is full of little details. I liked how there were many breakable things in the stages. Sure, it does nothing to the gameplay, but it is a nice touch and helps the stages feel more “real” if you know what I am saying.

I think that Samurai Shodown 2 is a truly awesome fighting game. First time I saw this in arcades in the mid-90s I was amazed at how much better it was than the first game. If this is a franchise you are new to, I would recommend that you skip the first one and jump straight into this. It is a fun game that is very addictive and you will want to master it. Also, you can play with a buddy and just button mash your way through it and have a blast together.


Final Score


  • The game looks phenomenal
  • I love the soundtrack
  • Each stage feels unique and special
  • Lots of characters to play as
  • The game is deep, but also a lot of fun


  • The AI on higher difficulties can be very cheap
  • I think some of the other games in the series might be a tad better

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

People say:


The first Shodown impressed me with its graphics and game play. The sequel improves on every aspect, adding features that surpass all the other fighting games. The visuals and audio are spectacular. There are incredible combos, new types of grappling and enough technique to tilt a camel. There are secrets galore too! Samurai Shodown II is simply the best fighting game out there. This is the fighting game to buy.


Samurai Shodown II has so many improvements over SS1 that this version simply rules! The four new characters are cool and each one has been pumped up with all sorts of new moves and techniques. It's practically a brand-new game! The control is still perfect and the combo possibilities are at an all-time high. Do yourself a favor and plunk a few quarters into this one. You'll be hooked.


I enjoyed the playability of the first one and this new version has several new attributes that enhance the consistent game play. With doll-moves, power moves and dodging projectiles, this game is not just a plus but a full revision. The four new characters are a great addition especially the added animal companion. Anyway you slice it SS2 is a superb fighting game with great innovations and action!


Not only have my expectations for Samurai Shodown II been met, but they have also been surpassed. SNK has taken their best game to a higher plane. SS2 is loaded with cool new features--new fighters (Cham Cham rules!), stunning backgrounds for every character, and best of all, the game play is superb! With the new moves, there are tons of new ways to attack. SS2 is a diamond in the rough for fighting games!

Note: For more in-depth coverage on the new fighters and their various moves, check out EGM#6! Okay, gang, you asked for it and now you certainly got it--here comes Samurai Shodown II! Not "Super," not "Special" and certainly not "Jet," here we have an actual sequel that is better than the original because it is different in ways that will keep veteran players of the first still playing--even past the, I've-mastered-all-the-moves-and-found-the-secrets-so-what's-next" stage. This time there are four new fighters to choose from (with the omission of veteran Shodown fighter Tam Tam), and this game (SNK's biggest ever--clocking in at a hefty 202-Meg) is loaded with hidden moves, hidden fighters and a final Boss that will probably make your jaw drop and make you mutter "What the..." as you limp away from the machine! The Bonus Rounds have been removed, but the most notable difference is the Fatality Moves that are performed when the Rage Gauge (the little POW meter in the lower corner) is maxed out. If an opponent is hit with one of these moves it will break his or her sword and cause him or her some damage. (However, the sword will be thrown back in after a little bit.) So pick your favorite fighter and get ready to lock swords!


The usual fighters (minus Tam Tam), new moves, new fighters and hidden fighters!


A game this good just makes you want Shodown III to come out!


Taking the nastiest of Mizuki's hits that makes you suddenly break into convulsions and gasping for air!

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