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  • Casting Gag:
  • Distanced from Current Events: The global bowdlerization of Samurai Shodown V Special for the home releases was apparently spurred in part by the Sasebo Slashing.
  • Dueling Works: Between the 2019 installment and Granblue Fantasy Versus. Both games return to a slower-paced style of fighting, drastically different from the fast-paced "airdasher" games that have surged in popularity since the late 2000s. Came to a head when the demo for the 2019 game and the beta for Granblue launched on the same day in May 2019.
  • Executive Meddling: SNK's community manager admitted during one of his streams that it was him who convinced producer Oda to include Iroha in 2019 by showing him all the interest from fans all over the world for her return.
  • Fan Nickname
    • In Mexico, Kyoshiro was usually called "the clown" (due to the face paint) and Amakusa "the witch".
    • When Darli Dagger was revealed, many started calling her "Rule 63 Woolie".
    • The 2019 reboot as a whole is referred to by fans as "Samurai Shodown VII", despite not officially having a number in the title.
    • Ruixiang has started to become known as "Chinese Velma" due to her design and her glasses falling off when she loses her weapon. Another is the first part of her name "Wu", because people got tired of trying to pronounce "Ruixiang".
    • Hanzo's bouncing fireball attack, the Bakuenryu, is commonly referred to as "the slinky" due to the shape and motion of the attack.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • Samurai Shodown Sen attempted to follow the footsteps of combo/weapon-based fighting game like the Soul Series. Unfortunately for SNK, that ended up being a temporary Franchise Killer.
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    • The 2019 reboot takes a number of cues from Street Fighter IV, right down to the 2.5D gameplay, the heavy ink lines on the character models, and the watercolor-inspired art style. Unlike Sen, this one is fourtnately much better received because what they followed was the graphical presentation; the gameplay remains the same (with more bonus stuff included) as the classic series.
  • Franchise Killer:
    • Samurai Shodown Sen, best described as a highly stripped down clone of SoulCalibur; stripping the series from what made it unique in the first place: The 'one hit can take away a lot of health'. And in addition to that, the fantastical and mystical special moves that made the game flashy in the first place were severely toned down for the sake of 'realism'. For those reasons, this really bombed big time. It put SNK off from touching the franchise for 8 years until they decided to try again in 2018, which worked.
    • Overall opinion of Warriors Rage (PS) is even less favorable.
  • Killer App: The original Samurai Shodown on the Neo Geo home console.
  • Name's the Same:
  • No Export for You: Prior to the Samurai Shodown Anthology and digital re-release on PlayStation 4, Samurai Shodown VI was only released on Japanese arcades and PlayStation 2, with the latter adding more playable characters and spirit systems available.
  • Old Shame: On Twitter, when mention of the pachinko games were brought up, an SNK official community manager replied "We don't talk about those anymore".
  • Port Overdosed:
    • The original Samurai Shodown is one of the more recent games to qualify, due to SNK's near-constant stream of compilations and re-releases over the last decade.
    • Samurai Shodown V Special might be the most egregious example, with three different ports to the PlayStation 4 - the actual release, the ACA Neo Geo release, and as a part of the upcoming Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Collection. This is especially interesting when you remember that for years, the game was notorious for lacking an accessible home port.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of popular anime and manga such as Rurouni Kenshin, Buso Renkin and Gun Blaze West, mentioned early in Rurouni Kenshin that he is hooked on the Samurai Shodown series and bought a Neo Geo CD just to play it. He continued to write Samurai Shodown-related notes in subsequent releases of Rurouni Kenshin manga. In 2003, SNK hired him to design new characters for Samurai Shodown V.
    • Subverted by Yasuhiro Nightow, Japanese mangaka and game creator who created the anime and manga Trigun. In his previous time as doujinshi artist he created a Samurai Shodown-based manga book, yet later reflected that he isn't very proud of his work for that book and requested that there be no further reprints. Ironically, the book's notoriety is what caused SNK to notice his love for the series and later lead to his job for designing Youkai Kusaregedo in Samurai Shodown V.
    • Ukyo's current voice actor, Shinjiro Sakurai, not only used to play the game in arcades, but he actually used to play Ukyo himself in those games.
  • Role Reprise:
    • Daiki Nakamura returns to voice Haohmaru in the 2019 game after playing him in the 64 games and Capcom vs. SNK 2.
    • Mai Nakahara returns as Nakoruru in the 2019 game from voicing her in King of Fighters XIV.
    • Atsushi "Monster" Maezuka returns as Kyoshiro in the 2019 game, having voiced him since II.
    • Kong Kuwata has the record of always keeping the role of Genjuro from his debut to every of his appearances.
    • Masaki Terasoma reprises his role of the Warden from the Japanese dub of For Honor.
  • Translation Correction: Wan Fu was noted as being 83 years old in the first game, though this was a translation error — the English section of the official site has a typo stating his year of birth as 1705, while in reality the 89th year of the Chinese Qing Dynasty (which started in 1644) is 1732, which means he's actually 56 years old. This has since been corrected.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • As revealed in a 2017 interview, the first Samurai Shodown was originally designed as a monster-themed Beat 'em Up. Gen-an was the only thing carried over from this version of the game.
    • A 2nd revision of V Special, codenamed Final Edition, was developed and actually completed by Yuki Enterprise. It featured balance changes, bug fixes, and new single-player content. SNK, however, knew absolutely nothing about this and were already planning the release of VI on Atomiswave hardware rather than Neo Geo due to declining sales. Its location test didn't last for even a single day before it was pulled by SNK themselves. As a result, it was long thought to be a myth...until the release of the Neo Geo Collection, that is. After over 15 years, this lost game will finally see the light of day, now called Samurai Shodown V Perfect (Samurai Spirits Zero Special Kanzenban in Japanese, lit. Samurai Spirits 0 Special Perfect Version), complete with a full, brand-new English translation. The whole story of how Perfect came to be and how it was finally able to be revealed in an official capacity can be read here.
    • Sugoroku was originally supposed to be a pirate character, explaining the otherwise out of place pirate stage in Tenka. This was scrapped due to the fact that all of the preproduction designs strongly resembled Cervantes, and the design team couldn't think of something more creative before deadlines.
    • According to game developer Nobuyuki Koruki, Darli Dagger's design started life as a feudal Japanese firefighter character (a Hikeshi) but the team couldn’t get the concept to work. Then the concept of a burly male carpenter was pitched before they finally decided on merging this design with a that of a "powerful, strong-willed female with African roots."
    • Additionally Nicotine was planned for the 2019 installment, and even had a model developed early on. However, Oda stepped in and declared that the roster was lacking in female characters, so Shiki was chosen instead.
    • According to the official art-book accompanying the 2019 game, both Darli and Earthquake were supposed to be assigned with their own stages — hers being a lush, tropical beach on Madagascar depicting her ship-building yard, and his a treasure-filled thieves den in a ruined house in Texas — though these never made the cut at launch.
    • Although Tam Tam does not appear in Samurai Shodown II, he may have been planned early on according to some code within the game.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Samurai Spirits Wiki, and another Samurai Spirits Wiki.


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