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Samurai Shodown 64 / Warriors Rage. What do you think?
I stay faithful to the good 'ol 16-Bit Samurai Shodowns, sorry... I stay faithful to the good 'ol 16-Bit Samurai Shodowns, sorry... 20%[1 Vote]
Never played them. Come on, these are Hyper Neo Geo games! Never played them. Come on, these are Hyper Neo Geo games! 20%[1 Vote]
SNK should have sticked to 2D, the 64-Bit Samurai Shodowns are awful! SNK should have sticked to 2D, the 64-Bit Samurai Shodowns are awful! 20%[1 Vote]
Not bad, but nothing special. I rather play some Samurai Shodown IV... Not bad, but nothing special. I rather play some Samurai Shodown IV... 20%[1 Vote]
They're really good, it works in 3D just as well! They're really good, it works in 3D just as well! 0%[0 Votes]
SNK's best 3D efforts, no question! SNK's best 3D efforts, no question! 20%[1 Vote]
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Samurai Shodown 64 / Warriors Rage - Game of the Week
Murikov
Welcome to the Game of the Week!

Let's go back to 1997, the era when the original SNK corporation was experimenting with its own hardware like the Neo Geo Pocket or the Hyper Neo Geo 64. After the huge success that the original 2D Samurai Shodown series was until then, SNK decided to take the franchise into the world of 3D, hoping to keep pace with Capcom's Street Fighter EX, Sega's Virtua Fighter or Tecmo's Dead of Alive series.

Well, with much fanfare SNK presented Samurai Shodown 64 in 1997, signalising with the title that the franchise finally reached the 64-Bit era of gaming. In fact SS64 was one of the system's three launching titles, alongside with Road's Edge and Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition. Although the new generation of SNK fighting games wasn't so bad looking at the time, most fans still preferred the 2D titles. To make matters worse, newcomers to the franchises were rather persuaded by Sega's and Namco's much larger catalog of 3D arcade games. Even though Samurai Shodown 64 offered new characters, an interesting story and nice artwork, it hopelessly faded into obscurity.

Nonetheless the Hyper Neo Geo 64 survived until 1999 and even a sequel to Samurai Shodown 64 was released in 1998 called Warriors Rage. The gameplay mechanic was slightly repolished and two new characters were added to the roster, Asura and Taizan. Again SNK took a lot of trouble and even produced a straight-to-Laserdisc OVA called Samurai Spirits: Asura-Zanmaden. Not to forget that the Neo Geo Pocket port Samurai Shodown! 2 was barely based on Warriors Rage as well, including almost the same character roster.

Now let's take the confusion about all these titles to a higher level; regardless of both Hyper Neo Geo titles, in 1999 SNK also developed a PSX-exclusive 3D Samurai Shodown called Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage. Because of the same name, the average SNK fan might think that the PSX game was a simple port of the second 64-Bit game. But in fact it's a completely new game with a completely new storyline and characters. The story is set in the year 1811 and even features Haohmaru as an old geezer!

Now it's your turn, have you ever got your hands on one of these titles, what do you think about them?

Samurai Shodown 64 / Warriors Rage

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Genre: Fighting
Players: 2
Size: n/a
Released on: Arcade (Hyper Neo Geo 64), PSX (only Warrior's Rage 2)

Brief Description:

Samurai Shodown 64 is a 3D fighting game produced in 1997 by SNK for its Hyper Neo Geo 64 system. It was SNK's first attempt to bring one of their franchises into the 3D realm. It received relatively no distribution outside of Japan, and is thus not very well known. After having released two semi-prequels in the Samurai Shodown series on the 16-bit Neo Geo, SNK announced that they would be producing a new arcade hardware platform, this one 64-bit and with extensive 3D capabilities.

Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage from 1998 is the followup to the original Samurai Shodown 64 on the same platform, and like its predecessor, it received relatively no distribution outside of Japan. It should not be confused with Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage, which is an entirely different game exclusively for the PSX.

Screenshots:

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Reviews:

Samurai Shodown 64 review by C.K. Gan
Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage review by Acorn
Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage review by C.K. Gan

Videos:

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

YouTube Video


High Score Challenge:

Unfortunately the 64-Bit Samurai Shodown titles have not been correctly emulated so far. But if anyone's in possesion of the real game plus hardware and if he's up for a HSC... Why not?

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The eccentric cat
Had a chance to try Warrior's Rage a long while back. I love the character designs (some of them anyway), but the game is really mediocre. Its definitely not as bad as people make it out to be, but its not really good either. It would've been neat if it played like Bushido Blade or something similar. Not a game I would really recommend unless you're a hardcore Samurai Shodown player, and/or curious
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