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Samurai Shodown's opening cinematic cutscene is an awesome homage to the original title from 1993

"The way of the Samurai is to know death"

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 23, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. PDT • Comments: 31

It's hard to believe, but we're now only two days away from the official launch of the first new Samurai Shodown title in a decade which is exciting for longtime SNK fans plus newcomers alike.

The series dates back all the way to 1993 with its original title known as Samurai Spirits in Japan, and the reboot's opening cinematic fittingly recreates the first fighter's intro that will likely give some shivers of nostalgia to those who have played it.

Both of them begin with cherry blossom petals falling over a black screen before cutting to some narration to set the mood that is the same as it was back then — though it has a new translation.

"The way of the Samurai is to know death," reads Samurai Shodown's announcer. "The way of Shura is to know victory. I am the ultimate fighter, and all who stand in my way shall... fall."

The original English opening read, "a samurai fears not death. Struggles to triumph over evil. And lives for one purpose: to destroy all enemies."

We're then treated to a re-imagining of Haohmaru meditating below a tree before standing up and slicing through it and the lamps in front of him in three strikes of his sword which looks quite nice with the game's new art style and graphics.

It may not be one of the flashiest intros around fighting games which usually like to show off the entire cast as quickly as they can, but there's something simple and clean about seeing an opening that hearkens back to its roots from 26 years ago.

You can check out both Samurai Shodown intros for comparison below.

Video sources: NeoGeoNow, Intro Games HD.

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