Samurai Shodown stories

How often should fighting games receive balance updates, how far should Mortal Kombat Fatalities push the envelope, and how good is Punk?

You've got dirty dishes and long car rides, we've got podcasts to get you through them. This week we're putting Mortal Kombat, Samurai Shodown, and Street Fighter 5 in the spotlight as all three have been fairly prominent in the news as of late.

With less than a month to go before MK11 drops, we're getting more and more simultaneously awesome and gruesome footage, but we're also hearing more people take issue with the gratuitous gore than perhaps ever before.

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Here's the official character artwork for Samurai Shodown's initial seven characters

Samurai Shodown is set for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June (with Nintendo Switch and PC launches coming later), and with the latest batch of news yesterday came an all new look at the 2D fighter's gameplay.

While we sat and admired a new trailer and 44 minutes of gameplay footage, we were a bit too preoccupied processing all of the latest info and breaking down what we saw on screen to really look at anything else. Now, we're taking some time to give a good, long look at Samurai Shodown's killer character artwork.

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44 minutes of new Samurai Shodown gameplay footage

Accompanying this morning's new Samurai Shodown trailer, a large batch of footage of the upcoming game is beginning to surface online.

Today we have a little over 44 minutes of gameplay for you to check out, courtesy of Gematsu.

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Samurai Shodown comes to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June, Nintendo Switch and PC releases launching later

SNK has released a brand new trailer for their upcoming 2D fighting title, Samurai Shodown. In the showcase, we're given a fresh look at gameplay featuring several of the game's playable characters.

Additionally, a more narrowed down release window for this game was provided. Samurai Shodown launches on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June, on Nintendo Switch in Q4, and PC at a later date.

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SNK All-Star announced as a fighting... mobile RPG

SNK All-Star is a title that in name alone carries a ton of promise with it given the company's long and storied history with fighting games and the arcade scene, so a mobile RPG probably isn't something many players in the West would think about when first hearing the name... unless they've been paying attention to what came before.

That's right. Developers 37Games announced that SNK All-Star will be coming to iOS and Android devices as a free-to-play title later this year combining the worlds of The King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown, The Last Blade and other classic series into a new crossover.

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If you somehow didn't know, Click Burgundy's fighting game artwork is the toppest of tiers

Click Burgundy is a Japanese artist we've featured a number of times on EventHubs already because of their godlike fighting game art, and their work continues to be amazing.

We've collected a dozen more pieces from Click Burgundy's recent collections where they seem to have been pretty excited about the EVO and EVO Japan line ups plus some other recent fighting game announcements like Videl in Dragon Ball FighterZ — and I guess we know which side of the pigtails vs. short hair debate they fall on.

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Early EVO 2019 entrant numbers leaderboard released, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate currently in the lead

The official EVO 2019 line up of main games was unveiled yesterday on a live stream featuring the event's organizer, Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, and EVO's Head of Business Development, Mark "MarkMan" Julio. During the broadcast, we learned that nine games would be headlining the largest fighting game tournament of the year and which of them would be securing the coveted Sunday finals spots.

Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will make up EVO Sunday's line up this year, and in an unexpected reveal that surprised fans, we found out that SNK's upcoming Samurai Shodown title will be a part of the event's main games line up as well.

As he often does when we're leading up to EVO time, Mr. Wizard has released an early leaderboard for the number of entrants per game at this year's event. Though specific numbers aren't divulged, we are given a look at a list of the nine titles ordered based on their number of registered players so far.

At the top of the list with the highest entrant numbers is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Due to the massive popularity of the Nintendo Switch title, its placement at this point in time isn't all that surprising.

Other current EVO staples such as Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7 also find themselves high up on the leaderboard, however, Dragon Ball FighterZ comes in at a shockingly low eighth place. Unreleased titles Mortal Kombat 11 and Samurai Shodown have more entrants than Bandai Namco / Arc System Works' 3v3 fighting game right now.

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Samurai Shodown announced for EVO 2019, new trailer revealed

We just got word via the EVO 2019 lineup reveal live stream that SNK's Samurai Shodown will be one of the nine main titles at the Las Vegas event in August.

This was easily the most surprising reveal of the bunch, and while we don't know the exact release date for the latest entry in the SamSho series, we do know it'll have to be before EVO's kick off date of August 2nd.

Many old franchise favorites return as fighters like Nakaruru, Haohmaru, Earthquake and others show their power and skill as they slice, dice and slam each other around the screen.

Richly colored visuals paired with clever camerawork and not so subtle spurts of blood make for a wonderful presentation of artistic combat.

Opponents clobber each other with multi-hit sequences, but also power up for absolutely devastating blows that lop off insane chunks of life bars.

This announcement came with an all new trailer for the game, which you can view here. We've added the YouTube embed after the jump.

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What possible fighting game announcements might we expect for EVO Japan 2019?

EVO Japan 2019 is a major event that will occur over this weekend. Since this tournament is relatively new, it won't be quite as big as the yearly EVO.

This year's lineup includes Tekken 7, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6, King of Fighters 14, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

As far as potential announcements are concerned, this means we might get news from Capcom, Bandai Namco, SNK, or Arc System Works.

Note that Injustice 2, Mortal Kombat X, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will all be absent. In other words, it's extremely unlikely that we'll get any sort of announcement from NetherRealm Studios or Nintendo.

Of course, there's no guarantee that there will be any announcements at all. It certainly isn't an impossibility though.

Keep in mind that not a lot was announced for last year's EVO Japan weekend. With that said, let's consider what content might be announced at EVO Japan 2019.

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The new Samurai Shodown is reportedly aiming for a Mature rating; Charlotte shown off during closed demonstration plus King of Fighters 15 details

Samurai Shodown was shown off earlier this year as SNK's first mainline return to the franchise in a decade, and now we know a little more about what to expect when the game releases next year.

The 2D fighting game will reportedly be aiming for an 18+ or Mature rating due to the level of blood and violence that is planned to be in the title including an "amputation effect" to finish off opponents by removing some of their limbs.

This information allegedly came from a closed door presentation in South Korea where SNK also revealed The King of Fighters 15 is in development according to Game Focus and translated by Gatoray.

Charlotte, the French noble who was first introduced in the original Samurai Shodown title, was also reportedly confirmed and / or shown off during the presentation by the developers though they have yet to announce any details publicly.

The King of Fighters 15, which was only shown as a title said to release in 2020 at the press conference, will use the Unreal Engine unlike King of Fighters 14 and other recent SNK fighters have been built on.

This new Samurai Shodown title is scheduled to release during the second quarter of 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC. You can check out Gatoray's Tweet about the information at the presentation below

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What 2018 Video Game Awards announcements might fighting game fans be in store for?

The 2018 Video Game Awards will debut on December 6th — tomorrow. You'll want to tune in at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST.

Although this show has typically been about giving out awards for the games that have been released in the last year, many developers are starting to announce titles and content at this event. You can almost think of it as a miniature E3 presentation.

Last year, Bandai Namco gave us the announcement of Soul Calibur 6 at the 2017 Video Game Awards. Could we get a reveal of something that could top that?

Very recently, King of Fighters 15 was shown to be a work in progress title. It's unlikely there will be any gameplay shown as Yasuyuki Oda of SNK has stated that the title isn't even in the pre-production phase yet.

Notably, Capcom Cup will begin on December 14th so it's unlikely that we'll get the next Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition character at the Video Game Awards this year. Many theories have been flying around regarding the confetti at the Red Bull Conquest event. Still, there's reason to believe that Capcom is working on a new AAA title that will supposedly surprise everyone.

There are a lot of rumors going around about potential announcements at the 2018 Video Game Awards. Let's take a look at some of the possibilities that seem the most plausible.

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SNK reveals The King of Fighters 15 in development; Samurai Shodown coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC

SNK returned back to their fighting game roots with The King of Fighters 14 back in 2016 and have since gone on to release SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy plus announce a new Samurai Shodown title. Now we know what the developer's next fighter on the horizon is.

The King of Fighters 15 was revealed during an IPO press conference in Seoul, South Korea by SNK, and it is currently slated to release at some point in 2020.

No artwork or visuals were reportedly shown during the presentation aside from the title and a 'coming soon' placeholder, but we now have confirmation that a new game in the fighter series is currently in development along with their other title coming next year.

Samurai Shodown also received an update during the press conference where it was announced that the title will now be coming to the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC along with the originally revealed PlayStation 4 release.

An updated release window was reportedly touted as well during the event which showed a graphic stating that the new Samurai Shodown title is scheduled to release during the second quarter of 2019.

This is not an official, public announcement by SNK, however, so some of these listings may not be entirely accurate since King of Fighters 14 is also listed for Xbox and Nintendo systems despite only being on PS4, Steam and in arcades currently — or we could be seeing some new ports of the fighting game coming soon.

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What will SNK's new Samurai Shodown need to survive in the current competitive field of fighting games?

Fighting games have been on the rise for quite some time now, and we keep seeing records broken time after time as far as the competitive level and engagement goes for these titles.

With so many different fighters out on the market, and so many of them competitively active and thriving, it's a tall order to release a game right now if you have any intention of giving it competitive life, which is something most developers would strive for when it comes to fighting games.

Earlier this month, SNK wowed us all by showing off their upcoming revival of the Samurai Shodown franchise, which turned heads and granted reactions all across the internet.

Now, Samurai Shodown is a pretty recognized brandname across the world, and many players have fond memories of these games, but in today's competitive landscape that probably won't cut it if you want your game to be a success.

Development budgets and sales demands are higher than ever, and with the increasing prevalence of eSports and competition for fighting games, you also need to make sure that players will embrace the game for the long haul, and not forget it after just a few months.

In short, fighting games are bigger right now than they've been for a very long time, and if SNK want Samurai Shodown to have a spot at the table, they'll need to prepare accordingly. So, what can they do to ensure that Samurai Shodown becomes a success for both them and their fans? Let's look over a few key aspects they'd need.

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Poll results: Which Samurai Shodown characters would you like to see join the fight in the upcoming 2019 title?

Update: The results are in! Hit the jump below to see which characters our readers want to see in the upcoming Samurai Shodown game.

Earlier: Not too long ago, a new Samurai Shodown game was announced to be in development. This upcoming title will be releasing sometime in 2019.

It's already been stated the the setting of the fighter will be taking place in 1787 in historical Japan. While this would place the timeline of this scenario between the events of Samurai Shodown 5 and the first Samurai Shodown, it's entirely possible that this is a reboot of the series.

Who knows if the characters will even be canonical in this new entry if it is indeed a reboot. There's a wide cast of fighters that come from Samurai Shodown, Samurai Shodown 2, Samurai Shodown 3: Blades of Blood, Samurai Shodown 4: Amakusa’s Revenge, Samurai Shodown RPG, Samurai Shodown 64, Samurai Shodown!, Samurai Shodown! 2, Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage, Samurai Shodown 5, Samurai Shodown 5 Special, Samurai Shodown 6, and a number of other games in the series.

Thus far, we've only gotten an official confirmation for Haohmaru, Jubei, Galford, Nakoruru, and Earthquake. Still, there may be hints that we could be seeing Charlotte Christine Colde, Kyoshiro Senryo, Hanzo Hattori, Ukyo Tachibana, Wan-Fu, Tam Tam, and Genjuro Kibagami join the battle.

Which combatants would fans be most excited to see? We're hosting a poll to find the answer to this question. After the jump, you can vote up to ten times.

Note that Haohmaru, Jubei, Galford, Nakoruru, and Earthquake are not available as options as they've already been confirmed. The others are fair game though.

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Leaker that called Samurai Shodown's newest entry claims Shiki and Rimururu will be playable; also claims new King of Fighters in early development

We find ourselves in the murky waters of leaks and unfounded internet claims as the increasingly prominent leaker known as Vergeben hits us with some potential news for multiple SNK titles.

The overly sexual Shiki from Samurai Shodown 64 and Rimururu, one of the franchise's most popular characters, are supposedly on their way as playable avatars in the upcoming Samurai Shodown.

"Every character shown in that artwork was passed along to me prior to the game's showing... Anyways Shiki and Rimururu will also be playable. I don't know the full size of the roster but that does let you know it will not only be the characters in the artwork," said Vergeben on a GameFAQs forum thread.

The post also states that a brand new King of Fighters game is in "very early development," and that three new characters are slated to still be added to SNK Heroines as DLC.

One of those upcoming characters is supposed to be a female version of Skullomania, which would no doubt send fans into a frenzy. We've already seen a female version of Terry Bogard included in Heroines, so this would seem to fit the bill.

Vergeben's record is strong, but not perfect so we advise taking all of this with a grain of salt. You can see his full post via screen capture by clicking the thumbnail here:

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It's official: New Samurai Spirits title will be called Samurai Shodown in the U.S.

Early last week SNK wowed the fighting game community with their big reveal of a new fighting title called "Samurai Spirits." As one might expect based on the name, this is a return to the classic, weapons-based fighter (known as "Samurai Shodown" in the west) but with a new installment to fit modern-day fighting games.

The latest entry in the franchise brings back legacy character such as Haohmaru, Nakoruru, Jubei Yagyu, Galford D. Weiler and Earthquake all depicted in a beautiful new art style with big cinematic attacks at their disposal that retain the blood and gore of previous titles in the series. Samurai Spirits' initial announcement trailer also featured a piece of artwork that seemed to reveal even more characters, though we haven't seen them fully unveiled just yet.

As some are already aware, there is a distinction in what the series is called between Japan and the west. In Japan, the franchise is titled "Samurai Spirits" and in the west it's called "Samurai Shodown."

So far, everything official we've seen of this new entry has been labeled Samurai Spirits, leaving many wondering if the game will take on the Shodown name in the U.S.

EventHubs reached out to SNK and were given confirmation that the game will indeed be called Samurai Shodown in the United States.

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SNK's new Samurai Spirits takes place in 1787 in historical Japan — Where does this leave it in the Samurai Shodown timeline? Let's analyze continuity

SNK's Samurai Shodown series has a rich history, with many games released which are intertwined with eachother through their stories and rosters, although the canon can be somewhat iffy at times.

Regardless of character's deaths being retconned, certain games taking place before their predecessors and other wonky factors that often happen in fighting game series, SNK have been quite open about the timeline for the Samurai Shodown series.

Yes, indeed, each game's setting has been clearly stated, meaning that there's a solid chronology to follow for when every installment in the series actually takes place, forming a timeline for fans who enjoy the games.

Fittingly enough, SNK spilled the beans right away in the reveal trailer for Samurai Spirits, stating that the game takes place in the year 1787.

As briefly recounted in the trailer itself, this places it firmly during the turbulent times of the Tenmei area, during which famine was widespread, and ruin and despair was all around the populace.

This area is roughly where most of the Samurai Shodown games have taken place, so veteran players will feel right at home with the setting. Let's take a look at when Samurai Shodown games have traditionally taken place, and where the upcoming game ends up falling chronologically.

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