Samurai Shodown
Image: Takara/SNK

Recently, while scrolling through Twitter, we came across Fighters Generation sharing a Japanese promotional spot for Takara's SNES port of Samurai Shodown, and we just knew we had to write about it.

Samurai Shodown (or Samurai Spirits as it is known in Japan) is an SNK fighting game that takes place in the Edo period of Japanese history and primarily features weapons-based combat. It was released in arcades back in 1993 and was later ported to several consoles, the SNES included.

The television spot features the game's main protagonist Haohmaru and recurring character Jubei Yagyu locked in combat outside a temple, while several musicians play Shamisen nearby. Haohmaru manages to fight off several swordsmen and then following a tense stand-off, delivers a decisive strike to Jubei, with the footage quickly cutting to video of the game.

For 1994 standards, it's extremely well put together, with some decent costumes, choreography, and framing. The only downside is that it isn't longer, but, fortunately for us, the sequel Samurai Shodown 2 on Neo Geo also got two live-action trailers, this time featuring Jubei Yagyu facing off against the Ainu shrine maiden Nakoruru. You can check them out below!

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