Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage
Last Updated: 2/23/2013 Developer(s): SNK Publisher(s): SNK Platform(s): Arcade (Hyper Neo Geo 64) Release Date(s): October 16th, 1998 Characters: Haohmaru, Genjuro, Ukyo, Galford, Morozomi, Hanzo, Shiki, Yagyu Hanma, Sogetsu, Kazuki, Nakoruru, Rimururu, Gandrara, Yuga
Related Games: Samurai Shodown, Samurai Shodown 2, Samurai Shodown 3, Samurai Shodown 4, Samurai Shodown 5, Samurai Shodown 5 Special, Samurai Shodown 6, Samurai Shodown 64, Samurai Shodown Pocket, Samurai Shodown 2 Pocket, Samurai Shodown Warrior's Rage, Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny, Samurai Shodown Anthology, SNK VS Capcom Chaos, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum
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Like the prequel, I also haven't played this 3D incarnation of the series... it's one of the most obscure and unknown titles of the series, if not the most unknown. Thankfully, SNK realized this and featured many of the cool characters from the SS64 series in other SNK games like SNK VS Capcom Chaos & Neo Geo Battle Coliseum. ~TFG Webmaster
STORY: In an unknown land an eerie disturbance disrupts the sky, leading a dark mass to the land. It is the ultimate evil-it is the reincarnation of Yuga the Destroyer. The objective of this being who once more alights to earth is the unification of this world and the Netherworld using the hermaphrodite male and female-that is, the construction of a utopia to become the foundation for the resurrection of the Dark God. As he resumes his search for the hermaphrodites, those turned into puppets by Yuga's magic unleash their carnage to gather the sacrifices necessary for the ritual of utopian construction.
These puppets then employ various means to increase the dead and provide sacrifices. Some, for example, become leaders of the Shogunate to carry out ruthless policies, some became common murderers, and still others deliberately incite revolt against the government. Through the influence of the devilish reincarnation, outbreaks of famine and plagues further increase the dead, providing the evil with yet more strength and delight. The mountain of dead gathered by these means is subsequently heaped up on the altar of the Netherworld and fashioned into two pillars in which the hermaphroditic male and female are to be subsequently imprisoned.
At this time one man returns to the Netherworld. The name of this warrior who stands directly before these literal pillars of the dead in the darkness is Asura. Master of magic, he is the dark swordsman appearing in this realm to wreak his revenge on Yuga. Regardless, his enemy steadily proceeds with the construction of his utopia. The curtain now rises on this drama of revenge that will engulf both our world and the land of the dead.
Doesn't look terrible for a 1998 3D fighter.
ABOUT: Known as Samurai Spirits 2 64 Asure Zanmaden in Japan, the sequel to the first 3D Samurai Shodown for the Hyper Neo Geo 64 was a slight improvement over the original, and introduced some interesting new characters to the series.
Then again these screenshots suck.
This title is commonly confused with Samurai Shodown Warrior's Rage, since the title is nearly the same; but it's actually a completely different game and was released only in Japanese arcades.