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.
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. The combo system was also built upon,
and the game actually had some pretty cool combo possibilities (see featured
Then again these
This game is commonly confused with Samurai Shodown Warrior's
Rage, since the title is nearly the same. However, SS64: Warriors Rage is actually a completely
different game and was released only in Japanese arcades... unlike Samurai
Shodown: Warrior's Rage, which had a worldwide release and was ported to the
Like most, I
also haven't played this 3D incarnation of the series. I actually like a few of
the character designs in the SS64 series, and it seems like a halfway decent
game for a 3D fighter in 1998.
Sadly, SS64-2 is
one of the most obscure and unknown titles of the series... and the chances of
ever playing it are slim to none. Thankfully, SNK realized this and featured many of the cool characters from
the SS64 series in future SNK games, such as SNK
VS Capcom Chaos & Neo Geo Battle