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The final boss of Samurai Shodown (2019), Shizuka was once a kind woman until her tragic death lead her in a dark area of purgatory until an evil aura consume her to unleash its power upon Japan. Shizuka is based on the historical Shizuka Gozen, a famous 12th century court dancer who was the mistress of Minamoto no Yoshitsune and became the subject of several different folktales. Her relationship with Yoshitsune ties her to the ancestral origins of Yashamaru Kurama.


Samurai Shodown (2019)






Page Updated:  Dec. 5th, 2019

I haven't sen SNK (or any fighting game developers for that matter) put so much work into a fighting game boss in quite some time. The way Shizuka is presented in the game's story mode in the way of several cutscenes is a format that every fighting game should use. It builds suspense and makes fighting the boss that much more satisfying.

I think Shizuka is a great boss for Samurai Shodown. SNK did this one right. Her design is ornate and just plain sexy. I'm a fan. While she's a strong boss, the SNK Boss Syndrome isn't as strong with Shizuka as past SNK bosses. That's a good thing. Overall, she's a great boss design! Fighting against her is actually kinda fun.

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