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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection Out On PS4 and Switch

Collecting groundbreaking weapon-based fighting game series, Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection is out now on PS4 and Switch.

In recent years, developer/publisher SNK Corporation is focusing on many of their back catalog including sword-based fighting game series Samurai Shodown and attempts to re-release their classic titles for modern day consoles.

A definitive bundle of SamSho games, Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection made its debut on PC via Epic Games Store and Steam last month. Today, it finally becomes available to purchase on Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store.

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Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection Out On PS4 and Switch

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SamSho NeoGeo Collection adds all six original games along with a never-before released seventh title Samurai Shodown V Perfect, which is a reworked version of Samurai Shodown V Special with game balance and extra story content.

Throughout series history, Samurai Shodown games have never been made available to play online. Players can now get into sword duel against other opponents via multiplayer mode Online VS Matches, Ranked Match or casual ones.

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Samurai Shodown V Perfect Releases Today

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SNK is re-branding some of their greatest hits for major gaming platforms lately in association with emulation masters at Digital Eclipse. Both English and Japanese versions for each of these games are added into the package as well.

By using HD sprite scaling options, Digital Eclipse has made these games look even better than they ever did in the first place. Besides, you can play with and tweak several display settings to adjust resolution, screen filters and much more.

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SNK releases a new trailer showcasing highlights of SamSho Collection for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.




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There is a museum section featuring concept arts, documents and interviews, just so fans don't take this effort as mere cash grab. You can also listen to your favorite background music from any classic SamSho titles from over 200 tracks.

Debuted back in 1993 for arcade cabinet systems, Samurai Shodown made a breakthrough for its unique genre. SamSho franchise is best known for crisp 2D graphics, fan-favorite characters, devastating attacks and brutal gameplay style.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Ark: Survival Evolved and Samurai Shodown Collection Free on Epic Store Now

Epic Store is giving away PC version of Ark: Survival Evolved and Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection for this week.

A previously leaked game before Epic MEGA Sale was not given out by Epic Games last week in their freebie offering due to internal complications but Epic Games Store has returned with a brand-new lineup of free games for PC platform.

Epic Store ongoing giveaway has included ARK: Survival Evolved and SamSho NeoGeo Collection for PC this week that are available now for anyone to add to their online library with a free account before June 18, 8:00 AM PT/10:00 AM EDT.

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Ark: Survival Evolved and Samurai Shodown Collection Free on Epic Store Now

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ARK puts you on a mysterious island where you are to survive in a hostile world by building, hunting and scavenging. There are many primitive beings, even dinosaurs that you can try to kill or tame as you strive for total dominance.

Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection collects first five mainline titles from Samurai Shodown franchise that includes Samurai Shodown V Special and Samurai Shodown V Perfect, a never-before released updated version of fifth game.

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SamSho V Perfect features similar gameplay elements as SamSho V Special but players get to experience new story elements and endings. NeoGeo Collection is a definitive bundle to put all of titular sword-based fighting classic titles together.

Epic Games Store has already announced their upcoming freebie titles for next week, which are 2019 turn-based strategy game Pathway from Robotality and 2017 strategy role-playing game The Escapists 2 from Mouldy Toof Studios.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection Announced

SNK announces to launch Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection bundle for PC, PS4 and Switch very soon.

Returning to sword-based fighting genre after a decade of absence, developer/publisher SNK Corporation launched latest installment of Samurai Shodown game series for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, awaiting release on Nintendo Switch.

Last year, a compilation of Samurai Shodown series was officially announced by SNK during PAX East 2019. Fast-forward to 2020, Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection has finally been revealed recently to release soon for Switch, PC and PS4.

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Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection Announced

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SNK is teaming up with Digital Eclipse to port mainline Samurai Shodown games to modern gaming platforms.




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SamSho NeoGeo Collection adds all six games from original franchise including a never-before released seventh title. An updated version of fifth series entry, Samurai Shodown V Perfect will be making its debut with brand-new content.

Each of these titles features online versus battle mode to play Ranked Match with someone of your skill level or enjoy Casual Match. You can also invite someone you know online to engage in Challenge Friend mode for a friendly fight.

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There is a museum section with concept arts, design documents and video interviews from development phase. Its impressive collection of over 200 soundtracks played via in-game music player ensures to deliver a definitive experience.

Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection is set to launch on PC via Epic Games Store on June 11 as a weekly free giveaway. Steam release is scheduled for June 18, followed by Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store launch on July 28, 2020.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Samurai Shodown 2019 for Nintendo Switch Delayed to 2020

A set release date for Nintendo Switch version of Samurai Shodown 2019 has now been delayed to Q1 2020.

Following a surprise reveal back in September 2018, developer/publisher SNK Corporation has released their latest sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown (2019) in June 2019 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

According to early reports, a Nintendo Switch version was slated to launch on Q4 2019 but after SNK recently dropped a trailer for Switch port, it has become apparent that previous schedule has now been delayed to Q1 2020.

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Samurai Shodown 2019 for Nintendo Switch Delayed to 2020

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SNK dropped an official announcement trailer of latest Samurai Shodown reboot for Switch version.




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Early window was set for a worldwide release, which is now pushed forward a few months for North America and Europe. Since there is no mention of Japanese version, it would likely to come out in December 12, 2019 as planned before.

PC version of the game also had a same launch set date but there was no word from Athlon Games about a delay of any sort. Therefore, it is safe to assume that this long-running franchise reboot is heading to PC platform very soon.

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Although recently added blade-wielding warrior Shizumaru Hisame is joining as a free DLC fighter, rest of playable characters from Season Pass are not being offered without cost as SNK did earlier for other console versions.

Switch port of Samurai Shodown would have some visual compromises for obvious reasons but will still look sharp. As pre-order bonus, player will receive a port of 1999 Neo-Geo Pocket system title Samurai Shodown! 2.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Won't Have Mai Shiranui

Mai Shiranui from Fatal Fury series is too sexy for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and won't be making an appearance.

With a 48-minute lengthy stream, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game director Masahiro Sakurai introduced Terry Bogard from SNK fighting game series Fatal Fury and King of Fighters as latest DLC fighter for his largely popular title.

There were renowned characters like Andy Bogard, Blue Mary, Geese Howard and noticeable many other around his new stage during entire presentation except Mai Shiranui, who apparently is too sexy for Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Won't Have Mai Shiranui

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It's not like she was mistakenly left out but excluding her from SSBU was a conscious choice. At midpoint, Sakurai paused to clear out that "Smash Bros. Ultimate is for good boys and girls of many different ages" and so they decided not to add her.

Viewed often as a sex symbol of SNK fighting games, Mai is often considered as one of the hottest babes in video game. Even her official nickname was "The Alluring Ninja Girl" and would be featured in most promotional art.

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If you are not familiar with her character at all then have a look at her idle animation from King of Fighters XIII to get the idea.


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Looking at her, anyone surely can guess why but that is also a reason for her not to be a part of a family-friendly game. No one clearly needed an explanation from Sakurai over this matter since it is obviously because of her clothing.

Despite being a master of ninjitsu and Koppo-ken combat style, her skimpy outfit and bouncy features has always got the attraction of fans other than her fighting prowess, which has now cost her an appearance in Smash Ultimate.

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Eventually, this announcement on her Smash cameo has "Mai Shiranui" trending on Twitter and here are some good ones.







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Since Mai is not age appropriate for Smash Bros. audience in general, they couldn't feature her without putting her into a less revealing outfit but that sort of censorship may invoke a huge backlash from her fans, so there is no winning over this.

Then there is a question about how come other prominent characters like Bayonetta and Zero Suit Samus appear in SSBU for not just mere cameos but as fighters with their more mature designs and Mai couldn't even show up as a guest?

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Although her overall outlook may seem overly objectified and a bit too sexualized even for too many adult players these days, originally her design meant to represent traditional and ideal feminine beauty of Japanese woman.

Nevertheless, keeping Mai out of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might be a well-thought decision from developer Bandai Namco Studios and publisher Nintendo to get a clear pass from rating board reviews for their crossover fighting game.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Samurai Shodown 2019 Free DLC Character Shizumaru Out Now

Shizumaru Hisame joins battle today in sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown 2019 as free DLC character.

Already out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown (2019) from developer/publisher SNK Corporation is waiting to arrive later on Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch and PC platforms.

Earlier, SNK announced to feature a new character to SamSho 2019 every month and will continue till February 2020. Today, newest blade-wielding warrior Shizumaru Hisame will be joining as free DLC character for all players.

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Samurai Shodown 2019 Free DLC Character Shizumaru Out Now

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Kid prodigy Shizumaru Hisame is cutting into action today to take stage for the month and make rain of blood.




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Debuted in Samurai Shodown III, this amnesiac lad has been a troubled youth looking for answers about who he really is. He has a unique fighting style that is a blend of skillful wielding his umbrella and a short sword.

Despite his innocent look, this young fellow possesses a murderous rage within him that he always fights to keep in check. In any fight, his opponent is moments away from getting wrecked soon as his demonic side takes over.

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Shizumaru Takes Stage

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His ability of softly floating down in-air is a great way to confuse opponents with their timing and keep them open for an attack. Not only does he look up to Haohmaru, Hisame has an uppercut move akin to his Kougetstuzan.

Shizumaru comes to Samurai Shodown 2019 today as latest free DLC fighter with many more to come in upcoming months. Be very aware when facing this veteran character because his looks are deceiving for his bestial nature.

Monday, August 5, 2019

The King of Fighters XV Announced

SNK took stage at EVO 2019 to officially announce upcoming King of Fighters XV with a short teaser clip.

There was a time when Japanese video game developer/publisher SNK would come up with a new installment of King of Fighters franchise each year but following release of King of Fighters XIV back in 2016, they took a break.

They were actually working on a brand-new KOF title for some time to make a surprise announcement for upcoming King of Fighters XV at EVO 2019, which is currently in development phase and aiming for a 2020 release window.

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The King of Fighters XV Announced

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There was nothing more than an official logo over a background just to confirm fans that SNK has not given up on their long-running, iconic fighting game series and there are chances of dropping some in-game showcase very soon.

Each year, major fighting games find a platform at Evolution Championship Series annual event. KOF has been absent at EVO for past two consecutive years only to be taken over by Samurai Shodown 2019 at eSports stage this year.

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What we got out of EVO 2019 is a brief teased look of KOFXV ahead of a full official trailer by SNK on a later date.


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Despite giving any details on release platforms, it is highly likely for the title to arrive for consoles and PC. However, they might very well choose to release the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One first before launching on PC.

King of Fighters XV is stated to run on Unreal Engine 4, similar to most recent SNK project Samurai Shodown reboot for 2019 and their anticipated comeback to genre may even tie with upcoming next-gen Neo Geo console.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Samurai Shodown 2019 for Consoles Out Now

Sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown 2019 from SNK Corporation is now available on PS4 and Xbox One.

A much-awaited reboot to return to its legendary series roots, sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown (2019) from developer/publisher SNK Corporation is launching today worldwide on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Not only has the title shifted from 2D graphics sprites to 3D animation renders but swordplay combat has been revamped as well. Most importantly, the franchise never disappoints when it comes to bring hardcore blood and gore on screen.

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Samurai Shodown 2019 for Consoles Out Now

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In an attempt to make players rely on precision and not on button mashing spree, "Combo" system has been removed. However, classic elements of Rage Gauge mechanic still allow you to inflict bonus attack damage on your opponents.

There is a Dojo Mode for players to hone their skills before jumping into any multiplayer matches. Through deep learning AI, a simulation can be created with your play style for a CPU-controlled "ghost" character to fight others online.

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Draw Your Blade

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Many fan-favorite characters including Charlotte, Galford, Hanzo Hattori, Haohmaru, Nakoruru and Ukyo Tachibana are returning with three promising newcomers Darli Dagger, Yashamaru Kurama and Wu Ruixiang are joining to its roster.

SNK has revealed names of four characters meant to arrive in Season 1 DLC pack that are Basara, Kazuki Kazama, Rimururu and Wan-Fu. Upon purchasing the game before June 30 gets you free access to Season Pass contents as pre-order bonus.

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Season 1 DLC Characters Pack

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In a recreation of 1993 original SamSho intro, a brand-new launch trailer is released focusing some key aspects.




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Take time to explore with different warriors and their unique playstyle to experience what made it so great. A Nintendo Switch release is currently due for Q4 2019 and PC platform will see launch probably sometime in early 2020.

Samurai Shodown assembles some deadly blade-wielding warriors in 2019 reboot to lead this weapon-based fighting series forward. Veteran series fans should be rejoiced to draw your blade once again after so long and embrace death with glory.