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SAMURAI SHODOWN 3

[RELEASE DATE]

November 15, 1995
[PLATFORM]
MVS
[HOME VERSIONS]
NEOGEO ROM Cassette - released December 1, 1995
NEOGEO CD - released December 29, 1995
PlayStation - released August 30, 1996
SEGA SATURN- released November 8, 1996
PlayStation the Best- released March 20, 1997
PS one Books- released April 24, 2003
* All content such as the movie, the screen shots and the text...etc. on this web-page is based on the material of Japanese version.
The way of the sword is ineluctably that of death.
Building a mound of corpses, letting rivers of blood-
invincibility is but succeeding at survival.

This is the third "Samurai Shodown" title, released in 1995. In this release, the system and button settings were altered extensively and characters could use one of two sword types: "Treachery" or "Chivalry." Samurai Shodown 3 also introduced a new system that let players choose from three abilities-"Holy Sword (Advanced Level)," "Power Sword (Intermediate Level)," and "Honor Sword (Beginner Level)"-to assign to their character at the beginning of duels.
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STORY
They called him "The Demon." His real name, Zankuro Minazuki. From time immemorial he had indiscriminately attacked villages, slaughtering all who stood in his way.
Those who faced him shrieked their final gasps and sank into eternity, enveloped by a sea of blood.
No one alive could stop his evil deeds.
And then one day, it happened...
In a certain village, Zankuro failed to kill a single infant.
Some insist the evil one was unable to kill him-but why?
The truth remains a mystery.
But from then on, Zankuro marked all those who carried a sword for slaughter.

Several years later....
Twelve samurai and swordsmen are spurred to action by their own hopes and aspirations.
But all have a single objective: the head of the dreaded "Demon." The head of Zankuro Minazuki.

COMMANDS
BASIC COMMANDS
[BASIC ATTACKS]
Push the A button for light slashes (punches), B button for medium slashes (punches), C button for strong slashes (punches), and D button for kicks. At the proper distance from your opponent and with the right timing, push the A & B buttons together to dodge attacks or attack from behind.

[DODGE/BACK ATTACK]
Pushing the A & B buttons together at the right time to evade attacks. At a certain distance from your opponent, use the "Dodge" move or the "Back Attack" to dash behind your opponent.

[JOYSTICK MOVES]
Quickly tap the joystick forward twice to use the "Bakufu Blitz," or tap it backwards twice for the "Flying Retreat."

[FEET MOVES]
Use these kick commands. "Off-Balance Swipe": (joystick direction) D button; "Below-the-Belt Boot": D (breaks standing guards); "Mid-Section Mash": D; "Jaw-Smasher Stomp": D.

[OFF-BALANCE BOUNCE]
Use the C command near opponents to send them flying with the "Knock Back Attack" or the C command for the "Drag of Doom" to pull them to you.

[SABRE GRAB]
Use the command (when moving from left to right) when unarmed to perform the "Sabre Grab," allowing you to seize your opponent's blade and kick him/her down if it succeeds.

[BLADE LOCK]
When a weapon, use the command (when moving from left to right) to block weapon attacks.

[CROUCH BLOCK BREAKER]
Shift the joystick forward and push the B & C buttons simultaneously to make a small jump attack that breaks an opponent's crouch guard.

SYSTEM
[THE RAGE GAUGE]
As characters are hit during game play, the Rage Gauge at the bottom of the screen rises. Its level can also be increased by pressing the A, B & C buttons simultaneously. When the Rage Gauge reaches MAX, all attack strength levels increase for a fixed amount of time.

[VARIOUS ITEMS]
As characters duel it out, recovery items and danger items will randomly drop from above.
(RECOVERY ITEMS)
Meat roasts from on high. Snatch these to restore a fourth of your life energy.
(DANGER ITEM)
That means bombs. They explode a second after they fall. If a player in a guard is caught in the blast, it will break his defensive stance and render him/her vulnerable to attack.
CHARACTERS
CHARACTER PROFILES
OPENING ANIMATION
OPENIN ANIMATION
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