ROM Cassette - released
December 1, 1995
NEOGEO CD - released December 29,
PlayStation - released August 30,
SEGA SATURN- released November
PlayStation the Best- released
March 20, 1997
PS one Books- released April 24,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Quickly tap the joystick forward
twice to use the "Bakufu Blitz," or
tap it backwards twice for the "Flying
Use the ¡ÜC
command near opponents to send
them flying with the "Knock Back
Attack" or the ¡ÜC
command for the "Drag of Doom" to
pull them to you.
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.
When a weapon, use the command
(when moving from left to right)
to block weapon attacks.
Shift the joystick forward and
push the B & C buttons simultaneously
to make a small jump attack that
breaks an opponent's crouch guard.
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.
As characters duel it out, recovery
items and danger items will randomly
drop from above.
Meat roasts from on high. Snatch
these to restore a fourth of your
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