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‘Samurai Shodown’ Gets New Trailer for Nintendo Switch 

  • Releasing in Japan on December 12th.
  • Bonus Neo Geo game for pre-ordering.
  • 60FPS in handheld and T.V. modes.


Samurai Shodown released back in June for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Google Stadia, PC, and Nintendo Switch versions have yet to be given a release window, with exception to the Switch’s Japanese release. With the 12th of December approaching, SNK have release the second trailer for Samurai Shodown. Exclusive features for this version are as follows:

  • Playable anywhere, any time in TV Mode, Table Mode, and Handheld Mode. In Table and TV modes, two players can play together with a single Joy-Con per player.
  • Early purchases of Samurai Shodown include a Switch port of Samurai Shodown! 2, which was originally released for Neo Geo Pocket Color in 1999. The game features 32 playable chibi-style characters.

Samurai Shodown features a base roster of 16 fighters, and has received a new one every month since launch. The first season pass was available for free during launch, and can now be purchased for $19.99. Season two was teased during EVO 2019, and it was here we also learned Haohmaru would be a guest character in SoulCalibur VI.

The trailer shows Samurai Shodown running nicely on Nintendo’s hybrid console. Character models look great, and the backgrounds are still full of color. Animations look fluid, and 60FPS has been maintained. Coming from the PlayStation 4 version, it’s very impressive how close the two are. Loading times are a big issue in the other versions, and I hope they’ve been addressed.

Samurai Shodown differs from other fighting games, because one hit can change the dynamic of battle. The player who is more defensive and cautious when attacking is usually the winner. The parry system is one of the best around. A successful parry will have the opponent’s weapon fly from their hands, putting them at a disadvantage until they can pick it up. Ultimate attacks cannot be abused, like in other games. Only once per match can you use one, regardless if it lands or not, making a reliance on this tactic not wise.

Do you think the loading times have been addressed? With Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions having been available for months, will you still be picking it up on Nintendo Switch? This is the version I’ve been waiting for, and I cannot wait to play it. To stay up to date on Samurai Shodown, make sure to follow the developers on Twitter, Facebook, and their official website.