Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage


STORY:  In an unknown land an eerie disturbance disrupts the sky, leading a dark mass to the land. It is the ultimate evil-it is the reincarnation of Yuga the Destroyer. The objective of this being who once more alights to earth is the unification of this world and the Netherworld using the hermaphrodite male and female-that is, the construction of a utopia to become the foundation for the resurrection of the Dark God. As he resumes his search for the hermaphrodites, those turned into puppets by Yuga's magic unleash their carnage to gather the sacrifices necessary for the ritual of utopian construction.

These puppets then employ various means to increase the dead and provide sacrifices. Some, for example, become leaders of the Shogunate to carry out ruthless policies, some became common murderers, and still others deliberately incite revolt against the government. Through the influence of the devilish reincarnation, outbreaks of famine and plagues further increase the dead, providing the evil with yet more strength and delight. The mountain of dead gathered by these means is subsequently heaped up on the altar of the Netherworld and fashioned into two pillars in which the hermaphroditic male and female are to be subsequently imprisoned.

At this time one man returns to the Netherworld. The name of this warrior who stands directly before these literal pillars of the dead in the darkness is Asura. Master of magic, he is the dark swordsman appearing in this realm to wreak his revenge on Yuga. Regardless, his enemy steadily proceeds with the construction of his utopia. The curtain now rises on this drama of revenge that will engulf both our world and the land of the dead.

Doesn't look terrible for a 1998 3D fighter.

ABOUTKnown as "Samurai Spirits 2 64: Asure Zanmaden" in Japan, the sequel to the first 3D Samurai Shodown for the Hyper Neo Geo 64 was a slight improvement over the original, and introduced some interesting new characters to the series. The combo system was also built upon, and the game actually had some pretty cool combo possibilities (see featured video).

Then again these screenshots suck.

This game is commonly confused with Samurai Shodown Warrior's Rage, since the title is nearly the same. However, SS64: Warriors Rage is actually a completely different game and was released only in Japanese arcades... unlike Samurai Shodown: Warrior's Rage, which had a worldwide release and was ported to the Sony Playstation.

Page Updated: February 21st, 2019
Developer(s): SNK
Publisher(s): SNK
Platform(s): Arcade (Hyper Neo Geo 64)
Artwork By: Senri Kita
Release Date(s): October 16th, 1998
Characters Haohmaru, Genjuro, Ukyo, Galford, Hanzo, Shiki, Yagyu Hanma, Morozumi Taizan, Sogetsu, Kazuki, Nakoruru, Rimururu, Gandara, Yuga

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Related Games: Samurai Shodown 64, Samurai Shodown Warrior's Rage, Samurai Shodown (2019), Samurai Shodown, Samurai Shodown 2, Samurai Shodown 3, Samurai Shodown 4, Samurai Shodown 5, Samurai Shodown 5 Special, Samurai Shodown 6, Samurai Shodown Pocket, Samurai Shodown 2 Pocket, Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny, Samurai Shodown Anthology, SNK VS Capcom Chaos, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum

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Final Words:

Like most humans on Earth... I haven't played this rare 3D incarnation of the Samurai Shodown series. I actually like a few of the character designs from SS64... and it seems like it could've been halfway decent (or at least entertaining) 3D fighter in 1998. Too bad it didn't get a more mainstream release.

Sadly, SS64-2 is one of the most obscure and unknown titles of the series... and the chances of ever playing it are slim to none. Thankfully, SNK realized this and featured many of the cool characters from SS64 in future SNK games, such as SNK VS Capcom Chaos and Neo Geo Battle Coliseum.
~TFG Webmaster