The year, 1789.
As frost, floods, fires, and famine play havoc with the world, a sinister castle appears in the land of Shimabara. The lord of that castle is Shiro Tokisada Amakusa.
Having previously been resurrected from the realm of the dead, Amakusa was supposed to have been slain in the midst of his evil designs, but now he returns to subjugate the world of the living.
Having already engulfed the Shimabara peninsula, this castle of evil grows larger day by day. People soon call it "Amakusa Castle" and in their terror begin to revere it, hoping this will save them.
But little did they know that this act of desperation would only summon further misfortune....
Amakusa has returned for more trouble, this time taking over a castle in a jagged wasteland and kidnapping the sorceress-in-training Hazuki Kazama, Kazuki and Sogetsu's beloved younger sister, in order to use her as a power source. The power spreading from Amakusa's work catches the attention of various warriors who head in for a variety of purposes... and even Zankuro Minazuki also has a hand in the story.
Chronologically, Samurai Shodown IV is the second and final chapter of an interlude between Samurai Shodown and Samurai Shodown II, being Samurai Shodown III the first chapter.
The most obvious change is visual, with dramatically adjusted color palettes for the individual characters, generally brightening them up and reducing contrast, in the attempt to make the game more cartoonish.
Bringing a new breath to SNK's swordsman fighting series, this 4th installment marks the return of 3 classic characters, introduces 2 newcomers and brings some new backgrounds.
The game preserved many elements like the dodge move and the chance to choose between two versions of the fighter: the standard one and an alternative dark-styled one.
The single-player mode now has a timer, as well. Only by reaching the final boss within a specified time limit can one see a character's ending.
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- NA Release Date
- November 29, 1996
- JP Release Date
- October 25, 1996
- MVGL User Score
- 9.5 by 2 User(s)
- MVGL Difficulty Rating
- Shinsekai Gakkyoku Zatsugidan
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- 4 User(s)