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Samurai Shodown 2 / Shin Samurai Spirits (JPN), Jin Saulabi Spirits: Saulabi Tuhon (KOR)
Fighting Game by SNK
Neo Geo
Worldwide
10/28/1994
Neo Geo CD
Worldwide
12/15/1994
Samurai Spirits: Kenkaku Yubinan Pack (Playstation)
Compilation release
Worldwide
3/26/1998
Windows
Worldwide
3/21/2000
Samurai Spirits: Kenkaku Yubinan Pack (Playstation Network)
Compilation release
Worldwide
7/11/2007
WiiWare/Virtual Console
Worldwide
7/23/2008
Samurai Shodown Anthology, Samurai Spirits Rokuban Shoubu (Wii)
Compilation release.
Worldwide
7/24/2008
Samurai Shodown Anthology, Samurai Spirits Rokuban Shoubu (Playstation 2)
Compilation release.
Worldwide
7/24/2008
Xbox Live Arcade
Features 12 achievements for 200g and online multiplayer.
Worldwide
9/10/2008
Samurai Shodown Anthology, Samurai Spirits Rokuban Shoubu (Playstation Portable)
Compilation release.
Worldwide
3/24/2009
iOS
Worldwide
6/28/2013
Android
Worldwide
6/28/2013
ACA NeoGeo: Samurai Shodown II (Xbox One)
Worldwide
9/21/2017
ACA NeoGeo: Samurai Shodown II (PlayStation 4)
Worldwide
9/21/2017
ACA NeoGeo: Samurai Shodown II (Switch)
Worldwide
02/01/2018

Fighters
Galford D. Weller
Sieger
Kyoshiro Senryo
Haohmaru
Genjuro Kibagami
Hanzo Hattori
Charlotte Christine Colde
Wan Fu
Gen-an Shiranui
Nakoruru
Jubei Yagyu
Ukyo Tachibana
Cham Cham
Earthquake
Nicotine Caffeine
Kuroko
Mizuki

Gameplay
Weapon Clash (Mash Event)
If both players execute a properly timed weapon attack or dash forward simultaneously, a "test of strength" may initiate. Whoever displays more button-mashing skill will be put in an advantageous position.
Cham Cham
Special Moves

Boomerang Beheader
(weapon)qcb+anyslash
Cham Cham throws her boomerang up at an angle.

Boomerang Gut Buster
(weapon)qcf+anyslash
Cham Cham hurls her boomerang straight at the opponent.

Flying Lure Snag
qcf+anykick
Cham Cham leaps up, scratching the opponent on contact.

Mura Paku Paku
hcb+dbtn
Paku Paku throws a skull at the opponent (ala Tam Tam's Mura Gaburu).

Paku Paku Deos
hcb+cbtn
Paku Paku twirls along the ground (ala Tam Tam's Paguna Deos).

Paku Paku Gaburu
hcb+cbtn+dbtn
Paku Paku jumps up and spits a fireball that impacts the ground and blasts upwards (ala Tam Tam's Ahau Gaburu).

Toy Transformation
dforwardqcbdowndbackward+cbtn
Cham Cham's SD transform.
Super Moves

Metamo Animal Attack
forwardhcf+abtn
Cham Cham grows to enormous size and charges forward for a big body check.
Charlotte Christine Colde
Special Moves

Power Gradation
(weapon)dbackwarddowndforward+anyslash
Charlotte leaps up with a slash of energy from her blade

Splash Fount
(weapon)m-anyslash
Charlotte rears back before dashing forward with a multitude of rapid slashes.

Toy Transformation
dforwardqcbdowndbackward+dbtn
Charlotte's SD transform.

Tri-Slash
(weapon)dp+anyslash
Charlotte creates a large triangle-shaped projectile with the tip of her rapier.
Super Moves

Splash Gradation
(weapon)hcbforward+bbtn
Charlotte slashes a large seven-pointed star directly in front of herself.
Earthquake
Command Moves

Triangle Jump
(in air)(wall)uforward
In spite of his girth Earthquake is able to use the traditional ninja wall jump.
Special Moves

Fat Bound
(in air)down+anykick
Landing from a jump, Earthquake bounces several times on his posterior.

Fat Breath
qcb+anyslash
Earthquake breathes a long-lasting stream of flame directly in front.

Fat Chainsaw
(weapon)m-anyslash
Earthquake vanishes, then reappears as a ball of rolling slashing fury.

Fat Copy
forwardhcf+abtn/bbtn
Earthquake splits into two copies. @term=abtn@ puts the real thing on the left, @term=bbtn@ on the right.

Fat Replica Attack
hcb+bbtn+cbtn+dbtn
A teleport bellyflop.

Toy Transformation
forwardbackwardforwardbackwardforwardbackwarddown+bbtn
Super Moves

Earth's Thunderation Crunch / Earth Gaddemu
(weapon)forwardhcf+cbtn+dbtn
Earthquake begins grasping for his opponent several times (left and right movement can be controlled). If he manages to catch them, they're tossed into the air along with Earthquake's spinning blade.
Galford D. Weller
Command Moves

Triangle Jump
(in air)(wall)uforward
Special Moves

Back Stab
forwardbackwardforwardbackwardforwardbackwarddown+bbtn+cbtn+dbtn
Galford turns invisible for a while, reappearing momentarily when he attacks.

Head Replica Attack
(hit)bbtn+cbtn+dbtn
When hit, Galford's body is replaced by a log while he drops down from above to stab.

Machinegun Dog
qcb+cbtn
Poppy runs forward and mauls the opponent, stunning them briefly.

Plasma Blade
qcf+anyslash
Galford fires a burst of electric energy at his foe.

Rear Replica Attack
hcb+bbtn+cbtn+dbtn
Galford teleports above his opponent for a drop-down slash.

Replica Dog
qcb+dbtn
Poppy ninja-teleports into the air and drops down onto the opponent.

Rush Dog
qcb+anyslash
Poppy charges forward for a headbutt.

Strike Heads
(close)dp+anykick
Galford's ninja piledriver.

Toy Transformation / ぬいぐるみ
hcbforwardbackward+cbtn
Galford's SD transformation.
Super Moves

Mega Strike Dog
hcbforward+dbtn
Poppy autocombos the opponent, ending with Dog Strike Heads.
Gen-an Shiranui
Special Moves

Amazing Shredder / 幻菴うつせみ脱皮, Gen-an Utsusemi Dappi
dbackwarddowndforward+bbtn+cbtn+dbtn
Variant of Super Shredder that doesn't require Gen-an to be hit first.

Blood Grip / 爪つまみ, Tsume Tsunami
(weapon)hcb+anyslash
Extends his claw on a rope and pulls the opponent closer.

Poison Cloud Puff / 毒吹雪, Doku Fubuki
qcf+anyslash
Exhales a large purple cloud that damages as well as stuns an opponent momentarily.

SD Transform
hcbhcb+cbtn

Slaughterhouse Tumble / 肉転突き, Nikuten Tsuki
dp+anyslash
Gen-an rolls towards his opponent slashing, and rebounds on impact.

Super Shredder / 幻菴脱皮, Gen-an Dappi
(hit)bbtn+cbtn+dbtn
Gen-an sheds his own skin and performs a vertical Slaughterhouse Tumble.
Super Moves

M.D.C. (Madou Diving Claw) / 魔道ダイビングクロー
(weapon)hcbforward+abtn+bbtn
Gen-an charges forward recklessly in an attempt to drill the guts out of his opponent.
Genjuro Kibagami
Special Moves

Blast of the Beast / 三連殺(牙・角・燐)
(weapon)qcf+anyslash,qcf+anyslash,qcf+anyslash
Series of three slashes, leaving images of sliced hanafuda cards in its wake.

Cherry Blossom Mincer / 桜華斬
(weapon)qcb+anyslash
Genjuro slashes a projectile in the shape of a rotating hanafuda card.

Flash of the Phoenix / 桐覇光翼刃
(weapon)dp+anyslash
Wide sword uppercut.

Toy Transformation / ぬいぐるみ
hcbforwardbackward+bbtn
Genjuro's SD transform.
Super Moves

Five Sense Barrage / 五光斬
(weapon)hcbforward+abtn
Genjuro creates an energy card at close range. On hit, the opponent is sent to the sky to receive a series of cuts.
Hanzo Hattori
Command Moves

Triangle Jump
(in air)(wall)uforward
Special Moves

Ninja Exploding Dragon Blast / Bakuen Ryu, 忍法爆炎龍
qc-f2ddbackward+anyslash
Hanzo punches the ground, sending a rolling burst of flame at his foe.

Ninja Multiplier / Kage Bunshin, 忍法影分身
forwardhcf+abtn/bbtn
Hanzo splits into multiple shadows, the real one determined by button press. The illusion is broken when Hanzo attacks or is hit.

Ninja Teleportation / Utsusemi Chizan, 忍法うつせみ地斬
(hit)bbtn+cbtn+dbtn
Hanzo's body is replaced with a decoy log as the real thing drops down from above for a stab.

Ninja Teleportation Jig / Utsusemi Tenbu, 忍法うつせみ天舞
hcb+bbtn+cbtn+dbtn
Essentially Ninja Teleportation without the prerequisite of being hit.

Ninja Windsplitter / New Reppushuriken, 烈風手裏剣改
(in air)qc-b2ddforward+anyslash
Aerial shuriken throw.

Shrike Dash / Mozu Otoshi, モズ落し
(close)dp+anykick
Leaping ninja piledriver.

Stealth / Kage Mai, 忍法影舞
forwardbackwardforwardbackwardforwardbackwarddown+bbtn+cbtn+dbtn
Hanzo turns invisible.

Toy Transformation
forwardbackwardforwardbackwardforwardbackwarddown+abtn
Hanzo's SD transform.
Super Moves

Squeeze of Heaven / Temma Rimetsu, 忍法天魔覆滅
(weapon)hcbforward+dbtn
Hanzo drives his blade into the earth and creates a pillar of fire.
Haohmaru
Special Moves

Crescent Moon Slash / Kogetsu Zan, 奥義 旋風裂斬
(weapon)dp+anyslash
A windmill slash, rising into the air.

Cyclone Slash / Senpu Retsusan, 奥義 弧月斬
(weapon)qcf+anyslash
Haohmaru emits a small cyclone from his blade. On contact, it sends the opponent flying into th eair.

Earthquake Slice / Ougi Resshin Zan, 奥義 烈震斬
(weapon)dp+anykick
Haohmaru jumps forward, coming down hard with a blade slam.

Heaven Constraint Blast / Tenpa Fuujin Zan, 秘奥義 天覇封神斬
(weapon)dforwardhcfrdp+bbtn+cbtn
A secret technique, Haohmaru does several Crescent Slashes in a row.

Rice Wine Whack / 酒攻撃
qcb+abtn
Haohmaru lashes out with his sake bottle. Deflects projectiles.

SD Transform
hcbforwardbackward+bbtn

Secret Cyclone Slash / 奥偽 旋風裂斬
(weapon)qcf+anykick
Haohmaru fakes his whirlwind projectile.
Super Moves

Secret Move / 奥義 天覇凄煌斬
(weapon)hcbforward+abtn
Haohmaru unleashes a massive energy slash.
Jubei Yagyu
Special Moves

Geyser Thrust / Suigetsu Toh, 喝咄 水月刀
(weapon)qcf+anyslash
Jubei sends a wave of energy at his foe.

Mind's Eye Sabre / Yagyu Shingatoh, 柳生 心眼刀
(weapon)qcbforward+abtn
Jubei's counter techniques. The variations are referred to individually as Reflecting Mind's Eye Sabre, Mind's Eye Sabre of Mutual Destruction, and Raging Heaven's Mind's Eye Sabre.

Sabre Thrash / Hasso Happa, 八相発破
(weapon)m-anyslash
This two-handed heretic of the sword goes at it like a wildman.

Toy Transformation / ぬいぐるみ
hcbforwardbackward+dbtn
Jubei's SD transform.

Tsunami Sabre / Nikkaku Ratoh, ニッ角羅刀
(weapon)dp+anyslash
A shoulder charge followed by rising slash.
Super Moves

Moonbeam Slicer / Zetsu Suigetsutoh, 絶 水月刀
(weapon)hcbforward+cbtn
A vertical geyser blast.
Kuroko
Throw Moves

Furious Thousand-Kick Can Can
(close)forward/backward+bbtn/dbtn
Two-kick can can, really.
Special Moves

Bean Ball Blizzard / 黒子八極弾 ビーンボール
qcbdbackwardforward+bbtn+cbtn
Kuroko throws a black ball with barbs in the front. It bears an uncanny resemblance to the orbs from the Phantasm horror movie series.

Choking Flag / 黒子絡旗撃
hcb+abtn
Kuroko extends a flag on a chain to pull his opponent closer.

Exploding Dance Drubbing / 黒子爆舞腕
(hit)abtn+bbtn+cbtn
Upon being slashed, Kuroko splits in two. After a moment his torso explodes and his real torso sprouts from his legs.

Exploding Dance Kickfest / 黒子爆舞脚
(hit)bbtn+cbtn+dbtn
Upon being slashed, Kuroko splits in two. After a moment his legs explode and his torso sprouts new legs.

Exploding Thunderblast / 黒子八極弾 爆雷砲
c.dbackwarddownforward+bbtn+cbtn
Kuroko throws a ball of electricity (I have no idea what this is meant to be a reference to).

Fake Blade Slam / 黒子偽刃投
down+m-anyslash/anykick (during weapon clash)
If Kuroko wins a weapon clash with this technique, the opponent's weapon will be split into two copies, one of which is fake.

Red Flag Rage / 黒子赤旗陣
forward+bbtn+cbtn+dbtn
A wide slash that reflects projectiles and will also hit the opponent.

Rice Cracker Dirks / 黒子八極弾 センベイ手裏剣
c.dbackwardforward+abtn
Kuroko throws two senbei at once, ala Jubei Yamada from Fatal Fury.

Slick Unleashed / 黒子撃放
m-cbtn
Kuroko's version of Tung Fu Rue's spirit explosion. The spirit seems to suffer the same Big Dipper-shaped seven chest scars as Fist of the North Star's Kenshiro.

Slick's Blitzball / 黒子八極弾 ブリッツボール
qcb+abtn
Kuroko throws two Blitz Balls at once, showing up Krauser completely.

Slick's Conquering Crunch / 黒子八極弾 覇王翔吼拳
forwardhcf+abtn
Kuroko's Eight Great Shots: Haoh Sho Ko Ken! Kuroko launches the trademark giant fireball of Kyokugen Karate.

Slick's Megasmash / 黒子八極弾 メガスマッシュ
qcf+bbtn
John Crawley's signature projectile as executed by Kuroko.

Slick's Tiger Flash Blast / 黒子八極弾 虎煌拳
qcf+abtn
Kuroko's version of Ryo's Koh Oh Ken.

Steel Slicer Wave / 黒子八極弾 斬鉄波
qcfdforwardqcb+abtn
Kuroko's version of Eiji Kisaragi's big slash projectile.

Toy Transformation
dbackwardqcfdowndforward+dbtn
Kuroko's SD transformation.

White Flag Wallop / 黒子白旗陣
forward+abtn+bbtn+cbtn
A wide slash that reflects projectiles but doesn't hit in and of itself.
Super Moves

Satanic Saturnalia / Kuroko Ranbu, 黒子乱舞
hcbforward+abtn+bbtn
Kuroko's Ryoku Ranbu.

Super Satanic Saturnalia / Kuroko Great Ranbu, 黒子大乱舞
forwardhcf+cbtn+dbtn
A longer Ryoko Ranbu, Kuroko has to pause for a breather halfway through the beating.
Kyoshiro Senryo
Command Moves

Blood Mist Slice / 血煙曲舞
(weapon)(in air)down+abtn+bbtn
Swirling attack just like Dance of the Demon, but executed during a normal jump.
Special Moves

Dance of Fire / 火炎曲舞
qcf+anyslash
Kyoshiro spits a steady burst of flame.

Flying Lion's Tail / 跳尾獅子
(weapon)qcb+anykick
Using his naginata for leverage, Kyoshiro makes a massive kick forward.

Kabuki Swirl / 風裂扇
qcb+anyslash
Standard projectile in the form of a flaming fan.

Swirling Dance of the Demon / 回天曲舞
(weapon)dp+anyslash
Kyoshiro makes a highly vertical and slightly forward leap while twirling his blade.

Toy Transformation
forwardhcfbackward+dbtn
Kyoshiro's SD transform.
Super Moves

Flesh Flail Dance of Kyoshiro
(weapon)forwardhcf+cbtn
Kyoshiro spins extra fast with controllable left/right movement. If he hits the opponent he accelerates further before slashing them away.
Mizuki
Special Moves

All-Consuming Voracity / 我神飢爆魂
qcb+abtn
Haon runs forward and chews on the opponent for a moment.

Evil Chorus / 邪心共鳴
qcf+anyslash
A projectile that attaches a grim reaper to the opponent. He counts down from five and then back up again on his fingers, reversing controls during this time.

Hell's Circle / 覇気陰滅陣
qcf+cbtn+dbtn
Mizuki sends a symbol across the ground that sucks the opponent in before blasting them out with lightning.

Satanic Transmigration / 魔界転生
down+abtn+bbtn+cbtn/down+bbtn+cbtn+dbtn
A teleport.

The Creator's Transforming Trauma / 我神変裂魂
qcb+cbtn
Haon spits a ball of electricity that transforms the opponent into a pig.

Wail of Our Creator / 我神共鳴魂
qcb+bbtn
Haon charges forward for a headbutt.
Super Moves

Imprison Sphere / 天地魔境陣
hcbforward+abtn
Mizuki throws a projectile that sends the opponent bouncing against the walls and ceiling for several seconds.
Nakoruru
Throw Moves

Air Throw
(in air)(close)down+bbtn/abtn+bbtn
Command Moves

Triangle Jump
(in air)(wall)uforward
Special Moves

Amube Yatoro
hcb+anyslash
Nakoruru orders Mamahaha to attack.

Annu Mutsube
(weapon)qc-b2d+anyslash
Nakoruru slides along the ground with blade outstreched.

Apefuchi Kamui Risse
dforwardqcbdp+bbtn+cbtn
A "secret move," Nakoruru performs several Kamui Risses rapidly.

Hawk Call
qcb+cbtn/hcb+abtn/bbtn
When Nakoruru loses her sword, Mamahaha will automatically perch on it until retrieved or called, making Mamahaha-related moves inoperable.

Hawk Carry
qcb+cbtn
Nakoruru rides Mamahaha, gaining flight.

Kamui Risse
qcb+anyslash
Nakoruru twirls with scarf, doing damage and reflecting projectiles.

Leyla Mutsube
(weapon)qcf+anyslash
Rising version of Annu Mutsube.

Toy Transformation
dforwardqcbdowndbackward+dbtn
Nakoruru's SD transform.
Super Moves

Irusuka Yatoro Risse
forwardhcf+abtn
Nako glows with the energy of nature while Mamahaha makes a dive. On hit, multiple shadow hawks strike the opponent explosively.
Nicotine Caffeine
Special Moves

Cane Swirl Cutter / 支杖螺旋脚
(weapon)dbackwardqcf+anykick
If Nicotine hits the ground with his cane, he twirls down it while kicking to both sides.

Choker Chain Cane Bang / 縛鎖杖撃
(weapon)hcb+anyslash
Caffeine does his best Scorpion impersonation.

Curse of Crunch / 心乱呪符
rdp+abtn+bbtn
Nicotine throws a charm a short distance that reverses the opponent's controls on hit.

Exorcist Charm Slice / 式神霊符・雷
qcf+anyslash
Nicotine throws a charm that turns into a bird projectile.

Fires of Fecundity / 式神霊符・炎
qcf+anykick
Nicotine throws a charm that turns into a dog-like projectile.

Toy Transformation / ぬいぐるみ
qc-b2ddbackwardbackwardforward+dbtn
Nicotine's SD transform.
Super Moves

Underworld Pummeler / 仁王符霊殺
forwardhcf+dbtn
Nicotine summons a large demon that does nothing other than burn the enemy and disappear.
Sieger
Throw Moves

Faust Zwangs Marsname
(in air)(close)down+abtn+bbtn
Special Moves

Blitz Sieger
(weapon)hcb+anykick
Sieger jumps forward in an arc for a flaming body splash.

Fire Sturm
(weapon)dforward+bbtn+cbtn
A finger flick that reflects projectiles.

Tigerkopf
qcf+cbtn
A slide kick to set up further attacks.

Toy Transformation
hcbforwardbackward+abtn

Vulcan Weinen
(weapon)qcf+abtn
A small fire blast, expelling a shell from the gauntlet. Mash for a bigger blast.

Wolf Fangen
(weapon)forwardqc-b2ddforward+abtn+bbtn
Sieger grabs low at the opponent's legs, then proceeds to slap their face rapidly with his gauntlet hand.
Super Moves

Operation Tiger
(weapon)hcbforward+cbtn+dbtn
A super version of Blitz Sieger, he flies off the top of the top of the screen and drops back down directly over the opponent.
Ukyo Tachibana
Special Moves

Afterimage Attack / 残像踏み込み斬り
(weapon)qcf+anykick
Ukyo dashes forward leaving afterimages, cutting opponent on contact.

Concealed Sabre Snowfall Slash / Sasame Yuki, 秘剣ささめゆき
(weapon)qcb+anyslash
Ukyo tosses an apple then slashes rapidly, dividing the apple into pieces.

Fake Snowfall Slash
(weapon)qcb+anykick
Ukyo throws an apple but does not cut it.

Swallow Swipe / Tsubame Gaeshi, 秘剣つばめ返し
(weapon)(in air)dbackwardqcf+anyslash
A wide aerial slash. Emits a flaming bird that travels upwards. Easily "tiger knee'd" from the ground by ending with @term=uforward@

Toy Transformation / ぬいぐるみ
dforwardqcbdp+bbtn
Ukyo's SD transform.
Super Moves

Swallow Super Slash / ツバメ六連
(weapon)forwardhcf+abtn+bbtn
Rapid Swallow Swipes.
Wan Fu
Special Moves

Confucius Slash / 気功旋風斬
(weapon)dp+anyslash
Standard uppercut move.

Confucius Swipe / 気功大撲殺
(weapon)qcf+anyslash
One, two, or three swings of Wan Fu's weapon, depending on strength of slash.

Confucius Thunder Bomb / 気功爆転法
(weapon)qcb+anyslash
Wan Fu takes a massive leap, tossing his weapon to the ground. It explodes with power and remains there.

Exploding Confucius
(weapon)qcb+cbtn+dbtn
Wan Fu beats his head against his weapon, damaging himself and charging his rage meter.

Toy Transformation / ぬいぐるみ
forwardhcfbackward+dbtn
Wan Fu's SD transform.
Super Moves

Wrath of God Blowout / 気功大爆天
(weapon)forwardhcf+bbtn
Super Confucius Thunder Bomb.

Storyline
Samurai Showdown 2
Shiro Tokisada Amakusa, cause of the calamities occurring worldwide and driven to resurrect the Dark Deity Ambrosia, was slain by a single samurai whose existence was never recorded by history.

This person deeply involved with the resurrected Amakusa, Haohmaru, was suddenly attacked one night. But the one who was up easily defeated was not Haohmaru, but the sinister assailant…

Haohmaru's attacker was clearly manipulated by someone or something?an evil force.
The would-be assassin gasps a final promise to Haohmaru. "I'll have your soul one day.... Ambrosia...lives." The evil ones are after him! Haohmaru, sensing an evil force rivaling Amakusa, pays a visit on his old fencing master. While Haohmaru relates his story, his master's visage grows unusually grim.

"Stay away. You have undeniably grown stronger. But you must not confront them. Do you understand?"

His master obviously knows more, but grows silent, and besides Haohmaru isn't listening anyway. That night, they share a few drinks to celebrate their reunion after a long separation, and at dawn Haohmaru slips out unannounced to embark on his journey.

An audacious smile plays on his lips.

Fun Facts
Transcending History and the World
Rarely in Samurai Shodown 2, Kim Kaphwan will stand in for Hikyaku the Courier Man, running through the background.

Credits
Worldwide
Voice Actor

Reiko Chiba as Cham Cham
Harumi Ikoma as Charlotte Christine Colde
Masaki Usui as Earthquake
Kay Inage as Galford D. Weller
Eiji Yano as Gen-an Shiranui
Kong Kuwata as Genjuro Kibagami
Toshimitsu Arai as Hanzo Hattori
Masaki Usui as Haohmaru
Eiji Yano as Kuroko
Monster Maezuka as Kyoshiro Senryo
Harumi Ikoma as Mizuki
Harumi Ikoma as Nakoruru
Monster Maezuka as Nicotine Caffeine
Kong Kuwata as Sieger
Eiji Yano as Ukyo Tachibana