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Samurai Shodown Games
Fighter ID:
Samurai Shodown 3 / Samurai Spirits: Zankuro Musouken (JPN), Fighters Swords (KOR)
Blades of Blood
Fighting Game by SNK
Neo Geo
Neo Geo CD
Nettou Samurai Spirits: Zankuro Musouken (Game Boy)
Playstation Network
Samurai Shodown Anthology, Samurai Spirits Rokuban Shoubu (Playstation 2)
Compilation release.
Samurai Shodown Anthology, Samurai Spirits Rokuban Shoubu (Wii)
Compilation release.
Samurai Shodown Anthology, Samurai Spirits Rokuban Shoubu (Playstation Portable)
Compilation release.
WiiWare/Virtual Console
ACA NeoGeo: Samurai Shodown III (PlayStation 4)
ACA NeoGeo: Samurai Shodown III (Xbox One)
ACA NeoGeo: Samurai Shodown III (Switch)

Neo Geo
Genjuro Kibagami
Neo Geo
Neo Geo
Neo Geo
Galford D. Weller
Neo Geo
Gaira Caffeine
Neo Geo
Kyoshiro Senryo
Neo Geo
Ukyo Tachibana
Neo Geo
Neo Geo
Neo Geo
Hanzo Hattori
Neo Geo
Amakusa Shiro Tokisada
Neo Geo
Jubei Yagyu
Game Boy
Neo Geo
Zankuro Minazuki
Neo Geo

Command Moves

Stabbing Feet / 刺し足
(in air)down+dbtn [Bust/Slash]
On hit, Basara will hop off.

Triangle Jump / 三角跳び
(in air)(wall)uforward [Bust/Slash]
Special Moves

Airborne Slash / 空刺し
(in air)qcf+anyslash [Bust/Slash]
Basara throws his blade downwards at an angle determined by button (must be performed near peak of jump).

Friendly Rip / 友引
(close)hcf+abtn [Bust/Slash]
Basara grabs the opponent and drags them into his shadow. They fly back out moments later on the edge of his weapon, receiving a series of slashes.

Ground Slash / 地刺し
qcf+anyslash [Bust/Slash]
Basara throws his blade up and forward, it travels in an arc and returns to him.

Shadow Exit / 影出
forwarddbackwarddowndforward+anyslash [Bust]
After entering his shadow, Basara reappears at the enemy's location with an uppercut slash.

Shadow Feint / 影騙し
forwardbackwardforwardbackward+abtn/bbtn/cbtn/dbtn [Bust]
A clone of Basara takes deceptive action depending on the button pressed. The clone turns into a bat and flies away after a moment. In Samurai Shodown 3 both Basara and the clone are visible but in all future games Basara becomes invisible until the clone disappears, making more effective feint.

Shadow Stitcher / 影縫い
hcb+anyslash [Slash]
Basara sends his blade down into his shadow; it comes out from a vortex in the air at a distance determined by attack strength.

Shadow Sucker / 影吸い
qcb+dbtn [Bust/Slash]
Basara sinks into his shadow. You can move left or right for a few moments before rising again.

Soul of the Beast / 鵺魂(ぬえだま)
backwarddforwarddowndbackward+cbtn [Slash]
A slow-moving electrical projectile that travels in an arc. After hitting it turns into a bat and flies away.
Super Moves

Shadow Dance Dream Pull / 影舞い・夢彈(ゆめびき)
hcfbackward+bbtn+cbtn [Bust]
A hop back then a leap forward. If unblocked Basara performs an elaborate combo ending with a grab; he ends with a wide slash in Kagaribi's memory.

Shadow Dance Payback / 影舞い・酬(むくい)
hcfbackward+abtn+bbtn [Slash]
A hop back and a leap forward. If unblocked, Basara performs an invisible autocombo while his lover's ghost flits about. He ends with a wicked uppercut slash.
Gaira Caffeine / Kim Ung Che (KOR)
Command Moves

100 Heavens Body Blow / One Hundred Dropper, 百貫落とし
(in air)down+dbtn [Bust/Slash]
Knee drop.

Prudence Punch / ぶちのめし
(weapon)(in air)down+cbtn [Slash]
Powerful bead drop.
Special Moves

Ceiling Slam Grabber / つかむぞ~組み天井
rdp+abtn [Slash]
Gaira snatches his foe from the air and slams them.

Deadly Pokes / ぶちころし
(weapon)qcf+anyslash [Bust]
An attack meant to bounce the opponent off the wall for a fiery punch followup.

Earthquake Assault / 地震丸
(weapon)downdown+abtn+bbtn [Bust/Slash]
Gaira slams his beads into the ground, creating fire on both sides.

Hades Heart Slicer / 円心殺~地
(weapon)(close)qcbforward+cbtn+dbtn [Bust]
Giant swing command throw.

Hard Head Grabber / つかむぞ~石頭
rdp+bbtn [Slash]
Blockable grab followed by headbutts.

Heaven Heart Slicer / 円心殺~天
(weapon)qcbforward+abtn+bbtn [Bust]
Gaira jumps forward before attempting to lock his foe up in a giant swing.

Nag Blast / Shout!
qcb+abtn [Bust/Slash]
Gaira shouts a giant kanji that can knock down an enemy in close proximity.

Profound Pummel / みだれうち
(weapon)qcf+abtn+bbtn [Slash]
Advancing repeated bead swings.

Reverse Twirl Grab / つかむぞ~尻めくり
rdp+cbtn [Slash]
Low-hitting grab that sweeps the opponent off their feet.

Victory Riser / かちあげ
(weapon)dp+anyslash [Slash]
A shoulder tackle into launcher.
Super Moves

Fist Flash Dance / 拳舞
qcfdowndforward+abtn+bbtn [Bust/Slash]
Advancing sumo slap beatdown.

Samurai Showdown 3
They 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.

Voice Actor

Eiji Yano as Amakusa Shiro Tokisada
Masahiro Nonaka as Basara
Kōji Suidzu as Gaira Caffeine
Kay Inage as Galford D. Weller
Kong Kuwata as Genjuro Kibagami
Toshimitsu Arai as Hanzo Hattori
Masaki Usui as Haohmaru
Monster Maezuka as Kyoshiro Senryo
Harumi Ikoma as Nakoruru
Eiji Yano as Ukyo Tachibana
Hiroyuki Arita as Zankuro Minazuki