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You choose from a group of different characters to battle against an evil boss (Amakusa). There are many elaborate special moves, and the game is quite good with traditional sounding music and anime-type graphics. Standard fighting game setup with best of three rounds.

Samurai Shodown IV was produced by SNK in 1996.

SNK released 183 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. SNK was based in Japan.

Other machines made by SNK during the time period Samurai Shodown IV was produced include: Fatal Fury 3: Road To The Final Victory, Garou Densetsu 3: Road To The Final Victory, Real Bout Garou Densetsu, King Of Fighters '95, The, Real Bout Fatal Fury, Art Of Fighting 3 - The Path Of The Warrior, Neo Drift Out New Technology, King Of Fighters '96, The, Kizuna Encounter: Super Tag Battle, and Metal Slug


Name Samurai Shodown IV
Developer SNK (Japan)
Year 1996
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9422
Class Wide Release
Genre Fighting
Conversion Class Neo Geo MVS
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 4 - Weak Slash|Medium Slash|Strong Slash|Kick
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Instructions Samurai Shodown IV Instructions Image

Game Introduction

You begin by selecting your character, then you move to the difficulty select screen. You can choose Beginner, Intermediate or Expert. Each enables different things, such as no blocking, etc. Then you move to pick Chivaly or Treachery for your character type which gives your character a new set of moves and sometimes a different look. This adds much depth to the game, allowing one character to become two different people. You fight your way to Amakusa's castle in order to have a final confrontation with him and put an end to his evil reign.

Game Play

A basic fighting game that is similar to Street Fighter II - The World Warrior, Mortal Kombat, or any of the other Samurai Shodown prequels.

Samurai Shodown IV KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 5.00 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 5.00

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 5.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 5.00

Technical Rating: 5.00

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 5.00
Originality 5.00
Sound/Music 5.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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This game's full name is Samurai Shodown IV - Amakusa's Revenge.


This game can be easily converted to any other Neo Geo game.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Samurai Shodown IV Census

There are 14,906 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,530 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,155 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Common - There are 44 known instances of this machine owned by Samurai Shodown IV collectors who are active members. Of these, It is an original dedicated machine (not another machine converted with a kit). 43 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 16 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]


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