Samurai Shodown: Rivals Haohmaru & Genjuro Gameplay Trailers Arrive

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Back in late March, it was that SNK’s classic bloody fighter Samurai Shodown was getting rebooted, and launching on PS4, Xbox One, and . Now it’s time to get up close and personal with the game’s characters and details leading up to its release.


This week’s edition of Samurai Shodown character reveals features two characters fans of the franchise are very familiar with. Today (May 15) we meet the game’s main protagonist, the wandering swordsman who has no loyalty to no lord Haohmaru. We also are introduced to his main rival, Genjuro, who is the exact opposite of the disciplined ronin who likes to fancy gambling spots and the red-light districts.

You can peep both trailers for two Samurai Shodown OGs below.


Today (Mar 14) SNK and Athlon Games shared even more information about Samurai Shodown. We learned right off the beat from in the new trailer dubbed “Samurai Shodown 101” the game arrives June 25 and will serve as a prequel to the other classic games in the fighting game franchise.

While getting glimpses of the characters, we haven’t met yet (stay tuned), we also learned that the next generation Samurai Shodown game will have a new exciting feature called ‘Dojo Mode.’ While players hone their skills either playing the story and other offline battle modes, the game will be taking notes on them to create AI shadow of them that will be based on how they play the game. Not only will you be able to play against your AI clone, but you will also be able to upload to Samurai Shodown servers so other players can try and best your shadow.

Plus you will also have the opportunity to take on the best Samurai Showdown players on the planet when they upload their ‘Dojo Mode’ clones as well. The goal of the ghost is to help players see their weaknesses in their gameplay and correct those issues before the competition does.

“Dojo Mode has been a franchise aspiration for the team for some time now and an evolution to the fighting genre that we’re very proud of,” said SNK Lead Producer, Yasuyuki Oda. “Not only will it allow players to play against the ghosts of some of the best Samurai Shodown players in the world, but playing against your own ghost will prove an amazing tool to learn more about your own playstyle.”

It was also revealed that fans who pre-order the game either digitally or physically will have access to the season pass for FREE.

“We’re extremely excited to finally confirm that June 25th will see the much-anticipated return of Samurai Shodown – one of the founding figures of the fighting genre,” said Koichi Toyama, Company President at SNK. “As a thank you to the fans who have stuck with us during the long wait between the franchise installments, we’re pleased to offer the first 6 months of DLC completely free of charge to anyone who buys the game and redeems the game’s season pass within the first week of release, which will include four new fighters.”

Sounds impressive, step into the latest trailer as well other character reveals if you missed them in the gallery below.



As part of Samurai Shodown’s weekly character reveals, Charlotte, who is an OG to the fighting game franchise, is up next. The French swordswoman and loyal knight is back, armed with her rapier La Roche and her elegant but deadly fencing skills combined with her martial arts skills look better than ever. You can see her in action in the trailer below.



This weeks character reveal introduces Shiki, who originally made her debut in Samurai Shodown 64 returns to action in the next generation console reboot. For those who don’t know her story, she is a mysterious woman who wakes up on Mt. Osore with no memory of her origins. Sporting two different color eyes, two swords she found at the base of the mountain and the ability to teleport she is on a mission to recover her memory while issuing graceful fades. Peep her trailer below.


Last week met newcomer Darli Dagger, this week we get to see Samurai Shodown OG Ukyo. The dangerous swordsman who is the master of the lai quick draw sword technique is quite popular with the ladies but only has eyes for his one true love Kei Odagiri. Despite suffering from an incurable disease, he continues to fight for his beloved and issues some vicious fades.

You can watch his reveal trailer showing off his deadly technique below.


We got reacquainted with Samurai Shodown vet Nakoruru, and now it’s time to meet a new challenger. Today the classic fighting game franchise introduced newcomer Darli Dagger. Her backstory goes as follows:

“After washing ashore on a tropical island at a young age, she learned how to defend herself from motley gangs of pirates and shipwrights that populated the area. As a study shipwright herself, Darli crushes opponents with her custom-made saw, an array of self-made tools, and her super-powerful fists.”

You can see her in action in her reveal trailer in the gallery below.

Don’t let her youth, innocence and beautiful looks fool you, Nakoruru is as dangerous as any of the other fighters featured in the game. The Kamui warrior alongside her loyal pet hawk Mamahaha have been around since the original Samurai Shodown game, and now her nature-based moves look even more beautiful but still just as dangerous as ever thanks to the games new gorgeous cutting edge 3D graphics.

Nakoruru’s primary mission is to protect her beloved Mother Nature at all cost, and those who dare dishonor her face death. You can check out her reveal trailer in the gallery below and keep it locked on HipHopWired as we bring each character to you and any more news related to Samurai Shodown leading up to the games June release.

Photo: SNK/Althon Games

1. Haohmaru


2. Genjuro Gameplay Reveal Trailer


3. ‘Samurai Shodown’ 101 Trailer


4. Charlotte Gameplay Reveal Trailer


5. Shiki Gameplay Reveal Trailer


6. Ukyo Gameplay Trailer


7. Darli Dagger Gameplay Trailer


8. Nakoruru Character Reveal Trailer