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Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken
サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣
15 Nov 1995

 
 


 

 
 


 

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Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken
サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣
NEO GEO
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo
Released 1 Dec 1995
Publisher SNK
Product ID NGH-087
Size (cm) 22 x 17 x 4
Weight (kg) 0.70
PRICE
STATUS
The third Samurai Spirits game has split opinions ever since it was released; and today remains just as loved as it is loathed.
Regardless of personal opinion it remains an absolutely superb production - this is SNK at their peak!

Snap-lock Neo Geo case, 282Mbit cartridge, monochrome booklet.

Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken
サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣

-SCITRON 1500 SERIES- / SNK NEO SOUND ORCHESTRA
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 16 Dec 1995
Publisher Pony Canyon
Product ID PCCB-00200
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Complete 'Original Soundtrack' to the Arcade / Neo Geo version.
Includes 'Voice & S.E. Collection'.

CD case, 57-track audio CD, 16-page booklet, spine card.

Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken
サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣
NEO GEO CD
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo CD
Released 29 Dec 1995
Publisher SNK
Product ID NGCD-087
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Aside from the loading times, this is as good as the Neo CD gets: perfect port, crisp gameplay, superb CD soundtrack, cheap price. Yay.

'Neo Geo' stamped CD case, Neo Geo CD CD-ROM, 28-page monochrome booklet, spine card.

Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken Ōgi Emaki
サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣 奥義絵巻
GAMEST EXTRA No.161
DETAILS
Format Magazine / Book
Released 16 Jan 1996
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID Gamest No.161
Size (cm) 25.7 x 21 x 0.6 (AB)
Weight (kg) 0.40
PRICE
STATUS
'Extra' issue of Gamest magazine, titled 'Book of Secret Principles'.
Starts off with a small fold-out poster, then focuses on a series of in-depth profiles for the entire cast, with move galleries and complete command lists.

112 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken
Kōshiki Guide Book Kenjutsu Shinan Sho

サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣 公式ガイドブック 剣術指南書
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 26 Jan 1996
Publisher ASCII
Product ID ISBN4-89366-463-8
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.9 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.58
PRICE
STATUS
Luxurious 'Official Guide Book' from Famitsu, subtitled 'Fencing Teaching Book'.
Features in-depth profiles, illustrated move lists, combos charts, official & original art, interviews, columns, and an extensive b&w section covering versus tactics, all finished off by 30 pages of concept art & designs.
Very nice indeed.

320 pages, 192 in colour, Japanese.

Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken Arrange Sound Trax
サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣 アレンジサウンドトラックス

SNK NEO SOUND ORCHESTRA
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 7 Feb 1996
Publisher Pony Canyon
Product ID PCCB-00204
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Remixed 'Arrange Soundtrack', uncut in its entirety, along with the odd bout of 'audio drama' thrown in: "Blah blah blah... <KANG!> Aaaaaargh!" etc.
View [back] for tracklisting.

CD case, 22 track audio CD, 16-page b&w booklet, tape inlay, spine card.

Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken 4-Koma Ketteiban
サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣 4コマ決定版

GAMEST COMICS 077
DETAILS
Format Manga
Released 10 Mar 1996
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-224-4
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.30
PRICE
STATUS
Humourous collection of 4-panel jokes and craziness based on the cast.
Part of the Gamest Comics collection.

128 pages (black & white), Japanese.

Nettō Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken
熱闘 サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣

GAME BOY
DETAILS
Format Game Boy
Released 23 Aug 1996
Publisher Takara
Product ID DMG-ASZJ-JPN
Size (cm) 10 x 9 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.06
PRICE
STATUS
Downsized version of Samurai 3 for the Game Boy; not bad but the GB was looking very antiquated by 1996.
Features a surprise guest character.
Super Game Boy and link-up cable compatible for 2P versus play.

Standard GB packaging, 8Mbit cartridge, 16-page colour booklet.

Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken
サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 30 Aug 1996
Publisher SNK
Product ID SLPS-00350
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The PlayStation conversion of Zankuro Musōken was SNK's second release on the format, and that must be the reason why it is so sub-standard. The game suffers from severe slowdown, jerky animation and dodgy collisions.
Still, that didn't stop the game from selling like hot cakes.

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, 24-page colour manual, spine card.

Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken Kōshiki Guide Book
サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣 公式ガイドブック
PLAYSTATION HISSHŌ HŌ SPECIAL
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 25 Sep 1996
Publisher Keibunsha
Product ID ISBN4-7669-2571-8
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.34
PRICE
STATUS
Smooth, clear, and beautifully paged 'Official Guide Book' for the PS ver.
Features profiles, move lists (listed with the PS button layout), versus tactics, and a bonus 'rough sketch' section.

144 pages, 112 in colour, Japanese.

Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken [RAM Dōkori Ban]
サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣 [拡張RAM同梱版
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SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 8 Nov 1996
Publisher SNK
Product ID T-3104G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.25
PRICE
STATUS
Thanks to the 1MB RAM cartridge the Sega Saturn musters up a near-perfect conversion of the Neo Geo original, light years ahead of the ropey PS port.

This 'Extended RAM Bundle Edition' includes both the game (Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc in case w/ 30-page colour manual) and 1MB RAM cartridge [HSS-0150].

Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken
サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣

SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 8 Nov 1996
Publisher SNK
Product ID T-3106G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Stand-alone release of SNK's excellent Sega Saturn conversion.
Perfect for those who might already have the essential 1MB RAM cartridge [HSS-0150].

CD case, Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc, 30-page colour manual, spine card.

Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken [Best]
サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣
[ベスト]
PLAYSTATION THE BEST
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 20 Mar 1997
Publisher SNK
Product ID SLPS-91024
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
'PlayStation the Best' re-issue.

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, colour manual, spine card.

Samurai Spirits Best Collection
サムライスピリッツ ベストコレクション

SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 6 Aug 1998
Publisher SNK
Product ID T-3123G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 2.4
Weight (kg) 0.20
PRICE
STATUS
2-in-1 re-issue of both Samurai Spirits games for the Sega Saturn:
- Zankuro Musōken (1995)
- Amakusa Kōrin (1996)
Initially intended as a 'budget' pack, this is slowly becoming quite a sought-after SNK release on the Sega Saturn.
Both titles require the 1MB RAM cartridge [HSS-0150] to run.

Double CD case, Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc x 2, colour manual, spine card.

Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musōken [PSone Books]
サムライスピリッツ 斬紅郎無双剣
[PSoneBooks版]
PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 24 Apr 2003
Publisher Playmore
Product ID SLPS-91514
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Second re-issue of the PlayStation version, this time for the 'SNK Best Collection' PSone Books label.

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, colour booklet, spine card.

Samurai Spirits Rokuban Shōbu
サムライスピリッツ 六番勝負

NEO GEO ONLINE COLLECTION Vol.12
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 24 July 2008
Publisher SNK Playmore
Product ID SLPS-25839
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.17
PRICE
STATUS
Superb 6-in-1 Samurai Spirits pack for the PS2, 12th and final release of the Neo Geo Online Collection.
Features every 2D game of the series:
- Samurai Spirits (1993)
- Shin Samurai Spirits (1994)
- Zankuro Musōken (1995)
- Amakusa Kōrin (1996)
- Samurai Spirits Zero (2003)
- Samurai Spirits Tenka (2006)
Each title is beautifully presented with interactive menus, galleries, move lists, music tests and practice modes.

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour booklet.

Samurai Spirits Rokuban Shōbu
サムライスピリッツ 六番勝負

Wii
DETAILS
Format Wii
Released 24 July 2008
Publisher SNK Playmore
Product ID RVL-RSSJ-JPN
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.15
PRICE
STATUS
The Wii also gets its share of classic Neo Geo samurai action:
- Samurai Spirits (1993)
- Shin Samurai Spirits (1994)
- Zankuro Musōken (1995)
- Amakusa Kōrin (1996)
- Samurai Spirits Zero (2003)
- Samurai Spirits Tenka (2006)
Go for it blindfolded - every single game featured is a bona fide masterpiece.

Standard Wii case, Wii optical disc, colour booklet.

Samurai Spirits Rokuban Shōbu [Best]
サムライスピリッツ 六番勝負
[ベスト]
NEO GEO ONLINE COLLECTION THE BEST
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 18 June 2009
Publisher SNK Playmore
Product ID SLPS-25934
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.17
PRICE
STATUS
Cut-price 'The Best' re-issue of the PS2 Samurai Spirits collection.
Content remains identical:
- Samurai Spirits (1993)
- Shin Samurai Spirits (1994)
- Zankuro Musōken (1995)
- Amakusa Kōrin (1996)
- Samurai Spirits Zero (2003)
- Samurai Spirits Tenka (2006)

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour booklet.

 



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