Samurai Shodown

Brad: Back when my brother and I used to watch pro wrestling, we got to see the WCW Nitro debut of Norman Smiley.  Smiley was a friendly looking, slim guy whose ring attire at the time consisted of a simple Speedo.  He honestly looked less like a wrestler than just some guy who had made a wrong turn backstage got lost on his way to the pool.  You almost expected him to be carrying a towel and some goggles.  But instead of a pool, he found himself in a wrestling ring with human test subject for experimental new steroids Scott “Flash” Norton, who proceeded to annihilate Norman Smiley in about 15 seconds or so.  People in the wrestling business refer to this kind of thing as a “squash”.

Don’t ask me why, but for some reason, comparing Samurai Shodown to the few remaining Genesis games kind of reminded me of that.

Yeah, you should probably see a doctor about that.

Stryker: Samurai Shodown was one of the first fighting games in which the characters used weapons instead of fighting with their bare hands.  This loses some of its effect, however, when everyone can survive getting stabbed in the face without so much as flinching.

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