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Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Let's face it; Samurai Shodown III was a disaster. While SNK might not admit it, you'll be hard pressed to find somebody who actually defends the third chapter. Samurai Shodown IV is a welcome addition to the Virtual Console. It fits in perfectly next to last week's King of Fighters '97 release. SNK is on a roll in 2012, let's hope it continues. Rating: 64%
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Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? Let's face it; Samurai Shodown III was a disaster. While SNK might not admit it, you'll be hard pressed to find somebody who actually defends the third chapter. Thankfully the developers of Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge listened to the people and made a much better game. This installment takes us back to the roots, both in gameplay and by bringing back a bunch of missing characters. Unfortunately, elements from Samurai Shodown III creep in from time to time, but not enough to ruin an otherwise solid fighting game.

Does It Still Hold Up? This is easily the prettiest Samurai Shodown game, which makes this a real treat for retro game starved Wii owners. As I took in every inch of the game's beauty, it made me yearn for a modern day, high-definition Samurai Shodown game. Forget about The King of Fighters XIV, bring on a new Samurai Shodown. Outside of presentation, the game handles wonderfully and is a lot of fun with a second player. Too bad there's no online play.

Is It Worth The Money? Over the years I have come to appreciate Samurai Shodown IV. While I will never love it in the same way as the first two installments, I see where the developers were coming from and like a lot of the changes made. The good news is that this is a major improvement over the third chapter, a fighting game I will likely never learn to appreciate. My personal biases aside, Samurai Shodown IV is a welcome addition to the Virtual Console. It fits in perfectly next to last week's King of Fighters '97 release. SNK is on a roll in 2012, let's hope it continues.