Lost In Translation/Samurai Shodown III

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Samurai Shodown III
Neo-Geo marquee.
No screen shot.
Samurai Shodown III control panel.
Manufacturer SNK
Released 1995
8-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU Neo-Geo
68000 (@ 12.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2610 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
59.19 Hz
4,096 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 25 ROMs
38,338,560 bytes (36.56 MiB)
MAME ID samsho3 · fswords · samsho3a

About The Game

Samurai Shodown III is a one-on-one fighting, weapon-based arcade video game, featuring 12 selectable characters to fight Zankuro, a very powerful demon samurai.

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 4

=> [A] Light attack with weapon, [B] Medium attack with weapon, [C] Strong attack with weapon, [D] Kick


Released in October 1995.

This game is known in Japan as "Samurai Spirits - Zankurou Musouken" (literally 'Samurai Spirits - Zankuro's Matchless Sword') and in Korea as "Fighters Swords". The full US name for the game is "Samurai Shodown III - Blades of Blood".

Kafuin Gaira is a Buddhist monk whose weapons are giant 'mala', or Buddhist prayer beads. When Gaira wins the first round of a match, he throws a few punches and says 'Tenchu!', which means 'retribution!'. Gaira says a traditional Buddhist prayer for his fallen opponent when he wins the final round of the match. 'Namu amida butsu', Gaira's prayer, is basically 'go to heaven' or 'rest in peace'.

Shizumaru Hisame is a homage to Himura Kenshin (a character from the manga 'Rurouni Kenshin').

Zankuro Minazuki is a homage to Raijyuta Isurugi (another character from 'Rurouni Kenshin').

Tips and tricks

Play As Zankuro

This tip only works in 2-Player mode. Select Haohmaru, hold START and then go to the following characters : Genjuro, Basara, Kyoshiro, Ukyo, Rimururu, Haohmaru, Shizumaru, Nakoruru, Hanzo, Amakusa, Gaira, Galford and Shizumaru. Wait until the timer reach 03 and then press A and B.


  1. Samurai Shodown (1993)
  2. Samurai Shodown II (1994)
  3. Samurai Shodown III (1995)
  4. Samurai Shodown IV - Amakusa's Revenge (1996)
  5. Samurai Shodown 64 (1997)
  6. Samurai Shodown 64 - Warrior's Rage (1998)
  7. Samurai Shodown V (2003)
  8. Samurai Shodown V Special (2004)
  9. Samurai Shodown - Tenkaichi Kenkakuden (2005)
  10. Samurai Shodown - Edge of Destiny (2008)


Executive Producer
Eikichi Kawasaki
Abe Jaron
Back Team
N. Azumi
Mayu K.
Special Effects By
'POW team'

Voice Actors

Masaki Usui
Harumi Ikoma
Tomo Sakurai
Hanzo Hattori
Toshimitsu Arai
Kazuhiro Inage (Key Inage)
Kyoshiro Senryou
Monster Maetsuka
Ukyo Tachibana & Tokisada Shirou Amakusa
Eiji Yano
Genjuro Kibagami
Kong Kuwata
Basara Kubikiri
Masahiro Nonaka
Shizumaru Hisame
Miho Kaneda
Gaira Kafuin
Kouji Suizu
Zankuro Minazuki
Hiroyuki Arita

Cabinet and Artwork


SNK Neo-Geo CD (1995)
Sony PlayStation (1996)
Nintendo Game Boy (1996, "Nettou Samurai Spirits - Zankuro Musouken")
Sega Saturn (1996, "Nettou Samurai Spirits - Zankuro Musouken")
Sega Saturn (1998, "Samurai Shodown Best Collection")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musouken PCCB-00200[1] 1995-12-16 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Samurai Spirits Zankuro Musouken Arrange Sound Trax PCCB-00204[2] 1996-02-07 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.