Samurai Shodown 3

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Samurai Shodown 3: Blades of Blood
(Samsho 3; SS3)



Neo Geo MVS
WW: 15 November, 1995

Online Play

Rollback (via Fightcade 2)

Player Resources

Beginner's Guide Video

Japanese First Step Guide by Moyomoyo
Japanese atwiki
Community Channels

Samurai Friends Discord

Samurai Shodown 3: Blades of Blood (サムライスピリッツ斬紅郎無双剣, Samurai Spirits: The Peerless Blade of Zankuro) is the third entry in the Samurai Shodown franchise, developed by SNK and released in 1995 for the Neo Geo arcade system. It was a radical departure from its predecessor, Samurai Shodown II, featuring a darker tone and art style, redesigned characters, and many new mechanics.


Zankuro Minazuki is a really big dude with a really big sword who really likes killing people. Like, that’s his thing. Killing people with his big sword. A number of people -- 12 of them, actually, all pretty good with some kind of weapon -- think that Zankuro going around killing people is bad, and wrong. But rather than try to come up with a new, stronger word for killing, they all decide that fighting him would be a pretty effective way of getting him to stop killing people.

Alright, this is the third Samurai Shodown wiki on Mizuumi now, what gives?

While the Samurai Shodown series is indeed seemingly a bit out of place on Mizuumi, being an (ostensibly) honest, slow-paced and grounded SNK franchise, Samurai Shodown 3 is... well, the ground game is still there, of course, and it's still an SNK game. However, there's a bit more, shall we say, variety in its offense that gives it more in common with some of the wilder titles represented here -- moreso than the game's pedigree might suggest.
If this little intro has been worded just vaguely enough for you to wonder what we're talking about, read on. We recommend the FAQ first, to give you a clearer picture of what's in store for you here.

Wiki Roadmap

50% complete
In Progress / Completed To-do
  • FAQ/Controls/Mechanics pages finished
  • Character pages are largely completed
  • Frame data for all characters transcribed

Wiki needs to be updated in several regards

  • Several pages haven't been touched since 2019-2020
  • Include some amount of mention/discussion regarding Upper Grade Only meta, which Japan plays a lot of
  • Modernize page format
  • Transfer frame data from Google spreadsheets onto character pages
  • Update pros/cons to give more concise information
  • Add missing combos
  • Remove the jokes
  • More character pages need strategy info/matchups(?)

Samurai Shodown 3

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