If you spent the early to mid 90s tapping away on a Neo-Geo controller, you're probably familiar with Samurai Shodown II. This classic fighting game was much loved at the time, and it's seen a bit of a comeback in recent years on Xbox Live Arcade and Wii Virtual Console. Now this title has arrived on Android thanks to SNK Playmore, but nostalgia doesn't come cheap.

Samurai Shodown II is an action-packed 2D versus fighter, but it has deeper gameplay than many of the games of its era. There are 15 different characters with their own unique powers and weapons. You can even smash your opponent's weapon to put them at a disadvantage. There are various control modes to make the game more true to the original, or just easier. Basically, it has an auto mode if you're really bad at fighting games.

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The game supports Bluetooth multiplayer, but both parties have to own the game. Samurai Shodown II is not an inexpensive game, either. It's $8.99 on Google Play, but you can take solace in the fact that it's $0.50 more expensive on iOS. It's a lot for a mobile game, but fans of the original might be cool with that.

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Matti

    I played this when I was a kid (or pre-teen, rather). One of the best fighters ever. But I can't imagine how anyone can play these Neo Geo games without a big sturdy arcade stick. Some of the button-directional combinations this game required were insanely complex.

    I'm talking about stuff like down > quarter-circle left > semi-circle right > semi-circle left > right > semi-circle left + A + C ..... then you'd see the white samurai dude to do some continuous circling spinning uppercut thing. How would you even do that on a touch-screen??!!

    I guess that's what the "casual mode" is supposed to be for.

    • jonathan3579

      I'd only be interested if (I don't know if it does or not) supports bluetooth game controllers.

    • Aleksey_US

      They're getting ready for all those Android/iOS game consoles coming this fall...

    • D

      well they support SP button, like kof2012-i. I don't think it's that bad to do so without joystick

  • thisphuckinguy

    Oh shit! My favorite, never was popular on my block, fighting game franchise! I'm buying it!

  • DaveTexan

    Now...when is CAPCOM going to port D&D Tower of Doom and Shadow Over Mystera? SNK has several games ported (albeit done by Dotemu) but CAPCOM has none. Even Resident Evil 4 is not available on Google Play in most countries.

    • Oniros

      Capcom sucks, embrace the SNK.

    • Peter Warrior

      Why no one on Earth can correctly spell "Mystara" ???