Samurai Showdown has topped 40,000 sales in Japan, so SNK is celebrating with a free PlayStation 4 theme.
SNK has always been the company known for making arcade boxes and filling them with the best fighting games around. King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, and of course, SNK Vs. Capcom are all classic franchises, but one of their older titles has recently been rebooted for a new audience. That game is Samurai Showdown.
The original Samurai Showdown arrived way back in 1993 for the Neo Geo arcade system as well as the Sega Genesis and Super NES. It became popular in Japan but failed to gain the same kind of audience in North America, where Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter were considered the best fighters of their time.
SNK continued to make Samurai Showdown games (known as Samurai Spirits in Japan) up until 2008’s Samurai Showdown: Edge of Destiny, which released on Xbox 360. Sales didn't exactly live up to expectations, so the series was shelved for over a decade.
But on June 25th, 2019, Samurai Showdown returned with a slick new look for modern consoles (namely the PS4 and Xbox One). It’s still the same old Samurai Showdown featuring many of the same characters and even the same “rage gauge” mechanic the series is famous for. It’s delightfully retro in a fighting game market filled with fancy, hard-to-pull-off juggling combos and esoteric game modes.
And it’s doing well. In its first week of sales, SNK reports that Samurai Showdown has sold over 40,000 units domestically for the PlayStation 4 alone. To celebrate, they’re going to release a dynamic PS4 theme sometime in mid-July. They didn’t say when, but they only mentioned a Japanese-release, so local Samurai Showdown fans might be out of luck.
The theme seems pretty standard; it showcases series front-man Haohmaru in the same pose as the box art. Expect some interesting things to happen in the background and for Haohmaru to breathe a bit, but that’s it.
Samurai Showdown is coming to Nintendo’s Switch and Windows PC later this Winter, so if a retro-yet-modern fighting game is your jam, consider SNK’s reboot.