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Anime Ascension 2020 Adds Samurai Shodown

Sharpen your blade...

Aksys Games announced that Samurai Shodown will join the roster of featured titles at the fifth Anime Ascension tournament scheduled for February 14th through the 16th, 2020 at the Atrium Hotel in Irvine. The other games include Guilty Gear Xrd REV2, BlazBlue Central Fiction, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], BlazBlue CrossTag Battle, Melty Blood Actress Again and Guilty Gear XX Accent Plus R.

An all-new demo of Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] featuring all characters will also be at the event, along with a demo of the upcoming Granblue Fantasy: Versus.

As in previous years, Aksys Games is adding $6,000 in prize money to the pool, offering $2,000 each in pot bonuses for Guilty Gear Xrd REV2, BlazBlue Central Fiction and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st].

Registration is open now through February 1st. The venue fee is $60 and the registration fee is an additional $10 for main tournament games. For those who just want to come and watch the action, a $10 per day spectator pass will be available on-site. Discounted rooms are available at the Atrium Hotel for tournament participants starting at $119 per night (double occupancy), including parking. Call the Atrium Hotel at 1-800-854-3012 and mention the Anime Ascension tournament.

For more information visit the official home page at: http://www.aksysgames.com/animeascension/, and follow Aksys Games on Twitter and Instagram at @AksysGames for updates on the tournament.

Check out more pics of Samurai Shodown's Japanese limited edition

Showing the Neo Geo some love

Want to get another look at the limited edition version of Samurai Shodown in Japan? The package includes the game tucked inside a Neo Geo-style case, along with a 72-page art book. It's a pretty fancy bundle that has zero chance of releasing stateside, but at least we can enjoy some fancy pics of the package here!

Preorder Samurai Shodown for a limited controller skin

Get those Joy-Con looking fancy

Osaka, Japan, January 7, 2020 – SNK CORPORATION (Corporate HQ: Suita-city, Osaka, Japan, Company President & CEO: Koichi Toyama) has announced today that fighting game fans can pre-purchase the critically acclaimed, award-nominated SAMURAI SHODOWN for the Nintendo Switch right now to receive a 10% discount and also the Neo Geo Pocket classic SAMURAI SHODOWN! 2 completely free of charge. Pre-orders for a physical copy will also include a controller skin featuring Haohmaru and Yashamaru. SAMURAI SHOWDOWN will be available on February 25 for Nintendo Switch™ in North America.

“SAMURAI SHOWDOWN’s upcoming release on the Nintendo Switch™ will mark the first time the series will be available on a Nintendo console in over 10 years,” says Yasuyuki Oda, Lead Producer of SAMURAI SHODOWN. “Fighting game fans will soon be able to pass a Joy-Con to an unsuspecting rival and unleash their fury anywhere around the world.”

This latest entry keeps in line with the weapon-based fighting mechanics that the franchise helped popularize in 1993, as signature features like the Rage Gauge and Lightning Blade will return alongside a robust roster of new and familiar fighters. In addition to everything included above, Hisame Shizumaru from SAMURAI SHODOWN III will be included as a free character.

SAMURAI SHODOWN for Nintendo Switch™ will launch on February 25 for $49.99 USD. Players who pre-order the physical version today can look forward to receiving both the port of SAMURAI SHODOWN! 2 (originally released on Neo Geo Pocket), and a bonus controller skin as well.

Samurai Shodown hits Switch in the West on Feb. 25th, 2020, new screens released, file size revealed

Sharpen your swords

Check out more screens here

SAMURAI SHODOWN has enjoyed worldwide success as a blade-wielding fighting game series since its first release in 1993. 11 years have passed since the last series installment, and it is now time for SAMURAI SHODOWN to return in a brand-new game featuring high-end visuals and gameplay! Faithfully reproducing the game mechanics and atmosphere that contributed to the success of the series, SAMURAI SHODOWN includes a revolutionary feature that learns players’ game actions and patterns in order to create CPU-controlled “ghost” characters. With its story set one year before the very first installment, warriors and combatants from various backgrounds and with their own goals are about to battle to fulfill their destinies!

■Carrying on the Legacy

The new game aims to bring the same tense and exhilarating battles that the series is known for. Intense and epic battles are back!

■Evolving the Presentation

Using the power of UNREAL® ENGINE 4, the series is able to achieve a level of detail never before seen for a totally new visual experience!

■A Revolutionary new AI system

Using revolutionary Deep Learning AI, the game will learn from player tactics and create Ghost characters which players around the globe can share and fight against.

Samurai Shodown hits Switch in North America and Europe on Feb. 25th, 2020. The title takes up 9.6 GB, and is priced at $50. If you preorder the eShop version of the game today, you can knock the price down to $45.

Samurai Shodown - more Wan-Fu gameplay

Samurai Shodown is now available on Switch in Japan, and Famitsu has put together a gameplay video showcasing Wan-Fu one of the DLC characters in the game. Check out Wan-Fu in action above.

Samurai Shodown Shockbox Gold Edition revealed

A little love for the NeoGeo

French publisher Pix’n Love has revealed a special Samurai Shodown Shockbox Gold Edition, which packs in some extra goodies alongside the game. The Shockbox Gold Edition includes a cpy of the game, a copy of Samurai Shodown! 2, and a 134 page art book, all tucked inside a NEOGEO style case. Preorders for this item open Dec. 18th, 2019, and are expected to ship out sometime in Q1 2020.

50% off Samurai Shodown I/II/III on Switch until Dec. 18th, 2019

Consider these prices slashed

Hamster is currently running a half-off sale for the first three Samurai Shodown games on the Switch eShop. That means you can get the first three games for just $4 each. You have until Dec. 18th, 2019 to take advantage, so don't miss your chance!

Samurai Shodown Switch bundle heading to Southeast Asia

Bundle up!

We've been seeing a lot of bundles that are region-exclusive lately, and yet another one has popped up for Southeast Asia. Fans in that part of the world will be able to pick up a special Samurai Shodown bundle starting Dec. 12th, 2019, which includes the Switch and a copy of the game. No word on this option releasing anywhere else at this time.

Samurai Shodown - more Switch gameplay

IGN Japan has gotten some hands-on time with the Switch version of Samurai Shodown, which is launching in Japan on Dec. 12th, 2019, and NA/EU next year. Check out how the Switch version measures up in the clip above.

Samurai Shodown's Switch release gets a Famitsu print ad

Fit to print

Samurai Shodown may not be releasing for Switch in NA/EU this year, but the game is coming out Dec. 12th, 2019 in Japan. To promote the release, the most recent issue of Famitsu includes a print ad. This is actually on the back cover of Famitsu, making for some pretty prime placement!

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