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Samsho logo

The most recurrent logo of the Samurai Shodown series.

Samurai Shodown (サムライスピリッツ Samurai Supiritsu in Japan) is a fighting video game franchise created by SNK (previously SNK-Playmore) that debuted in 1993 for the Neo-Geo Multi Video System arcade board, and then spawned a number of sequels and related media. Despite the name of the series, most of the characters actually are not samurai in the true sense of the word. Often, the name of the series is written in kanji (侍魂), with the second character pronounced supirittsu, “spirits”, to better reflect the game’s setting.