Stages sample

Osorezan stage (SS5 Special), partial view.

The Stage is the place/area/background/arena where a match takes place in the Samurai Shodown series. While remains truth to the 18th century aesthetics, in most of the video games within the series each character has his/her stage, featuring scenography and music according to the image he/she represents in the game itself. Stage’s imaginary can be influenced by character’s alignment in the storyline, nationality, and fighting style. For example: Kyoshiro’s stages are distinctive for portraying Kabuki theater, and Charlotte’s stages are within a European castle. Sometimes stages feature real-life references, like USA’s Great Canyon, Mount Fuji, and Shimabara Castle, and Samurai Shodown VI stages are based on famous festivities around the world. Easter eggs are also included in specific stages. Stages don’t affect the flow of the battles, instead they presents destructible things like barrels, bamboo trunks, stone objects, or plants.

Between Samurai Shodown III and V Special the series features some stages with two or more different variations of the same stage to add more deep and immersion to the player. A special background variation during the final seconds of the match can be triggered if a character is about to be defeated or Rage Explosion was activated by a player.

In 1997 the series did a step into 3D graphics, first with Samurai Shodown 64, and its follow-up Warriors Rage. The stages are now conformed with high amounts of polygons and bitmaps, while preserving the classic style of Samurai Shodown. Players can move his players in all eight directions of the arenas with free camera rotation. PlayStation saw the release of a third 3D game (Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage in North America) with graphic and design similarities compared to the previous Neo Geo 64 games. In 2008 Samurai Shodown Sen was released on Japanese arcades, being the first HD game developed by SNK (then SNK Playmore) and showing an unprecedented detail level for the stages.

A new entry in the Samurai Shodown series scheduled for 2019 makes a return to the 2D side-scroll view, featuring Full HD graphics and staple stages like the rocky shores (Mount Fuji at the distance), and bamboo forest. Now the coloring of the stages makes reference to brushstrokes and traditional Japanese painting.

Introduced in Samurai ShodownEdit

  1. Gairyu Isle (morning: Haohmaru, night: Ukyo)
  2. Green Hell
  3. Hokkaido
  4. Kochi
  5. Onigami Isle
  6. San Francisco
  7. Seian
  8. Shimabara
  9. Texas
  10. Tokyo
  11. Versailles
  12. Yamagata

Introduced in Samurai Shodown IIEdit

  1. Bamboos – early winter
  2. Battlefield – the sunset
  3. China - Xian
  4. Devil’s Island - dinner
  5. Edo – the Kabuki stage
  6. Gairyu Isle (evening: Haohmaru, night: Ukyo)
  7. Green Hell Island - marsh
  8. Himalaya – top of the mountain
  9. Northern Country - summer
  10. Osorezan - hell
  11. Paris – the Versailles palace
  12. The Prosia Kingdom - nights
  13. San Francisco - noon
  14. Susukigahara Field - november
  15. Temple - mist
  16. Texas – Pacific railway

Introduced in Blades of BloodEdit

  1. Bamboo Forest - day
  2. Cherry Blossom Forest - night
  3. Death Swamp - evening
  4. The Kabuki Stage
  5. Mountain Dojo - Himalayas
  6. Mountainside Pool (spring and autumn)
  7. Northern Country - winter
  8. Ritual Monument - night
  9. Shrine - sunset
  10. Temple of War – final battle
  11. Temple - sunset
  12. Village Street - daytime
  13. The Volcanic Battlefield
  14. The Waterfall Bridge

Introduced in Amakusa’s RevengeEdit

  1. Amakusa Castle
  2. Arie
  3. Dohsaki
  4. Fukae
  5. Funatsu
  6. Koga
  7. Kusenbutake
  8. Kushinotsu
  9. Kushiyama
  10. Obama

Introduced in Samurai Shodown 64Edit

Introduced in Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors RageEdit

Introduced in Samurai Shodown: Warriors RageEdit

Introduced in Samurai Shodown VEdit

  1. Nagasaki (day and night)
  2. Ryukyu-ogoku
  3. Shin
  4. Sunpu
  5. The Great Battlefield

Introduced in Samurai Shodown V SpecialEdit

  1. Gairyu Isle (remake)
  2. Dojo (day and night)
  3. Monastery Bridge

Introduced in Samurai Shodown VIEdit

  1. Africa - nyagoro plains
  2. Shin - Choan