SNK announced that Samurai Shodown is coming to Nintendo Switch on 25 February 2020 alongside a nostalgia-hunting bonus from the Neo Geo era. It will also mark the end of the period where the series was not available on a Nintendo platform.
Samurai Shodown has released on pretty much all the platforms that can handle it, except for Switch. That stands to change in slightly less than two months when the title arrives to Nintendo's handheld console.
The marketing campaign has kicked in with a strong push for pre-orders since not only will the pre-ordered copies have a 10 per cent discount but also two bonuses. On top of that, those who are looking for a nostalgia injection will also get the port of Samurai Shodown 2 which was originally released on Neo Geo Pocket.
A controller skin will be included for those who pre-purchase the physical version but it might pale in comparison to the other two bonuses. Normally, a pre-order is risky and we always urge potential purchasers to wait for reviews but given the nature of Samurai Shodown's releases on other platforms, you can already see the reviews as well as try the game out if you have a friend who owns it on a different platform.
Long-time fans can also look forward to playing Hisame Shizumaru again, a character from Samurai Shodown III, who will be included as a free character.
The game is a reboot for the newer era and graphics but it keeps some of the old mechanics that helped popularise the franchise such as Rage Gauge, Lightning blade and the weapon-based combat. Samurai Shodown's price on launch date will be $49.99.