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samsho3: MAME ROM Information.


Samurai Shodown III (c) 1995 SNK.

To have no fear, to slice and die! To survive! Continuing the aesthetic tradition and high quality of the very successful series featuring 12 selectable characters to fight Zankuro, a very powerful demon samurai.


SNK Neo-Geo MVS hardware

Game ID : 0087

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2610 (@ 8 Mhz)

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 4

=> [A] Light attack with weapon, [B] Medium attack with weapon, [C] Strong attack with weapon, [D] Kick


Released in October 1995.

This game is known in Japan as "Samurai Spirits - Zankurou Musouken" (literally 'Samurai Spirits - Zankuro's Matchless Sword') and in Korea as "Fighters Swords". The full US name for the game is "Samurai Shodown III - Blades of Blood".

Kafuin Gaira is a Buddhist monk whose weapons are giant 'mala', or Buddhist prayer beads. When Gaira wins the first round of a match, he throws a few punches and says 'Tenchu!', which means 'retribution!'. Gaira says a traditional Buddhist prayer for his fallen opponent when he wins the final round of the match. 'Namu amida butsu', Gaira's prayer, is basically 'go to heaven' or 'rest in peace'.

Shizumaru Hisame is a homage to Himura Kenshin (a character from the manga 'Rurouni Kenshin').

Zankuro Minazuki is a homage to Raijyuta Isurugi (another character from 'Rurouni Kenshin').


* Play as Zankuro : This tip only works in 2-Player mode. Select Haohmaru, hold START and then go to the following characters : Genjuro, Basara, Kyoshiro, Ukyo, Rimururu, Haohmaru, Shizumaru, Nakoruru, Hanzo, Amakusa, Gaira, Galford and Shizumaru. Wait until the timer reach 03 and then press A and B.


1. Samurai Shodown [Model NGM-045] (1993)

2. Samurai Shodown II [Model NGM-063] (1994)

3. Samurai Shodown III [Model NGM-087] (1995)

4. Samurai Shodown IV - Amakusa's Revenge [Model NGM-222] (1996)

5. Samurai Shodown 64 (1997)

6. Samurai Shodown 64 - Warrior's Rage (1998)

7. Samurai Shodown V [Model NGM-270] (2003)

8. Samurai Shodown V Special [Model NGM-272] (2004)

9. Samurai Spirits - Tenkaichi Kenkakuden (2005)

10. Samurai Shodown - Edge of Destiny (2008)


Executive producer : Eikichi Kawasaki

Programmers : Abe Jaron, Oh!Butch, Magic2papa

Back team : N. Azumi, Mayu K., Yoshimitsu, Yoshi-Ko, Chu, Guchi, Etsuko, Satoni, Has

Special effects by 'POW team'.

* Voice Actors :

Haohmaru : Masaki Usui

Nakoruru : Harumi Ikoma

Rimururu : Tomo Sakurai

Hanzo Hattori : Toshimitsu Arai

Galford : Kazuhiro Inage (Key Inage)

Kyoshiro Senryou : Monster Maetsuka

Ukyo Tachibana, Tokisada Shirou Amakusa : Eiji Yano

Genjuro Kibagami : Kong Kuwata

Basara Kubikiri : Masahiro Nonaka

Shizumaru Hisame : Miho Kaneda

Gaira Kafuin : Kouji Suizu

Zankuro Minazuki : Hiroyuki Arita


* Consoles :

SNK Neo-Geo [JP] (Dec. 01, 1995; "Samurai Spirits - Zankurou Musouken [Model NGH-087]")

SNK Neo-Geo [US] (Dec. 01, 1995; "Samurai Shodown III [Model NGH-087]")

SNK Neo-Geo CD [JP] (Dec. 29, 1995; "Samurai Spirits - Zankurou Musouken [Model NGCD-087]")

SNK Neo-Geo CD [US] (Dec. 29, 1995; "Samurai Shodown III [Model NGCD-087E]")

Nintendo Game Boy [JP] (Aug. 23, 1996; "Nettou Samurai Spirits - Zankuro Musouken [Model DMG-ASZJ-JPN]")

Sony PlayStation [JP] (Aug. 30, 1996; "Samurai Spirits - Zankurou Musouken [Model SLPS-00350]")

Sega Saturn [JP] (Nov. 08, 1996; "Samurai Spirits - Zankuro Musouken [Model T-3104G]")

Sega Saturn [JP] (Nov. 08, 1996; "Samurai Spirits - Zankuro Musouken [Model T-3106G]")

Sony PlayStation [JP] (Mar. 20, 1997; "Samurai Spirits - Zankurou Musouken [The Best] [Model SLPS-91024]")

Sega Saturn [JP] (Aug. 06, 1998, "Samurai Spirits Best Collection [Model T-3123G]")

Sony PlayStation [JP] (Apr. 24, 2003; "Samurai Spirits - Zankurou Musouken [PSone Book] [Model SLPS-91514]")

Sony PlayStation 2 [JP] (July 24, 2008 "Samurai Spirits - Rokuban Shobu [NeoGeo Online Collection Vol.12] [Model SLPS-25839]")

Nintendo Wii [JP] (July 24, 2008 "Samurai Spirits - Rokuban Shobu [Model RVL-RSSJ-JPN]")

Sony PlayStation 2 [JP] (June 18, 2009 "Samurai Spirits - Rokuban Shobu [NeoGeo Online Collection The Best] [Model SLPS-25934]")


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.34b5 [?]

Neo-Geo (Artwork available)


- 0.143u4: Changed description to 'Samurai Shodown III / Samurai Spirits - Zankurou Musouken (NGM-087)' and clone to '(NGH-087)'.

- 0.127u6: Johnboy renamed (samsho3) to (samsho3h) and (samsho3a) to (samsho3). Renamed p1 to correct chip label. Marked samsho3h as AES version.

- 0.125u5: Johnboy marked clone (set 2) MVS VERSION. Checked other Korean sets, found similar ID change; renamed clone fswords p1 tp 187-p1k.

- 0.104u5: Razoola and Haze added clone Fighters Swords (Korean release of Samurai Shodown III).

- 0.79u2: Added clone 'Samurai Shodown III / Samurai Spirits - Zankurou Musouken' (set 2). Changed parent description to 'Samurai Shodown III / Samurai Spirits - Zankurou Musouken (set 1)'. Added all gfx3 roms from (set 2) to (set 1).

- 0.35b13: Changed description to 'Samurai Shodown III / Samurai Spirits - Zankurou Musouken'.

- 0.35b12: Changed description to 'Samurai Shodown 3 / Samurai Spirits - Zankurou Musouken'.

- 0.35b4: Added missing sound1 ($0) rom.

- 0.34b6: Changed description to 'Samurai Shodown 3 / Samurai Spirits 3'.

- 0.34b5: Added Samurai Shodown 3 (SNK 1995).


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Romset: 36096 kb / 17 files / 16.3 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="samsho3" sourcefile="neodrvr.c" romof="neogeo">
              <description>Samurai Shodown III / Samurai Spirits - Zankurou Musouken (NGM-087)</description>
              <biosset name="euro" description="Europe MVS (Ver. 2)" default="yes"/>
              <biosset name="euro-s1" description="Europe MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="us" description="US MVS (Ver. 2?)"/>
              <biosset name="us-e" description="US MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="asia" description="Asia MVS (Ver. 3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-s2" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 2)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-s1" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="mv1c" description="NEO-MVH MV1C"/>
              <biosset name="japan-j3" description="Japan MVS (J3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-hotel" description="Custom Japanese Hotel"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_3" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.3)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_3o" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.3, older?)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_2" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.2)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_1" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.1)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_0" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.0)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_3" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.3)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_2" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.2)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_2o" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.2, older)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_1" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.1)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_0" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.0)"/>
              <rom name="sp-s2.sp1" merge="sp-s2.sp1" bios="euro" size="131072" crc="9036d879" sha1="4f5ed7105b7128794654ce82b51723e16e389543" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-s.sp1" merge="sp-s.sp1" bios="euro-s1" size="131072" crc="c7f2fa45" sha1="09576ff20b4d6b365e78e6a5698ea450262697cd" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="usa_2slt.bin" merge="usa_2slt.bin" bios="us" size="131072" crc="e72943de" sha1="5c6bba07d2ec8ac95776aa3511109f5e1e2e92eb" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-e.sp1" merge="sp-e.sp1" bios="us-e" size="131072" crc="2723a5b5" sha1="5dbff7531cf04886cde3ef022fb5ca687573dcb8" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="asia-s3.rom" merge="asia-s3.rom" bios="asia" size="131072" crc="91b64be3" sha1="720a3e20d26818632aedf2c2fd16c54f213543e1" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
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              <rom name="sp-j2.sp1" merge="sp-j2.sp1" bios="japan-s2" size="131072" crc="acede59c" sha1="b6f97acd282fd7e94d9426078a90f059b5e9dd91" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
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              <rom name="sp-45.sp1" merge="sp-45.sp1" bios="mv1c" size="524288" crc="03cc9f6a" sha1="cdf1f49e3ff2bac528c21ed28449cf35b7957dc1" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="japan-j3.bin" merge="japan-j3.bin" bios="japan-j3" size="131072" crc="dff6d41f" sha1="e92910e20092577a4523a6b39d578a71d4de7085" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-1v1_3db8c.bin" merge="sp-1v1_3db8c.bin" bios="japan-hotel" size="131072" crc="162f0ebe" sha1="fe1c6dd3dfcf97d960065b1bb46c1e11cb7bf271" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_3.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_3.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_3" size="131072" crc="27664eb5" sha1="5b02900a3ccf3df168bdcfc98458136fd2b92ac0" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_3o.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_3o.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_3o" size="131072" crc="601720ae" sha1="1b8a72c720cdb5ee3f1d735bbcf447b09204b8d9" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_2.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_2.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_2" size="131072" crc="2d50996a" sha1="5241a4fb0c63b1a23fd1da8efa9c9a9bd3b4279c" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_1.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_1.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_1" size="131072" crc="8dabf76b" sha1="c23732c4491d966cf0373c65c83c7a4e88f0082c" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_0.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_0.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_0" size="131072" crc="0c12c2ad" sha1="37bcd4d30f3892078b46841d895a6eff16dc921e" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_3.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_3.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_3" size="131072" crc="b24b44a0" sha1="eca8851d30557b97c309a0d9f4a9d20e5b14af4e" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_2.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_2.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_2" size="131072" crc="4fa698e9" sha1="682e13ec1c42beaa2d04473967840c88fd52c75a" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_2o.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_2o.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_2o" size="131072" crc="e19d3ce9" sha1="af88ef837f44a3af2d7144bb46a37c8512b67770" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_1.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_1.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_1" size="131072" crc="5dda0d84" sha1="4153d533c02926a2577e49c32657214781ff29b7" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_0.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_0.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_0" size="131072" crc="0ce453a0" sha1="3b4c0cd26c176fc6b26c3a2f95143dd478f6abf9" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="087-epr.ep1" size="524288" crc="23e09bb8" sha1="79da99fa50a639fce9d1266699b5e53c9ac55642" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="087-epr.ep2" size="524288" crc="256f5302" sha1="e2d21b413a6059194a994b7902b2a7df98a15151" region="maincpu" offset="80000"/>
              <rom name="087-epr.ep3" size="524288" crc="bf2db5dd" sha1="b4fa1dc1eccc9eb1ce74f0a06992ef89b1cbc732" region="maincpu" offset="100000"/>
              <rom name="087-epr.ep4" size="524288" crc="53e60c58" sha1="f975e81cab6322d3260348402721c673023259fa" region="maincpu" offset="180000"/>
              <rom name="087-p5.p5" size="1048576" crc="e86ca4af" sha1="5246acbab77ac2f232b88b8522187764ff0872f0" region="maincpu" offset="200000"/>
              <rom name="087-s1.s1" size="131072" crc="74ec7d9f" sha1="d79c479838a7ca51735a44f91f1968ec5b3c6b91" region="fixed" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sfix.sfix" merge="sfix.sfix" size="131072" crc="c2ea0cfd" sha1="fd4a618cdcdbf849374f0a50dd8efe9dbab706c3" region="fixedbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="000-lo.lo" merge="000-lo.lo" size="131072" crc="5a86cff2" sha1="5992277debadeb64d1c1c64b0a92d9293eaf7e4a" region="zoomy" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sm1.sm1" merge="sm1.sm1" size="131072" crc="94416d67" sha1="42f9d7ddd6c0931fd64226a60dc73602b2819dcf" region="audiobios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="087-m1.m1" size="131072" crc="8e6440eb" sha1="e3f72150af4e326543b29df71cda27d73ec087c1" region="audiocpu" offset="0"/>
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              <rom name="087-c2.c2" size="4194304" crc="7a413592" sha1="b8c7a2d0d7a8b14d6cab94d7a5f347e73c6ab7a4" region="sprites" offset="1"/>
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              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="68000" clock="12000000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="audiocpu" name="Z80" clock="4000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="lspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="rspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ymsnd" name="YM2610" clock="8000000"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="320" height="224" refresh="59.185606" pixclock="6000000" htotal="384" hbend="30" hbstart="350" vtotal="264" vbend="16" vbstart="240" />
              <sound channels="2"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="4" coins="2">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Test Switch" tag="IN0" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin Chutes?" tag="IN0" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="1?" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2?" value="2" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Autofire (in some games)" tag="IN0" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="4" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="COMM Setting (Cabinet No.)" tag="IN0" mask="24">
                     <dipvalue name="1" value="24" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="COMM Setting (Link Enable)" tag="IN0" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="32" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Free Play" tag="IN0" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Freeze" tag="IN0" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="128" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="supported" palettesize="0"/>

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