SNK Corporation has revealed a pre-order bonus for Samurai Shodown, rewarding those that want to pick up the fighting game on the portable home console.
That reward is Samurai Shodown! 2, a game that was developed for Neo Geo Pocket and will now be made available for the first time on a new console.
The classic 2D weapon-based fighting game has been rebooted using Unreal Engine 4 and is set in the late 18th century, after the events of Samurai Shodown V but before those of the original game.
There will be 13 classic characters that return – such as Haohmaru, Earthquake, and Galford – with three brand new characters that will join them, and others that will be added as post-launch downloadable content.
Now created with new 3D graphics that still retain the classic fantasy Samurai manga look, there are multiple modes like Story, Practice, Online Battle and offline battle modes.
There will also be a new asynchronous online mode called Dojo, which uses deep machine learning to create a CPU-avatar – this learns from you actions when playing the offline modes to create a Ghost AI character.
You can then choose to upload your Ghost to the leaderboards and download those that other players have created, taking them on in one-on-one battles or in the Ironman Challenge where you must defeat up to 100 ghosts in one go.
Samurai Shodown will release for Nintendo Switch worldwide in Q1 2020.