Best Animated Backgrounds of Samurai Shodown Series
We have selected the most beautiful backgrounds of the legendary Japanese fighting game
Samurai Showdown is a fighting game developed by SNK. The events of the games take place in medieval Japan.
It all started back in 1993 from an arcade machine game. Later, it was ported to game consoles, received sequels, served as the base for manga, anime and even JRPG. The series is more than 25 years old, so what’s the secret of the longevity of the franchise? Perhaps, it’s the artists’ skill: all backgrounds in the series are crafted with love for Japanese culture and cause a strong desire to set them as wallpaper for your PC. In addition, the two-dimensional pixel graphics cause nostalgia for the times where TV sets were not flat, and games were so heartwarming. Look at the great Samurai Shodown backgrounds and see this for yourself.
Samurai Shodown (1993)
Gold, big picture on the wall, marble floor covered with a carpet – all this greatness in 1993. As the name implies, it is based on the famous Versailles palace. Its construction was started by Louis XIII but finished only by Louis XIV in the 17th century. Besides, Charlotte appears at this level.
Here, between the rocks resembling the Grand Canyon, cracked earth and tumbleweed, Earthquake appears. Interestingly, the game states that the location is in the US, while at the time of the game (1789) Texas was part of Mexico.
This location appears in the series many times. In the very first part, there are two versions of the beach: day and night.
This location is similar to a Russian folk tale: a forest, animals, a wooden house, a kind old man. In fact, that’s the most northern island of Japan. We’ll see this place in the next part of the game but in a warm season.
This level is based on Chinese culture. Demons of war are located on the sides, while a carpet depicting a Buddhist monk is on the floor. By the way, the jade statuette of a gorilla in the center is a cameo of Woo from King of the Monsters, another SNK game.
Samurai Shodown II (1994)
Green Hell Island, marsh
A crocodile sits on a log, flamingoes stand in the water, monkeys live in a wrecked ship – all this under a pink sunset sky. You can see the other part of the island in the distance – the game has a location there as well.
San Francisco, noon
That’s a level in the port. The sailors have just caught a shark, and now it is spinning on a pole. There’s a barrel on each side. If the player makes a cutting blow, the barrel falls apart in half. Its content is determined randomly: fish or red apples.
We have seen this location in the previous part. Traditional red arks, leading to the building on the water, go into the sea. At night, the Milky Way is visible. By the way, the mountain with the snowy peak is Fuji.
This location will appear again in the third and fifth parts of the series. The stairs leading to the temple is surrounded by traditional toro stone lanterns. Can you find the skull in the image?
Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood (1996)
In the first part of the battle, the temple is hidden in mist but then appears in full glory.
Sometimes, a bird flies over the fighters and sunbeams appear.
At this level, three kids come to watch the battle. Apparently, the storm is coming, so two of them run to hide. A little later, an elderly woman takes the third kid.
The looks of this level depend on how the player fights against Nakoruru. If the battle is in SLASH mode, we’ll see autumn, and spring is for BUST mode.
Northern Country, winter
In fact, that’s the island of Hokkaido again. After the first round, the dawn begins, and people and more animals come to the scene.
Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa’s Revenge
Amakusa’s castle is seen far on the rocks – it is emitting an ominous red light. Sometimes, the clouds hide the moon completely, and it gets really dark.
Amakusa’s castle is seen in the distance. After certain events, the bamboo forest will “dry out” and leaves will start to fall.
The ominous Amakusa’s castle is very near. The rocks are covered with mysterious hieroglyphs.
The last part of the series is already available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.