It’s no secret that we’re fans of Samurai Shodown here at Nintendo Enthusiast. It’s been great to see this once-dormant series experience a renaissance with the newest game, but we still love to play the older titles. While you could already get all six of them on the Switch digitally, there’s the Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection coming soon. Announced at PAX East over a year ago, it’s been in the works for a while, and now there is finally a release date. SNK is making this set a must-have by including a ton of stuff that makes it worth the wait, including a previously unreleased seventh title, Samurai Shodown V Perfect.
Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection will be releasing digitally on Nintendo Switch on July 28 with a physical edition to come later in the summer. It will retail for $39.99, which costs less than buying all six titles separately. The trailer boasts that it will use rollback netcode in an effort to ensure that online play is as seamless as possible. There’s even a museum featuring artwork, music, and video interviews with the developers over the years. They’re throwing in leaderboards and challenges, which are great for the more competitive players. It’s already an amazing deal, and that’s before you consider the fact that they’re finally releasing the true final classic SamSho game: Samurai Shodown V Perfect.
The Neo Geo was amazing hardware, and so many fighting classics originated on the platform. It was an arcade mainstay for most of the ’90s, but by the time the 00s rolled around the industry was in decline. More or less the last official game for Neo Geo machines was Samurai Shodown V Special, a beefed up version of the fifth title, released in April 2004. However, later that year SNK reportedly did some location tests for an even better version, which included a story mode and some other things. It never actually released though. We’ll finally get to experience that game as Samurai Shodown V Perfect. This title’s inclusion on the Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection is for SNK fans what the SNES Classic’s Star Fox 2 was for Nintendo fans: a chance to finally play a game that we could only dream about.