This Way Back Wednesday I visit a 21 year old game that I didn’t even know was available for a game system I own. For most of my life, I have only been able to enjoy Samurai Showdown in arcades and the donut shop near my high school. Each morning I would get dropped off early at the donut shop, which was a 10 minute walk from my high school, get a donut and play Samurai Showdown. Eventually my friends would join me and we’d all play, but for the most part I spent about a dollar every morning playing. I don’t know what it was about this game, but I really enjoyed playing it. I never spent time reading any of the story text appearing on screen, I would just scroll around and find a characters I was good at. Sometimes I was good with one character, while other days I was better with another. The controls were printed above the arcade cabinet, but I never took the time to memorize them. I knew that there were four buttons and combinations of 1 or 2 of them, along with a joystick move, would produce a special move. Sometimes I would get lucky and pull off a special move and even luckier times I would perform the ultra move when my POW meter filled up.

I wanted to have a fighting game for today’s Way Back Wednesday, because EVO was this past weekend. I tried to my Playstation, but it wasn’t working, so I decided to look at my Super Nintendo games. I guess I must have overlooked it, but I found that Samurai Shodown was something I could play. I popped it in and had a quick reality check, I was horrible at this game now.

The look of the game was completely different, because this was on a home console so all the sprites had to be smaller. The arcade cabinet at the donut shop never really had the sound up, so for all I know what I was hearing now was the exact same background music and sound effects. Now that I have a pause button this would be the best time to study the moves, but I didn’t have them available so I went with the generic moves. Down/forward and a button and down/back and a button seemed to be the best bet for a move being produced. The main character had the color scheme of Ryu from Street Fighter, and the move set was also pretty much the same. With all that being said, even with me being decent with Ryu, I still lost. There were some close calls and some lucky breaks, but in the end it was just me mashing buttons and watching my life deplete with every hit I wasn’t able to block.

By Taylor

Taylor is one half of Media Discord and resides in Orange County, CA. He grew up loving video games, comics and movies. His favorite game is Chrono Trigger and his favorite comic book character is Deadpool.

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