Nintendo began streaming a video for the Switch version of SNK‘s Samurai Shodown (Samurai Spirits) game on Thursday. The video reveals the game’s release window for the first quarter of 2020 in the West.
The video also reveals that those who pre-order the game will also receive a Switch port of the Samurai Shodown! 2 Neo Geo Pocket game. The release is the game’s first port since its 1999 release.
Samurai Shodown launched for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Japan on June 27, and in the West on June 25. The Nintendo Switch version launches in Japan on December 12, and the game’s PC version will release in winter 2019. The arcade version of the game was slated to debut this summer, but has yet to release.
The game features three new playable fighters: Darli Dagger, Wu-Ruixiang, and Yashamaru Kurama. SNK developed the game using Unreal Engine 4. The game has Japanese audio with subtitles in English, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Korean, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Pan-American Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese.
SNK is releasing one new DLC character every month for the rest of the year. SNK released Rimururu in August, Shizumaru Hisame in September, Basara in October, and Kazuki Kazama in November. The company will release Wan-Fu in December. The character Mina Makijina will join the game as part of the Season 2 DLC in 2020. The Season 2 DLC will feature three other characters.
The game is set between the events of the original game and Samurai Shodown V. The game’s fighters include the following characters from previous games in the franchise: Haōmaru, Nakoruru, Earthquake, Galford, Hanzo Hattori, Tam Tam, Kyoshiro Senryo, Jubei Yagyu, Ukyo Tachibana, Charlotte, Genjuro Kibagami, Shiki, and Yoshitora Tokugawa.