Samurai Spirits Teetering on the Edge?

I have to say that I am quite sad at what I perceive as a painful fall into obscurity of SNK’s classic Samurai Shodown/Spirits franchise. The latest installment, the 3-D Samurai Spirits Sen aka Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny, seems to be dead in the water. For starters, even though the game was formally/officially released in arcades some time ago, there’s apparently NOTHING on the game. No coverage on ANY sites, no news, no new vids, no new info (save the official game site finally having all characters on the roster finally shown) and no word on whether this game will be released on consoles.

The GameFAQs board for SSS is, though, DEAD. It’s been ‘archived’, which apparently means you can’t post or do anything there anymore. I honestly have never seen a forum board in that condition. Does this mean no one cares about the game? Probably- I mean, if you want a weapon fighter, there’s Soulcalibur IV. It looks MILES better with HD graphics, has smoother and silkier animation and far cooler moves and lets you dress down the hot babes to their underwear. AND it freaking PLAYS better. What does Samurai Spirits Sen have? Rather unpleasant fatalities and blood, decapitations and severed limbs (the only stuff SCIV doesn’t have, I guess). Maybe SNK should have marketed this to the blood-hungry US Mortal Kombat fan crowd?

In any case, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that SSS is indeed dead, crawled into a hole to wither. In the light of the Tekkens, VF5’s and SCIVs of this world, where does Sen stand? Well, it’s a lot better than crap like Soulcalibur Legends, I guess. I’d get this on PS2, anyway… Oh well.


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