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Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge (known in Japan as Samurai Spirits: Amakusa's Descent) is a 2D fighting game developed and released by SNK for arcades (running Neo Geo MVS hardware) and the Neo Geo AES on November 29, 1996.
The fourth installment of the Samurai Shodown series (and the sequel to Samurai Shodown III), Samurai Shodown IV adds some characters from the first two games (Charlotte, Tam Tam, and Jubei), two new characters (Kazuki and Sogetsu) while removing some of the gameplay mechanics added in the third game (such as the ability to block in the air and the ability to charge up the Power Meter). New gameplay mechanics include the "Combo Slash" attack (beginning a predetermined chain combo), the "Rage Explosion" (turning the Power Meter into a one-time Rage Meter and giving the player additional attacks), the ability to forfeit a round (giving a full Power Meter the next round), and the introduction of Fatalities (known as "No Contest").
The game was ported to the Neo Geo CD on December 27, 1996, the Saturn on October 2, 1997 (in Japan only), and the PlayStation on December 25, 1997 (in Japan only, digitally re-released for the PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Network in 2007). The game was digitally re-released for the Wii (via Wii Virtual Console) on March 15, 2012 and was included in the Samurai Shodown Anthology compilation for the PlayStation 2 and Wii.