Final countdown to SHODOWN! Gaming's original beat-'em-up out tomorrow in stunning 3D

Thursday 15th April 2010: Leading video games publisher Rising Star Games has today confirmed that SAMURAI SHODOWN SEN, the latest instalment in SNK PLAYMORE's legendary fighting game series, will arrive tomorrow exclusively on the Microsoft Xbox 360.

"SNK PLAYMORE's SAMURAI SHODOWN series has incredible heritage and it's a real honour to be bringing SAMURAI SHODOWN SEN to the Xbox 360," says Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games. "The series' transition into high quality 3D brings the game bang up to date and legions of fans will delight in finally being able to indulge in classic 3D fighting moves."

The original SAMURAI SHODOWN released in arcades in 1993 and amidst a market flooded with 'me too' fighting games, it dared to be different. The series has since released more than 10 instalments, gracing a variety of consoles including SEGA Saturn, SEGA MegaDrive, Super Nintendo, NEOGEO Pocket Colour, PlayStation 2 and 3DO, confirming SAMURAI SHODOWN's long lasting appeal and loyal fan base.

SAMURAI SHODOWN SEN takes place in Japan during the twilight of the turbulent Edo period, and promises to be the most brutal and visceral instalment in the SAMURAI SHODOWN series' history. It was created for Japanese arcades to commemorate the series' 15th anniversary and the online challenge aims to replicate the arcade experience via Xbox LIVE.

There are over 20 fighters to choose from, new and old, each with their own string of attacks and special moves. Alongside lead characters Princess Suzu and Takechiyo, a plethora of old favourites from the series have been faithfully incorporated, including Haohmaru, Galford, Hanzo Hattori, Nakoruru and Ukyo Tachibana.

Players can become any one of these fighters and battle against friends via Xbox LIVE to see who can reach the top of a worldwide online ranking system. Series artist Senri Kita has also created stunning game art, which further adds to the experience in SAMURAI SHODOWN SEN.

SAMURAI SHODOWN SEN launches on 16th April for the Xbox 360.

Screenshots and artwork can be downloaded directly here.

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About Rising Star Games

Rising Star Games Limited is a video games publisher for Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo DS™ and Wii™, Sony PS3 and PSP™ in the PAL territory. A joint venture between Japanese video game publisher and content developer Intergrow Inc and long standing Nintendo Nordic distributor Bergsala AB, Rising Star Games is now in its sixth year of trading and has published more than 50 titles including the worldwide hit series Harvest Moon alongside the renowned renegade Nintendo Wii title, No More Heroes. For more information please go to www.risingstargames.com.

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About SNK PLAYMORE

Headquartered in Osaka, Japan, SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION (SNK) develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Founded in 1978, SNK is one of the largest privately held interactive entertainment content providers in the world.

Known for such franchises as THE KING OF FIGHTERS, METAL SLUG, and SAMURAI SHODOWN, SNK continues to be an industry leader by focusing on their rich arcade history. More information on SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION can be found at www.snkplaymore.co.jp


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