Samurai Shodown, a reboot of the popular fighting game series by SNK, has been added to Netflix Games – the gaming platform by the streaming giant. The game was previously available on consoles and PCs, but now Android users can enjoy it through the streaming app, while iOS users can play it as a standalone app.
Samurai Shodown is a 2D fighting game that features weapon-based combat and a diverse cast of characters. The game is set in 18th-century Japan, one year before the events of the original Samurai Shodown from 1993. The game offers a single-player mode, where players can fight through a series of opponents and watch cutscenes that reveal the story behind each character. There is also a multiplayer mode, where players can challenge other players online or locally.
However, the game does have one major drawback: it does not support controllers. Players have to use the on-screen buttons to control their characters, which can be cumbersome and imprecise. This can also turn out to be a major issue for players trying the title on a bigger screen, such as a Chromebook or a tablet.
Samurai Shodown is the third game Netflix added to its platform in August 2023, along with LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed and WrestleQuest. Netflix now has 70+ titles under its Games platform.
Netflix has been betting big on gaming and began its cloud gaming test in select regions earlier this month. The rollout began on select TVs on August 14, 2023, and will soon be available on PCs and Macs through Netflix.com on supported browsers. Two games are a part of this initial test: Oxenfree from Night School Studio, a Netflix Game Studio, and Molehew’s Mining Adventure, a gem-mining arcade game. Gamers can use the ‘Netflix Game Controller’ app on their phone so it becomes a controller for you to play games on TV.