Neo Geo AES art cover
Developer(s) SNK
Publisher(s) SNK
Platform(s) Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Sega Mega-CD, Super Famicom, Virtual Console
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Fighting, Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Display Horizontal, raster (standard resolution)

Sengoku, fully titled Sengoku Denshō (戦国伝承?, lit. "Legacy of the Warring States") in Japan, is a beat 'em up arcade game. It is the first game of the Sengoku trilogy by SNK. It was ported to numerous home consoles including the Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Mega-CD, Super Famicom. The arcade version was part of SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 in 2008. The Neo Geo version was re-released on the Japanese Virtual Console in 2011, with the Sengoku 2 sequel for the North American Virtual Console on November 8, 2012 and for the PAL region on February 7, 2013.


For centuries a cruel warlord has been defeated but has sworn to return in future. When he does he unleashes, undead forces of feudal Japanese warriors to destroy the world of its people, opposed only by the two protagonists, a ninja or a Western cowboy (named Dan and Bill in the SNES version).


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Button A is used to attack with fists, sword or other weapon. Button B is used to jump. Button C is used to choose and toggle a transformation. A player has a maximum of six health points. When certain enemies are defeated, spirits of powerful forms are available to transform into. In the SNES version transformation cannot be toggled, but stay constant for a limited time. The three different forms are a samurai warrior, an armour-clad wolf and a more agile ninja. Theses forms have a limited use, their attacks and jumps differ from the original form and their powers are enhanced by any powerups collected.

Throughout the game the player will need to survive the hordes of enemies by collecting coloured orbs as powerups. Five Green orbs heal one health point. A Red orb gives the player a single sword, a Cyan orb gives the player double sword, the Purple orb gives the player a two-handed holy sword and a Yellow orb gives the player a limited magical attack.


On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the Neo Geo version of the game a 19 out of 40.[1]


  1. NEO GEO GAMES CROSS REVIEW: 戦国伝承. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.332. Pg.25. 28 April 1995.

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