From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Shawn Holmes) Newsgroups: rec.games.video.arcade Subject: SS3 TAPFAQ v5.0 [1/3] Date: Fri, 12 Jan 1996 18:02:49 GMT ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ----------- ---- ------- -------- ---- ---- ' ' ' ' ' ' -' ' ---' ' ' ' ' ---' ' ' ' ' '- ' ' ' '- ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' --' ---' --' ---' ---' ---' --' ----' \ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ oa da'. ,888 88b ` ,888P obooo888oooooo, d888" "Y88888888889"~ .,_ __ 8b. ,d889 ~~ 888 d888888888b d89 . ,8d9P . ."Y9 _ ~Y88888888P _ 88P __ ; d88PY 88booooooo8boooad888b _. ~~ '_,_ d88ood888888b, _d9"~d8 _ Y88888888888888888889 888888888888888_88898888888888 _ _ |_ // | \| | |/ | | | \| || \/ | | | __| | | | |/ | __| \| | / // | | <| | | <| | || || | | |__ | | | | | <| _|| | /__/_/|_|_|\_|_|\_|\__|_|\_|___||_||_|\__|___|___|\__|_|\_|____|_|\_| 888 '8888888888888888889 .888P !88~ 88 __8P 888 ~~a, 888 ~~ d88P , '88bod88888887 888 !88b 888 ,888 8b Y8888888P"~"' 888 Y89 888 888P 988 ~,8b db o 889 ~ 889 d888._od888b 889 8b .dP 8b 88! '._ d88' ,888888887889 d89' 88 88bod8 , 'Y. Y8889 d8888889"~ ""~ ,d8P Y8o ~~~~" 8b "Y9 888888P .,d8P" `888boooo888 ~~~ ,oood88P" "8888888887 SAMURAI SHODOWN 3: BLADES OF BLOOD ~~~~~ ~~~~~~~ COMPILED, EDITED, AND PRESENTED BY THE 1 SAMURAI NUT FOR YOU, SHAWN HOLMES --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. _______________ TAPFAQ version 5.0 __ January 11, 1996 _______________ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In the tradition of the TAPFAQ, it is my greatest pleasure to bring to you the absolutely positively frequently asked questions on the newest addition to the SNK fighting family: SAMURAI SHODOWN III - 282 Mega Shock - ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ SPECIAL THANKS TO... Kien ??? --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. FIRST HUMAN TO PLAY IT/INTIAL DATA AND MOVE INFO/WE RUE HIM, DON'T WE? Greg Kasavin --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NEWTYPE GAMING INFO/THE MAN WHO WE OWE BIG Damone --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. WEB PAGE SUPPORT/RENEGADE SS3 SITE/BACKING KYOSHIRO ALL THE WAY Dave Villanueva --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. FTP SUPPORT/INITIAL SCREENSHOT RELEASE/MY SS3 CONTACT BEHIND THE LINES Dave Kirsch --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. FTP SUPPORT/SS3 NUTS LIKE US/HAS HELPED MORE THAN ANY OF YOU WILL KNOW Masao Kimishima --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. JAPNESE INFO/CHARACTER RANKINGS TRANSCRIBER/ANOTHER GUY I ENVY Scott Fujimoto --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. INITIAL TESTING INFO/QUIZ FAQ WRITER/ONE HELLUVA DEBATER Kenneth Hsu --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. FAQ TRANSLATOR/INITIAL MOVELISTS/I DIDN'T KNOW THE GUY SPOKE CHINESE Chirstopher Geradon --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BOSS CODE CONFIRMER/PROOF THAT SS FANS COVER THE GLOBE Charlie Chodchoey --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. US MOVE NAMES TRANSCRIBER/YEAH, HE PLAYED IT BEFORE ME, SO?!?!? Chan Wai Lun --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ZANKUROU MOVE TRANSCRIBER/THE MAN WHO PULLED THROUGH FOR ME Red Fox --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. STAGE DESCRIPTIONS/MASSIVE MOVE INFO PROVIDER/SS3 NUTZ LIKE US Edward Ju --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ENDINGS TRANSCRIBER/ENDINGS WEB PAGE/ANOTHER GUY THAT MAKES ME JEALOUS Robert Deloura --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. RIMURURU & AMAKUSA TESTING/HE VOTED FOR THE YOUNGSTER TO WIN, EH? ...AND OF COURSE, A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO... Galen Komatsu --> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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                         TABLE OF CONTENTS

Note:  Questions in FULL-CAPS are new to this version (or have had things
added).

1.  How many versions of the TAPFAQ are there?
2.  What's the game about?
3.  QUICK!  I WANT TO KNOW THE LATEST RUMOURS!
4.  Who's new to SS3?
5.  Who is returning?
6.  Which characters didn't make this game?
7.  What new options are in the SS3 game?
8.  How is the control of the players different in SS3?
9.  How do I play as the boss?
10. Is Kuroko still in ss3?
11. What are the controls like in SS3?
12. What are the special moves for all the characters?
13. I'd like to know a bit about the normal attacks, any info?
14. I'd like to know the endings of ss3, are they here?
15. How do the characters rank against each other?
16. WOW, ARE THERE BUGS IN THIS GAME OR WHAT?
17. Where can I find more info on SS3?
18. Who can I get in touch with to discuss my favourite character?
19. I have more info on ss3 than what is here.  Can I submit it?

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Question:  How many versions of the TAPFAQ are there?

                        TAPFAQ HISTORY...

v0.25 --> Released 11/03/95
        Unfinished version of new info on SS3...no movelist...no 
endings...just a taste of things to come...

v0.79 --> Released 11/10/95
        A newer, updated version, with more background info, the .AVI for
those who haven't seen it...and a better understanding of what we do with
our weapons...

v1.0  --> Released 11/29/95
        First official release.  Movelists minus descriptions.  The
rumoured and unconfirmed boss code.  Things are picking up...

v1.5  --> Released 12/05/95
        Confirmed Boss Code.  Moves properly named.  And Zankurou's moves
mapped out...US home version released today...

v1.75 --> Released 12/09/95
        Kuroko confirmed.  Full endings added.  TAPFAQ has table of
contents with questions listed now.  Anybody got the blood code???

v2.5  --> Released 12/22/95
        Finally have the home version, so everything here is CONFIRMED.
Character rankings added.  Complete move descriptions added.

v3.5  --> Released 12/24/95
        Character quotes added.  Every single move info added (graciously
by Red Fox), and oh yeah, Dave Villanueva's name finally spelled right in
the credits. ;]

v4.0  --> Released 01/02/95
          Ascii art added graciously (and finally) by Galen, plus more 
combos for characters.

v5.0  --> Released 01/11/95
          More updates, move confirmations, combos, and other idioms
added.  Also, I merged a bit of the manual in, 'cause they're funnier
than hell.

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Question:  What's the game about?

Samurai Shodown III has made its long awaited return...and this time...
                        ...it's no upgrade...

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 The Dreaded "demon".  His name, Zankuro Minazuki.  The evil Zankuro,
 from time immemorial, has indiscriminately attacked villages,
 slaughtering all in his way.  Falling under his mighty blade, victims
 screamed in terror of the dreaded demon before drowning in an endless
 sea of blood.  All stood impotent to his evil deeds.

 But then...In a distanct village, Zankuro failed to kill an infant.
 Some insist, perhaps the evil one could not kill him.  The truth remains
 unknown.  But from then on, Zankuro marked all swordsmen for slaughter.

 Years later...Twelve samurai and swordsmen begin their own quests.  All
 seek one goal, the head of the dreaded Zankuro Minazuki.

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Question:  Quick!  I want to know the latest rumours!

                        THE RUMOUR BIN...

I heard from a guy who knows the brother of his sister's boyfriend's
mother's father-in law, who said he caught a guy talking about knowing
a few certain undisclosed rumours about SS3...here they are...

-->  THE BOSS?  PLAYABLE?
        Yes way.  See "How do I play as the boss?"

-->  KUROKO?  PLAYABLE?
        Not yet.

-->  THE BLOOD CODE!  WHAT IS IT?
        Currently, there isn't one for the cartridge version.  However,
on the CD version, you can get blood by choosing "Japan" from the options
menu

-->  SLASH NAKORURU'S POW CAN BE DONE WHILE FLYING ON MAMAHAHA?
        No way.

-->  I HEARD THERE'S AN EASY WAY TO PERFORM THE POWER SPECIAL!
        Yes, but only on the CD version.  In the options menu, select
"Special", and while you are playing, simply press ABCD together to
perform your power special.

-->  NAK AND RIMMY TALKING ABOUT SSRPG?
        Apparently, on the CD version of SS3, there are a few tracks
at the end, not heard in the game.  One is of Nakoruru and Rimururu,
talking about the upcoming release of SSRPG.  Now, who wants to translate
it?

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Question:  Who's new to SS3?

                        ENTERING THE FRAY...

NEW CHARACTERS:  SHIZUMARU HISAME

  -->  A young boy with amnesia with only the knowledge of his mother's
  dying scream...and a thirst for revenge...

                 BASARA THE EXECUTIONER 

  -->  Killed by Zankurou, along with his lover.  This character's hatred
  for the demon was so powerful, he rose from the dead to destroy that
  which Zankurou took away.  

                 GAIRA CAFFEINE

  -->  Nicotine's grandson, a miscreant who has been booted out of the
  buddhist temple...still with fighting spirit in his heart, he is 
  determined also to bring justice to this land by defeating Zankurou.

                 RIMURURU

  -->  Nakoruru's younger sister, who believes that the cause of the
  trouble stems from Amakusa Shiro Tokisada, the original villan of SS.
  Rimururu is animal-less...instead, controls the forces of nature to
  attack.

                 AMAKUSA SHIRO TOKISADA

  -->  The original villan of SS now returns as a playable character!
  Retaining many of his original attacks, Amakusa sees Zankurou flooding
  with powerful energy...energy that he wants to make his own.

Question:  Who is returning?

OLD CHARACTERS:  Returning to the fight this time are HAOHMARU, 
  NAKORURU, GALFORD, SENRYO KYOSHIRO, TACHIBANA UKYO, KIBAGAMI GENJUROU,
  and HATTORI HANZO.

Question:  Which characters didn't make this game?

GONE CHARACTERS:  No longer here are CHAM CHAM, CAFFEINE NICOTINE,
  NEINHALT SIEGER, WAN-FU, GEN-AN, EARTHQUAKE, YAGYU JUBEI, KUROKO,
  and CHARLOTTE.

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Question:  What new options are in the SS3 game?

                        OPTIONS GALORE...

Samurai Shodown III is bursting with new game options to enhance the 
diversity that this series is famous for...and here's what you get:

--> Character Mode:
        Now all the new and old characters have a "chivalry" (good)
or "treachery" (evil) alignmnent.  Selecting this will allow you to retain
your favourite character's original abilities, or become enhanced,
fighting with different attacks and special, significantly doubling the
amount of character choices in the game.

--> Level Select:
        Now, three levels of "difficulty" are added to the game; novice,
intermediate, and advanced.  By selecting the novice level, SS3 sets
to less-damaging attacks, and the now famous, Capcom-like "auto-blocking"
mode.  Intermediate holds within it standard gameplay, and further yet,
advanced offers extreme SS!:  A fully charged POW meter at all times,
and absolutely no blocking!

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Question:  How is the control of the players different in SS3?

                      CONTROLLING THE PLAYERS...

Play has been altered from that which we have become familiar with in 
Samurai I and II...now new features and options allow us to relearn
all new techniques to become masterless samurai...

--> Air Blocking:
        As it says:  All characters can block moves in the air.

--> Pre-Fight Maneuvering
        Before the fight begins, you can maneuver your characters into
the proper distance, a la X-Men

--> Costume Change:
        Every character now has FOUR different colours to choose from.
When you are choosing Slash or Bust, press a or b for a different color.

--> POW Charge:
        Pressing and holding ABC will temporarily enhance your pow
for halfPOW strikes.

--> Dodging:
        If a good distance from your opponent, you can dodge an attack
by pressing AB.

--> Sidestep: 
        If close to your opponent, pressing AB will make your character
step to the side, and behind your opponent!

--> Guard Crush:
        You can now grab your opponent, and throw him/her off balance,
to follow up with another attack.

--> Hop Crush:
        If your opponent is crouching in defense, you can perform a
Hop crush, a quick move that MUST be blocked high.

--> No Weapon Breaking Power Specials
        Power specials no longer destroy the opponent's weapon, just
knock it out of their hands.

--> Catch Throw:
        Same as the previous SS's...while weaponless, you can catch your
opponent's weapon, and throw them...except now in SS3, you can do it        
even WITH your weapon in hand...

--> Items:
        The Runner is gone, but bombs and meat are still a part of the SS
strategy; these items always have a chance at turning the tides of a fight
...except now, if a bomb is blocked, it will drop your guard and leave you
 open!

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Question:  How do I play as the boss?

                             THE BOSS CODE...

Zankurou.  Playable.  CONFIRMED.  Here's how:

It only works on a 1p vs. 2p game.

Look at the character selection screen and link the faces to numbers like
this:

1 2 3  4  5  6 
7 8 9 10 11 12

So 4 is Shizamaru.  Put your quarter in.  Press start.  Move to 4.  Wait
a second, then move in the following order:

3-2-1-7-8-9-3-4-10-11-12-6-5-4

then press start, and when the timer reaches 3 seconds, press ABC to
pick Zankurou.

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Question:  Is Kuroko still in SS3?

                           KUROKO...

Kuroko is, in fact, in the game, and is the fifth character you fight.
When he challenges you, he morphs into your character, giving you a mirror
match.  He is nowhere near as hard to defeat as he was in SS2...

The new rumour is that Kuroko is also playable...but we have yet to see...
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Question:  What are the controls like in SS3?

                             THE CONTROLS...

A - Weak Slash
B - Medium Slash
C - Fierce Slash
D - Kick

AB (far)   - Sidestep (avoids specials)
-O + AB (close) - Behind step (move around opponent)

A+B+C - Charge POW

-O + BC - Hop Crush (must be high blocked)

O-   / | \   -O  (with weapon)    Block stuns opponent
   O   O   O     (without weapon) Catches weapon and throw

-O + C - Pulling Guard Crush
O- + C - Pushing Guard Crush

\   + D - Crouching sweep kick
  O

-O + D - Standing Kick

  / + D - Light Kick
O

-O -O Forward Dash
O- O- Backward Dash

(while getting up) O- or -O - Roll away
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Question:  What are the special moves for all the characters?

                  ....THE MOVES...

Note:  As each character has an alignment, moves related to either side
are identified as "SLASH" or "BUST". 

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The wanderer samurai in search of the slaying serpent Zankuro...

HAOHMARU

"Duelling is my Raison D'etre!"

THE SS1 TITLE SCREEN -- WIND:  This is essentially based on the intro to
Shodown I, where the narrator gives the laws of the samurai and Haohmaru
slices the two lanterns with the lavender trees in the background.  Now,
however, we get to see the entire courtyard with gigantic lavender trees
in the background and many lanterns adorning the stage both in the
foreground and all over the background.  The lanterns can be cut down by
the players.  During the desperation, the background becomes a dark violet
aura with many layers of color and lavender leaves begin to fall like
snow.  Large branches of the trees hang in the foreground. 

CHARACTER POSES:
SLASH-

Character Select Screen:  Lowers himself into a fighting stance, raises
his sword in right hand parallel to the side of his face with his elbow
up, cradles the right arm with left arm.  

Before Round One:  Drinks his sake, spits it on the sword, and then swings
his sword down to his side. 

1st Win: Lowers himself into a fighting stance, raises his sword in right
hand parallel to the side of his face with his elbow up, cradles the right
arm with left arm.   

2nd Win:  The original pose from the previous two where he throws his
sword up into the air, spins his scabbard, and then catches his sword. 
Now after throwing his sword, he turns his side to face the screen
(instead of his back) when he catches his sword.    

Unarmed Victory:  Adjusts the front of his top, then goes into a pose with
one arm resting on one knee. 

Loss To Time:  Drops to his knees, rests his head on one arm and rests his
other arm on the hilt of his sword.    

Unarmed Loss to Time:  Sits on the floor, both hands are resting on the
ground.   
Stalemate:  Turns his back and holds his sheath out to his side behind
him.

Dizzy: Gets up on his knees and supports his arms on his sword.  

BUST- 
Character Select Screen:  Raises sword over his head and then swings it
down. 

Before Round One:  Drinks his sake, spits it on the sword, and then swings
his sword down to his side. 

1st Win:  Raises his sword over his head and then swings it down in front
of him, after a slight pause, he flashes his opponent a bad ass grin.     
  

2nd Win:  The original pose from the previous two where he throws his
sword up into the air, spins his scabbard, and then catches his sword. 
Now after throwing his sword, he turns his side to face the screen
(instead of his back) when he catches his sword.  

Unarmed Victory:  Drops to his knees, rests his head on one arm and rests
his other arm on the hilt of his sword.     

Loss To Time:  Drops to his knees, rests his head on one arm and rests his
other arm on the hilt of his sword.    

Unarmed Loss to Time:  Sits on the floor, both hands are resting on the
ground.   

Stalemate:  Turns his back and holds his sheath out to his side behind
him. 

Dizzy: Gets up on his knees and supports his arms on his sword.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                   SLASH
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Secret Cylone Slash                    | Throws a whirlwind that hits 
                                       | opponent for damage.
 | \   -O + Slash                      |
 O   O                                 |
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Secret Crescent Moon Slash             | Throws a whirlwind in the air
                                       | that flies horizontally down
 (jump) | \   -O + Slash               | to strike for damage.
        O   O                          |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kogetsuzan                             | Twirls in the air with sword
                                       | extended to hit for damage.
 -O   / | \   + Slash                  |
    O   O   O                          |
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Secret Hurricane Thrust                | Runs and leaps towards opponent
                                       | with sword outstretched to hit
 (run) -O   / | \    + Slash           | (within a wider arc) of damage.
          O   O   O                    |
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Secret Earthquake Slice                | Leaps towards opponent, and 
                                       | twirls downward, striking the
 O- |   /  + C                         | ground, and opponent, for 
    O O                                | damage.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Flying Earthquake Slash                | Twirls in air, and plummets to
                                       | ground to strike opponent for
 (jump) |   / O- + C                   | damage
        O O                            |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sword Slash Attack                     | Performs a massive slash that
                                       | hits for damage (Haoh's POW
 -O \   |   / O- + C                   | from SS2).
      O O O                            |
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POWER SPECIAL:                         | Performs seven horizontal 
Top Secret Heaven Constraint Blast     | Kogetsuzan's that hit for
                                       | damage (the very famous Tenha
 -O | \   -O | \   + AB                | Fuzin San).
    O   O    O   O                     |
=========================================================================
                                  BUST
=========================================================================
Secret Cyclone Homicide Slash          | Throws a whirlwind the hits
                                       | opponent for damage.
 | \   -O + Slash                      |
 O   O                                 |
=========================================================================
Secret Crescent Moon Slash             | Twirls into air with sword 
                                       | outstretched to hit for damage.
 -O   / | \   + Slash                  |
    O   O   O                          |
=========================================================================
Secret Driving Crescent Moon Slash     | (still unsure...cannot perform)
                                       |
 (during D) -O   / | \  + Slash        |
               O   O   O               |
=========================================================================
Force Fang                             | (still unsure...cannot perform)
                                       |
 After taking a strong hit, standing C |
=========================================================================
Broiler Blast                          | (still unsure...cannot perform)
                                       |
 After taking a strong hit, crouching C|
=========================================================================
Typhoon Wave                           | Sweeps sword along ground to 
                                       | spray dirt at opponent for 
 | \   -O + D                          | damage (much like Felicia's foot
 O   O                                 | scratch from DS).
=========================================================================
Sword Shockwave                        | Rushes opponent, and slams into
                                       | them with shoulder for damage.
 -O | \   + D                          |
    O   O                              |
=========================================================================
Serene Slice                           | Holds weapon to catch opponent's
                                       | strike, nailing afterward for
 |   / O- -O + C                       | damage.
 O O                                   |
=========================================================================
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Catches opponent in whirlwind,
Super Secret Heaven Cruncher           | and performs multiple strikes,
                                       | finishing with Earthquake Slash
 -O O-   / | \   -O + CD               | to hit for damage.
       O   O   O                       |
=========================================================================
Combos:

(BUST)--> Jumping C, Standing B, Typhoon Wave (3 hits)
========================================================================= 
ASK MAGIC 8 BALL...

Is Haohmaru more powerful now?
        THERE IS A POSSIBILITY...

I used to play him, will I like the new Haoh?
        I BELIEVE SO...

Where did he get that freakin' hair?
        NOT SURE, ASK LATER...

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The boy in search of the demon from his past...

SHIZUMARU HISAME

"Sorry about that gash!"

BAMBOO FOREST: Stage Description: This is a dense bamboo forest, with
leaves blowing across the floor.  Sunlight filters through the tops of
the trees.  During the desperation stage, the forest vanishes and is
replaced by a thick green aura.  Leafy bamboo branches hang down in the
background and leaves flutter down from them.

CHARACTER POSES:
SLASH-
Character Select Screen: Opens his umbrella, says something while spinning
it around a few times, and then closes it.

Before Round One: Adjusts his gloves and then picks up his umbrella.

1st Win: Straightens jacket, bows and says "Gomen" (sorry).   

2nd Win: Runs his hands through his hair, nods his head briefly.  

Unarmed 2nd Victory: Pulls sword out, spins it around in front of him,
then sheaths it while holding the sheath in front of him.  

Loss To Time: Falls to his knees on the ground, holding his head down.   

Stalemate: Stands up, plays with his jacket for a moment while sighing,
has a look of disappointment on his face (at his opponent, not at his own
abilities).

Dizzy: Holds his stomach with the arm not weilding the umbrella while he
gasps for air, his other arm holds umbrella behind his back.

BUST-
Character Select Screen: Pulls sword out, spins it around in front of him,
then sheaths it while holding the sheath in front of him.  

Before Round One: Runs his hands through his hair and then picks up his
umbrella.

1st Win: Plants his umbrella, adjusts his gloves, mutters "Gomen" (sorry)
as he looks down to his side.  

2nd Win: Pulls sword out, spins it around in front of him, then sheaths it
while holding the sheath in front of him.  

Loss To Time: Falls to his knees on the ground, holding his head down.

Stalemate: Stands up, plays with his jacket for a moment while sighing,
has a look of disappointment on his face (at his opponent, not at his own
abilities). 

Dizzy: Holds his stomach with the arm not weilding the umbrella while he
gasps for air, his other arm holds umbrella behind his back.
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                                   SLASH
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Scarlet Sword Mist Blast               | Hurls umbrella at opponent to 
                                       | strike for damage.
 | \   -O + Slash                      | 
 O   O                                 |
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Scarlet Sword Windshear Slice          | Hurls umbrella into air, rushes
                                       | opponent with sword, and catches
 O- |   / + Slash                      | umbrella to hit for final strike
    O O                                | of damage.
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Scarlet Sword Downpour Thrust          | Opens umbrella and spins to hit
                                       | for multiple strikes of damage.
 -O \   |   / O- + Slash               |
      O O O                            |
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Scarlet Sword Crosscurrent Slicer      | Twirls into air with weapon 
                                       | to strike for damage.
 -O   / | \   + Slash                  |
    O   O   O                          |
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Scarlet Sword Hailfire                 | Pushes umbrella forward, and 
                                       | opens, to drop opponent 
 O-   / | \   -O + A                   | instantly.
    O   O   O                          |
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POWER SPECIAL:                         | Strikes opponent, and lifts into
Scarlet Sword Hurricane Shredder Slash | air, repeatedly striking with 
                                       | open umbrella, to hit for 
 -O \   |   / O- -O \   |   /  O- + CD | damage.
      O O O           O O O            |
=========================================================================
                                   BUST
=========================================================================
Scarlet Sword Mist Blast               | Hurls umbrella at opponent to 
                                       | hit for damage.
 | \   -O + Slash                      |
 O   O                                 |
=========================================================================
Scarlet Sword Downpour Thrust          | Hurls umbrella into air, rushes
                                       | opponent with sword, and twirls
 O- |   / + Slash                      | to strike for final hit of 
    O O                                | damage.
=========================================================================
Scarlet Sword Crosscurrent Slicer      | Twirls into air with umbrella
                                       | to hit for damage.
 -O   / | \   + Slash                  |
    O   O   O                          |
=========================================================================
Scarlet Sword Rains of Time            | Uses umbrella like pogo-stick, 
                                       | and hops on opponent's head for
 (jump) | + C                          | damage (can be repeated).
        O                              |
=========================================================================
Scarlet Sword Deadly Drizzle           | Uses umbrella like parachute to
                                       | slow fall (pressing a button
 (jump) O + C                          | will cancel).
        |                              |
=========================================================================
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Lifts opponent into air, and 
Scarlet Sword Deadly Downpour Slice    | strikes repeatedly with open
                                       | umbrella to hit for massive 
 -O O-   / | \   -O + AB               | damage.
       O   O   O                       |
=========================================================================
ASK MAGIC 8 BALL...

Is Shizamaru considered overpowered?
        THIS IS QUITE POSITIVE...

Is he really the main character this time?
        OH YES...BY FAR...

What's with the obscure reference to Ryouga?
        ASK RANMA...

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Master, friends, and fans-rest in peace.  I shall avenge you...

TACHIBANA UKYO

"Hmmph!"

RAFT -- SWAMP:  You will fight on a raft floating on a green river,
with a thick forest in the background.  Rotten trees, dead weeds and
lanterns scroll by in the foreground--several layers of parallax.  In the
river, logs and even occasional bodies with swords and arrows in their
backs float by.  During desperation, the background turns black and
filtered blue light flows onto the stage, while fluorescent green polyps
flash on the black background.  When one player wins, pheasants fly up
from the foreground.


CHARACTER POSES:
SLASH-
Character Select Screen: Coughs.

Before Round One: Bows and grabs sword, the end of the scabbard glows
momentarily as he pulls his sword out a little and then he re-sheathes it.
  

1st Win: Coughs three times. 

2nd Win: Apple slash with a downward and then an upward slash, the split
apple pieces fall to the ground.  

Unarmed Victory: Stands upright, brushes hand through hair and humphs.   

Loss To Time: Falls to the ground and coughs continuously.   

Stalemate: Coughs once and covers face.   

Dizzy: Lies down and coughs. 
BUST- 
Character Select Screen: Pulls sword out, spins it around before
re-sheathing it. 

Before Round One: Bows and grabs sword, the end of the scabbard glows
momentarily as he pulls his sword out a little, and then he re-sheathes
it.  

1st Win: Coughs once, then stands upright as the wind blows through his
hair and clothes. 

2nd Win: Stands upright, runs his hand through his hair as a group of
women surround him.   

Unarmed Victory: Runs hand through hair and then humphs. 

Loss To Time: Falls to the ground and begins to cough repeatedly.   

Stalemate: Coughs once and covers face.

Dizzy: Lies down and coughs.
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                                  SLASH
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Concealed Sabre Snowfall Slash         | Tosses apple, and strikes it, 
                                       | and opponent, repeatedly for 
  |  / O- + Slash                      | multiple strikes of damage.
  O O                                  |
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Vanity Sabre Snowfall Slash            | Tosses apple.  ;]
                                       |
 |   / O- + D                          |
 O O                                   |
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Concealed Sabre Swallow Swipe          | Leaps toward opponent, and 
                                       | rotates in air, to strike with
 (jump)   / | \   -O + Slash           | flaming sword for damage.
        O   O   O                      |
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Concealed Sabre Haze Hack              | Telports towards opponent to 
                                       | strike for damage (A = 1 hit,
 | \   -O + Slash                      | B = 2 hits, C = 3 hits).
 O   O                                 |
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Concealed Sabre Heaven's Gales         | Charges weapon, and leaps,
                                       | striking in the air for damage.
 -O \   |   / O- + C briefly, then A   |
      O O O                            |
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Concealed Sabre Warrior Wind           | Charges weapon, and slides,
                                       | striking near the ground for
 -O \   |   / O- + C briefly, then B   | damage.
      O O O                            |
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POWER SPECIAL:                         | Catches opponent, and repeatedly
Tsubame Six Flash                      | strikes with Tsubame Gaeshi for
                                       | massive damage.
 -O \   |   / O- -O + BC               |
      O O O                            |
=========================================================================
                                   BUST
=========================================================================
Concealed Sabre Snowfall Slash Flash   | Tosses apple and strikes it,
                                       | and opponent, for multiple hits
 |   / O- + Slash                      | of damage.
 O O                                   |
=========================================================================
Concealed Sabre Swallow Swipe          | Leaps, and rotates in air, 
                                       | striking opponent for damage.
 (jump)  / | \   -O + Slash            |
       O   O   O                       |
=========================================================================
Concealed Sabre Dream Mist             | Holds weapon, catching 
                                       | opponent's attack, and returning
 \   |   / O- -O + C                   | with massive strike of damage.
   O O O                               |
=========================================================================
Concealed Sabre Heat Flash             | Hurls a moon shaped projectile
                                       | to hit for damage.
 -O | \   + C                          |
    O   O                              |
=========================================================================
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Rushes past opponent in a flash,
Flashback Flash Blast                  | actually striking for massive
                                       | hits of damage (opponent will 
 -O O- -O + CD                         | lose massive blood after a sec).
=========================================================================
Combos:

(BUST)--> Standing close B, Concealed Sabre Heat flash (A), Crouching C
          (3 hits)
========================================================================= 
ASK MAGIC 8 BALL...

I'm worried, is Ukyo still overpowered?
        QUITE SO...

I used to play Jubei, but hear he's gone.  Should I go with Ukyo now?
        THE DECISION IS OBVIOUS...

I thought the TB killed him in SS2, what is he, immortal?
        NO, JUST A HORRIBLE HYPOCHONDRIAC...

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The faithful daughter of nature seeks to save Zankuro's soul...

NAKORURU

"Savour nature's fearful wrath!"

NORTHERN COUNTRY SPRING -- CANYON:  The fighting occurs in shallow water
flowing through a canyon, with one of the rocky cliffs decorated with
shrubs visible.  For Slash Nakoruru, the plant life is brown as in fall
whereas it is green as in spring for Bust Nakoruru.  Small butterflies
and dragonflies can also be seen.  Also the occasional leaf falls down the
stage.  During the desperation, the cliffs vanish and are replaced by a
bright red aura and leaves drop down in the foreground.

CHARACTER POSES:
SLASH-
Character Select Screen:  Slashes sword about for a moment then points
towards her opponent.   

Before Round One:  Calls out for Mamahaha, the bird flies in low and drops
her sheath into her outreached hands.  Then she attaches the sheath to her
side.  

1st Round Win:  Stands upright and crosses her arms over her chest.  Then,
as the same sparkles that accompany so many of her moves rise out of the
ground, she breaths in deeply and lets out a quick sigh.   

2nd Round Win:  Wraps her cape around behind her and then gives a long
speech.   

Loss To Time:  She falls to her knees with her arms on the round as she
lets out a cry of frustration. 

Stalemate:  Bends forward with a look of disgust on her face.

Dizzy: One arm hangs down limp and she clamps at it with her other one.   


BUST- 
Character Select Screen:  Turns her back to the screen as she whips her
cape out behind her, she then looks over her shoulder and says "Yosh!" as
her wolf howls.   

Before Round One:  She stands up and moves her arm from near her face
ending in a pointing gesture towards her opponent. 

1st Round Victory:  Whips her hair for a moment and then points at her
opponent, saying "Yosh!" 

2nd Round Victory:  Turns her back to the screen as she whips her cape out
behind her, she then looks over her shoulder and says something as her
wolf howls.   

Loss To Time:  She falls to her knees with her arms on the round as she
lets out a cry of frustration. 

Stalemate:  Raises her hand to the side of her head and closes her eyes,
letting out a brief yawn. 

Dizzy: One arm hangs down limp and she clamps at it with her other one.
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                                SLASH
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
NOTE:  NAKORURU's SLASH animal is MAMAHAHA

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Lera O Chikiri                         | Grabs opponent, and strikes,
                                       | hitting and kicking, for five
 (close) -O | \   + D                  | hits of damage.
            O   O                      |
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Leyla Mutsube                          | Rushes into air to strike for 
                                       | magic damage.
 | \   -O + Slash                      |
 O   O                                 |
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Annu Mutsube                           | Slides along ground to hit for
                                       | magic damage.
 O-   / | + Slash                      |
    O   O                              |
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Kamui Risse                            | Twirls with cape to strike and
                                       | reflect projectiles (A = 1 twirl
 O- |   / + Slash                      | B = 2 twirls, C = 3 twirls).
    O O                                |
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Mamahaha Flight                        | Leaps, and grabs onto bird  
                                       | (control then moves to bird).
 |   / O- + D                          |
 O O                                   |
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Get off Bird                           | Leaps off of bird in direction
                                       | chosen.
 \   + D or  | + D or   / + D          |
   O         O        O                |
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Mamahaha Attack                        | Strikes with sword while 
                                       | clinging to bird for damage.
 Mamahaha Flight, then A, B, or C      |
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Kamui Mutsube                          | Shoots down from bird in a blaze
                                       | to strike for magic damage.
 Mamahaha Flight, then | \   -O + C    |
                       O   O           |
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Amube Yatoro            A) Lelashe     | A) Mamahaha sends out tornado,
                        B) Shichikabu  | B) Mamahaha dives to strike,
                           Etu Brute   | 
 -O \   |  / O- + ...   C) Shichikabu  | C) Mamahaha dives, lifts, and
      O O O                Amyu        |    drops opponent.
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POWER SPECIAL:                         | Strikes opponent with weapon,
Elelyu Kamui Risse                     | twirls to hit with cape four 
                                       | times, and finishes with 
 -O \   |   / O- -O \   |   / O- + AB  | Mamahaha diving to strike for 
      O O O           O O O            | massive damage.
=========================================================================
                                   BUST
=========================================================================
NOTE:  NAKORURU'S BUST animal is SILKOU
=========================================================================
Lela O Chikiri                         | Grabs opponent, and attacks with
                                       | multiple hits and kicks to 
 (close) -O | \   + D                  | strike five times for damage.
            O   O                      |
=========================================================================
Leyla Mutsube                          | Rises into the air, striking for
                                       | magic damage.
 | \   -O + Slash                      |
 O   O                                 |
=========================================================================
Annu Mutsube                           | Slides along the ground to 
                                       | strike for magic damage.
 O-   / | + Slash                      |
    O   O                              |
=========================================================================
Kamui Risse                            | Twirls with cape to strike and
                                       | reflect projectiles (A = 1 twirl
 O- |   / + Slash                      | B = 2 twirls, C = 3 twirls).
    O O                                |
=========================================================================
Wolf Pounce                            | Leaps onto Silkou.
                                       |
 |   / O- + D                          |
 O O                                   |
=========================================================================
Get off Wolf                           | Leaps off of Silkou.
                                       |
   O + D or O + D or O   + D           |
 /          |          \               |
=========================================================================
Riding Wolf Attack                     | Strikes with weapon while riding
                                       | Silkou to hit for damage.
 Wolf Pounce + A, B, or C              |
=========================================================================
Myu Shikite                            | Rushes towards opponent (do
                                       | motion again to perform attack).
 Wolf Pounce + O-   / | + C            |
                  O   O                |
=========================================================================
Kanto Shikite                          | Leaps up towards opponent (do
                                       | motion again to perform attack).
 Wolf Pounce + | \   -O + C            |
               O   O                   |
=========================================================================
Imel Shikite                           | Leaps, and rushes down to strike
                                       | opponent for magic damage.
 Wolf Pounce, (jump) -O | \   + C      |
                        O   O          |
=========================================================================
Epunkine Shikite                       | Sends Silkou out to smash into
                                       | opponent for damage.
 When knocked down, AC                 |
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POWER SPECIAL:                         | Catches opponent, and juggles
Nubeki Kamui Shikite                   | opponent into air with multiple
                                       | sword strikes, smashing opponent
 O-   / | \   -O | \   + BC            | to the ground to finish.
    O   O   O    O   O                 |
=========================================================================
Combos:

--> C, B, Annu Mutsube
--> C, B, Lela Mutsube
--> (two character distance) Crouching C, Lela Mutsube (B) (5 hits)
=========================================================================
ASK MAGIC 8 BALL...

I hear Nak is better than she was in SS2, true?
        MUCHLY...

I also heard she has some pretty powerful attacks, true?
        QUITE DESTRUCTIVE IN NATURE...

How about her background music?
        STILL SUCKS THE BIG ONE...

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The ice-cold snow maiden who fights for her older sister...

RIMURURU

"You anger mighty nature!"

NORTHERN COUNTRY -- WINTER:  Stage Descriptiom: This stage is very
similar to Nakoruru's stage in Samurai 1.  In the second round, Nakoruru
and her two parents come out of the cottage and watch the fight.  When
Nakoruru first comes out, she is holding two rabbits but drops them in
shock when she sees her sister fighting.  For the rest of the match,
Nakoruru is shaking her head while her father is running his hand over his
beard.  If Rimururu wins, Nakoruru smiles in relief and her mother begins
clapping.  If Rimururu loses Nakoruru drops to her knees in sorrow and her
mother turns to comfort her as her father covers his face with his hand.
During the desperation, the background vanishes and the characters fight
in a fierce blizzard.

CHARACTER POSES:
SLASH-
Character Select Screen:  She does a quick flip backwards, goes into a
defensive guarding position with her arm raised near her face and shouts
something.  

Before Round One:  Has her ice crystal floating above her outstretched
hand, quickly she raises her arm to a defensive position and the crystal
goes behind her while she shouts something.   

1st Round Win:  Tightens the knot in her head band, then quickly moves her
hands down to her side and says "Yosh!"   

2nd Round Win:  Removes her headband, turns around swinging the headband
real fast and then holds it behind her head with both hands while saying
something.   

Loss To Time:  Lowers head in frustration, then with one arm she wipes a
tear from her eye and then shakes her clenched fist.   

Stalemate:  Lowers head in anger and shakes her clenched fist out in front
of her.

Dizzy: Presses one arm against her self and cradles it with her other one.
  

BUST- 
Character Select Screen:  Shouts something while in her defensive
position, then swings sword upwards real quick, finishes by pointing at
her opponent across the screen. 

Before Round One:  Has her ice crystal floating above her outstretched
hand, quickly she raises her arm to a defensive position and the crystal
goes behind her while she shouts something.   

1st Round Victory:  Raises hand to the side of her head, palm upwards. 
Her ice crystal moves from behind her to just above her palm as she moves
her head to one side and giggles.   

2nd Round Victory:  Pauses and then begins to look back and forth as her
ice crystal plays "hide-and-seek" by always staying behind her.  Finally
it stops moving and when she finds it she giggles.   

Loss To Time:  Lowers head in frustration, then with one arm she wipes a
tear from her eye and then shakes her clenched fist.   

Stalemate:  Lowers head in anger and shakes her clenched fist out in front
of her.

Dizzy: Presses one arm against her self and cradles it with her other one.
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                                  SLASH
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Konril Myu                             | Freezes ground to stun opponent.
                                       | 
 O-   / | + A                          |
    O   O                              |
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Lupu Quall                             | Tosses a cube of ice that hits
                                       | freezing damage.
 | \   -O + Slash                      |
 O   O                                 |
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Konril Shira                           | Leaps, and creates a platform of
                                       | ice that crashes down into 
 (jump) -O \   | + A                   | opponent for damage.
             O O                       |
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Rupu Tu Nu Tiu                         | Grabs opponent, freezes, and 
                                       | smashes against edge of screen 
 (close) -O \   |   / O- + B           | for damage.
              O O O                    |
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Kamui Shtokke                          | Casts a wall of ice two-three
                                       | character lengths away, to stun
 |   / O- -O + C                       | opponent.
 O O                                   |
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Konrul Nonril                          | Creates an iceberg that rises 
                                       | from the ground, catches 
 -O | \   + A                          | opponent, and juggles into air
    O   O                              | for multiple hits of ice damage.
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POWER SPECIAL:                         | Casts a huge iceberg around the
Rupu Kamui Emyu                        | opponent that explodes and hits
                                       | for massive damage.
 -O \   |   / O- -O \   |   / O- + CD  |
      O O O           O O O            |
=========================================================================
                                  BUST
=========================================================================
Konril Myu                             | Freezes ground to stun opponent.
                                       | 
 O-   / | + A                          |
    O   O                              |
=========================================================================
Lupu Quall                             | Tosses ice that will freeze 
                                       | opponent for damage.
 | \   -O + Slash                      |
 O   O                                 |
=========================================================================
Konril Shia                            | Leaps, and creates a platform of
                                       | ice that crashes down into 
 (jump) -O \   | + A                   | opponent for damage.
             O O                       |
=========================================================================
Rupu Tu Nu Yaku                        | Grabs opponent, freezes, and 
                                       | kicks twice, slamming into edge
 (close) -O \   |   / O- + D           | of screen for damage.
              O O O                    |
=========================================================================
Lupu Thomumu                           | Hurls a giant blade of ice at
                                       | opponent (either high or low)
 -O or  \   + AB                       | that knocks down for ice damage.
          O                            |
=========================================================================
Upon Wo                                | Casts out multiple icicles that
                                       | shower opponent with hits, to 
 Repeatedly press Slash buttons        | end with one final strike.
=========================================================================
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Casts a gigantic iceberg over
Rupu Kamui Emyu                        | opponent that erupts and hits
                                       | for massive damage.
 -O \   |   / O- -O \   |   / O- + CD  |
      O O O           O O O            |
=========================================================================
Combos:

(BOTH)--> (back) standing B, Konril Myu (2 hits, endless)
=========================================================================
ASK MAGIC 8 BALL...

I liked Cham Cham; she's gone!  Should I go with Rimmmy?
        YOU MAY BE DISAPPOINTED...

Does she get Nak's hand-me-downs?
        ISN'T IT OBVIOUS?...

I play Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat, any advice for me?
        DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB...

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The american ninja off to strike a blow for justice on Zankuro's noggin..

GALFORD

"Come learn true justice!"

BRIDGE AND FALLS:  You will fight on a bridge with a large waterfall
directly in the
background.  The bridge connects two rocky cliffs covered with vegetation.
 The occasional bird flies in from both sides and then zooms back off. 
During the desperation stage, the waterfall vanishes and is replaced by
blue space.  Lighting forks strike down randomly both in the background
and in the foreground.

CHARACTER POSES:
SLASH-

Character Select Screen: Stands up and blinks, spins sword behind his back
and then brings it in front of his face as he shouts "Oh Yeah!"

Before Round One: Points toward the enemy and says "Here comes Poppy!"

1st Win: Unsheathes sword, spins it, holds it parallel to his forearm, and
says, "Oh yeah!"

2nd Win: Shouts "Hey Poppy!" as he snaps his fingers.  Poppy
dematerializes from behind him and drops from above down in front of him. 
When she first lands she is growling, but a stern stare from her master
makes her sit down and pant happily.  

Unarmed 1st Victory-Smacks knuckles together and grins.

Loss To Time: Drops to the ground and slams fist into the ground in anger.
  

Stalemate: Places hand on chin, removes it contemptuously, folds his arms,
and looks to the side with his eyes closed.

Dizzy: Clutches shoulder, with the arm not weilding his sword. 

BUST-
Character Select Screen: Points towards his opponent and vanishes by
dematerializing. 

Before Round One: Points toward the enemy and says "You're gone!"

1st Win: Clenches one fist in front of him while his other hand is on his
sword, closes eyes and takes a quick breath.   

2nd Win: Raises face to the air while his hands are placed on his hips, a
quick wind blows through his scarf and hair. 

Unarmed 1st Win: Same as before except the hand that was on his sword is
now down a little lower. 

Loss To Time: Drops to the ground and slams fist into the ground in anger.
  

Stalemate: Places hand on chin, removes it contemptuously, folds his arms,
and looks to the side with his eyes closed. 

Dizzy: Clutches shoulder, with the arm not weilding his sword.
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                                  SLASH
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Plasma Blade                           | Hurls a bolt of lightning to
                                       | strike for electric damage.
 | \   -O + Slash                      |
 O   O                                 |
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Shadow Copy                            | Splits into two, teleporting to
                                       | the chosen destination (A = left
 -O O-   / | \   -O + A or B           | B = Right).
       O   O   O                       |
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Replica Attack                         | Disappears, and teleports above
                                       | opponent, dropping down for 
 -O \   |   / O- + AC or BC            | damage (AC = Left, BD = Right).
      O O O                            |
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Imitate Replica                        | Disappears, leaving wood, and 
                                       | drops for damage (AC = left,
 when hit, AC or BD                    | BD = Right).
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Rolling Crush                          | Grabs opponent, and smashes 
                                       | against edge of screen for 
 -O | \   + C                          | damage.
    O   O                              |
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Poppy Attacks:                         |
                                       |
 Rush dog |   / O- + A                 | Poppy rushes opponent.
          O O                          |
                                       | 
 Plasma Dog |   / O- |   / O- + A      | Poppy strikes with electrical 
            O O      O O               | energy.
                                       | 
 Machine Gun Dog |   / O- + B          | Poppy rushes, and chews 
                 O O                   | opponent.
                                       |
 Replica Dog |   / O- + C              | Poppy disappears, and falls
             O O                       | above opponent.
                                       |
 Overhead Crash |   / O- + D           | Galford leaps, and boots Poppy
                O O                    | down toward opponent.
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POWER SPECIAL:                         | Splits into two, and annihilates
Double Mega Strike Hez                 | opponent, with multiple hits,
                                       | kicks, slashes, and specials,
 -O O-   / | \   -O + C or D           | finishing with a strike hez
       O   O   O                       | (C = Left, D = Right).
=========================================================================
                                  BUST
=========================================================================
Plasma Factor                          | Swipes weapon with powerful arc
                                       | of energy (high or low) for
 -O or \   + AB                        | electrical damage.
         O                             |
=========================================================================
Plasma Break                           | Hurls an electrical projectile
                                       | at opponent to hit for damage.
 | \   -O + Slash                      |
 O   O                                 |
=========================================================================
Shadow Copy                            | Splits into two, and teleports
                                       | to chosen location (A = left,
 -O O-   / | \   -O + A or B           | B = right).
       O   O   O                       |
=========================================================================
Replica Attack                         | Disappears and teleports above
                                       | opponent, striking for weapon
 -O \   |   / O- + AC or BC            | damage (AC = left, BD = right).
      O O O                            |
=========================================================================
Imitate Replica                        | Disappears, leaving wood, and 
                                       | falls onto opponent for damage
 when hit, AC or BD                    | (AC = left, BD = Right).
=========================================================================
Striking Hez                           | Grabs opponent, and hurls into
                                       | air, crashing down on opponent's
 (close) -O | \   + D                  | head for damage.
            O   O                      |
=========================================================================
Strike Hez Dash                        | Rushes opponent, grabs, leaps,
                                       | and performs Striking Hez for
 (run) -O | \   + D                    | damage.
          O   O                        |
=========================================================================
Lightning Slash                        | Rushes opponent, grabs, and 
                                       | strikes with charged weapon for
 -O | \   + C                          | electric damage.
    O   O                              |
=========================================================================
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Strikes opponent, tosses into 
Lightning Strike Three                 | air, teleports, strikes in air,
                                       | teleports to ground, strikes on
 -O \   |  / O- -O -O + C              | ground, to finish for massive 
      O O O                            | damage.
=========================================================================
ASK MAGIC 8 BALL...

How's Galford in SS3?
        BETTER AND BETTER ALL THE TIME...

I'm a veteran who's a little confused; should I play 'slash' or 'bust'?
        THE FORMER SHALL PROVE ITSELF TO YOU...

Any chance of selling Poppy's pups and making a buck?
        YOU'RE GOING TO HELL...

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The tortured traveler of the darkside thirsts for revenge on the demon
Zankuro...

HATTORI HANZO

"Death means 'rest' to me!"

DESOLATION MOUNTAINS -- FALLEN BATTLE:  This stage occurs in the middle
of a volcanic hot spot, with gray igneous rocks in the immediate 
background and a volcanic ash laden sky, which can be seen when the
screen scales out.  Steam rises from the background and vents up through
the floor.  The stage also pulsates black, as if the sun were being 
completely shut out, occaisionally.


CHARACTER POSES:
SLASH-
Character Select Screen:  Kneels down to the ground letting out a deep
chuckle.  Stands with his sword lowered at his side and a shadow copy
comes out behind him as he turns his head to look over his back.  Then he
sheathes his sword on his back.   

Before Round One:  Appears as pillars of fire shoot forward around him
along the ground.    

1st Round Win:  Stands in his ever so common pose with his legs together
and his fingers in that sign he is always doing (what's that mean
anyway?).    

2nd Round Win:  Puts his hand over his face sash and says something.   

Loss To Time:  Drops to one knee with one arm resting on his other knee
and his other arm on the ground.   

Stalemate:  Turns back to screen and folds his arms.

Dizzy: Clutches shoulder, with the arm not weilding his sword.   

BUST-
Character Select Screen:  Turns around and laughs and then lowers himself
into a fighting crouch, disappearing after a few seconds.   

Before Round One:  Appears in a puff of smoke similar to the ones he uses
to disappear.   

1st Win:  Turns around, folds arms over his chest and starts laughing.   

2nd Win:  Turns his back to his opponent, swings his sword down towards
the ground, turns his head to look down at his opponent and says something
to them.   

Unarmed 2nd Win:  Holds palm out with a small fire in it then he raises
his hand and clenches his fist shut, extinguishing the fire.   

Stalemate:  Turns back to screen and folds his arms. 

Dizzy: Clutches shoulder, with the arm not weilding his sword. 
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                                  SLASH
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Ninja Shadow                           | Temporarily disappears to avoid
                                       | attack.
  | | + A                              |
  O O                                  |
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Ninja Exploding Dragon Blast           | Smashes ground, creating a snake
                                       | -like projectile that hits for
 |   / O- + Slash                      | fire damage.
 O O                                   |
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Ninja Windsplitter                     | Leaps, and hurls a shuriken down
                                       | to hit for damage.
 (jump) | \   -O + slash               |
        O   O                          |
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Ninja Shadow Splitter                  | Disappears, and teleports to 
                                       | chosen location (A = left, B = 
 -O O-   / | \   -O + A or B           | right).
       O   O   O                       |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sky Dance                              | Disappears, and teleports above
                                       | opponent, dropping and hitting
 -O \   |   /  O- + BCD                | for damage.
      O O O                            |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ground Slash                           | Disappears, and telports below
                                       | opponent, striking for damage.
 O-   / | \   -O + BCD                 |  
    O   O   O                          |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ninja Buddha Reverse Blow              | Disappears, leaves wood, and
                                       | attacks opponent (AC = above,
 when hit, AC or BD                    | BD = below).
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Running Ninja Shrike Dash              | Runs, grabs opponent, and 
                                       | performs Ninja Shrike Dash to 
 (run) -O | \   + slash                | hit for damage.
          O   O                        |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ninja Shrike Dash                      | Grabs opponent, leaps, and 
                                       | brings opponent down on head for
 (close) -O | \   + CD                 | damage.
            O   O                      |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Smashes ground, creating an
Flash Finisher                         | eruption of flame that hits for
                                       | massive fire damage, and 
 | | | + AB                            | disappears to finish.
 O O O                                 |
=========================================================================
                                  BUST
=========================================================================
Ninja Silent Shadow                    | Temporarily disappears to avoid
                                       | attack.
  | | + A                              |
  O O                                  |
=========================================================================
Ninja Exploding Dragon Blast           | Smashes ground, creating snake-
                                       | like projectile that hits 
 |   / O- + Slash                      | opponent for fire damage.
 O O                                   |
=========================================================================
Ninja Shadow Splitter                  | Disappears, and teleports to 
                                       | chosen location (A = left, B =
 -O O-   / | \   -O + A or B           | right).
       O   O   O                       |
=========================================================================
Sky Dance                              | Disappears, and teleports above
                                       | opponent, dropping down for
 -O \   |   /  O- + BCD                | weapon damage.
      O O O                            |
=========================================================================
Ground Slash                           | Disappears, and teleports below
                                       | opponent, to strike for weapon
 O-   / | \   -O + BCD                 | damage.
    O   O   O                          |
=========================================================================
Ninja Windsplitter                     | Leaps, and hurls a shuriken down
                                       | to hit for damage.
 (jump) | \   -O + slash               |
        O   O                          |
=========================================================================
Ninja Monkey Dance                     | Disappears, and teleports to 
                                       | different distances (A = far 
 O- |   / + Any button                 | left air, B = far left, C = far
    O O                                | right air, D = far right).
=========================================================================
Ninja Exploding Atom Flash             | Grabs opponent, leaps, and 
                                       | brings opponent down on head for
 (close) -O | \   + CD                 | damage.
            O   O                      |
=========================================================================
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Leaps at opponent, grabs onto 
Dragon Poison Finalizer                | shoulders, and drops multiple
                                       | bombs which explode for massive
 -O \   |   / O- -O + CD               | multiple hits of fire damage.
      O O O                            |
=========================================================================
ASK MAGIC 8 BALL...

So, is he any good in SS3?
        FAR MORESO THAN BEFORE...

Should I be playing 'slash' or 'bust'?
        EITHER WILL PROVE FINE...

So, honestly, is he the best character in the game?
        SHAWN SAYS YES...BUT DON'T LISTEN...HE DOESN'T KNO@%&-*@!.U?41...

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
In his quest for the ultimate aesthetic, he prepares to meet his outer
demons...

SENRYO KYOSHIRO

"What a great death scene!" 

EDO -- THE KABUKI STAGE:  Fighting occurs on the stage of Kyoshiro's
theater.  In the background there is a large tapestry of a woman.  Large
butterflies flutter through the stage in the first round.  High up in the
foreground of his stage is the curtain.  There is a tree sticking out of
both sides of the stage.  In the second round, the tapestry flips over to
become the picture of Kyoshiro brutally slaying someone, the butterflies
become ethereal flame spirits, and the lanterns against the stage turn
from yellow to blue.  At the desperation, the background turns into the
stage curtain that had hung above in the previous state.  Ghosts fly by
overhead and strange, transparent images flash against the curtains.  Once
one player has won, the tapestry in the background becomes chagnes again.
It becomes a picture of Kyoshiro sitting on a stone ground with his
naginata.  If Kyoshiro loses, it changes to a pictures of Kyoshiro sitting
with long tenticles coming out from someplace behind him.

CHARACTER POSES: 
SLASH-

Character Select Screen: Spins his naginata around a few times and then
steps back into some kind of bizarre pose with his legs crossed.

Before Round One: Spins naginata over his head as he turns around quickly.
 

1st Win: Spins his naginata around a few times and then steps back into
some kind of bizarre pose with his legs crossed.  

2nd Win: Jumps back, lands into a crouched position for a while, and then
spins his weapon upward.  

Unarmed 1st Victory: Charges up briefly and then steps forward with one
hand over his eyes in the scouting position and looks back and forth.  

Unarmed 2nd Victory: Stomps forwar

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