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Censorship
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Samurai Shodown V Special, known as Samurai Spirits Zero Special (サムライスピリッツ  ) in Japan, is the ninth game in SNK's Samurai Shodown/Samurai Spirits series and the eighth game in the official chronology (if considered the non-canonical games). This game is an upgraded version of the game titled Samurai Shodown V, and is the last official game for the Neo Geo platform. Extensive location testing was done to fix the balancing issues that plagued its predecessor.

Censorship[]

As the AES version of the game was approaching its release date on July 8, 2004, it was mysteriously delayed a week, moving its release date to the 15th. When it came out, players were shocked to see that not only were generic fatalities removed, but the Zetsumei Ougi was watered down. As a first, this act of censorship affected the entire worldwide release. Not only did these modifications censor the game, but the censorship also created bugs, such as that of the AES's exclusive training mode. Upon hearing fan outcry, SNK did a cart recall shortly after which fixed the bugs brought about by the censoring acts. The character specific Zetsumei Ougi were restored, but only partially as acts of body decapitations were still excluded. Some of the more violent material still remained, such as character death cries and the act of being smashed into a wall. The only way for players outside of an arcade to experience the Zetsumei Ougi was through illegal emulators or to get an unfixed version of the game and apply Razoola's Universe Bios to it. This patch allows access to the uncensored versions of the moves and fixes the bugs that the modifications created.

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