From: shawnh@csn.net (Shawn Holmes)
Newsgroups: rec.games.video.arcade
Subject: SS3 TAPFAQ v5.0 [1/3]
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 1996 18:02:49 GMT

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         COMPILED, EDITED, AND PRESENTED
        BY THE #1 SAMURAI NUT FOR YOU,
           SHAWN HOLMES --> shawnh@csn.net
_______________ TAPFAQ version 5.0 __ January 11, 1996 _______________
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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 -

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                        SPECIAL THANKS TO...

Kien ???            --> Hbfin031@csun.edu
   FIRST HUMAN TO PLAY IT/INTIAL DATA AND MOVE INFO/WE RUE HIM, DON'T WE?

Greg Kasavin        --> Shrike@slip.net
   NEWTYPE GAMING INFO/THE MAN WHO WE OWE BIG

Damone              --> Damone@ios.com 
   WEB PAGE SUPPORT/RENEGADE SS3 SITE/BACKING KYOSHIRO ALL THE WAY

Dave Villanueva      --> Dvillnva@kaiwan.com
   FTP SUPPORT/INITIAL SCREENSHOT RELEASE/MY SS3 CONTACT BEHIND THE LINES

Dave Kirsch         --> Zoid@mindlink.net
   FTP SUPPORT/SS3 NUTS LIKE US/HAS HELPED MORE THAN ANY OF YOU WILL KNOW

Masao Kimishima     --> Kimisima@mcd.nttdata.jp
   JAPNESE INFO/CHARACTER RANKINGS TRANSCRIBER/ANOTHER GUY I ENVY

Scott Fujimoto      --> Sfujimoto@delphi.com
   INITIAL TESTING INFO/QUIZ FAQ WRITER/ONE HELLUVA DEBATER

Kenneth Hsu         --> e3321942@student.uq.edu.au
   FAQ TRANSLATOR/INITIAL MOVELISTS/I DIDN'T KNOW THE GUY SPOKE CHINESE

Chirstopher Geradon --> christophe.geradon@ping.be
   BOSS CODE CONFIRMER/PROOF THAT SS FANS COVER THE GLOBE

Charlie Chodchoey   --> u3616172@au.ac.th
   US MOVE NAMES TRANSCRIBER/YEAH, HE PLAYED IT BEFORE ME, SO?!?!?

Chan Wai Lun        --> ee_felix@stu.ust.hk
   ZANKUROU MOVE TRANSCRIBER/THE MAN WHO PULLED THROUGH FOR ME

Red Fox             --> RedFox08@aol.com
   STAGE DESCRIPTIONS/MASSIVE MOVE INFO PROVIDER/SS3 NUTZ LIKE US

Edward Ju           --> edju@scf.usc.edu
   ENDINGS TRANSCRIBER/ENDINGS WEB PAGE/ANOTHER GUY THAT MAKES ME JEALOUS

Robert Deloura      --> deloura@pmel.noaa.gov
   RIMURURU & AMAKUSA TESTING/HE VOTED FOR THE YOUNGSTER TO WIN, EH?

...AND OF COURSE, A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO...

Galen Komatsu       --> gkomatsu@uhunix.uhcc.hawaii.edu
   ASCII ART/THE DEFINITIVE ORIGINAL FAQ WRITER/MY HERO =8D

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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.
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                                   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                          |
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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                            |
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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                     |
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                                  BUST
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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               |
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Force Fang                             | (still unsure...cannot perform)
                                       |
 After taking a strong hit, standing C |
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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                            |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Scarlet Sword Crosscurrent Slicer      | Twirls into air with weapon 
                                       | to strike for damage.
 -O   / | \   + Slash                  |
    O   O   O                          |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
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).
        |                              |
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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                       |
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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                                 |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
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).
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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                                   |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ninja Windsplitter                     | Leaps, and hurls a shuriken down
                                       | to hit for damage.
 (jump) | \   -O + slash               |
        O   O                          |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ninja Shadow Splitter                  | Disappears, and teleports to 
                                       | chosen location (A = left, B = 
 -O O-   / | \   -O + A or B           | right).
       O   O   O                       |
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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                      |
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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 forward as he makes a face and then steps back
in a defensive position.  

Loss To Time: Throws down his naginata, falls to his knees, and then
clenches his fist in anger.   

Stalemate: Stands upright, breathes in once, and then frowns.

Dizzy: Stands on one foot, breathing deeply, staring at the ground, his
arms are resting on his knee.   

BUST-
Character Select Screen: Pulls a pipe out and smokes it.  

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

1st Win: Stands upright and pulls a pipe out and smokes it.  

2nd Win: Smokes his pipe and then says something as he holds his pipe up
high. 

Unarmed Both Wins: Smokes his pipe and then says something as he holds his
pipe up high. 

Loss To Time: Throws down his naginata, falls to his knees, and then
clenches his fist in anger. 

Stalemate: Stands upright, breathes in once, and then frowns. 

Dizzy: Stands on one foot, breathing deeply, staring at the ground, his
arms are resting on his knee.
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                                  SLASH
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Twirling Flame                         | Blows flame into opponent to hit
                                       | for fire damage.
 | \   -O + slash                      |
 O   O                                 |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Twisting Heavens                       | Leaps into the air, twirling,
                                       | with weapon outstretched, to hit
 -O | \   + Slash                      | for damage.
    O   O                              |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Lion Tale Blast                        | Twirls on weapon, to strike with
                                       | flame for fire damage.
 -O \   |   / O- + Slash               |
      O O O                            |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kyoshiro Jig                           | Rotates twice, flaming, and 
                                       | striking with weapon for damage.
 | \   -O | \   -O + C                 |
 O   O    O   O                        |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Smouldering Blood Pounce               | Leaps, and performs Twisting 
                                       | Heavens to hit for damage.
 (jump) | + A                          |
        O                              |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Toad Plague                            | Calls giant frog from ground to
                                       | suck opponent in, eat, and 
 -O O-   / | \  -O + AC                | explode to hit for fire damage.
       O   O   O                       |
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Tsuname Crunch                         | Hurls a splash of waves along
                                       | the ground that hit opponent for
 |   / O- + Slash                      | damage.
 O O                                   |
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POWER SPECIAL:                         | Unleashes a massive amount of 
Kyoshiro Demon Boogie                  | flames that torch opponent for
                                       | damage.
 | \   -O | \   -O + BC                |
 O   O    O   O                        |
=========================================================================
                                  BUST
=========================================================================
Hades Twirling Flames                  | Blows a rift of fire at opponent
                                       | to burn for damage.
 | \   -O + Slash                      |
 O   O                                 |
=========================================================================
Swirling Hades                         | Spins along ground with weapon
                                       | outstretched to hit for damage.
 -O | \   + Slash                      |
    O   O                              |
=========================================================================
Raging Lion's Tale Blast               | Twirls on weapon to strike for
                                       | fire damamge.
 -O \  |  / O- + Slash                 |
     O O O                             |
=========================================================================
Kyoshiro Jig                           | Rotates several times, flaming,
                                       | and finishing with a weapon
 | \   -O | \   -O + C                 | strike for damage.
 O   O    O   O                        |
=========================================================================
Smouldering Blood Pounce               | Leaps, and peforms Swirling 
                                       | Hades to hit for damage.
 (jump) | + A                          |
        O                              |
=========================================================================
Eight-Coil Serpent                     | Hurls a flaming eel at opponent
                                       | to hit for fire damage.
 |   / O- |   / -O + C                 |
 O O      O O                          |
=========================================================================
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Unleashes a massive amount of 
Kyoshiro Demon Boogie                  | flame to hit for fire damage.
                                       |
 | \  -O | \   -O + BC                 |
 O   O   O   O                         |
=========================================================================
ASK MAGIC 8 BALL...

I used to play Kyoshiro, will I like the new one?
        MY SOURCES SAY YES...

I heard he's got some strange animal attacks, true?
        I WOULD BE LYING TO SAY NO...

He looks pretty buff now, eh?
        HE COULD KICK YOUR BUTT REAL GOOD...

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
With no time for Zankuro, his fierce blade hungers for Haohmaru...

KIBAGAMI GENJUROU

"You wretch!"

VILLAGE -- DAYTIME: Your fights occurs in the middle of the street of a
ghost own in the old west with fast moving grey clouds in the sky.
Frequent lightening strikes are visible in the background.  Children are
present at the beginning of the fight, but their parents come out and pull
them from the scene of violence.  A large flat cart, reminiscent of the
"Bring out your dead" cart in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is at the
right side of the screen in the immediate background.  During the
desperation stage, the entire background is replaced by a flowing purple
vortex that has a focus at the center of the stage.

CHARACTER POSES:
SLASH-
Character Select Screen:  Raises his sword as if he is doing his close C
slash and then stands with his nose high in the air.

Before Round One:  Pauses for a second to lower his sash down from his
shoulder then enters his fighting pose.  

1st Win:  Drinks from his wine bowl then tosses it over his shoulder and 
shrugs his shoulders as he shouts something.  

2nd Win:  Swipes the sword near his feet, then turns and raises his sash
to his shoulder. 

Unarmed Victories: Identical without the sword parts.    

Loss to Time:  Falls to the ground, supported by his knees and one arm,
his back to the screen, a look of anger on his face. 

Stalemate:  Covers his eyes in disgust.

Dizzy:  Down on one knee, he is resting one hand on the hilt of his sword,
the other hand hangs free inside the raised knee. 

BUST-
Character Select Screen:  Does a low kick, then turns around and raises
his sash to his shoulder.  

Before Round One:  Pauses for a second to lower his sash down from his
shoulder then enters his fighting pose.

1st Win:  Turns back to you, raises his hand to his face then lowers it to
his side, next he takes in a deep breath and releases it slowly.  

2nd Win:  Pulls the ribbon from his ponytail as he turns his back to the
screen, turns his face towards the screen and says something.  

Unarmed 2nd Round:  Covers face with one hand in disgust.  

Loss to Time:  Falls to the ground, supported by his knees and one arm,
his back to the screen, a look of anger on his face.

Stalemate:  Covers his eyes in disgust. 

Dizzy:  Down on one knee, he is resting one hand on the hilt of his sword,
the other hand hangs free inside the raised knee.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                  SLASH
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Lightning Wings                        | Leaps into the air, striking
                                       | in an arc with weapon to hit for
 -O | \   + Slash                      | damage.
    O   O                              |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Triple Death Hack                      | Slides towards opponent,
                                       | striking with weapon for up to 
 | \   -O + Slash (three times)        | three times for damage (only C
 O   O                                 | is used 3 times).
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Cherry Blossomo Slice                  | Hurls a Hanafuda card that
                                       | strikes for damage.
 |   / O- + Slash                      |
 O O                                   |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Scarlet Slash                          | Charges a chi attack, and pulls
                                       | a Hanafuda card out of thin air,
 -O \   | + Slash                      | striking the opponent with it,
      O O                              | and weapon, for damage.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Death Drops                            | Grabs opponent, tosses in the 
                                       | air, leaps, and strikes with 
 (close) O- |   / + C                  | weapon for damage.
            O O                        |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Grabs opponent, lifts, and 
Five Flash Rip                         | strikes five times in the air
                                       | to hit for massive damage.
 -O O-  / | \   -O + AB                |
      O   O   O                        |
=========================================================================
                                  BUST
=========================================================================
Lightning Wings                        | Leaps into air, swinging weapon
                                       | in an arc, to hit for damage.
 -O | \  + Slash                       |
    O   O                              |
=========================================================================
Three-Heavens Death                    | Slides to opponent, and strikes
                                       | up to three times, lifting 
 | \   -O + Slash (three times)        | opponent in the process, to hit
 O   O                                 | for damage.
=========================================================================
Cherry Blossom Iris Reverse            | Hurls a Hanafuda card to strike
                                       | for damage (if blocked, card
 |   / O- + Slash (hold)               | will return down for a second
 O O                                   | hit).
=========================================================================
Purple Dusk                            | Charges chi, pulls a hanafuda 
                                       | card out of thin air, and 
 -O \   | + Slash                      | strikes opponent, to hit for 
      O O                              | damage.
=========================================================================
Death of 100 Demons                    | Drags opponent in, slices, 
                                       | kicks, and slashes for damage.
 -O O- -O + C                          |
=========================================================================
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Catches opponent, lifts, and
Reverse Five Flashes                   | strikes five times, rising into
                                       | the air, slicing cards while
 -O O-  / | \   -O + CD                | doing so, to hit for damage.
      O   O   O                        |
=========================================================================
ASK MAGIC 8 BALL...

Genjuro's been changed, is it for the better or worse?
        MODERATION IS THE KEY...

Am I going to be shunned for using him like in SS2?
        TO A LESSER DEGREE...

Hey, he quietened up finally!
        ...PARDON?

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The rowdiest monk under the sun is burning...

GAIRA CAFFEINE

"You cannot beat me!"

TEMPLE - DUSKY:   This is Caffeine Nicotine's stage from Shodown II, but
there is thick orange-red mist.  The lanterns in the foreground can be cut
down by the players.  In the second round, the mist disappears, and the
temple becomes visible.  During desperation, the whole background is
replaced by burning torches and scene changes to night with a black sky
and a blue ground.  Strange, blue images can be seen in the sky and large
bonfires burst out of no where in the foreground. 

CHARACTER POSES:
SLASH-
Character Select Screen: Goes into a pose holding up his clenched fist
with the beads hanging from it.   

Before Round One: Runs in, thrusts his hand forward and then clenches his
fist.  

1st Win: Throws four quick punches, ending with the beginning animation
for his C bash.  

2nd Win: Reaches forward with one hand while shouting and then pulls his
arm back.  

Unarmed Victory: Both victory poses are exactly the same minus the beads. 
 

Loss To Time: Falls to the ground on his knees and leans forward on his
hands.   

Stalemate:  Raises beads above his head and then slams them down on the
ground in anger.   

Unarmed Stalemate: Bends his head forward as if he is going to do a head
butt, but then stops half way.

Dizzy: Kneels down on one knee, one arm is clutching his chest, his other
arm hangs free where he clenches and unclenches his fist. 

BUST-
Character Select Screen: Raises fist with beads hanging from his fist. 

Before Round One: Runs in, thrusts his hand forward and then clenches his
fist.

1st Win: Throws four quick punches, ending with the beginning animation
for his C bash.

2nd Win: Does his normal C bash, shouts something, and then lowers his arm
to his side as he turns his back to the screen.  

Unarmed 1st Victory: Reaches forward with one hand while shouting and then
pulls his arm back.

Unarmed 2nd Victory: Raises arm up high just like his normal C bash,
lowers his arm to his side as he turns his back to the screen.  

Loss To Time: Falls to the ground on his knees and leans forward on his
hands. 

Stalemate: Raises beads above his head and then slams them down on the
ground in anger. 

Unarmed Stalemate: Bends his head forward as if he is going to do a head
butt, but then stops half way.

Dizzy: Kneels down on one knee, one arm is clutching his chest, his other
arm hangs free where he clenches and unclenches his fist.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                  SLASH
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Prudence Punch                         | Leaps, and brings weapon down
                                       | hard onto opponent, hitting for
 (jump) | + C                          | damage.
        O                              |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
100 Heavens Body Blow                  | Leaps, and brings knee down onto
                                       | opponent for damage.
 (jump) | + D                          |
        O                              |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Nag Blast                              | Screams at opponent that knocks
                                       | down for damage.
 |   / O- + A                          |
 O O                                   |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Earthquake Assault                     | Smashes weapon down to create 
                                       | small explosion that hits for
 | | + AB                              | fire damage.
 O O                                   |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Victory Riser                          | Rushes opponent for multiple 
                                       | hits, striking into the air to
 -O | \   + Slash                      | finish (Much like Yagyu Jubei's
    O   O                              | Tsunami Sabre).
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Profound Pummel                        | Rushes opponent, smacking 
                                       | several times to hit for damage.
 | \   -O + AB                         |
 O   O                                 |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ceiling Slam Grabber                   | Catches opponent in the air, and
                                       | slams them to the ground for 
 O- |   / + A                          | damage.
    O O                                |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Hard Head Grabber                      | Grabs opponent, and smashes head
                                       | into ground to hit for damage.
 O- |   / + B                          |
    O O                                |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Reverse Twirl Grab                     | Grabs opponent's feet, and trips
                                       | them onto their back for damage.
 O- |   / + C                          |
    O O                                |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Rushes opponent, and smacks the
Fist Flash Dance                       | living daylights out of them, 
                                       | finishing with a slew of strikes
 | \   -O | \   + AB                   | that hit for massive damage.
 O   O    O   O                        |
=========================================================================
                                  BUST
=========================================================================
One Hundred Dropper                    | Leaps, and drives knee into
                                       | opponent's head to knock down 
 (jump) | + D                          | for damage.
        O                              |
=========================================================================
Deadly Pokes                           | Grabs opponet, smashes into edge
                                       | of screen, and finishes with 
 | \   -O + Slash                      | fiery weapon hit for damage.
 O   O                                 |
=========================================================================
Nag Blast                              | Screams at opponent to knock 
                                       | down for damage.
 |   / O- + A                          |
 O O                                   |
=========================================================================
Earthquake Assault                     | Leaps and smashes weapon down
                                       | to create minor explosion that
 | | + AB                              | hits for fire damage.
 O O                                   |
=========================================================================
Heaven Heart Slicer                    | Leaps, grabs opponent, spins, 
                                       | and tosses opponent to other 
 |   / O- -O + AB                      | side of screen to hit for 
 O O                                   | damage.
=========================================================================
Hades Heart Slicer                     | Same as Heaven Heart Slicer,
                                       | except for leaping, he just
 |   / O- -O + CD                      | grabs opponent.
 O O                                   |
=========================================================================
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Rushes opponent, smacking to the
Fist Flash Dance                       | edge of the screen, finishing
                                       | with a slew of attacks to hit
 | \   -O | \   + AB                   | for damage.
 O   O    O   O                        |
=========================================================================
ASK MAGIC 8 BALL...

Whoa!  This guy's huge!  Is he like Wan-Fu or Sieger?
        NOT REALLY...

Is it true he's fighting with prayer beads?
        I'M AFRAID SO...

Why did he get kicked out of the temple?
        WASN'T DRINKING ENOUGH COFFEE AND SMOKING ENOUGH CIGARETTES...

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The fury of the wounded romantic lives again to avenge his murdered loved
one...

KIBUKIRI BASARA

"Let's do the death dance!"

MASOLEUM -- MIDNIGHT: This is essentially a dilapidate temple with silk
screens in the foreground, which can be destroyed by the players.  The
back of the temple is open and has a HELL red overcast to it that filters
into the shrine.  After one player wins the first round, the candles blow
out and the stage becomes dark blue.  During the desperation points, the
entire background becomes black and candles appear in various places,
floating in air.  Spot lights light up a wall that has now appeared in the
background, revealing many strange and unusual images.  The pictures are
probably representative of what existed back when the temple was in its
prime.

CHARACTER POSES: 

SLASH-
Character Select Screen:  He starts laughing, steps back, raises his
weapon over his head and then stretches the chain between his outstretched
arms.  

Before Round One:  A portal opens up in the ground and Basara launches out
of it, spins once in the air and then lands, doing a real quick pose where
he raises his blade over his head before going into his normal stance.  

1st Win:  He stretches the chain of his weapon between his two arms then a
ghostly image of his beloved appears at his side.  

2nd Win:  Basara holds out his arms and a ghostly image of his slain lover
drops into his arms.  He looks down to her with obvious delight, but a
second later, the image turns into a soul and then fades away into a
decaying skeleton.  Basara drops the bones from his arms and drops to his
knees in utter frustration releasing a heart rendering cry of agony.  

Unarmed Victory:  For both he does his normal winning poses with out his
weapon.  

Loss to Time:  Drops to one knee and turns his back to his opponent.  

Unarmed Loss to Time:  Drops to one knee and holds out one arm in front of
him.

Stalemate:  Starts hugging himself and then the image of his lover appears
at his side, disappearing after a few seconds.

Dizzy-Clutches his biceps and breaths up and down.

BUST-

Character Select Screen:  Begins to tightening his wrist guards, fades
away for a second and then reappears. 

Before Round One:  A portal opens up in the ground and Basara launches out
of it, spins once in the air and then lands, doing a real quick pose where
he raises his blade over his head before going into his normal stance.  

1st Win:  Raises tri-star in a fighting stance, then slashes it down in
front of him to the side.  Next he begins to adjust his wrist guards.  

2nd Win:  Raises tri-star and then slashes across his chest creating an
opening that immediately closes.  Then he wipes at the gash with his
finger and then licks his finger.  

1st  Round Unarmed Victory:  Tightens wrist guard

2nd Round unarmed victory:  Stands upright, the nude image of his beloved
appears behind him and gives him a hug.  The next second, she raises up
behind him and vanishes, the motion rustling Basara's hair. 

Loss to Time:  Drops to one knee and turns his back to his opponent.  

Unarmed Loss to Time:  Drops to one knee and holds out one arm in front of
him.  

Stalemate:  Starts hugging himself and then the image of his lover appears
at his side, disappearing after a few seconds.

Dizzy-Clutches his biceps and breaths up and down.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                  SLASH
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Stabbing Feet                          | Leaps, and drives an electrical
                                       | kick downwards, that hops off of
 (jump) | + D                          | opponent, hitting for damage 
        O                              | (can be repeated).
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Friendly Rip                           | Grabs opponent, drags down into
                                       | the underworld, and tosses back
 (close)  O-   / | \   -O + A          | up, striking with weapon for
             O   O   O                 | damage.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Shadow Stitcher                        | Drops weapon down into portal,
                                       | releasing from above opponent,
 -O \   |   / O- + Slash               | to strike for damage (A = close,
      O O O                            | B = middle, C = Far).
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Soul Sucker                            | Disappears into a hole in the
                                       | underworld, reappearing moments
 |   / O- + D                          | later (can move during teleport)
 O O                                   |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Airborne Slash                         | Leaps, tossing weapon downward
                                       | to strike for damage.
 (at top of jump), | \   -O + Slash    |
                   O   O               |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ground Slash                           | Tosses weapon in an upward arc,
                                       | to hit for damage.
 | \   -O + Slash                      |
 O   O                                 |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Soul of the Beast                      | Casts energy ball out that 
                                       | slowly moves towards opponent,
 O- \   |   / + C                      | striking with a butterfly for
      O O O                            | damage.
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POWER SPECIAL:                         | Rushes opponent, and with the
Shadow Dance Payback                   | spirit of his dead woman by his
                                       | side, slices and attacks, 
 O-   / | \   -O O- + AB               | finishing with a huge uppercut
    O   O   O                          | to hit for damage.
=========================================================================
                                  BUST
=========================================================================
Stabbing Feet                          | Hops, and drives an electrical
                                       | kick down into opponent, hopping
 (jump) | + D                          | off for damage (can be repeated)
        O                              |
=========================================================================
Friendly Rip                           | Grabs opponent, disappears down
                                       | into underworld, and hurls
 (close) O-   / | \   -O + A           | opponent back up, striking for 
            O   O   O                  | damage.
=========================================================================
Shadow Exit                            | Disappears down into underworld,
                                       | reappearing and leaping with an
 -O   / | \  + Slash                   | uppercut under opponent for 
    O   O   O                          | damage.
=========================================================================
Shadow Sucker                          | Disappears down into underworld,
                                       | reappearing moments later (can
 |   / O- + D                          | move during teleport).
 O O                                   |
=========================================================================
Airborne Slash                         | Leaps, and hurls weapon down,
                                       | striking for damage.
 (at top of jump) | \   -O + Slash     |
                  O   O                |
=========================================================================
Ground Slash                           | Hurls weapon in an arc, hitting
                                       | for damage.
 | \   -O + Slash                      |
 O   O                                 |
=========================================================================
Shadow Feint                           | Splits into two to confuse 
                                       | opponent (A = shadow leap, B =
 -O O- -O + any button                 | shadow jump, C = shadow walk, 
                                       | D = Real leap).
=========================================================================
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Catches opponent, striking with
Shadow Dance Dream Pull                | multiple hits, then grabs, and
                                       | rakes weapon across for final
 O-   / | \   -O O- + BC               | slash of damage.
    O   O   O                          |
=========================================================================
ASK MAGIC 8 BALL...

I love Basara!  Is he too overpowered to use?
        NOT NEARLY AS MUCH AS SOME...

Should I pick 'slash' or 'bust' when playing him?
        THE LATTER SHOULD APPEASE YOU...

Say, what the heck happened to Charlotte?
        SHE GOT AXED...SHE LOOK LIKE A SAMURAI TO YOU?...

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Heaven's fallen angel of destruction seeks to seize Zankuro's power...

AMAKUSA SHIRO TOKISADA

"The weak deserve death!"

PILLARS -- NIGHT:  This stage is positively apocalyptic!  Nothing
forebodes evil presence like this stage.  There are four pillars lined up
in the immediate background, and slightly behind them and in between the
central two there is a large ring of stones similar to Stonehege.  During
the first round a large rock capsule with two halves comes down to the
center of the background.  The halves of the capsule rotate independent of
one an other in opposite directions.  In the second round, they start
spinning farther away from each other and an energy sphere appears between
them and lights appear on the top of the pillars in the background.  The
sky is a deep crimson which comes down and melds with large purple
mountains in the background.  During the desperation, most of the
background disappears.  The pillars still remain, the capsule has
vanished.  A vortex appears on the central pillar in the background and
sucks in glowing energy spheres similar to the one that was held in the
capsule. 

CHARACTER POSES:
SLASH- 
Character Select Screen: Raises arm to cover most of his face and
chuckles. 

Before Round One: Bends forward, brings his orb in front of him and then
two pentagrams flash behind him.   

1st Win: Stands upright, makes some gestures with his hands and then a
pentagram portal appears beneath his feet an a pillar of light shoots out
of it.    

2nd Win: Covers his face with his hand while laughing, the double
pentagram symbol appears behind him.   

Unarmed Victory: Raises arm to cover most of his face and chuckles. 

Loss To Time: Bends forward and covers his face with his hands.   

Stalemate: Bends forward and glares at his opponent.

Dizzy: He is bent forward, his hands moving over his face as he tries to
steady his head.    

BUST- 
Character Select Screen: Covers his face with one hand and giggles as his
orb flies around him. 

Before Round One: A black portal opens before him and he reaches in an
pulls out his orb.  

1st Win: His orb becomes an opaque portal before him and he focuses his
energies on controlling it.  

2nd Win: Raises arm to cover most of his face and chuckles, when he moves
his arm the orb fades away.   

Unarmed Victory: Raises arm to cover most of his face and chuckles. 

Loss To Time: Bends forward and covers his face with his hands. 

Stalemate: Bends forward and glares at his opponent. 

Dizzy: He is bent forward, his hands moving over his face as he tries to
steady his head.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                  SLASH
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Evil Hornet Gouger (forward)           | Teleports forward. ;]
                                       |
 O-   / | \   -O + D                   |
    O   O   O                          |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Evil Hornet Gouger (reverse)           | Guess.  ;]
                                       |
 -O \   |   / O- + D                   |
      O O O                            |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Holy Spirit Slicer                     | Hurls a fiery demon at opponent
                                       | to hit for damage.
 | \   -O + Slash                      |
 O   O                                 |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Dark Destroyer                         | Rises into the air, turning into
                                       | a ball of flame, that crashes
 -O O-   / | \   -O + C + A, B, or C   | into opponent for fire damage
       O   O   O                       | (D aborts).
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Judgement Blow                         | Grabs opponent, and pummels
                                       | furiously, redefining "bitch-
 (close) -O \   | + C                  | slap", for multiple strikes of
              O O                      | damage.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Phoenix Flash                          | Casts a tractor beam over 
                                       | opponent which carries opponent
 (far) O- -O O- -O + Slash             | up off screen, crashing down for
                                       | damage.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Miasma Plasma                          | Crouches and twirls, hitting to
                                       | stun opponent.
 O-   / O- + A                         |
    O                                  |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Catches opponent in a portal, 
Legends of Hades Blitz                 | drains energy, and strikes with
                                       | weapon for final hit of damage.
 O- -O | \  + BC                       |
       O   O                           |
=========================================================================
                                  BUST
=========================================================================
Evil Hornet Gouger (forward)           | Teleports forward. ;]
                                       |
 O-   / | \   -O + D                   |
    O   O   O                          |
=========================================================================
Evil Hornet Gouger (reverse)           | What do you think?  ;]
                                       |
 -O \   |   / O- + D                   |
      O O O                            |
=========================================================================
Underworld Lord Blast                  | Casts a ball of dark energy
                                       | toward opponent to strike for
 | \   -O + Slash                      | damage.
 O   O                                 |
=========================================================================
Dark Destroyer                         | Leaps into the air, turns into a
                                       | ball of flame, and strikes 
 -O O-  / | \   -O + A, B, or C        | opponent for damage (D aborts).
      O   O   O                        |
=========================================================================
Judgement Blow                         | Bitch-Slaps the living bazoongas
                                       | out of opponent to hit for 
 -O \   | + C                          | multiple strikes of damage.
      O O                              |
=========================================================================
Invitation to Evil                     | Teleports opponent down into 
                                       | other dimension, tossing back up
 (far) O- -O O- -O + Slash             | with minor energy loss.
=========================================================================
Miasma Plasma                          | Crouches and twirls, hitting to
                                       | stun opponent.
 O-   / O- + A                         |
    O                                  |
=========================================================================
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Catches opponent, locks in 
Legions of Hades Blitz                 | portal, drains energy, and 
                                       | finishes with strike of weapon
 O- -O | \  + BC                       | to hit for damage.
       O   O                           |
=========================================================================
ASK MAGIC 8 BALL...

Wow!  Is this really the boss from SS1?
        WHERE'VE YOU BEEN...

Does he have all of his moves from SS1?
        ALL, AND MUCH MORE...

What's with that anime anyway?
        I DON'T KNOW...SOMEONE WAS ON DRUGS...
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The Demon swordmaster who seeks enlightenment via the ritualistic
slaughter of great swordsmen and innocents alike...

ZANKURO MINAZUKI

TEMPLE -- STORM:  The fighting takes place on the stone floor of a large
temple.  In the foreground and in the near background there are large
burning cauldrons.  In the background are many gigantic four armed statues
in different poses, wielding various weaponry.  The roof consists of many
ornately carved wood panels supported by large wooden pillars.  There are
screens in the background and behind them there are storm clouds blowing
by with random flashes of lightening lighting up the room.  In the
desperation (the final round against Zankuro) the roof has fallen in,
revealing a blood red sky with fast moving storm clouds.  The statues
remain, but the cauldrons are gone.  The floor is cracked in many places
and hot flames are shooting out of the gaps.  

CHARACTER POSES: 
SLASH-
Character Select Screen: Clenches his fist and then crosses his arms.   

Before Round One: Gives a lecture, pulls his sword out the ground, and
then does a fast slash before assuming his fighting stance.  

1st Win: Stabs sword into the ground, crosses his arms and then says
something while glaring at his fallen opponent.   

2nd Win: Clenches fist and his body is surrounded by a thick green aura
while he gives a long speech.    

Unarmed Victory: Same with out putting his sword down.

Loss To Time: Starts clutching at his chest and breathes deeply.

Stalemate: Sticks his sword in the ground and crosses his arms.

Dizzy: Starts clutching at his chest and breathes deeply.   

BUST- 
Character Select Screen: Shouts something then pulls his sword out of the
ground and slashes once. 

Before Round One: Stands and moves his mouth but no sound comes out, then
he pulls his sword out of the ground and assumes his fighting stance. 

1st Win: Stabs sword into the ground, crosses his arms and then says
something while glaring at his fallen opponent. 

2nd Win: Stands, pulls his hand to his side and lectures his opponent,
then brings his clenched fist across his chest. 

Unarmed Victory: Same with out putting his sword down. 

Loss To Time: Starts clutching at his chest and breathes deeply. 

Stalemate: Sticks his sword in the ground and crosses his arms. 

Dizzy: Starts clutching at his chest and breathes deeply.  
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                  SLASH
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Demon Flash                            | Hurls a bolt of green energy
                                       | along the ground to hit for 
 | \   -O + Slash                      | damage.
 O   O                                 |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Electric Demon Razor Swipe             | Performs a gigantic upward
                                       | swing that hits for electrical
 |   / O- -O + Slash                   | damage
 O O                                   |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
God Sword Crush                        | Rushes opponent with elbow, 
                                       | finishing with a weapon strike
 -O | \   + Slash                      | for damage.
    O   O                              |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Face Crush                             | Pounds opponent with fist for
                                       | damage.
 O- -O + A                             |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
???                                    | Kicks opponent, elbows, and
                                       | slashes with weapon for
 O-   / | + AB                         | three-hit strike.
    O   O                              |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Halting Demon Skull Splitter           | Stops leap in mid air, and 
                                       | crashes down with sword strike 
 (jump) | + C                          | for damage.
        O                              |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
???                                    | Holds weapon, catching attack,
                                       | and responding with massive
 O-   / | \   -O + D                   | strike for damage.
    O   O   O                          |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Stomps ground, creating 
Raging Demon Denial Quake Strike       | earthquake, and slashes one 
                                       | final blow for massive damage.
 | | | \   -O + AB                     |
 O O O   O                             |
=========================================================================
                                  BUST
=========================================================================
Demon Flash                            | Hurls a bolt of green energy
                                       | along the ground to hit for 
 | \   -O + Slash                      | damage.
 O   O                                 |
=========================================================================
Electric Demon Razor Swipe             | Performs a gigantic upward
                                       | swing that hits for electrical
 |   / O- -O + Slash                   | damage
 O O                                   |
=========================================================================
God Sword Crush                        | Rushes opponent with elbow, 
                                       | finishing with a weapon strike
 -O | \   + Slash                      | for damage.
    O   O                              |
=========================================================================
Face Crush                             | Pounds opponent with fist for
                                       | damage.
 O- -O + A                             |
=========================================================================
???                                    | Kicks opponent, elbows, and
                                       | slashes with weapon for
 O-   / | + AB                         | three-hit strike.
    O   O                              |
=========================================================================
Halting Demon Skull Splitter           | Stops leap in mid air, and 
                                       | crashes down with sword strike 
 (jump) | + C                          | for damage.
        O                              |
=========================================================================
???                                    | Holds weapon, catching attack,
                                       | and responding with massive
 O-   / | \   -O + D                   | strike for damage.
    O   O   O                          |
=========================================================================
POWER SPECIAL:                         | Stomps ground, creating 
Raging Demon Denial Quake Strike       | earthquake, and slashes one 
                                       | final blow for massive damage.
 | | | \   -O + AB                     |
 O O O   O                             |
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The morphing judge who awaits the verdict...

KUROKO

"......"

HIMALAYAS -- THE DOJO: This stage appears like a from of ancient battle
hall.  Dozens of men dressed like Kyroko are lined up both against the far
wall and in the foreground.  Also in the foreground is an ornate wooden
roof paneling.  The far wall is engraved with many strange figures and
sports a large yin-yang in the center.  During the desperation points, the
entire background becomes a black and white negative of the normal stage. 

CHARACTER POSES:
Before Round One: Morphs into the Slash or Bust version of your character.

2nd Win: Wipes hands in front of himself twice, then bows deeply to his
opponent.  Next, he disappears into a cloud of smoke and fire.  

NOTE:  As Kuroko takes the form of whomever he is fighting, his attacks
coincide with that particular character's.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Question:  I'd like to know a bit about the normal attacks, any info?
Answer: (from Red Fox)

                          THE NORMAL ATTACKS...

Here are all the normal attacks for each character, presented here for
you.  Under a short description of what each move is, there will be
two square brackets.  Inside the brackets are three numbers/letters.
They are as follows:

1st slot:  How the move must be blocked...
  --> HL = can be blocked High OR Low
  --> H  = must be blocked High
  --> L  = must be blocked Low
  --> UB = cannot be blocked High OR Low

2nd slot:  Can the move be air blocked (Y or N)
3rd slot:  How many times does the single move hit for

V. Jumping indicates a straight jump up
H. Jumping indicates a forward or backwards jump
If just jumping is listed, then the H. Jumping and V. Jumping are
identical.

For Instance

BASARA:  Far            Close
A -      fast punch
         [HL,N,1]

...translates as Basara's far A attack is a fast punch, which can be
blocked High OR Low, cannot be air blocked, and hits for a total of
1 strike per press of the button (the close A attack is empty, and 
thusly, the same as the far).

                          ...THE NORMALS...

BASARA:    Far                        Close                          
Standing:
A-         fast punch                 
           [HL,N,1]
B-         long range weapon attack   chain whip
           [HL,Y,4]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         medium range weapon attack close rising slash
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,2]
Ducking:
A-         low fast punch             low fast punch
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
B-         low long ranged weapon     low chain whip
           [L,?,4]                    [HL,N,1]
C-         circular pathed blade throw
           [HL,N,1]                 
Dashing:
A-         a quick punch followed by a chain whip
           [HL,N,2]
B-         A shoulder ram,auto knockdown 
           [HL,N,1]
C-         Raises blade over his head and then slashes down
           [UB,N,1]
Jumping:
A-         a quick swipe of his blade close underneath
           [H,Y,1]
B-         Whips chain out beneath him at an angle
           [H,Y,1]
C-         Long ranged slash in a semicircle beneath him
           [H,Y,1]
Hopping Guard Crush:
Armed-     hopping downwards flipping axe kick
           [H,Y,1]
Punches (all punches are the same move at different speeds):
Standing-  same as regular A
           [HL,N,1]
Ducking-   same as low A
           [HL,N,1]
Leaping-   scratches down at an angle in front of himself
           [H,Y,1]
Dashing-   shoulder ram,auto knockdown
           [HL,N,1]
Kicks:
D-         rising kick with foot on top 
           [HL,Y,1]
Fwd+D-     axe kick over their head,auto knockdown
           [HL,?,1]
Dwn+D-     fast low kick
           [L,?,1]
Dwn/Fwd+D- medium ranged trip for automatic knockdown
           [L,?,1]
Dashing-   kicks forward and then does a backwards flip
           [HL,?,1]
Jump+D-    short ranged kick out in front of him
           [H,Y,1]
Jmp,Fwd+D- does a kick from forward to down,auto knockdown
           [H,Y,1]


GENJURO:   Far                        Close                          
Standing:
A-         slash in front of him      blow with sword's hilt
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
B-         medium range side slash    hit with back of hilt
           [HL,Y,1]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         long range overhead slash  slash from low to high
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
Ducking:
A-         Two handed blow with hilt
           [HL,N,1]  
B-         One handed knock with end of sword
           [HL,?,1]
C-         Lunging slash with sword   slash from low to high
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
Dashing:
A-         Lunging rush with his elbow
           [H,N,1]
B-         Two quick hits for auto knockdown
           [L,?,2]
C-         Lunging overhead slash after a brief pause
           [UB,N,2]
V.Jumping:
A-         Swings hilt towards opponent for short range 
           [H,Y,1]
B-         Sideways slash straight in front 
           [H,Y,1]
C-         Overhead strike
           [H,Y,1]
H.Jumping:
A-         Swings hilt towards opponent for short range 
           [H,Y,1]
B-         Sideways slash straight in front 
           [H,Y,1]
C-         Deep downwards cross-cut
           [H,Y,1]
Hopping Guard Crush:
Armed-     Hopping twohanded overhead slash
           [H,Y,1]
Unarmed-   Low jump kick
           [H,Y,1] 
Punches (all punches are the same move at different speeds):
Standing-  A straight jab
           [HL,N,1]
Ducking-   Two hitting backhand
           [HL,N,2]
Dashing-   sliding double low hitting punch,auto knockdown
           [HL,N,2,]
Jumping-   Downwards punch that does not go below himself
           [H,Y,1]
Kicks:
D-         Three kicks, one high, two at mid level
           [HL,N,2]
Fwd+D:     Low shin kick for auto knockdown
           [L,?,1]
Dwn+D-     Quick foot slide 
           [L,?,1]
Dashing-   sliding Dwn/Fwd+D,auto knockdown
           [HL,N,1]
Dwn/Fwd+D- Upwards kick from crouched position
           [HL,N,1]
V.Jump+D-  Sideways kick in front with good range
           [H,Y,1]


HAOHMARU:  Far                        Close
Standing:
A-         quick one handed swipe     strike with hilt
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
B-         long range thrust          short full body slash
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         long range full body slash one handed overhead
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
Ducking:
A-         low one handed swipe       low blow with hilt
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
B-         low one handed swipe       low blow with hilt
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         low slash from the ground upwards
           [HL,N,1]                
Dashing:
A-         running punch
           [HL,N,1] 
B-         dashing slash from low to high
           [HL,N,1]
C-         pauses and then uppercut slashes from low to high
           [UB,N,1]
Jumping:
A-         sideways slash in front
           [H,Y,1]
B-         sideways slash in front
           [H,Y,1]
C-         two handed overhead slash
           [H,Y,1]
Hopping Guard Crush:
Armed-     hopping twohanded overhead slash
           [H,?,1]
Unarmed-   low flying kick
           [H,Y,1]
Punches (all punches are the same move at different speeds):
Standing-  straight fisted jab
           [HL,N,1]
Ducking-   low straight fisted jab
           [HL,N,1]
Jumping-   straight fisted jab in front 
           [H,Y,1]
Dashing-   lunging straight fisted jab
           [HL,N,1]
Kicks:
D-         turn around kick
           [HL,N,1]
Fwd+D-     low shin kick
           [L,?,1]
Dwn+D-     leg extension
           [L,?,1]
Dashing-   slide kick
           [L,?,1]
Dwn/Fwd+D- slide kick
           [L,?,1]
Jumping-   long reaching leg extension
           [H,Y,1]

HANZO:     Far                        Close
Standing:
A-         side slash                 downwards slash
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
B-         lunging downwards slash    downwards slash
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         overhead strike in front   slashes up then down
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,2]
Ducking:
A-         crouching downwards slash  
           [HL,N,1]
B-         crouching downwards slash
           [HL,N,1]
C-         low sword sweep,auto knockdown
           [L,?,1]
Dashing:
A-         dashing version of his far A slash
           [HL,Y,1]
B-         sliding low C slash,auto knockdown
           [L,?,1]
C-         pauses then two handed overhead slash
           [UB,N,1]
Jumping:
A-         downwards slash
           [H,Y,1]
B-         sideways slash in front
           [H,Y,1]
C-         two handed overhead strike
           [H,Y,]
Hopping Guard Crush:
Armed-     hopping overhead slash
           [H,Y,1]
           flip kick in place
Unarmed-   [H,?,1]
Punches (all punches are the same move at different speeds):
Standing-  lunging straight jab
           [HL,N,1]
Ducking-   Low reaching jab
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing-   sliding straight punch
           [HL,N,1]
Jumping-   Straight punch in front of him
           [H,Y,1]
Kicks:
D-         high kick over his head
           [HL,N,1]
Fwd+D:     low turnaround kick
           [L,?,1]
Dwn+D-     low leg extension
           [L,?,1]
Dwn/Fwd+D- low leg sweep
           [L,?,1]
Dashing-   slide kick,auto knockdown
           [L,?,1]
Jumping+D- downward thrust kick
           [H,Y,1]
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++




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+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
AMAKUSA-   Far                        Close
Standing:
A-         quick slap with hand
           [HL,N,1]
B-         sends orb down at angle    throws orb up then back
           [L,?,1]                    [?,Y,1]
C-         sends orb straight forward orb goes up and forward
           [HL,Y,1]                   [HL,Y,1]
Ducking:
A-         low slap 
           [HL,N,1]
B-         sends orb from low to forward and eye level
           [HL,Y,1]
C-         sends orb straight and low
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing:
A-         dashing A slap
           [HL,Y,1]
B-         sends orb straight and forward while sliding
           [HL,N,1]
C-         charges orb then swings it in downward arch
           [UB,N,1]
V.Jumping:
A-         slap straight forward
           [H,Y,1]
B-         sends orb along a down-forward path
           [H,Y,1]
C-         sends orb straight forward
           [H,Y,1]
H.Jumping:
A-         slap at a downward angle
           [H,Y,1]
B-         sends orb along a down-forward path
           [H,Y,1]
C-         sends orb straight forward
           [H,Y,1]
Hopping Guard Crush:
Armed-     leaps forward with the orb below and forward
           [H,Y,1]
Unarmed-   hop with a quick jump kick
           [H,Y,1]
Punches (all punches are the same move at different speeds):
Standing-  same as normal A
           [HL,N,1]
Ducking-   same as low normal A
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing-   dashing forward punch
           [HL,N,1]
Jumping-   two quick slaps forward
           [H,Y,1]
Kicks:
D-         quick hop kick
           [H,N,2]
Fwd+D:     standing shin kick
           [L,?,1]
Dwn+D-     low leg extention
           [L,?,1]
Dwn/Fwd+D- long slide kick
           [L,?,1]
Dashing-   same as Dwn/Fwd+D
           [L,?,1]
Jumping+D- kick downward
           [H,Y,1]

GAIRA-     Far                        Close
Standing:
A-         steps forward into punch   straight punch
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
B-         whips beads forward        uppercuts with beads
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         steps into an uppercut     overhead smash 
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
Ducking:
A-         low punch
           [HL,N,1]
B-         whips beads forward        bashes beads foward
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         whips beads forward        whips beads downwards
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
Dashing:
A-         sliding headbutt with beads around neck
           [HL,N,1]
B-         whips beads down and then to the side
           [HL,N,1]
C-         pulls back for a second then does a shoulder ram
           [UB,N,1]
V.Jumping:
A-         Headbutt with no forward range
           [H,Y,1]
B-         whips beads in front and below of himself
           [H,Y,1]
C-         whips beads below and then foward
           [H,Y,1]
H.Jumping:
A-         downwards punch
           [H,Y,1]
B-         whips beads in front of himself
           [H,Y,1]
C-         bashes beads foward and then beneath himself
           [H,Y,1]
Hopping Guard Crush:
Armed-     low bash foward and then beneath himself
           [H,Y,1]
Unarmed-   hop with a long ranged downards kick
           [H,Y,1]
Punches (all punches are the same move at different speeds):
Standing-  uppercut
           [HL,N,1]
Ducking-   low straight punch
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing-   dashing headbutt
           [HL,N,1]
Jumping-   same as normal H.Jumping A
           [H,Y,1]
Kicks:
D-         straight forward thrust kick
           [HL,N,2]
Fwd+D:     downwards thrust kick
           [HL,N,1]
Dwn+D-     Ducking straight forwards thrust kick
           [HL,N,1]
Dwn/Fwd+D- ducking low forwards thrust kick
           [HL,?,1]
Dashing-   jump kick then downwards long ranged kick
           [H,Y,1]
Jumping+D- jump kick with low long ranged kick
           [H,Y,1]
VJ/Dwn+D   knee thrust for auto knockdown
           [H,Y,1]

SHIZUMARU- Far                        Close
Standing:
A-         straight umbrella thrust   blow with handle 
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,Y,1]
B-         forward swing              bash with its side
           [HL,?,1]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         two handed overhead bash   thrust,opens umbrella
           [HL,?,1]                   [HL,N,2]
Ducking:
A-         thrust with umbrella handle
           [HL,?,1]
B-         thrust with handle then bashes the side into them
           [HL,N,2]
C-         swings umbrella along the ground
           [L,?,3]
Dashing:
A-         dashing attack with the handle forward
           [HL,Y,1]
B-         sliding while swinging umbrella in front
           [HL,?,1]
C-         pauses and then swings umbrella forward and up
           [UB,N,2]
V.Jumping:
A-         swing straight in front
           [H,Y,1]
B-         swings umbrella to the side below and in front
           [H,Y,1]
C-         two handed overhead smash
           [H,Y,1]
H.Jumping:
A-         swing straight in front
           [H,Y,1]
B-         swings umbrella to the side below and in front
           [H,Y,1]
C-         opens umbrella beneath him making a shield
           [H,Y,1]
Hopping Guard Crush:
Armed-     hopping two handed overhead smash
           [H,Y,1]
Unarmed-   hopping jump kick
           [H,Y,1]
Punches (all punches are the same move at different speeds):
Standing-  quick chop to the side
           [HL,N,1]
Ducking-   quick chop to the side
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing-   dashing two handed palm thrust
           [HL,N,1]
Jumping-   quick chop to the side
           [HL,Y,1]
Kicks:
D-         upwards kick
           [HL,N,1]
Fwd+D-     low shin kick
           [L,?,1]
Dwn+D-     leg extension
           [L,?,1]
Dwn/Fwd+D- kicks upwards
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing+D- slidng version of dwn/fwd+D
           [HL,N,1]
Jumping+D- kick straight forward
           [H,Y,1]

UKYO-      Far                        Close
Standing-  
A-         quick forward swipe        quick blow with sheath
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
B-         quick forward swipe        quick upwards slash
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         long ranged forward slash  slash up and then down
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
Ducking-
A-         quick forward swipe        blow with scabbard
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
B-         quick forward swipe        slash out then upward
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,2]
C-         rolls into a slash         one handed overhead
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
Dashing-
A-         sliding version of normal standing A slash
           [HL,N,1]
B-         slides into his rolling low C slash
           [HL,N,1]
C-         charges scabbard then does his close C slash
           [UB,N,2]
V.Jumping- 
A-         swings scabbard in front of him
           [H,Y,1]
B-         upwards slash in front of himself
           [H,Y,1]
C-         quick slash forwards,range of normal B slash
           [H,Y,1]
H.Jumping-
A-         swings scabbard in front of him
           [H,Y,1]
B-         slashes below himself
           [H,Y,1]
C-         quick slash forwards,range of normal B slash
           [H,Y,1]
Hopping Guard Crush:
Armed-     hopping version of his low rolling C slash
           [H,Y,1]
Unarmed-   hopping jump kick forwards
           [H,Y,1]
Punches (all punches are the same move at different speeds):
Standing-  swings his palm out to the side
           [HL,N,1]
Ducking-   swings his palm out to the side
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing-   sliding version of his normal standing punch
           [HL,N,1]
Jumping-   chops out in front of himself
Kicks:
D-         straight forward thrust kick
           [HL,N,1]
Fwd+D-     slide kick
           [L,?,1]
Dwn+D-     low leg extension
           [L,?,1]
Dwn/Fwd+D- higher leg extension
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing+D- slide kick
           [L,?,1]
Jumping+D- straight forward leg extension
           [H,Y,1]

KYOSHIRO-  Far                        Close
Standing:
A-         swings handle overhead     punch
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
B-         straight thrust fowards    spins blade low to high
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         low to high forward thrust overhead slash
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
Ducking:
A-         low forward stab           quick hand chop
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
B-         low forward stab           front then upwards 
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         forward then upwards slash spins with weapon out
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,3]
Dashing:
A-         slides while slashing forward and down
           [HL,?,1]
B-         slides while slashing forward and down twice
           [HL,?,2]
C-         spins naginata and then slashes downwards
           [UB,N,1]
Jumping:
A-         straight forwards slap
           [H,Y,1]
B-         stab down and forwards in front of himself
           [H,Y,1]
C-         a slash from high to low in front of himself
           [H,Y,1]
Hopping Guard Crush:
Armed-     hop with his air B slash
           [H,Y,1]
Unarmed-   hop with a straight forward kick
           [H,Y,1]
Punches (all punches are the same move at different speeds):
Standing-  bends forward and does a forward palm crush
           [HL,N,1]
Ducking-   same as his low A slap
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing-   slides while doing his normal standing punch
           [HL,N,1]
Jumping-   same as his normal jumping A slap
           [H,Y,1]
Kicks:
D-         straight forward thrust kick
           [HL,N,2]
Fwd+D-     mid level shin kick
           [L,N,1]
Dwn+D-     low leg extension
           [L,?,1]
Dwn/Fwd+D- leg sweep
           [L,?,1]
Dashing+D- exactly the same as his dwn/fwd+D kick
           [L,?,1]
Jumping+D- a kick straight out in front
           [H,Y,1]

RIMURURU-  Far                        Close
Standing:
A-         leans forward into slash   sideways slash
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
B-         steps into downwards slash sideways slash
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         steps into upwards slash   upwards slash 
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,2]
Ducking:
A-         sideways slash
           [HL,N,1]
B-         sideways slash
           [HL,N,1]
C-         low sword sweep
           [L,?,1]
Dashing:
A-         long reaching quick forward slash
           [HL,N,1]
B-         exactly the same as normal standing B slash
           [HL,N,1]
C-         ducks then does a hopping rising slash
           [UB,N,2]
Jumping:
A-         slash at forward and downward angle
           [H,Y,1]
B-         slash straight in front of herself
           [H,Y,1]
C-         rising slash from low to above her head
           [H,Y,1]
Hopping Guard Crush:
Armed-     hopping low kick
           [H,Y,1]
Punches (all punches are the same move at different speeds):
Standing-  straight forward chop
           [HL,N,1]
Ducking-   straight forward chop
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing-   sliding normal straight forward chop
           [HL,N,1]
Jumping-   chopping downwards chop in front of herself
           [H,Y,1]
Kicks:
D-         turn around kick
           [HL,N,1]
Fwd+D-     slide kick and then a flip backwards
           [HL,?,2]
Dwn+D-     low leg extension
           [L,?,1]
Dwn/Fwd+D- an upwards thrust kick with both legs
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing+D- slide kick
           [L,?,1]
Jumping+D- a kick at a downwards angle
           [H,Y,1]

NAKORURU-  Far                        Close
Standing:
A-         leans into straight slash  short sideways slash
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
B-         steps into downwards slash short sideways slash
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         leans into downward slash  slashes down then up
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,2]
Ducking:
A-         quick sideways slash 
           [HL,?,1] 
B-         quick sideways slash
           [HL,?,1]
C-         low thrust into rising slash
           [HL,N,2]
Dashing:
A-         sliding version of her normal standing A slash
           [HL,N,1]
B-         sliding version of her normal standing C slash
           [HL,N,1]
C-         charges and then goes into her normal low C slash 
           [UB,N,2]
Jumping:
A-         slice at a downward angle
           [H,Y,1]
B-         slice straight in front of herself
           [H,Y,1]
C-         upwards slash from low to over her head
           [H,Y,1]
Hopping Guard Crush:
Armed-     a quick hop with her air C slash
           [H,N,1]
Unarmed-   quick hop with an overhead kick
           [H,N,1]
Punches (all punches are the same move at different speeds):
Standing:  a straight forward chop
           [HL,N,1]
Ducking:   a straight forward low chop
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing:   a sliding version of her normal standing punch
           [HL,N,1]
Jumping:   a downwards chop in front of herself
           [H,Y,1]
Kicks:
D-         a turn around kick that hits low
           [L,N,1]
Fwd+D-     a flip kick that hits three times
           [HL,Y,3]
Dwn+D-     low leg extension
           [L,?,1]
Dwn/Fwd+D- a low thrust kick with both legs
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing+D- slide kick
           [L,?,1]
Jumping+D- a downwards angled kick in front of herself
           [H,Y,1]
Jmp,Dwn+D- a flip kick for automatic knockdown
           [H,Y,1]
Hanging From Mamahaha:
A-         straight slash in front of herself
           [H,Y,1]
B-         straight slash in front of herself
           [H,Y,1]
C-         upwards slash in front of herself
           [H,Y,1]
Punches-   an open palmed slap at a downwards angle
           [H,Y,1]
Riding Sikou:
standing>
A-         sideways slash in front of herself
           [HL,N,1]
B-         sideways slash in front of herself
           [HL,N,1]
C-         an upwards slash in front of herself
           [HL,Y,2]
crouching>
A-         sideways slash in front of herself
           [HL,N,1]
B-         sideways slash in front of herself
           [HL,N,1]
C-         an upwards slash in front of herself
           [HL,Y,2]
jumping>
A-         sideways slash in front of herself
           [H,Y,1]
B-         sideways slash in front of herself
           [H,Y,1]
C-         an upwards slash in front of herself
           [H,Y,1]
punching>
standing-  a sideways open palmed slap
           [HL,Y,1]
crouching- a sideways open palmed slap
           [HL,N,1]
jumping-   a sideways open palmed slap
           [H,Y,1]

ZANKURO-   Far                        Close
Standing:
A-         long ranged sideways slash blow with hilt of sword
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
B-         long ranged sideways slash blow with hilt of sword
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         charging overhead slash    long upwards slash
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,Y and N,1]
Ducking:
A-         long ranged sideways slash blow with hilt of sword
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
B-         long ranged sideways slash blow with hilt of sword
           [HL,N,1]                   [HL,N,1]
C-         upwards slash then a an overhead slash
           [HL,N,2]
Dashing:
A-         charging blow with hilt that stuns opponent
           [HL,N,1]
B-         charging version of normal standing A slash
           [HL,N,1]
C-         pauses then charges forward with sword extended
           [UB,N,1]
Jumping:
A-         quick slash in front of himself
           [H,Y,1]
B-         quick slash in front of himself
           [H,Y,1]
C-         two handed overhead slash
           [H,Y,1]
Hopping Guard Crush:
Armed:     hopping two handed overhead slash
           [H,Y,1]
Unarmed:   hop with leg extended below him
           [H,Y,1]
Punches (all punches are the same move at different speeds):
Standing-  a straight punch in front of himself
           [HL,N,1]
Ducking-   a straight punch in front of himself
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing-   sliding version of his normal standing punch
           [HL,N,1]
Jumping-   a punch at a downwards angle
           [H,Y,1]
Kicks:
D-         a high kick in front of himself
           [HL,N,1]
Fwd+D-     a knee thrust
           [L,N,1]
Dwn+D-     low leg extension
           [L,?,1]
Dwn/Fwd+D- straight forward leg thrust
           [HL,N,1]
Dashing+D- sliding version of his dwn/fwd+D kick
           [HL,N,1]
Jumping+D- a kick at a downwards angle in front of himself
           [H,Y,1]
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Question:  I'd like to know the endings of SS3, are they here?
Answer: (from Edward Ju)

                            THE ENDINGS...

Each ending in SS3, albeit disappointing, works in this format:  Zankuro
makes a short speech, and then, each particular character makes a short
speech, depending on who you play.  Here they are, with exact spelling
and grammar from the game:

ZANKURO:

"You're great!"

"I yield not!"

"Foolish warrior.
 Drunk with power,
 you failed to see
 the tragic end.
 The true enemy lies within.
 I know it's tough
 to find one's own way...

 You fought well...
 ...you have my gratitude."


AMAKUSA SHIRO TOKISADA:

"Listen, humans.
 Worship your new savior!
 In the fires of hell,
 let your passion bring action!
 And pledge your faith to me!

 Humans!
 Follow me into darkness.
 Do not think!
 Act as you feel!

 And obey me forever!!!"


BASARA THE EXECUTIONER:

 Basara finds only darkness.

 His lover slain,
 all emotions spent,
 the battle has concluded.
 He finds only gloom.
 Hate, his last emotion,
 is now but a remnant.
 Darkness.  All is darkness.
 But within the cool dark,
 shines a pale light.

GAIRA CAFFEINE:

"Pitiful fool."
 Taking Zankurou's dead hand,
 he prays.
"You could have succeeded,
 without resorting to evil."
 He lifts the dead Zankurou in his arms.
"In your next life,
 fall not into the evil ways!"
 He places Zankurou in his
 final resting place,

 Warrior for justice!

GALFORD:

"I am Galford!
 In training at home.
 Yeah.  That demon was
 real tough, but his soul weak.
 Without justice, you're zero.

 To resist evil,
 training is the ticket!

 A strong soul is a just one,
 right Poppy?"
 "Woof!"

KIBAGAMI GENJUROU:

 Genjuro Kibagami,
 Japan's mythic warrior.
 Kibagami, the assasin,
 has slain the evil Zankurou.
"You call this guy tough?
 It seems Haohmaru does
 have an inferior after all!"
 Taking his sizable reward,
 Kibagami disappears.
"The world bores me...
 What is he up to now?
 No matter, for we'll
 meet again, Haohmaru.
 For the last time!"

HATTORI HANZO:

 And so, Hanzo
 defeated the evil demon,
 destroyer of villages,
 scourge of peasants.
"The endless death,
 the orphan's cries echo...
 no matter how familiar I
 become with evil, you
 I do not forgive.  To Hell!"

 Hanzo disappears in the rain,
 leaving Zankurou's corpse.

HAOHMARU:

 Haohmaru,
 born in Japan's wilderness.
 versed in the sword's ways.
 Invincible at age 15
 defeated by the mighty Jubei,
 he awoke from his conceit
 to travel the world training.
 Leavin family for solitude.
 Meeting with a boy,
 he learns of the "demon."
 Promising to avenge the boy,
 he confronted Zankuro.
 Fulfilling his promise,
 Haohmaru travel onward.

SENRYO KYOSHIRO:

 The comedy is over.
 Zankuro's life ends.
 Kyoshiro coos with delight!
"Now is the time, to show
 the world my fabulous act!"
 Dance music  reverberates
 through the Edo village.
 Flags wave, "Kyoshiro, #1!"
 Kyoshiro's performance lasts
 for three continuous days.
 The audience dissipates...
 the musicians collapse...
 Kyoshiro dances alone.
 After 6 months, it ends.
 Kyoshiro, the crazy kabuki,
 is ready for a major crash!

NAKORURU:

"You childish fool,
 to see nature as yours!
 Open your heart!
 And look around you!
 Have you ever felt
 the bounty, the joy,
 of earth's many gifts?
 I return to nature's home,
 and do not forget.
'We come from all and nothing,
 and thus return.'"

RIMURURU:

"Forgive me for leaving
 without a word.
 For I have found my
 own way of life, sister.
 The sun and moon show me.
 How many moons has it
 been since my exit?
 Yes, I was lonely, but
 no place knows not the wind!
 With you by my side,
 I have no worries.
 Don't worry for me!
 I'm okay, you're okay!"

SHIZUMARU HISAME:

"Father, mother.
 You are avenged!
 I shall not return to you,
 nor shall I see the village!

 But worry not for me!
 For I am stronger.

 I shall make my own way!
 With a little help from
 my friends, the troubles
 of life will abate.
 See Heaven, my parents!"

TACHIBANA UKYO:

 Ukyo.  18-years-old.
"The world is nothing...
 a barren dream it seems."
 20-years-old.
"Knowing you, life's murky
 waters have cleared."
 25-years-old.
"I remember the beautiful
 face of an evil goodness."

"I cannot go with you...
 I shall die alone boo hoo."

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Question:  How do the characters rank against each other?
Answer:  (from Masao Kimishima)

                           THE SS3 RANKINGS...

These are the rankings for each character, both Slash and Bust, that
make their appearance in SS3.  To use the map, look for your character
on the left column running down, and find a certain character along
the top.  The number that's produced is an odds (from 1 to 10) of your
success.  For instance:  If Bust Haohmaru were to fight against Slash
Nakoruru, the odds would be greater for Bust Haohmaru by 2 points (7 to
3).  The number at the far right is a total of all odds, and therefore,
a fair ranking:

Guide:

S = Slash
B = Bust

H = Haohmaru N = Nakoruru S = Shizumaru R = Rimururu A = Amakusa
G = Gaira g = Galford h = Hanzo K = Kyoshiro U = Ukyo J = Genjurou
Y = Basara

     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 A
   | B| S| B| B| S| B| S| B| B| B| S| B| S| B| S| B| B| S| S| S| S| S| S| B|L
   | H| N| N| g| J| G| S| R| h| J| h| U| K| A| G| S| S| R| g| A| H| Y| U| Y|L
---+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+---
BH |  | 7| 7| 6| 7| 7| 8| 8| 6| 8| 6| 8| 8| 8| 7| 8| 8| 8| 6| 8| 9| 8| 9| 9|174
SN | 3|  | 6| 6| 7| 7| 6| 7| 7| 8| 7| 7| 7| 6| 8| 7| 7| 7| 6| 7| 7| 7| 8| 8|156
BN | 3| 4|  | 5| 7| 6| 6| 6| 6| 7| 7| 7| 7| 6| 7| 7| 7| 6| 7| 7| 6| 7| 8| 8|147
Bg | 4| 4| 5|  | 5| 5| 6| 6| 6| 6| 6| 5| 7| 6| 6| 7| 7| 7| 7| 7| 6| 7| 6| 8|139
SJ | 3| 3| 3| 5|  | 5| 5| 6| 6| 6| 6| 6| 6| 6| 5| 6| 6| 6| 6| 6| 6| 6| 7| 7|127
BG | 3| 3| 4| 5| 5|  | 5| 6| 6| 5| 6| 5| 5| 5| 6| 5| 5| 6| 6| 5| 7| 5| 7| 5|120
SS | 2| 4| 4| 4| 5| 5|  | 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 6| 5| 6| 6| 6| 6| 6| 5| 6| 6| 6|118
BR | 2| 3| 4| 4| 4| 4| 5|  | 5| 5| 6| 6| 5| 5| 5| 6| 5| 6| 6| 6| 6| 5| 7| 6|116
Bh | 4| 3| 4| 4| 4| 4| 5| 5|  | 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 6| 6| 6| 7|113
BJ | 2| 2| 3| 4| 4| 5| 5| 5| 5|  | 5| 5| 5| 6| 5| 5| 6| 5| 6| 6| 5| 6| 6| 6|112
Sh | 4| 3| 3| 4| 4| 4| 5| 4| 5| 5|  | 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 6| 6| 6| 7|111
BU | 2| 3| 3| 5| 4| 5| 5| 4| 5| 5| 5|  | 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 6| 6| 4| 6| 6| 7|111
SK | 2| 3| 3| 3| 4| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5|  | 6| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 6| 5| 6| 6| 6|110
BA | 2| 4| 4| 4| 4| 5| 4| 5| 5| 4| 5| 5| 4|  | 5| 4| 4| 5| 5| 5| 6| 6| 7| 7|109
SG | 3| 2| 3| 4| 5| 4| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5|  | 5| 5| 6| 5| 5| 6| 4| 6| 5|108
BS | 2| 3| 3| 3| 4| 5| 4| 4| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 6| 5|  | 5| 5| 5| 6| 5| 6| 5| 6|107
BK | 2| 3| 3| 3| 4| 5| 4| 5| 5| 4| 5| 5| 5| 6| 5| 5|  | 5| 5| 6| 5| 5| 5| 6|106
SR | 2| 3| 4| 3| 4| 4| 4| 4| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 4| 5| 5|  | 5| 5| 6| 5| 6| 6|105
Sg | 4| 4| 3| 3| 4| 4| 4| 4| 5| 4| 5| 4| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5| 5|  | 5| 5| 5| 5| 6|104
SA | 2| 3| 3| 3| 4| 5| 4| 4| 5| 4| 5| 4| 4| 5| 5| 4| 4| 5| 5|  | 5| 6| 6| 7|102
SH | 1| 3| 4| 4| 4| 3| 5| 4| 4| 5| 4| 6| 5| 4| 4| 5| 5| 4| 5| 5|  | 5| 7| 5|101
SY | 2| 3| 3| 3| 4| 5| 4| 5| 4| 4| 4| 4| 4| 4| 6| 4| 5| 5| 5| 4| 5|  | 6| 6| 99
SU | 1| 2| 2| 4| 3| 3| 4| 3| 4| 4| 4| 4| 4| 3| 4| 5| 5| 4| 5| 4| 3| 4|  | 5| 84
BY | 1| 2| 2| 2| 3| 5| 4| 4| 3| 4| 3| 3| 4| 3| 5| 4| 4| 4| 4| 3| 5| 4| 5|  | 81
---+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+---


++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Question:  Wow, are there bugs in this game or what?

                       ERROR...ERROR...ERROR...

Samurai Shodown 3 suffers from a small problem that 2 and 1 didn't (at
least, not to such a great extent):  It has bugs.  Big time.  SS3 is
constantly being caught for bugs, and here are the ones that have been
presently found:

 -- UKYO CAN FLY!  UKYO CAN FLY!

Ukyo has been reported to be seen flying off the top of the screen while
perform his POW if both characters are in the red.

 -- WHAT?  EH?  SPEAK UP!

There is a serious problem with the sound effects in SS3...many times,
characters' lips will move but no voices will come out, and at other
times, sound effects are misplaced (the most common of this is the sound
when your POW meter reaches full while being charged).

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Question:  Where can I find more info on SS3?

                            CURRENT SS3 HYPE...

--> http://www.newtype.com/NewType/games/reviews/neo/ss3.htm
        Look here at NewType Gaming for a review of the game...screen
shots should be available soon...       

--> http://styx.ios.com/~damone/ss3page.html
        Look here at Damone's newest info on SS3...in my estimaton, the
"official" site of new pics, the TAPFAQ, and other SS3 goodies...

--> sanar.kaiwan.com /user/dvillnva
        The original site of the SS3 character art, screenshots, and now,
an .AVI of the game...

--> brawl.mindlink.net /pub/ss3
        A mirror site also providing a home to the SS3 character art,
screenshots, and other fun SS stuff...

--> http://www.rpi.edu/~chena2/SS.html
        A resource for many SS3/SSRPG images.  VERY nice..

--> http://www-scf.usc.edu/~edju/ss3endings.html
        The Samurai Shodown III ending homepage...with complete
endings transcribed and screenshots.  Spoilers!

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Question:  Who can I get in touch with to discuss my favourite character?

                        THE SS3 JUNKIES...

The following is a list of email addresses belonging to people who are
dedicated, steadfast, and one hundred percent backing their favourite
character(s).  If you share the same character, you may be able to glean
more info from one of these junkies...

HATTORI HANZO    --> Shawn Holmes : shawn@nanaimo.ark.com

SENRYO KYOSHIRO  --> Damone       : damone@styx.ios.com

NAKORURU         --> Ken Hsu      : e3321942@student.uq.edu.au

TACHIBANA UKYO   --> Jeff Leung   : jefleung@cory.EECS.Berkeley.EDU
                 
KIBUKIRI BASARA  --> Ethan ???    : ???

KIBAGAMI GENJURO --> Redwing      : redwing@buffnet.net
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Question:  I have more info on SS3 than what is here.  Can I submit it?

                        ...THE TAPFAQ GROWS...

The TAPFAQ is an all-growing, neverending document...there is still much
more to be added.  Feel free to mail any and all news that you have,
whether trivial or newsbreaking, and I will be happy to add it.

As of the current date:(01/12/95)  I can be reached at the following:

-->                shawnh@csn.net
-->                neogeo@dhp.com


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This, The Absolutely Positively Frequently Asked Questions...
   ...has been brought to you by your official SS3 nut...
      ...Shawn Holmes --> shawnh@csn.net
         ...all info, combos, pics, endings, and other necessities 
            ...will all end up here...for you
               ...happy slicing...

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