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For a long time I thought the title was "Showdown" which would make sense. But it's not. I have never been able to ascertain an official response as to why it's called "Shodown". Does anyone know? Yes, I googled it and there are a few "ideas/answers" none of which I buy. 

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JM: So why’s “Shodown” spelled funny?

YA: This was suggested to us by SNK’s U.S. distributor. They said that “Spirits” [from the Japanese title Samurai Spirits] doesn’t really tell the consumer what the game is about, so they suggested replacing it with the word “Showdown.” And the movie Shogun was popular at the time so they suggested the spelling of “Shodown” as a reference to Shogun.



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