Official artwork of Samurai Goroh from F-Zero GX.
|Smash Bros. appearances||Melee|
|Most recent non-Smash appearance||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (cameo, 2017)|
|Console/platform of origin||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Voice actor||Akio Ōtsuka|
|Article on F-Zero Wiki||Samurai Goroh|
Samurai Goroh (サムライ ゴロー, Samurai Goroh), is a rival racer to Captain Falcon in the F-Zero series of futuristic Nintendo racing games. He has featured as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and more recently he has appeared as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Samurai Goroh was the first F-Zero franchise update on the DOJO!!; when first revealed, his name was spelled without an "H" (Samurai Goro), but this was changed the following day.
Samurai Goroh made his first appearance in F-Zero. He drives an F-Zero machine called "Fire Stingray". He later appears in F-Zero X driving the same machine. In F-Zero X, the tracks are suspended above ground which allows players to fall and lose the race. It is also possible to knock other players off the track. As stated before, Melee's opening features Samurai Goroh racing against Captain Falcon. The two start ramming each other until Captain Falcon is able to knock Samurai Goroh off the track, which may be a reference to being able to knock other people off the tracks in F-Zero X. Samurai Goroh driving the Fire Stingray is also retained.
The F-Zero instruction manual had an eight paged comic book that goes over Captain Falcon's first bounty hunt. Samurai Goroh is in the comic as Captain Falcon's rival. In the comic, Captain Falcon shoots a criminal and was about to turn him in. Samurai Goroh shows up to try to stop him with his katana; however, Captain Falcon is able to get away with his Falcon Flyer. Samurai Goroh also appeared in F-Zero GX where he challenges Captain Falcon to a race. In the cutscene that the two meet, Samurai Goroh is holding a katana. In Brawl, SSB4, and Ultimate, Samurai Goroh appears as an Assist Trophy, and when summoned, he will use his katana to slash at enemy players.
Samurai Goroh appears in the Super Smash Bros. Melee opening FMV in a heated two-way race with Captain Falcon ramming their respective racing machines into each other on the Mute City track, but the Blue Falcon is able to send the Fire Stingray flying off the track and crashing into the camera. Samurai Goroh also appears as a collectible trophy along with his racing machine, the Fire Stingray, which is also seen in the two F-Zero-themed stages in the game.
Samurai Goroh features as a collectible trophy, unlocked as one of the 100+ trophies that can be collected randomly during normal play, such as in the Trophy Lottery and throughout the various Single-player Regular Matches, though it only appears once 200 VS matches have been played. It depicts both Goroh and his racing machine, the Fire Stingray.
- Samurai Goroh
- A rival bounty hunter, Samurai Goroh has crossed paths with Captain Falcon in many a dark corner of the universe. He also goes head-to-head with Falcon in F-Zero races, so the threads of their fates seem to be deeply intertwined. Samurai Goroh is famous for his katana, and his signature T-shirt is instantly recognizable.
- F-Zero (8/91)
As an Assist Trophy
Samurai Goroh makes his gameplay debut as a computer-controlled Assist character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as one of the many secondary Nintendo characters that can appear from the Assist Trophy item in battle. When released, he does a loud battle cry before running around the stage, wildly swinging his katana. His slashes will continue so long as he is moving or jumping, allowing him to trap enemies in a flurry of hits before sending them away.
Brawl's game data reveals that Goroh has an unused second trophy (an unfinished version of his Melee trophy), featuring him and his F-Zero Machine, the Fire Stingray.
- Samurai Goroh
- A man who presents himself as a bounty hunter much like Captain Falcon but is also the boss of a notorious bandit group. He tries to collect criminal bounties but always fails to beat Captain Falcon to the collar. He considers himself Falcon's archrival and always tries to beat him in F-Zero races. His machine, the Fire Stingray (#05), has a high top speed.
- A man who presents himself as a bounty hunter much like Captain Falcon but is also the boss of a notorious bandit group. He tries to collect criminal bounties but always fails to beat Captain Falcon to the collar. He considers himself Falcon's arch-rival and always tries to beat him in F-Zero races. His machine, the Fire Stingray (#05), has a high top speed.
- : F-Zero
- : F-Zero GX
Samurai Goroh is the subject of 2 stickers in Brawl.
|Samurai Goroh||F-Zero X||Attack +18|
As an Assist Trophy
Samurai Goroh returns in Super Smash Bros. 4 as an Assist Trophy, maintaining a similar function as in Brawl, only this time he can be damaged.
As a background element
- Samurai Goroh
- This infamous pilot considers himself to be Captain Falcon's main rival. His racing machine, the Fire Stingray, is incredibly fast. If summoned into battle, he'll head toward the nearest opponent and slash with his katana. He definitely makes a better friend than foe!
- : F-Zero (11/1990[sic])
- : F-Zero GX (08/2003)
- An infamous F-Zero pilot who considers himself to be Captain Falcon's main rival. He races as number 5 with his speedy Fire Stingray. When released in this game, he'll head straight for the nearest opponent, swinging his sword with reckless abandon. Try not to get on his bad side.
- : F-Zero (06/1992)
- : F-Zero GX (10/2003)
As an Assist Trophy
Samurai Goroh retains his role as an Assist Trophy, functioning identically to how he did in Smash 4, albeit KOing him now earns a point. Training Mode describes his Assist Trophy with the following: Charges around the stage, swinging a dangerous katana. He cannot appear on Midgar, Mute City SNES, Norfair, and Suzaku Castle.
|594||Samurai Goroh||★★★★||3||3955||9888||2662||6656||1141||2852||Speed ↑||F-Zero Series|
Names in other languages
- In Brawl, Samurai Goroh and Captain Falcon are the only F-Zero trophies that do not have their respective F-Zero racers.
- In both Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 4, Samurai Goroh was revealed before Captain Falcon himself.
- In Smash 4, Samurai Goroh's trophy in NTSC English lists F-Zero's release date as 11/1990 (the Japanese release date) instead of the North American release of 08/1991 like the other trophies that include F-Zero. The PAL English trophies correctly list 06/1992 for all trophies that list F-Zero.
- In Ultimate, the design on Samurai Goroh’s helmet was changed, both on his Assist Trophy model and on its respective spirit. In prior games, it was the Rising Sun, a symbol of Japanese nationalism - in Ultimate, it is now the kanji for “samurai”, “侍”. This was done to avoid controversy in East Asian countries like South Korea and China, which heavily associate the Rising Sun iconography with Japanese militarism.
- This also applies to Ryuji Sakamoto's spirit, where his edit is present in his shoes.
|Fighter||Captain Falcon (SSB · SSBM · SSBB · SSB4 · SSBU)|
|Assist Trophy||Samurai Goroh|
|Stages||Mute City · Big Blue · Port Town Aero Dive · Mute City SNES|
F-Zero Grand Prix (Adventure Mode)
|Vehicles||F-Zero Racers (Blue Falcon) · Falcon Flyer|
|Trophies, Stickers and Spirits||Trophies (SSBM · SSBB · SSB4) · Stickers · Spirits|
|Music||Brawl · SSB4 · Ultimate|