Samurai Shodown (That's not Showdown, a mistake a lot of people make) was one of the first fighting games where characters used actual weaponry (In this case mostly swords) instead of their fists, feet and body in order to beat up others. The game is of course samurai-based, with very distinct graphics and audio. While the sequel to the game (Which is upcoming) arguably improves on the first a ton, it's still very much worth checking out. Note that this game originally had an "uncut" and "cut" version - This is the uncut one, so expect fountains of blood!
Drake is Mr Virtual Console, with more classic games rattling around his head than there are minutes in the day. CapnDrake
UPDATE: More sources step foward
Alternative approaches can keep the concept alive
56 degrees of separation
Perhaps a sign of things to come?
Will we ever see this classic in the west?
Controller Pak emulation seems to be the issue