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The Revenge of Shinobi (Genesis)

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In this game, once again you are Shinobi, but this time you're out not to free hostages, but to gain your revenge.

All you have to do is go around killing people with "shurikins", or throwing knives. You can also get power pack upgrades. Once you touch it, your knives turn into fire and you have a ninja sword.

You have to do 3 rounds per zone, kick the butt of a boss and hey presto! You're done on that zone.


The Revenge of Shinobi Genesis Smash the crates and find useful items - like bullets for your weapon
The Revenge of Shinobi Genesis Japanese title screen
The Revenge of Shinobi Genesis No, you  won't get me from there, suckers!
The Revenge of Shinobi Genesis Starting

Alternate Titles

  • "ザ・スーパー忍" -- Japanese spelling
  • "The Super Shinobi" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Not played this game in years, but I remember the good times M.Allen (76) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
The best launch game of the Genesis! Mavi Bacon (15) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

The Press Says

Dragon Nov, 1990 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Zero Mar, 1990 97 out of 100 97
Joystick (French) Jun, 1990 96 out of 100 96
Sega Pro (UK) Mar, 1992 96 out of 100 96
Mean Machines Oct, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Shin Force Jun 26, 2002 9.4 out of 10 94
Power Play Mar, 1990 91 out of 100 91
The Games Machine (UK) Mar, 1990 88 out of 100 88
The Video Game Critic Feb 17, 2006 B- 67
HonestGamers Mar 14, 2005 4 out of 10 40


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1001 Video Games

The Genesis version of The Revenge of Shinobi appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Development and characters

Early versions of The Revenge of Shinobi had you fighting Batman as a boss, but because SEGA failed to get the licensing rights for the Caped Crusader, he was replaced by a winged demon in later versions of the game. In earlier versions the round 7's boss was no other than Godzilla, but it was eventually replaced by a skinless dinosaur. One of the other bosses is very reminiscent of the Hulk. Spider-Man is also present as a boss. Both Batman and Spider-Man were deleted from from versions of the cartridge released as the "classic edition" and on the version found with the SEGA CD. Instead of Spider-Man and Batman you fight a character that turns into a were-bat.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1991 - Best Genesis Game in 1990

paul cairey (321) added The Revenge of Shinobi (Genesis) on Nov 11, 2002
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