Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (Genesis)

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A.D. 1997, New York City

Having vanquished the evil crime empire, Neo Zeed, the ninja master Shinobi and his combat ninja skills were not heard from for some time. But a new threat arose, in a reptilian form that lived on vicious instinct alone. The colossal monster moved slowly and quietly, and its attack was relentless. The souls unfortunate enough to survive became hostages, and mass panic swept the streets.

It remained only for Shinobi to take action. His weapons were stealth and quickness of attack, his only allies facing overwhelming forces. Relying on Ninja weapons and magic, Shinobi fought on, assisted by his faithful dog.

Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi is similar to Shadow Dancer for home computers, and consists of five missions containing three stages each. However, there are a few differences between the two. For example, in this Sega Genesis/Mega Drive exclusive, the stages are different, and you rescue hostages rather than disarm bombs. Each mission ends up with you fighting a boss, and when you defeat each (except the final one), you also participate in a bonus stage where you must shoot all ninja flying towards you.

Some of the enemies are also quite different. Some of the lizards, which appear in later missions, leave a "lizard coin", which you can collect for bonus lives.


Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Genesis A hostage
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Genesis "Help! These ninjas are ganging up on me!"
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Genesis The Union Lizard's hideout
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Genesis Boss #4

Alternate Titles

  • "シャドー・ダンサー ザ・シークレット・オブ・シノビ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The Secret Of Shinobi=Calgon MasterMegid (897) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Ninjas should have better armor.... Majestic Lizard (655) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
My Shinobi Sense Is Tingling ETJB (447) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Shinobi comes out of retirement & is a brittle old man. Emperor MAR (2643) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
The one time you thought you dodged a shuriken... Ruz Kessler (2) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Jan, 1991 90 out of 100 90 Dec 22, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
Génération 4 Feb, 1991 82 out of 100 82 Jul 21, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
VideoGame Oct, 1991 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1991 32 out of 40 80
Power Play Mar, 1991 75 out of 100 75
Retroage Aug 02, 2014 7 out of 10 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Feb, 1991 63 out of 100 63


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