Shinobi Reviews (NES)

Shinobi NES Title screen.


Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall User Score (7 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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64 (Dec 22, 2002)
El valor de este título radica más en lo que tiene de rareza (no todos los días se ven juegos originariamente programados por Sega que más tarde sean convertidos a NES), que en su calidad, siendo, de largo, la peor conversión realizada para consolas.
Besides the impressive bonus stages, presentation is average at best, with dull graphics and sounds, which fails to live up to its arcade roots. However, there’s some ninja fun to be had here, even if the entire experience isn’t totally thrilling.
Tengen's Shinobi looks vaguely like the arcade version, but the control of the main character as well as the overall game play are sorely lacking. The game still contains a high level of action, with more than enough enemy thugs, but NES Shinobi unfortunately comes up short play-wise.
42 (May, 2013)
Despite missing features that define Shinobi, I didn’t hate the game. It controls well, and if you squint hard enough, the game still slightly resembles its older, better looking brothers. But just because Shinobi doesn’t inspire feelings of rage or hatred, doesn’t mean it deserves a space in the NES library. It’s a sad, inferior port of a great arcade game.