The Revenge of Shinobi

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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 Arcade Being attacked with a sword.
The Revenge of Shinobi Arcade Let's go.
The Revenge of Shinobi Genesis Title
The Revenge of Shinobi Genesis Here, boy... that's a good dog...

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 Genesis M.Allen (76)
The best launch game of the Genesis! Genesis Mavi Bacon (15)

Critic Reviews

Dragon Genesis Nov, 1990 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Joystick (French) Genesis Jun, 1990 96 out of 100 96
That Gaming Site Genesis Nov 02, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95
Raze Genesis Jan, 1991 92 out of 100 92
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Jul 16, 2013 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Genesis Mar, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Mar, 1990 34 out of 40 85
Megablast Genesis 1992 83 out of 100 83 Wii Jan 14, 2010 16 out of 20 80
IGN Genesis Aug 19, 2009 8 out of 10 80


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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.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Game of the Year (Forecasting the 1990 Award Winners) (tied with Super Mario Bros. 3)
    • October 1990 (Issue 15) - Worst Ending in a Game
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1991 - Best Genesis Game in 1990

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