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Shinobi (SEGA Master System)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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You control a ninja, Shinobi, who must battle his way through each level in search of hostages which must be rescued. You have shurikens, kicks and punches to defend yourself with. As well as the powerful ninja magic which can clear the screen of enemies in one go.

Each level is broken down into smaller scenes and hostages are guarded by big blokes who throw swords. Watch out for gun-toting enemy henchmen and ninjas.

Reaching the end of each level will find you battling it out with a boss. These range from 8ft giants to helicopter gunships.


Shinobi SEGA Master System Title Screen
Shinobi SEGA Master System Behind a crate, eh?
Shinobi SEGA Master System Save the hostage
Shinobi SEGA Master System Bonus game over

Alternate Titles

  • "忍" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A “modified port” of the original game *Katakis* (37493) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
A colorful and challenging title featuring abundant ninjas Chris Wright (99) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Feb 17, 2002 A 100
Game Freaks 365 Jun 15, 2005 9.6 out of 10 96
Génération 4 Dec, 1988 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Jan, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Defunct Games Feb 14, 2009 80 out of 100 80 Mar 04, 2011 16 out of 20 80
Video Games Mar, 1991 78 out of 100 78 Dec 22, 2002 7.3 out of 10 73
VideoGame Oct, 1991 7 out of 10 70
HonestGamers Jan 12, 2004 7 out of 10 70


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1001 Video Games

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

Arcade Version

In comparison to the original arcade version, there are a few missing features in the TurboGrafx-16 version (the status of the other home conversions is unknown): the machine gun, the bonus round and a few enemies (including the boss of the second mission).


Shinobi in Japanese means: stealing (into); spy; sneak thief; surreptitious visit to house of ill repute. The Chinese character displayed on the title screen and throughout the game is the character for Shinobi in Japanese.

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PCGamer77 (3028) added Shinobi (SEGA Master System) on Jan 18, 2003
Other platforms contributed by sgtcook (1235), PCGamer77 (3028), Martin Smith (63198), Pseudo_Intellectual (43888), Macintrash (2516), Игги Друге (38166), Ben K (22952) and *Katakis* (37493)