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Shinobi (SEGA Master System)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Shinobi SEGA Master System Bonus game over
Shinobi SEGA Master System Behind a crate, eh?
Shinobi SEGA Master System Title Screen
Shinobi SEGA Master System Under fire

Alternate Titles

  • "忍" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A “modified port” of the original game *Katakis* (37874) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
A colorful and challenging title featuring abundant ninjas Chris Wright (102) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Feb 17, 2002 A 100
Shin Force Jul 11, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Génération 4 Dec, 1988 88 out of 100 88
1UP! Jul 13, 2007 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Jan, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Defunct Games Feb 14, 2009 80 out of 100 80
Sega-16.com Jul 19, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
VideoGame Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games Mar, 1991 78 out of 100 78
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1988 8 out of 12 67

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Trivia

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).

Hidden messages

The Amiga version contains this message to crackers, hidden within the game code:
Fuck me! I never thought you would do it!! Bet it took a long time though!
By the way, the only way to crack this game is if you have at least 4mb of fast ram... theres a hint! Are you enjoying this, by the way? Me (Richard Aplin) and Tim (the programmer) thought we might give you a little challange... I reckon I'll hold you off for about a week. Oh, by the way Quartex, you told me at the SAE party this would be EASY.. Well is it? I'm sure POPULOUS was easy too! (hehe)
Well, obviously you weren't fooled earlier!! I'm impressed! Not a bad bit of hacking.. but the best is yet to come!! Hehehehehe.. Just wait, cos now it gets REALLY good..
If you are reading this message on a pirated version of Shinobi, may all your days in prison be computerless!

Title

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 (3013) added Shinobi (SEGA Master System) on Jan 18, 2003
Other platforms contributed by sgtcook (1233), PCGamer77 (3013), Martin Smith (63067), Pseudo_Intellectual (44998), Macintrash (2495), Игги Друге (44687), Ben K (23096) and *Katakis* (37874)