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Shinobi Legions (SEGA Saturn)

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A ninjitsu master trains three children: two brothers, Kazuma and Sho, and his own daughter Aya. As they grow up, the oldest boy, Kazuma, becomes obsessed with power and demands to learn the sacred techniques of absolute power. The master refuses, and Kazuma leaves, vowing revenge.

Many years later, long after the master's death, Kazuma returns with an army. He plots his revenge by kidnapping Aya and thus luring Sho into his hideout. As Sho, you must defeat Kazuma and rescue Aya.

Shinobi Legions is a side-scrolling action game, similar to Shinobi III. Sho's primary weapons are a sword and a finite number of shurikens, both of which are activated with separate buttons. Sho can learn nearly a dozen sword abilities (spinning slash, downward slash, sword shielding, etc.) by collecting powerups scattered throughout levels. There are also "Fire Dragon" powerups that act as single use ninja magic attacks that damage all enemies onscreen, which is the only ninja magic available to Sho. The 9 levels range from fighting in the jungle to climbing Mount Fuji, where Sho will encounter mostly enemy ninjas and a few animal enemies (eagles, snakes, etc.). Shinobi Legions is the only Shinobi game for the Saturn and is notable for its use of live-action cutscenes and its use of blood (the first in the series).


Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn Level 4 Starting Point
Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn Running Through The Gate
Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn He Can Run...
Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn Different Kind Of Ninjas

Alternate Titles

  • "新忍伝" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Shin Shinobi Den" -- Japanese title
  • "Shinobi X" -- European title

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GamePro (US) Oct, 1995 5 out of 5 100
GameFan Magazine Sep, 1995 93 out of 100 93
Consoles Plus Nov, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Shin Force Oct 27, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Players Oct, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Oct 22, 2005 8 out of 10 80 Mar 08, 2012 16 out of 20 80
Defunct Games Aug 05, 2006 72 out of 100 72
Mega Fun Sep, 1995 68 out of 100 68
Retro Spirit Games Jan 24, 2014 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60


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The Japanese and European versions don't share the same soundtrack. The music for the European Shinobi X was entirely rewritten by Richard Jacques (of Headhunter fame).
nxmehta (33) added Shinobi Legions (SEGA Saturn) on Jul 08, 2006