DescriptionA 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).
- "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|
|Electric Playground||1995||8.5 out of 10||85|
|Digital Press - Classic Video Games||Oct 22, 2005||8 out of 10||80|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Mar 08, 2012||16 out of 20||80|
|Game Players||Oct, 1995||80 out of 100||80|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||Sep, 1995||8 out of 10||80|
|All Game Guide||1995||70|
|Retro Spirit Games||Jan 24, 2014||60|
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TriviaThe 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).