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Shinobi Legions (SEGA Saturn)

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Teen
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Perspective
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82
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Description

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).

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Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn Different Kind Of Ninjas
Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn Our Hero!!!
Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn Take That Sword!!
Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn See The Blood!!

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Nov 22, 2001 A 100
GamePro (US) Oct, 1995 5 out of 5 100
Consoles Plus Sep, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Consoles Plus Nov, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Shin Force Oct 27, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 08, 2012 16 out of 20 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Oct 22, 2005 8 out of 10 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 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

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