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Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi

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A.D. 1997, New York City

Having vanquished the evil crime empire, Neo Zeed, the ninja master Shinobi and his combat ninja skills were not heard from for some time. But a new threat arose, in a reptilian form that lived on vicious instinct alone. The colossal monster moved slowly and quietly, and its attack was relentless. The souls unfortunate enough to survive became hostages, and mass panic swept the streets.

It remained only for Shinobi to take action. His weapons were stealth and quickness of attack, his only allies facing overwhelming forces. Relying on Ninja weapons and magic, Shinobi fought on, assisted by his faithful dog.

Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi is similar to Shadow Dancer for home computers, and consists of five missions containing three stages each. However, there are a few differences between the two. For example, in this Sega Genesis/Mega Drive exclusive, the stages are different, and you rescue hostages rather than disarm bombs. Each mission ends up with you fighting a boss, and when you defeat each (except the final one), you also participate in a bonus stage where you must shoot all ninja flying towards you.

Some of the enemies are also quite different. Some of the lizards, which appear in later missions, leave a "lizard coin", which you can collect for bonus lives.


Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Genesis The caverns
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Genesis Going up
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Genesis Using magic
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Genesis Boss #3

Alternate Titles

  • "シャドー・ダンサー ザ・シークレット・オブ・シノビ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The Secret Of Shinobi=Calgon Genesis MasterMegid (897)
Ninjas should have better armor.... Genesis Majestic Lizard (655)
My Shinobi Sense Is Tingling Genesis ETJB (447)
Shinobi comes out of retirement & is a brittle old man. Genesis Emperor MAR (2565)
The one time you thought you dodged a shuriken... Genesis Ruz Kessler (2)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Genesis Sep 06, 2001 A- 91
Hobby Consolas Genesis Dec, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Player One Genesis Jun, 1991 90 out of 100 90
1UP! Genesis May 25, 2013 88 out of 100 88 Genesis Dec 22, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84 Genesis Dec 18, 2010 81 out of 100 81
VideoGame Genesis Oct, 1991 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Genesis Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Genesis Mar, 1991 75 out of 100 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Feb, 1991 63 out of 100 63


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