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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.


Shinobi MSX Credits
Shinobi DOS End of Level 1 Boss
Shinobi Amiga Title
Shinobi SEGA Master System Bonus game

Alternate Titles

  • "忍" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A “modified port” of the original game SEGA Master System *Katakis* (37493)
A colorful and challenging title featuring abundant ninjas SEGA Master System Chris Wright (99)
How dare they! NES Fake Spam (94)
P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N-! TurboGrafx-16 Fake Spam (94)

The Press Says

Shin Force SEGA Master System Jul 11, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Génération 4 SEGA Master System Dec, 1988 88 out of 100 88
Zzap! (Italy) Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 86 out of 100 86
GamesCollection SEGA Master System Dec 28, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Play SEGA Master System Sep, 1988 79 out of 100 79 TurboGrafx-16 Dec 22, 2002 7.9 out of 10 79
Atari ST User Atari ST Dec, 1989 7 out of 10 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Nov, 1991 60 out of 100 60
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Dec, 1989 48 out of 100 48
IGN Xbox 360 Jun 11, 2009 4 out of 10 40


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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).


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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Contributed to by sgtcook (1235), PCGamer77 (3028), Martin Smith (63198), Pseudo_Intellectual (43912), Macintrash (2516), Игги Друге (38166), Ben K (22952) and *Katakis* (37493)