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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 Amiga Fighting on the mountains - Part 2
Shinobi Commodore 64 Title
Shinobi MSX Control menu
Shinobi NES Here it all begins...

Alternate Titles

  • "忍" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A “modified port” of the original game SEGA Master System *Katakis* (37914)
A colorful and challenging title featuring abundant ninjas SEGA Master System Chris Wright (102)
How dare they! NES Fake Spam (94)
P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N-! TurboGrafx-16 Fake Spam (94)

Critic Reviews

1UP! SEGA Master System Jul 13, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Oct, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Feb 14, 2009 80 out of 100 80
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Power Play SEGA Master System Sep, 1988 79 out of 100 79
SegaFan.com TurboGrafx-16 Dec 22, 2002 7.9 out of 10 79
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Jun 17, 2009 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Oct, 1988 8 out of 12 67
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Oct, 1989 5 out of 12 42
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Nov, 1989 392 out of 1000 39


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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).

Hidden messages

The Amiga version contains this message to crackers, hidden within the game code:
Fuck me! I never thought you would do it!! Bet it took a long time though!
By the way, the only way to crack this game is if you have at least 4mb of fast ram... theres a hint! Are you enjoying this, by the way? Me (Richard Aplin) and Tim (the programmer) thought we might give you a little challange... I reckon I'll hold you off for about a week. Oh, by the way Quartex, you told me at the SAE party this would be EASY.. Well is it? I'm sure POPULOUS was easy too! (hehe)
Well, obviously you weren't fooled earlier!! I'm impressed! Not a bad bit of hacking.. but the best is yet to come!! Hehehehehe.. Just wait, cos now it gets REALLY good..
If you are reading this message on a pirated version of Shinobi, may all your days in prison be computerless!


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 (1232), PCGamer77 (3008), Martin Smith (63028), Pseudo_Intellectual (45140), Macintrash (2494), Игги Друге (44945), Ben K (23089) and *Katakis* (37914)