Shinobi Legions (SEGA Saturn)

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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 Knockdown!
Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn He Can Run...
Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn Here Comes The 2nd Level Boss
Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn Finish Him!!

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Sep, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Consoles Plus Nov, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Mean Machines Sep, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Shin Force Oct 27, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Mean Machines Nov, 1995 84 out of 100 84
Video Games Jul, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Game Players Oct, 1995 80 out of 100 80
All Game Guide 1995 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Mega Fun Sep, 1995 68 out of 100 68
Retro Spirit Games Jan 24, 2014 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60

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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