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Shinobi

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User Reviews

A “modified port” of the original game SEGA Master System *Katakis* (37741)
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)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 6 3.2
Amstrad CPC 5 3.3
Arcade 5 3.5
Atari ST 4 3.9
Commodore 64 4 3.9
DOS 16 3.0
MSX 4 3.6
NES 9 3.7
SEGA Master System 27 3.7
TurboGrafx-16 7 4.3
Wii 2 4.5
Xbox 360 5 3.9
ZX Spectrum 5 3.4
Combined MobyScore 99 3.6


The Press Says

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100
SEGA Master SystemThe Video Game Critic
The gameplay is rock solid and the control is dead-on. The vertical scrolling is a bit choppy, but otherwise the action is smooth and fun. The difficulty is fair, and it ramps gradually.
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SEGA Master SystemGame Freaks 365
Shinobi was one of the early greats for the Master System. I've recently been reviewing what most fans consider to be the SMS "Top Ten" for this website and this is almost always in everyone's list. It's an excellent game and deserves all the attention it gets. It is without a doubt the best conversion of the arcade classic you'll ever set your eyes on, so much better than the awful NES version by Tengen. Great job Sega, too bad you didn't make more like this.
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Commodore 64Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Shinobi, originally released by Virgin Games, is a cracking conversion of the coin-op, featuring graphics and gameplay so close to the arcade version you'll be trying to shove ten pees into the cartridge slot of your 64! Even the shuriken-hurling bonus screen has been included, almost pixel perfectly! A cracker of a budget game - buy it immediately.
90
SEGA Master SystemShin Force
If you've played the arcade original, then you'll be pleased with the Master System port. Everything is in tact from missions to music, and graphics to gameplay. Shinobi provides hours of ninja fun from the master programmers at Sega.
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Xbox 360Retro Gamer
Yes, Shinobi's back and it's still as good as ever. The fact that it's only a few quid makes it even sweeter.
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SEGA Master SystemGénération 4
Encore une adaptation de jeu d'arcade, et c'est très bien, surtout quant il s'agit d'un bon jeu comme celui-là ! Cette version est géniale, le ninja se manie très bien ; il fait des sauts en crabe remarquables, et les tableaux sont séparés par des écrans-bonus du style "disks of Tron", totalement différents du reste du jeu. C'est du grand Sega !
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Commodore 64Zzap! (Italy)
Una conversione accurata con un sacco di giocabilità.
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SEGA Master System1UP!
Généralement les jeux Sega sur Master System, à peu d'exceptions près, sont excessivement durs et cela justement aussi à cause de la maniabilité. Dans Shinobi, la difficulté est progressive et, dans la plupart des cas, les situations difficiles sont surmontables. Il y a cependant ces quelques passages expiatoires qui semblent là juste pour gâcher tous nos efforts, comme le troisième boss, une muraille mouvante faite de statues à six bras ressemblant vaguement à Kali, la déesse de la mort de l'Inde, trônant sur des lotus; ou encore la traversée de la forêt de bambous avec des ninjas en boule qui vous tombe sur la tête comme des missiles. En dépit de ces accrocs, la difficulté est beaucoup moins contraignante que ce à quoi Sega nous a habitué. La principale clef du succès étant de connaître le jeu suffisamment bien pour ne pas perdre une seule vie et conserver ainsi toute l'énergie supplémentaire durant les moments les plus éprouvants.
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SEGA Master SystemGamesCollection
Shinobi è senz'altro uno dei titoli che ha portato la Sega a raggiungere il successo in tutto il mondo e devo dire che questa conversione riesce a mantenere lo spirito e tutte le caratteristiche principali del titolo originale. Da avere.
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SEGA Master SystemThe Games Machine (UK)
Flickering sprites are made up for by fast action, neat animation, loads of colour, good sound and plenty to do - Shinobi is almost worth buying a Sega console for.
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SEGA Master SystemSega-16.com
Shinobi doesn’t raise any standards as far as game play goes for the SMS, but it’s just a fun and very challenging game that?s worth the time it takes to master. Pick it up because it’s only going to cost you a few bucks, and where else are you going to find a samurai boss named Lobster in a game?
80
Commodore 64Commodore Force
Not a bad conversion of the popular platform-shooty thing. It's thoroughly playable stuff, which fans of the original will lap up. Everyone else? Well, give it a try and you never know - you might just like it.
80
WiiNintendo Life
Shinobi is a classic slice of arcade goodness which has effortlessly stood the test of time. It’s not an easy game to master and requires lots of practice to complete using only one-credit. If you like quick-blast games where you compete with friends for the best high-score then this is the game for you. The controls are wonderfully responsive and the collision detection is perfect too, unlike many games of this era. Of course this type of game cannot be recommended to everyone, but for classic arcade lovers it doesn’t get much better than this.
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SEGA Master SystemJeuxvideo.com
Les grands jeux ne meurent jamais, et ce Shinobi Master System en est le plus parfait exemple. Malgré une réalisation technique tout juste correcte pour le support, le jeu est bien le digne héritier de la version arcade. Son gameplay intemporel, maintes fois copié mais rarement égalé, en fait sans aucun doute l'un des meilleurs jeux d'action de la Master System.
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SEGA Master SystemRetrogaming History
Shinobi è uno dei personaggi che identifica la Sega esattamente come Wonder Boy, Alex Kidd e successivamente Sonic. La conversione in esame è sopraffina a dire poco. Certo tecnicamente il Master System poteva dare di più ma bisogna considerare che il gioco venne programmato nel 1987 quando i segreti dell'hardware 8 bit sega non erano ancora noti. In ogni caso grafica e sonoro sono apprezzabilissimi, il level design è ottimo e studiato nei minimi particolari e il ninja di Sega riesce ancora oggi a far divertire i giocatori esattamente come faceva alla fine degli anni 80. Un Must per questa console!
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SEGA Master SystemDefunct Games
All in all, Shinobi is a classic platformer and one of the best games in the library of Master System games. Shurikhay!
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SEGA Master SystemRetrogaming.it
Parlando di gameplay va sottolineato che in questo gioco, SEGA, ha voluto introdurre un pizzico di strategia in più, alla normale impostazione dei giochi bidimensionali d’azione. Per fare questo, i livelli posseggono una struttura ottimamente studiata per far in modo di permettere ai nemici di attuare schemi di attacco sempre diversi, utilizzando gli elementi dello scenario, per esempio nascondendosi dietro a uno scatolone. Tutte caratteristiche ritrovabili anche in altri giochi, ma qui realizzate con grande maestria.

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SEGA Master SystemVideoGame
Joe Musachi, mestre ninja, precisa resgatar os filhos dos líderes das principais nações, cada um escondido pelo Círculo dos Cinco em um lugar do mundo. São cinco missões e 19 níveis, e nas rodadas de bonificação você poderá obter a Magia Ninja, ou seja, terá muito mais força.
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TurboGrafx-16SegaFan.com
La ya de por sí no muy larga duración del Shinobi original se ve reducida por la exclusión de la segunda misión del arcade, haciendo de la vida del cartucho su auténtico talón de Aquiles. Exceptuando esta laguna, la versión de Turbo Grafx es de lejos la más completa y la más fiel de todas las creadas para plataformas domésticas y se sitúa entre los mejores juegos para la máquina de NEC.
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SEGA Master SystemPower Play
Perfekt ist Shinobi allerdings nicht. Wenn man zum Beispiel das Stockwert wechselt, scrollt der Bildschirm ziemlich ruckhaft (das horizontale Scrolling ist einwandfrei). Doch die kleinen Schönheitsfehler trüben den Spielspaß kaum. Shinobi ist auf jeden Fall drei Klassen besser als das entfernt verwandte „Kung-Fu Kid“. Alles in allem eine Bereicherung jeder guten Sega-Sammlung.
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SEGA Master SystemVideo Games
Per fernöstlicher Prügelkunst und gezieltem Schleudern von Wurfsternen bekämpft Ihr skrupellose Terroristen, die Kinder entführt haben.
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TurboGrafx-16Power Play
Unverständlicherweise fehlt sowohl die Zwischen-Sequenz des Automaten, in der die laufenden Ninjas mit Shuriken beworfen werden, als auch die Extra-Waffen. Trotzdem spielt sich Shinobi als PC-Engine-Umsetzung fantastisch; auf Grund der beiden Schnitzer gibt's nur ein "Gut".
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TurboGrafx-16Retrogaming History
Una conversione tecnicamente perfetta, caratterizzata da un’azione veloce e ipnotica, da controlli reattivi ed inappuntabili e da una giocabilità degna di nota. E’ veramente un dispiacere notare le troppe mancanze rispetto al coin-op (tutto il secondo livello e molto altro), così come lascia perplessi l’implementazione della curva di difficoltà. Poteva essere un arcade perfect, ma esigenze di “memoria” del supporto lo relegano alla condizione di “buon titolo”.
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Xbox 360Impulse Gamer
Even though I was hoping to keep this review short, the game is still cool for school. Shinobi spawned a variety of other Ninja inspired games during the 80’s and hopefully we will see some of these on XBox Live. It would have been nice if this was remade with 21st century graphics but even so, this is one classic game that comes recommended by Impulse Gamer.
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SEGA Master SystemSegaFan.com
La versión doméstica de Shinobi acercaba a los usuarios, como ningún otro título hasta entonces, la sensación de encontrase delante de un mueble de recreativa, gráficos decentes, respeto al mapeado de la coin-op, mismos enemigos, fases de bonus, todo lo que un fan de Joe Musashi podía esperar. A pesar de quedarse obsoleto con el paso de los años, incluso circunscribiéndolo dentro del catálogo de la 8 bits, a buen seguro aquellos mozalbetes que introdujeron con manos temblorosas el cartucho en su Master System aún lo recuerdan hoy en día con cariño.
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Commodore 64Power Play
"Shinobi" ist weder ein Fischgericht, noch ein japanisches Schimpfwort, sondern ein horizontal scrollendes Actionspiel. Die C 64-Version dieses Programms ist zugleich die angenehme Umsetzungs-Überraschung des Monats. Auf Amiga und ST reizt das Ninja-Spektakel eher zu einer Runde Harakiri als zu begeistertem Spielen. Die C 64-Umsetzung ist aber technisch gut gelungen und überzeugt durch sanftes Scrolling sowie schnellen Spielfluß.
70
Atari STAtari ST User
This game is very addictive. Gameplay is hard enough to keep you interested, allowing you to progress a fair way before being wiped out. Like most things oriental, after an hour you could do with another.
70
Commodore 64Pixel-Heroes.de
Die C-64-Umsetzung spielt sich, meiner Meinung nach, noch etwas flüssiger und zügiger als die Arcade-Vorlage, wodurch sie noch etwas actionlastiger wirkt. Bei dieser Version gibt es nur eine einzige Art der Ninja-Magie, was dem Spielspaß allerdings keinen Abbruch tut. Der einzig negative Kritikpunkt ist das Fehlen der Continue-Option. So muss das gesamte Spiel mit nur wenigen Leben gemeistert werden, was wirklich kein leichtes Vorhaben ist.
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TurboGrafx-16All Game Guide
Shinobi is one of those genre-defining games that everyone who was alive and gaming at the time has played. It is a classic, representative example of late 1980s side-scrolling Arcade action. Of all the conversions out there, the PC Engine version is the most faithful to the original. It's the version to get if you're looking to play this classic game without having to buy an Arcade cabinet outright.
70
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
With crisp sprites (assuming you're not one of those heathens that actually likes the smeared effect of the "smoothed" graphics option) Shinobi is a solid little action game that works beautifully with the 400-Point price-tag.
70
SEGA Master SystemHonestGamers
Overall, Shinobi for the SMS is still fun to play, as it is a good port of a great arcade game, but there are extremely frustrating parts culminating in a unrewarding finish. This adventure of Sega’s favorite ninja sounds bad, plays hard, and looks good.
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SEGA Master SystemVideoGame
Joe Musashi é um guerreiro ninha que deve resgatar os filhos dos líderes das principais nações no mundo. Estes foram seqüestrados pelos capangas do Círculo dos Cinco, uma organização terrorista. O ninja deve cumprir cinco missões derrotando os chefões da organização.
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NESSegaFan.com
El valor de este título radica más en lo que tiene de rareza (no todos los días se ven juegos originariamente programados por Sega que más tarde sean convertidos a NES), que en su calidad, siendo, de largo, la peor conversión realizada para consolas.
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AmigaAmiga Joker
Leider ist die Grafik schrecklich grob und zudem wenig farbenfroh. Während das Scrolling bei horizontalen Aktionen sauber fließt, ruckt es bei vertikalen schon gewaltig! Auf der Haben-Seite stehen dann ein netter Sound und die unproblematische Steuerung der eigenen Spielfigur. Fazit: Shinobi bietet relativ einfache Action-Kost für Einsteiger, erinnert jedoch weit mehr an die 64er-Version, denn an das Arcade-Original.
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Atari STComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Unlike the high-quality C64 version which I looked at last issue, ST Shinobi is a bit of a sad attempt, featuring jerky sprites and watered-down gameplay It's not a bad buy at £7 99. but there are better titles around for the same amount of money.
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SEGA Master SystemIMPLANTgames
Overall, Shinobi is a mixed bag, featuring excellent level design, decent graphics, smooth controls, and a good soundtrack. Sadly, the extreme difficulty, cheap AI, and awkward hit detection zap a lot of fun out of it. After a few hours of play, Shinobi can be fun. I’m just not certain this game is worthy of the praise it receives.
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Xbox 360PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
If you're a Shinobi fan or just someone looking for a cheap title to play, you might take away some fun from the XBLA package of Shinobi, but if you're looking for more substance in your XBLA experience, we don't recommend you go a round with this ninja.
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AmigaPower Play
Das Scrolling ruckt so übel, daß man meinen könnte, die Programmierer hätten bei der Arbeit ein paar Humpen Sake zuviel geleert. Die Obergegner sind zu leicht zu besiegen, und nach zwei leichten Levels steigert sich der Schwierigkeitsgrad rapide. Die Videospiel-Version von Shinobi fürs Sega-Master-System macht eindeutig mehr Spaß.
48
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK)
Unfortunately similar to the Amiga version. Bland colours and simply drawn, crudely animated sprites are directly taken from the 16-bit commodore, but now with jerky scrolling. Very few samples, simple effects and warbling music round off the game, er, unpleasantly.
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Xbox 360IGN
It doesn't help that SEGA did almost nothing with this title other than make it playable on 360. The smoothing option removes some of the rough edges, but doesn't make Shinobi look much better than it did 20 years ago and there's no "history of" element. For $5, this should have been a full Shinobi package with The Revenge of Shinobi and Shadow Dancer included. Shinobi isn't worth $5. It's that simple.
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DOSASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Die Grafik, die höchstens den MCGA-Modus unterstützt. ist mies, der Sound besteht nur aus ein paar Piepsgeräuschen. Das ganze Spiel ist in Bonbon-Farben gehalten, die dem Auge nun wirklich nicht schmeicheln. Auch für diesen Preis muß man Shinobi nicht haben.