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As with the original games, Shinobi for the GG (the first portable member of the franchise) is a action side-scroller in which you take the role of an elemental ninja seeking revenge, your task to clear several stages filled with evil ninja and other assorted enemies.

New to this release is the MegaMan-like ability to select which stage (all also unique for this release) to play in any sequence. Each stage contains a fellow elemental ninja held prisoner, who gets released once you complete the level. You can then switch between available ninja mid-stage to take advantage of their unique abilities (green ninja double jumps, blue ninja has a grappling hook, yellow ninja walks on water, etc.) which become a necessity to successfully complete all the levels.


Shinobi Game Gear Standing on a car in the highway level
Shinobi Game Gear Surrounded by both sides... sadly, Yellow's weapon is quite slow so probably I'll get my ass kicked, unless I change to another shinobi ;)
Shinobi Game Gear Yellow's technique allows him to walk where others would drown...
Shinobi Game Gear The game begins with an introductory animation showing the five ninjas

Alternate Titles

  • "The GG Shinobi" -- Japanese title

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Game Gear Jul, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Mean Machines Game Gear Jul, 1991 90 out of 100 90
neXGam Game Gear Dec 27, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
Video Games Game Gear Mar, 1991 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Gear Jul, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Power Play Game Gear Aug, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Mega Fun Game Gear Jun, 1994 83 out of 100 83 Game Gear Feb 12, 2010 16 out of 20 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Game Gear Aug, 1991 700 out of 1000 70
Play Time Game Gear Jul, 1991 70 out of 100 70


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  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1992 – Best Game Gear Game in 1991

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