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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.