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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 Yellow's technique allows him to walk where others would drown...
Shinobi Game Gear Woodland's boss. The same as shown in the cover art.
Shinobi Game Gear And after finishing all four surrounding zones, time to go to Neo City.
Shinobi Game Gear The game begins with an introductory animation showing the five ninjas

Promo Images

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Shinobi Screenshot
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Shinobi Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "The GG Shinobi" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1991 94 out of 100 94 Apr, 2005 9 out of 10 90
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Power Play Aug, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Raze Sep, 1991 82 out of 100 82 Apr 11, 2017 8 out of 10 80 Feb 12, 2010 16 out of 20 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Aug, 1991 700 out of 1000 70
Play Time 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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Zovni (10646) added Shinobi (Game Gear) on Jun 05, 2007
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