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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 Highway's boss, who is actually the Pink Shinobi inside the helicopter.
Shinobi Game Gear After finishing each zone this screen appears.
Shinobi Game Gear "Pink" has this nice feature. Using this, new paths are available :)
Shinobi Game Gear Blue's has a harpoon, not only as a weapon but hooks on certain pegs.

Promo Images

Shinobi Screenshot
Shinobi Screenshot
Shinobi Screenshot
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
Mean Machines Jul, 1991 90 out of 100 90
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
Video Games Mar, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Aug, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Mega Fun Jun, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Raze Sep, 1991 82 out of 100 82 Apr 11, 2017 8 out of 10 80
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 (10648) added Shinobi (Game Gear) on Jun 05, 2007
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