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Shadow Dancer
Publisher: Sega, U.S. Gold (home computers)
Developer:
System(s): Sega System 18, Sega Master System, Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1989 ¥?  ?
Arcade
US
1989 $?  ?



Sega Master System
UK
£32.99 9009
Sega Master System
FR
?F 9009
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 9009
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 9009
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?
Sega Master System
KR
₩? GB4010JG



Commodore Amiga
UK
£24.99[2] ?
Atari ST
UK
£24.99[2] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Cassette)
£10.99[3] ?
Commodore 64
US (Cartridge)
$? ?
Commodore 64
UK (Cassette)
£10.99[3] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (Cassette)
£10.99[3] ?



For the Mega Drive game, see Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi.

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Shadow Dancer (シャドー・ダンサー), known as Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi on Master System covers, is an action platform game developed by Sega for the Sega System 18 arcade system in 1989. A port of the game was published by Sega for the Sega Master System, and ports to several home computers were published by U.S. Gold. Alongside The Revenge of Shinobi, this game was the first sequel to Shinobi.

A similar game titled Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi was released for the Sega Mega Drive, which features an entirely different set of levels.

Story

忍法の修行に励む若者のもとには、忠実なる一頭の忍犬がいた。 一方、都市の中心では、テロ集団が暴虐の限りをつくし、 あろうことか街のいたる所に時限爆弾を仕掛け始めたのであった。 若き忍者とその相棒の忍犬は、仕掛けられたすべての爆弾を回収するとともに、テロ集団をあやつる悪の組織を壊滅するため、果敢にも行動を開始した。
The young Ninja battles together with his faithful pet dog. In the center of the city, a group of terrorists are committing known to man, including the planting of time bombs throughout the metropolis. Our youthful hero and his canine companion courageously set out to gather all the explosives placed by the evil gang and annihilate the syndicate that manipulates them.

At the time of release, Shadow Dancer was not strictly affiliated with Shinobi in terms of plot, though the set-up is very similar to the original arcade game. The naming of the characters varies between home versions of the game, as do their motives.

Gameplay

Shadow Dancer expands on the gameplay seen in Shinobi, being a side-scrolling action game inspired by the likes of Namco's Rolling Thunder. The original game's moveset remains in-tact, however rather than saving children, the task is to defuse bombs. Most notably, Shadow Dancer adds an AI-controlled dog which can be used to take down enemies.

Production credits

System 18 version

Master System version

Graphic: Yatsute Miro, Gaga
Program: M.Wakayama
Sound: K.T.
Manual: May
Special: Hagi Chan, H.Sekiguchi

Amstrad CPC version

Coding: Dave Semmens
Graphics: Doug Townsley
Software House: Images

Magazine articles

Main article: Shadow Dancer/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

CVG UK 115.pdf

Home computers print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #115: "June 1991" (1991-05-11)
also published in:













  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #116: "July 1991" (1991-06-15)[4]

Physical scans

System 18 version

System 18, US
ShadowDancer System18 US Marquee.jpg
ShadowDancer System18 US Bezel.jpg
System 18, JP

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
71 №1, p154Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[5]
73 №4, p56/57[6]
78 №23, p160[7]
71 №16, p54/55[8]
84 №16, p74/75[9]
69 №5, p40[10]
62 №3, p56/57[11]
Sega Master System
73
Based on
7 reviews

Master System, EU
ShadowDancer SMS EU cover.jpg
Cover
ShadowDancer SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
ShadowDancer SMS BR cover.jpg
Cover
ShadowDancer SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
ShadowDancer SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, KR
ShadowDancer SMS KR cover.jpg
Cover
ShadowDancer SMS KR cart.jpg
Cart

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
74 №45, p56[2]
82 №9, p38[12]
90 №17, p192/193[13]
Commodore Amiga
82
Based on
3 reviews

Amiga, UK

Amiga, UK (Kixx)
ShadowDancer Amiga EU Box Back Kixx.jpgNospine-small.pngShadowDancer Amiga EU Box Front Kixx.jpg
Cover
ShadowDancer Amiga EU Disk Kixx.jpg
Disk

Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 №17, p192/193[13]
Amstrad CPC
85
Based on
1 review

Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)

Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, ES (disk)

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 №17, p192/193[13]
Atari ST
85
Based on
1 review

Atari ST, UK

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №56, p26/27[14]
Commodore 64
83
Based on
1 review

Amiga, UK

Commodore 64, UK (Kixx)

ZX Spectrum version

ZX Spectrum, UK

ZX Spectrum, UK (Kixx)
ShadowDancer Spectrum UK Box Kixx.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, ES

References

  1. File:AcaoGames BR 001.pdf, page 8
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 File:ACE UK 45.pdf, page 56
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 File:CVG UK 110.pdf, page 155
  4. File:CVG UK 116.pdf, page 70
  5. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 154
  6. File:HobbyConsolas ES 004.pdf, page 48
  7. File:Joystick FR 023.pdf, page 160
  8. File:MeanMachines UK 16.pdf, page 54
  9. File:PlayerOne FR 016.pdf, page 74
  10. File:SegaPro UK 05.pdf, page 40
  11. File:SegaForce UK 03.pdf, page 56
  12. File:Raze UK 09.pdf, page 38
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 File:Joystick FR 017.pdf, page 192
  14. File:Zzap IT 56.pdf, page 26


Games in the Shinobi Series
Arcade
Shinobi (1987) | Shadow Dancer (1989)
Sega Master System
Shinobi (1988) | The Cyber Shinobi (1990) | Shadow Dancer (1991)
Commodore Amiga
Atari ST
Amstrad CPC
Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
IBM PC compatibles
MSX
Shinobi (1989)
Sega Mega Drive
The Revenge of Shinobi (1989) | Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (1990) | Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (1993)
Sega Game Gear
The GG Shinobi (1991) | The GG Shinobi II: The Silent Fury (1992)
Sega Saturn
Shinobi Legions (1995)
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
The Revenge of Shinobi (2002)
Sony PlayStation 2
Shinobi (2002) | Nightshade (2003)
Nintendo 3DS
Shinobi 3D (2011) | 3D Shinobi III (2013)
Shinobi related media
Music
The Super Shinobi & Works (1989) | Shinobi Original Soundtrack (2002) | Legend of Joe Musashi: Shinobi Music Collection (2009) | Shinobi 3D Original Soundtrack (2012) | Kunoichi Original Soundtrack (2014) | Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (2015) | The Revenge of Shinobi (2016)
Book
Shin Shinobi Den Hisshou Kouryaku Hou (199x) | Shinobi The Complete Guide (2002) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Shinobi (2002) | Kunoichi Koushiki Guide Book (2003) | Kunoichi Perfect Guide (2004)