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|Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi|
|Developer: Sega R&D2|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-Tech, Virtual Console, Steam|
|Sound driver: SMPS 68k|
|Number of players: 1|
Shadow Dancer: The Secret Of Shinobi (シャドーダンサー ザ・シークレット・オブ・シノビ) is a game created in 1990 for the Sega Mega Drive by Sega. Though it shares a similar name and premise, the Mega Drive version of the game is very different to the original Shadow Dancer for the arcade, Master System and home computers. The game is available as part of the Wii's Virtual Console service.
A.D 1997, New York City
Having vanquished the evil crime empire Neo Zeed, Shinobi was not heard from again. His combat ninja skills were not needed in a peaceful world.
But a new threat arose. In a reptilian form that lived on vicious instinct alone. The colossal monster moved slowly and quietly, and its attack was relentless. The souls unfortunate enough to live became 'hostages' mass panic swept the streets.
It remained only for Shinobi to take action. The ninja of the shadows. His weapons were stealth and quickness of attack. His only allies when facing over whelming force.
Relying on ninja weapons and magic, Shinobi fought on. Assisted by his faithful dog. This is the story of their defiance..
The story according to the US manual adds extra detail that Joe Musashi (following the events of The Revenge of Shinobi) decided to visit his student, Kato in New York. Shortly after Joe left, Kato learned of the Union Lizard's takeover of an elementary school, in which he decided to assist in the rescuing of the hostages. However, Kato was fatally wounded by a subordinate of Union Lizard, and when Joe raced back in to the US, it was too late - Kato died from his wounds. After this, Joe swore to Kato's mother that he and Yamato (Kato's pet dog) would avenge Kato.
The Japanese version of the backstory differs from the overseas releases, in which the protagonist is not Joe Musashi, but his estranged son Hayate, who was born in 1977 and raised in the United States after being separated from his true parents. Kato (whose full name is Dick C. Kato) was Hayate's foster father in this version and the man who trained him in the ways of ninjutsu. This backstory implies that the events of The Super Shinobi took place sometime before 1977, although there's nothing in the original game to suggest this was meant to be the case.
Controls are virtually identical to other Shinobi games: performs a ninjutsu move, attacks, and jumps. Ninjutsu is NOT selected from the pause menu like with other games. Holding charges the attack of a companion attack dog (charge meter shown at the bottom of the screen; releasing makes dog charge forward onto enemy to temporary hold him up. Control layout can be changed in option menu.
There are no known differences (the Japanese release also displays English text), same ROM is used for all regions. Only music is optimized for PAL system, the gameplay is slower than intended.
|Sega Retro Average|
| Based on|
|Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic)|
|Mega Drive, AU|
|Mega Drive, BR (cardboard)|
|Games in the Shinobi Series|
|Shinobi (1987) | Shadow Dancer (1989)|
|Shinobi (1988) | The Cyber Shinobi (1990) | Shadow Dancer (1991)|
|The Revenge of Shinobi (1989) | Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (1990) | Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (1993)|
|The GG Shinobi (1991) | The GG Shinobi II: The Silent Fury (1992)|
|Shinobi Legions (1995)|
|The Revenge of Shinobi (2002)|
|Shinobi (2002) | Nightshade (2003)|
|Shinobi 3D (2011) | 3D Shinobi III (2013)|
|Shinobi related media|
|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)|
|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)|