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Shinobi
Publisher: Sega,
Nintendo Entertainment System
Tengen, TurbografX-16/PC Engine Asmik
Developer:
System(s): Sega System 16, Sega Master System, NES, TurboGrafx-16, Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1987 ¥?  ?
Arcade
US
1987 $?  ?
Nintendo Entertainment System
US
1989 $?  ?
PC Engine
JP
1989-12-08 ¥?  ?


Sega Master System
JP
¥5,500 G-1353
Sega Master System
US
$44.95[1] 7009
Sega Master System
UK
£24.95 [2] MK-7009-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-7009-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-7009-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-7009-50
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 026090
Sega Master System
KR
₩? GB-2353



Xbox 360
JP (Download)
¥400pts ? ?
Xbox 360
US (Download)
$400pts ? ?
Xbox 360
EU (Download)
€400pts ? ? ?
Xbox 360
AU (Download)
$?pts ? ?



Wii Virtual Console
JP
¥800 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
$800 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
€800 points ?



For the PlayStation 2 game, see Shinobi (2002).
For the home computer versions, see Shinobi (home computers).

Shinobi (忍) is a Sega System 16 arcade game developed by Sega. It follows the journey of a ninja called Joe Musashi who must free children from his clan from the evil Zeed organisation.

Story

赤忍者、青忍者、黄忍者、そしてアウトローたちが集合した極悪非道のシンジケートに、子供忍者が囚われてしまった。体術、忍術の奥義を極めた“ジョー・ムサシ”は、救出とシンジケート壊滅のため単身敵地へと向かう。ムサシよ、正義の忍術で悪を断て。
A dangerous group of evil criminals has taken people and are holding them as hostages. Musashi, a master of Ninjutsu and other martial arts, fights single handedly in the opponent's territory on a mission to rescue the hostages and wipe out the band of villains.

History

Legacy

As well as being released in arcades, the game was brought to the Sega Master System in 1988. It was also brought to the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS computers, MSX, NES, TurboGrafx-16, and ZX Spectrum. More recently the arcade version has been released on the Xbox Live Arcade and Virtual Console services for the Xbox 360 and Wii consoles respectively.

A number of sequels followed, the first two being developed together and released in 1989: Shadow Dancer for the arcade, and The Revenge of Shinobi for the Sega Mega Drive (and later the Mega-Tech).

Production credits

Arcade version

Staff: Sugachan 26, Wagamama Kenchi, Topi, Gyofunori, Hanachan, Super Haggar, Fanta Jijii, Yamiagari, Shinjuku Otoko
Special Thanks: Pachinker Uke, Ponchan 25

Magazine articles

Main article: Shinobi/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

System 16 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №54, p103
Arcade
80
Based on
1 review

System 16, US
Shinobi System16 US Marquee.jpg
System 16, JP
Shinobi System16 JP InstructionCard.jpg

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
67 №1988-11, p85[3]Media:ASM DE 1988-11.pdf
87 №1, p70
87 №4, p106[4]Media:CGtC UK 04.pdf
87 №1, p62Media:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf[5]Media:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf
80 №84, p119[6]Media:CVG UK 084.pdf
82 №14, p58[7]Media:TGM UK 14.pdf
88 №7, p59
87 №1, p136[8]Media:MeanMachinesSega01UK.pdf
100 №23, p59
100 №46, p101[9]Media:SegaPower UK 46.pdf
89 №6, p28Media:SegaPro UK 06.pdf[10]Media:SegaPro UK 06.pdf
81 №13, p25
Sega Master System
86
Based on
12 reviews

Master System, US
Shinobi SMS US cover.jpg
Cover
Shinobi sms us cart.jpg
Cart
Shinobi sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
Shinobi SMS EU cover.jpg
Cover
Shinobi SMS EU Cart Top.jpg
Shinobi SMS EU Cart Back.jpgShinobi SMS EU Cart Front.jpg
Cart
Master System, EU
"No Limits" variant
Shinobi SMS EU nolimits cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, EU
® variant
Shinobi SMS EU R cover.jpg
Cover
Shinobi SMS EU R cart.jpg
Cart
ShinobiSMSEUManual5L.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
8 language variant
Shinobi SMS EU 8lang cover.jpg
Cover
ShinobiSMSEUManual8L.pdf
Manual
Master System, JP
Shinobi SMS JP cover.jpg
Cover
Shinobi sms jp cart.jpg
Cart
ShinobiSMSJPManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU
Shinobi SMS AU Cover.jpg
Cover
Shinobi SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Vacuum-Formed Clamshell Case SMS AU Inside.jpg
Case
Master System, BR (cardboard)
Shinobi SMS BR cover.jpg
Cover
Shinobi SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Shinobi SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
Shinobi SMS BR Box(Plastic White).jpg
Cover
Master System, BR (re-release)
Shinobi SMS BR Box Alt Back.jpgNospine.pngShinobi SMS BR Box Alt.jpg
Cover
Shinobi SMS BR Box Alt Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, KR
Shinobi SMS KR backcover.jpgNospine.pngShinobi SMS KR cover.jpg
Cover
Shinobi SMS KR Cart Top.jpg
Shinobi SMS KR Cart Back.jpgShinobi SMS KR Cart.jpg
Cart
ShinobiSMSKrManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, KR (Alt)
Shinobi SMS KR Alt cover.jpg
Cover
ShinobiSMSKrManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, SE

ShinobiSMSSEManual.jpg
Manual

NES version

NES, US
Shinobi NES US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngShinobi NES US cover.jpg
Cover
Shinobi NES US Cart.jpg
Cart

PC Engine version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
81 №100, p96[11]Media:CVG UK 100.pdf
88 №28, p52[12]Media:TGM UK 28.pdf
78 №5/90, p120[13]Media:PowerPlay DE 026.pdf
85 №76, p82[14]Media:Tilt FR 076.pdf
90 №45, p28/29[15]Media:Zzap IT 45.pdf
PC Engine
84
Based on
5 reviews

PC Engine, JP
Shinobi PCE HuCard JP Back.jpgShinobi PCE HuCard JP Spine.jpgShinobi PCE JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Shinobi PCE HuCard JP Card Back.jpgShinobi PCE JP Card.jpg
Card
Shinobi PCE HuCard JP Manual.pdf
Manual

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,

Shinobi MT Cart.jpg
Cart

External links

References

  1. File:VG&CE US 05.pdf, page 30
  2. File:ACE UK 16.pdf, page 166
  3. File:ASM DE 1988-11.pdf, page 68
  4. File:CGtC UK 04.pdf, page 106
  5. File:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf, page 62
  6. File:CVG UK 084.pdf, page 119
  7. File:TGM UK 14.pdf, page 58
  8. File:MeanMachinesSega01UK.pdf, page 136
  9. File:SegaPower UK 46.pdf, page 101
  10. File:SegaPro UK 06.pdf, page 28
  11. File:CVG UK 100.pdf, page 96
  12. File:TGM UK 28.pdf, page 52
  13. File:PowerPlay DE 026.pdf, page 120
  14. File:Tilt FR 076.pdf, page 82
  15. File:Zzap IT 45.pdf, page 28


Shinobi series of games
Arcade
Shinobi (1987) | Shadow Dancer (1989)
Sega Master System
Shinobi (1988) | The Cyber Shinobi (1990) | Shadow Dancer (1991)
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)
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)