Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master

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Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
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Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, iOS, Steam
ROM size: Sega Mega Drive 1MB
Sound driver: SMPS 68k
Genre: Action

Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive JP 1993-07-23 ¥6,800 G-4085
Sega Mega Drive US 1993-07-23 $? 1136
Sega Mega Drive EU 1993-07-23 £? 1136-50
Sega Mega Drive EU (Classic) 1995 £?  ?
Sega Mega Drive AU 199x $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive AU (Gold) 1994 $? FSHI05SMC
Sega Mega Drive BR 199x R$? 044440
Sega Mega Drive KR 199x ₩? GM8075JG
iOS JP 2011-01-25 ¥250  ?
iOS US 2011-01-25 $2.99  ?
iOS EU 2011-01-25 £1.99  ?

Virtual Console JP 2007-07-03 600 points  ?
Virtual Console US 2007-08-20 800 points  ?
Virtual Console EU 2007-08-03 800 points  ?

Steam US 2010-06-01 $2.99  ?
Steam EU 2010-06-01 £1.99 €?  ?

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Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master, called The Super Shinobi II (ザ・スーパー忍II) in Japan, is an entry in the Shinobi Series of video games, and the direct sequel to 1989's The Revenge of Shinobi, called The Super Shinobi in Japan. It was released in 1993 exclusively for the Sega Mega Drive, though has since been included in many compilations and released as part of the Wii's Virtual Console service.


Controls are virtually identical to other Shinobi titles: C jumps and pressing C again at he peak of the jump performs a double jump, B shoots a shuriken or attacks with the sword when close to an enemy or object, and A performs a ninjutsu move selected from the pause menu. Support for the Six Button Control Pad is only available by using a Cheat Code. New manouvers are a dive kick, performed by pushing Down+B at the same time during a jump, and a dash attack that grants short invincibility, performed by Right,Right+B

Version differences

  • There are minimal visual differences between the western and Japanese version, like the transition to the cave in stage 1 happening earlier
  • The PAL version was partially optimized to play the background music at the correct speed. However, gameplay is still slower compared to NTSC versions. Forcing the game into NTSC mode makes the music play too fast.

Production Credits

Directors: Tomoyuki Ito, Takeshi Matsuhashi
Programmers: Tsukasa Aoki, Toshiaki Yajima, Akio Ooi
Graphic designers: Kazuyuki Iwasawa, Katsuhiko Ogikubo, Hiroyuki Hirama, Hideaki Moriya, Masanori Hara
Music and sound: Masayuki Nagao, Hirofumi Murasaki, Morihiko Akiyama
Planner: Naohisa Nakazawa
Supervisor: Noriyoshi Ooba
Producers: Tomio Takami, Tokinori Kaneyasu
Special thanks to: Kazuo Fuchigami, Isao Okano, Yasuo Minowa, Kouji Umeda, Kouji Iwashita, Hiroshi Ooba, Toshiyasu Kamiko, Akira Terasawa, Takayuki Yanagihori, Yuusuke Yoshida

Promotional Material

Digital manuals

Physical Scans

Mega Drive Version

Sega Mega Drive 86 Sega Retro Average 
Based on 24 reviews
Publication Score Source
Consoles + 89 №23, p138/139/140
Computer & Video Games 84 №135, p22/23/24
Computer & Video Games 82 №143, p38/39
GameFan 96
Game Power 84
Joypad 90
Mega Drive Advanced Gaming 93 №6, p46/47/48
Mega 79 №13, p34
Mega Action 85 №5, p32/33
Mega Force 89
Mega Fun 73
MegaTech 88 №14, p22/23/24/25
MegaTech 93 №21, p46/47/48
Mean Machines Sega 88 №4, p18-21Media:MeanMachinesSega04UK.pdf
Mean Machines Sega 89 №11, p60-63Media:MeanMachinesSega11UK.pdf
Power Unlimited 90
Sega Power 79 №46, p38/39
Sega Pro 89 №17, p38/39
Sega Pro 89 №18, p67
Sega Pro 80 №24, p74
Sega Force (Sweden) 82
Sega Force Mega 80 №4, p56/57Media:SegaForceMega04.pdf
Sonic the Comic 85 №7, p10
Télévisator 2 90
Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, EU (Classic Mega Drive)
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Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, BR
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Mega Drive, KR
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Mega Drive, AU

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Cart (Silver variant)
Mega Drive, AU (Sega Gold Collection)
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Cart (Silver variant)

External Links

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)
Logo-sat.png Shinobi Legions (1995)
Logo-gba.png The Revenge of Shinobi (2002)
Logo-ps2.png Shinobi (2002) | Nightshade (2003)
Logo-3DS.png Shinobi 3D (2011) | 3D Shinobi III (2013)
Shinobi related media
Albums The Super Shinobi & Works (1989) | Shinobi Original Soundtrack (2002) | Legend of Joe Musashi: Shinobi Music Collection (2009) | Shinobi 3D Original Soundtrack (2012)
Books Shin Shinobi Den Hisshou Kouryaku Hou (199x) | Shinobi The Complete Guide (2002) | Kunoichi Koushiki Guide Book (2003) | Kunoichi Perfect Guide (2004)