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































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,800 G-4085
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.99[1] 1136
Sega Mega Drive
EU (Classic)
€? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[2] 1136-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1136-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 99,95[4] 1136-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1136-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
AU (Gold)
$? FSHI05SMC
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$R? 044440
Sega Mega Drive
AS
? G-4085
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM8075JG



Wii Virtual Console
JP
¥600 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
$800 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
€800 points ?



Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€1.99 ? ?



iOS
JP
¥250 ?
iOS
US
$2.99 ?
iOS
EU
€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, as well as Steam and iOS. The iOS version is no longer available on iTunes as of 2015.

Gameplay

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.
  • The ASIA version is mostly identical to the japanese release, the only difference being the label on the back of the cartridge is in english.

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

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
89 №23, p138-140
84 №135, p22-24[2]Media:CVG UK 135.pdf
82 №143, p38/39
96
84
95 №49, p58/59[1]Media:GamePro US 049.pdf
90 №23, p148-150[6]Media:Joypad FR 023.pdf
93 №6, p46-48
79 №13, p34
85 №5, p32/33
89 №20, p98/99[7]Media:MegaForce FR 20.pdf
73 №9/93, p80-82[8]Media:MegaFun DE 1993-09.pdf
88 №14, p22-25
93 №21, p46-48
88 №4, p18-21[9]Media:MeanMachinesSega04UK.pdf
89 №11, p60-63[10]Media:MeanMachinesSega11UK.pdf
90
82 №7/93, p12/13[11]Media:SegaForce SE 1993 07.pdf
79 №46, p38/39[12]Media:SegaPower UK 46.pdf
89 №17, p38/39
89 №18, p67
80 №24, p74
80 №4, p56/57[13]Media:SegaForceMega UK 04.pdf
85 №7, p10
90
Sega Mega Drive
86
Based on
25 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Manual
Mega Drive, EU (Classic Mega Drive)
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Manual
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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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)
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, AS
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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 File:GamePro US 049.pdf, page 60
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 135.pdf, page 22
  3. File:SegaForceMega UK 04.pdf, page 57
  4. File:SegaPro DE 06.pdf, page 33
  5. http://www.4gamer.net/games/049/G004989/20110128005/
  6. File:Joypad FR 023.pdf, page 148
  7. File:MegaForce FR 20.pdf, page 98
  8. File:MegaFun DE 1993-09.pdf, page 72
  9. File:MeanMachinesSega04UK.pdf, page 18
  10. File:MeanMachinesSega11UK.pdf, page 60
  11. File:SegaForce SE 1993 07.pdf, page 12
  12. File:SegaPower UK 46.pdf, page 38
  13. File:SegaForceMega UK 04.pdf, page 56

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)
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)