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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
Peripherals supported: Six button pad
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
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
£44.99[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)
$? FSHI05SMC
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 044440
Sega Mega Drive
AS
? G-4085
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM8075JG



Wii Virtual Console
JP
600 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
800 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800 pts ?



Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€1.99 ? ?



iOS
JP
¥350[5] ?
iOS
US
$2.99 ?
iOS
EU
€2.39[7] ?
iOS
UK
£1.79[8] ?



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 The Revenge of Shinobi: 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. Every ninjutsu is carried from The Revenge of Shinobi with almost no changes in the function. 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

Versions

  • 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.

Version history

System Version Size Date Comment Ref Icon
iOS
0000020000000000000000000000002.0.0 5.3MB 201211302012-11-30 [9]
iOS
0000010000000000000000000000001.0.0 5.2MB 201101272011-01-27 [10]

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

EGM US 050.pdfEGM US 050.pdf

PDF
Print advert in














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #50: "September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
89 №23, p138-140
84 №135, p22-24[11]
82 №143, p38/39[2]
96 Vol.1, №3, p10[12]
84
95 №49, p58/59[1]
90 №23, p148-150[13]
81 №1, p28[14]
93 №6, p46-48
79 №13, p34
85 №5, p32/33
89 №20, p98/99[15]
73 №9/93, p80-82[16]
88 №14, p22-25
93 №21, p46-48
88 №4, p18-21[17]
89 №11, p60-63[18]
90
82 №7/93, p12/13[19]
79 №46, p38/39[20]
89 №17, p38/39
89 №18, p67
80 №24, p74
80 №4, p56/57[21]
85 №7, p10
90
Sega Mega Drive
86
Based on
26 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Shinobi III MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
ShinobiIII MD EU Manual.jpg
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
TheSuperSHINOBIII MD JP CartTop.jpg
SuperShinobiII MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Shinobi3 md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
Shinobi III MD BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, AU

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

Mega Drive, AS
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, FR

Shinobi III MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 File:GamePro US 049.pdf, page 60
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 143.pdf, page 38
  3. File:SegaForceMega UK 04.pdf, page 57
  4. File:SegaPro DE 06.pdf, page 33
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://www.4gamer.net/games/049/G004989/20110128005/
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 http://blogs.sega.com/2011/01/27/shinobi-iii-out-now-on-iphone/
  7. http://itunes.apple.com/es/app/shinobi-iii-return-ninja-master/id415942619?mt=8 (archived 2011-02-16 08:11)
  8. http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/shinobi-iii-return-ninja-master/id415942619?mt=8 (archived 2011-02-04 02:56)
  9. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shinobi-iii-return-ninja-master/id415942619?mt=8 (archived 2014-08-03 00:16)
  10. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shinobi-iii-return-ninja-master/id415942619?mt=8 (archived 2011-02-14 14:00)
  11. File:CVG UK 135.pdf, page 22
  12. File:GameFan US 0103.pdf, page 10
  13. File:Joypad FR 023.pdf, page 148
  14. File:MAN!AC DE 1993-11.pdf, page 28
  15. File:MegaForce FR 20.pdf, page 98
  16. File:MegaFun DE 1993-09.pdf, page 72
  17. File:MeanMachinesSega04UK.pdf, page 18
  18. File:MeanMachinesSega11UK.pdf, page 60
  19. File:SegaForce SE 1993 07.pdf, page 12
  20. File:SegaPower UK 46.pdf, page 38
  21. File:SegaForceMega UK 04.pdf, page 56


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)