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Shinobi Legions
Publisher: Sega, Vic Tokai (US)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (2 tracks)
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥4,800 GS-9010
Sega Saturn
US
$? T-2301H
Sega Saturn
UK
£49.99[2] MK81082-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F MK81082-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? MK81082-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas MK81082-50
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? 192136



Shinobi Legions, known as Shinobi X in Europe and Shin Shinobi Den (新・忍伝) in Japan, is a video game in the Shinobi series, originally released for the Sega Saturn in 1995. During development the game was known as Shinobi EX.

It is a 2D game, similar to Shinobi games found on earlier consoles, and makes heavy use of live action cutscenes which have since been criticised for having poor acting.

Programming errors mean that Shinobi Legions cannot be played if two controllers are connected to the console.

Sega of Europe's producer David Nulty was reportedly unimpressed with Shinobi Legions's quality, and decided to delay the game from seeing a European release so that the entire soundtrack could be replaced. The new soundtrack was produced by Richard Jacques, who aimed for a style closer to that of Yuzo Koshiro, the man behind The Revenge of Shinobi's musical score. For this reason, this version of the game is often seen as superior to its North American and Japanese counterparts. Since the game only credits those who were involved with the live action cutscenes, it is unknown who composed the original soundtrack.

Production credits

Shin Shinobi Den/Shinobi Legions

Cast
  • Sho: Tetsuya Aoki
  • Kazuma: Hiromitsu Miyamoto
  • Aya: Kumiko Odaka
  • Ukyo: Masayuki Ohta
  • Sakyo: Narito Shigemi
  • Kouryuu: Tatsuo Inada
  • Talace: Shinnosuke Yagami
  • Nicholi: Kouichi Natsuyama
  • Rushudo: Eiichi Takagi
  • Swordman: Taketo Nakamura
  • Stickmaster: Yoshiki Tsujimoto
  • Ninja: Arata Okumiyama
  • Martial Artist: Eiichi Takagi
Staff
  • Camera: Yasuhiro Kinoshita
  • Lighting: Manabu Yasuda
  • Recording: Shuuichi Oki
  • Video: Eiji Hiroishi
  • Artwork: Touei Bijyutu Center
  • Stylist: Masako Yamada
  • Decorations: Keiichi Tamai
  • Propman: Kouzu Shoukai
  • Clothing: Tokyo Ishou
  • Special Effects: Ryuuichi Ito
  • CG: Axe
  • Editing: Yasurou Mizukami
  • MA: Masaya Ishihara
  • Record: Hisayo Shiba
  • Assistant Director: Hiroyuki Shimizu, Kouji Yamamoto, Fumie Saito
  • Action Coordinator: Yuuta Morokaji
  • Business Coordinator: Isao Nagaoka
  • Camera Assistant: Toshihiro Gotsubo
  • Lighting Assistant: Akio Yamanaka, Harumi Sumiyama, Masatsugu Inoue
  • Cooperation: Toei, Japan Action Club, AD Studio
  • Director: Nagi Onomichi
  • Producer: Hirofumi Nakanishi
  • Co-production: Kids Company
  • Presented by: Sega Enterprises

Shinobi X

Cast
  • Sho: Tetsuya Aoki
  • Kazuma: Hiromitsu Miyamoto
  • Aya: Kumiko Odaka
  • Ukyo: Masayuki Ohta
  • Sakyo: Narito Shigemi
  • Kouryuu: Tatsuo Inada
  • Talace: Shinnosuke Yagami
  • Nicholi: Kouichi Natsuyama
  • Rushudo: Eiichi Takagi
  • Swordman: Taketo Nakamura
  • Stickmaster: Yoshiki Tsujimoto
  • Ninja: Arata Okumiyama
  • Martial Artist: Eiichi Takagi
Staff
  • Camera: Yasuhiro Kinoshita
  • Lighting: Manabu Yasuda
  • Recording: Shuuichi Oki
  • Video: Eiji Hiroishi
  • Artwork: Touei Bijyutu Center
  • Stylist: Masako Yamada
  • Decorations: Keiichi Tamai
  • Propman: Kouzu Shoukai
  • Clothing: Tokyo Ishou
  • Special Effects: Ryuuichi Ito
  • CG: Axe
  • Editing: Yasurou Mizukami
  • MA: Masaya Ishihara
  • Record: Hisayo Shiba
  • Assistant Director: Hiroyuki Shimizu, Kouji Yamamoto, Fumie Saito
  • Action Coordinator: Yuuta Morokaji
  • Business Coordinator: Isao Nagaoka
  • Camera Assistant: Toshihiro Gotsubo
  • Lighting Assistant: Akio Yamanaka, Harumi Sumiyama, Masatsugu Inoue
  • Cooperation: Toei, Japan Action Club, AD Studio
  • Director: Nagi Onomichi
  • Producer: Hirofumi Nakanishi
  • Co-production: Kids Company
Sega of Europe Staff

Magazine articles

Main article: Shinobi Legions/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 075.pdf

Print advert in














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #75: "October 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
also published in:













  • Game Players (US) Vol. 8 No. 11 "November 1995" (1995-xx-xx)[4]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №46, p126/127/128
84 №166, p46/47[5]Media:CVG UK 166.pdf
79
40 №24, p76/77
65 №342, p32
60 №0103, p80[6]Media:Fusion US 0103.pdf
80 №33, p50/51
81 №15, p58/59
88 №45, p22/23 (international)
40 №2, p145
85 №35, p66-69[7]Media:MeanMachinesSega35UK.pdf
84 №37, p91[8]Media:MeanMachinesSega37UK.pdf
89 №58, p104/105/106
82 №22, p60/61
76 №71, p62/63
81 №49, p54/55
60 №1995-07, p126[9]Media:SSM_JP_19950701_1995-07.pdf
62 №, p14Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[10]Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf
Sega Saturn
74
Based on
18 reviews

Saturn, US
ShinobiLegions Saturn US Box Back.jpgShinobiLegions Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
ShinobiLegions Saturn US Disc.jpg
Disc
Shinobilegions sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
ShinobiX Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
ShinobiX Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, JP
Shinshinobiden sat jp backcover.pngShinshinobiden sat jp frontcover.png
Cover
ShinobiLegions Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
ShinShinobiDen Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, BR
ShinobiLegendsSaturnBRCover.jpg
Cover

References

  1. File:GamePro US 075.pdf, page 50
  2. File:SSM UK 01.pdf, page 96
  3. File:CVG UK 163.pdf, page 96
  4. File:GamePlayers US 0811.pdf, page 59
  5. File:CVG UK 166.pdf, page 46
  6. File:Fusion US 0103.pdf, page 80
  7. File:MeanMachinesSega35UK.pdf, page 66
  8. File:MeanMachinesSega37UK.pdf, page 91
  9. File:SSM_JP_19950701_1995-07.pdf, page 128
  10. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 16


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) | | 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)