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Shinobi

From Sega Retro

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

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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































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Nintendo Entertainment System
US
1989 $?  ?
PC Engine
JP
1989-12-08 ¥?  ?
Arcade (System 16)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (System 16)
US
$? ?




















Sega Master System
JP
¥5,500 G-1353
Sega Master System
US
$44.95[2] 7009
Sega Master System
UK
£24.95[3] MK-7009-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-7009-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-7009-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-7009-50
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 026090
Sega Master System
KR
₩? GB-2353



Xbox 360
JP
400[7]pts
Xbox 360
JP
(Otameshiban)
FREE
Xbox 360
US
400[5]pts
Xbox 360
US
(Trial Game)
FREE
Xbox 360
EU
400[4]pts
Xbox 360
EU
(Trial Game)
FREE
Xbox 360
UK
400[6]pts
Xbox 360
UK
(Trial Game)
FREE
Xbox 360
AU
400[8]pts
Xbox 360
AU
(Trial Game)
FREE
Wii Virtual Console
JP
(Arcade)
¥800[9] pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
(Arcade)
$800[11] pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
(Arcade)
€800[12] pts ?



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.

Gameplay

Achievements

Main article: Shinobi/Achievements.

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

Shinobi Arcade JP Flyer.jpg

System 16 JP flyer

Shinobi System16 EU Flyer SCKit.jpg

System 16 EU flyer (Super conversion kit)

Tengen NES US PrintAdvert.jpg

NES US print advert

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
Shinobi System 16 US Manual.pdf
Manual
System 16, JP
Shinobi System16 JP InstructionCard.jpg

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
67 №1988-11, p85[14]
87 №1, p70[15]
87 №4, p106[16]
87 №1, p62Media:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf[17]
80 №84, p119[18]
82 №14, p58[19]
88 №7, p59
87 №1, p136[20]
100 №23, p59
100 №46, p101[21]
89 №6, p28[22]
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 Languages 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
Master System, Benelux Union
Shinobi SMS BX front.jpg
Cover

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[23]
88 №28, p52[24]
78 №5/90, p120[25]
85 №76, p82[26]
90 №45, p28/29[27]
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

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 0C6FAC4E
MD5 3DD2C025185E19AC9BF1ED16B695C629
SHA-1 7C0778C055DC9C2B0AAE1D166DBDB4734E55B9D1
256kB Cartridge (EU/US)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 E1FFF1BB
MD5 789B285290688CBD0A786F888F9DADA1
SHA-1 26070DEAA2D3C170D31AC395A50231204250BDF3
256kB Cartridge (JP)
Nintendo Entertainment System
CRC32 EB0BDA7E
MD5 3BC8F6E9E606E28F40655531CB5CC5EE
SHA-1 66662F77437A69A9BA0470F877754E7946C157D7
256kB Cartridge (US)
PC Engine
 ?
CRC32 BC655CF3
MD5 1659D9FA2ED7628D342FD7C7FBE6D439
SHA-1 C219F8477DC2B34B53C25A419332595835D1F5EC
384kB Card (JP)

External links

  • Sega of Japan Virtual Console pages: Arcade
  • Shinobi on Xbox Marketplace: JP, US, UK, AU

References

  1. https://sega-interactive.co.jp/special/history/title/shinobi.html
  2. File:VG&CE US 05.pdf, page 30
  3. File:ACE UK 16.pdf, page 166
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/de-DE/Product/Shinobi/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a4 (archived: 2013-08-13 02:55)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-US/Product/Shinobi/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a4 (archived: 2010-11-01 18:24)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-GB/Product/Shinobi/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a4 (archived: 2011-01-01 03:42)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/ja-JP/Product/SHINOBI-忍/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a4 (archived: 2011-11-14 05:22)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-AU/Product/Shinobi/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a4 (archived: 2011-11-12 01:45)
  9. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vca_shinobi (archived: 2009-07-18 15:08)
  10. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/10.html (archived: 2018-03-05 23:33)
  11. 11.0 11.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/UFn5-0Pxr-smpT9rLnc-YIdawDyG8KiJ (archived: 2010-11-22 22:47)
  12. 12.0 12.1 http://www.nintendolife.com:80/games/vcarcade/shinobi (archived: 2017-09-15 13:08)
  13. http://mamedb.com/game/shinobi
  14. File:ASM DE 1988-11.pdf, page 68
  15. File:CompleteGuideToConsoles_UK_01.pdf, page 70
  16. File:CGtC UK 04.pdf, page 106
  17. File:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf, page 62
  18. File:CVG UK 084.pdf, page 119
  19. File:TGM UK 14.pdf, page 58
  20. File:MeanMachinesSega01UK.pdf, page 136
  21. File:SegaPower UK 46.pdf, page 101
  22. File:SegaPro UK 06.pdf, page 28
  23. File:CVG UK 100.pdf, page 96
  24. File:TGM UK 28.pdf, page 52
  25. File:PowerPlay DE 026.pdf, page 120
  26. File:Tilt FR 076.pdf, page 82
  27. File:Zzap IT 45.pdf, page 28


Shinobi
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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 Rise of Hotsuma (2002) | Shinobi The Complete Guide (2002) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Shinobi (2002) | Kunoichi Koushiki Guide Book (2003) | Kunoichi Perfect Guide (2004)