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- For the home computer versions, see Shinobi (home computers). For the PlayStation 2 game, see Shinobi (2002).
|System(s): Sega System 16, Sega Master System, NES, PC Engine, Virtual Console, Xbox 360|
|Publisher: Sega Tengen|
|Developer: Sega R&D 1 Sega R&D 2 Sanritsu Asmik M2|
|Peripherals supported: FM Sound Unit|
|Genre: Action, Arcade|
|Number of players: 1|
- 1 Story
- 2 Gameplay
- 3 History
- 4 Production credits
- 5 Magazine articles
- 6 Promotional material
- 7 Physical scans
- 8 Technical information
- 9 External links
- 10 References
|“||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.||„|
Shinobi is a side scrolling action and platforming game. Musashi can throw projectiles and engage close combat with button 1. Button 2 allows musashi to jump. Pressing up and then pressing button 1 will unleash the ninja magic that will kill or damage all enemies in the screen. Pressing up/down then pressing button 2 will make Musashi to jump up or down from platforms. Each chapter has 4 levels (first chapter has 3) and bosses can be encountered in the 4th levels.
Similar to the Shadow Dancer, players will take part in rail shooting style bonus rounds between chapters. Completing these levels will award the player with ninja magic. If players can kill the blue ninja during these bonus rounds, player will gain two of the same magic instead of one.
Master System Version
Master System version has some different gameplay elements not seen in other versions. Most important new feature is that Musashi has a life bar. Other differences from the arcade version are the handful of new power-ups.
- Shuriken Tempo Up : Musashi can fire more shurikens instead for waiting the first one to disappear.
- Throwing Knives: Move faster than shurikens
- Hand Grenades: Powerful but short ranged. If thrown while crouching it will roll on the ground.
- Handgun: Most powerful weapon. Can kill all regular enemies with a single shot.
- Punch / Kick: Default melee attacks
- Sword: Same damage as above but faster attack animation
- Nunchaku: Powerful
- Manriki-Kusari (Mispronounced as Manrikugari Chain in the Master System Manual): Powerful and longer reach.
Unlike the arcade version, Master System version of the Shinobi has 6 different magic with somewhat different effects. For some reason, developers of the Master System version made magic use more difficult in this version: Players must first eliminate 10 regular enemies to be able to use ninja magic. Pressing and holding button 2 then pressing button 1 will unleash the ninja magic. Since there are no regular enemies in the boss sections (Flying Ninjas in the Black Turtle boss battle don't count either) ninja magic cannot be used in the boss battles.
- Metal Binding (Ropes): Paralyzes all enemies on the screen.
- Flying Squirrel (Cloth): Musashi can fly for a short amount of time. D-Pad is used to move around.
- Eight Hands (Human symbol): Kills all enemies on the screen.
- Lightning: Kills all enemies on the screen.
- Tornado: Kills all enemies on the screen.
- Invincibility (Silhouette): Musashi will be completely immune to enemy attacks until level is over. He can only be killed if he falls to pitfalls.
- Life Recover: Fully recovers Musashi's health
- Life Meter Max: Increases Musashi's health limit
- Bonus Round: You may enter bonus round after defeating the boss
- Bonus Points: Get 10000 points
There are three ways to access the stage select, both on the title screen:
- Hold Down and press 1 or 2.
- Press Down, Down, Left, Right, Up, Up, and then 1 or 2.
- Press and hold 1 when Shinobi appears completely on the screen
After entering either code, select which stage to start at by pressing Up or Down and then 1 or 2 to confirm.
Press Up and 1 on the title screen for the sound test.
- Main article: Shinobi/Achievements.
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, PC Engine, 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.
- Staff: Sugachan 26, Wagamama Kenchi, Topi, Gyofunori, Hanachan, Super Haggar, Fanta Jijii, Yamiagari, Shinjuku Otoko
- Special Thanks: Pachinker Uke, Ponchan 25
- Main article: Shinobi/Magazine articles.
System 16 version
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Master System version
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PC Engine version
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ROM dump status
NEC Retro has more information related to Shinobi.
- Sega of Japan Virtual Console pages: Arcade
- Nintendo catalogue pages: US, AU
- Shinobi on Xbox Marketplace: JP, US, UK, AU
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/segamark3/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-11-14 21:32)
- File:Shinobi SMS EU cover.jpg
- Mega Drive Fan, "May 1992" (JP; 1992-04-XX), page 103
- Computer Entertainer, "October 1988" (US; 1988-10-15), page 08
- VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "June 1989" (US; 1989-0x-xx), page 30
- ACE, "January 1989" (UK; 1989-xx-xx), page 166
- The Games Machine, "January 1989" (UK; 1988-12-15), page 58
- Computer Entertainer (January 1990)
- Xbox LIVE Marketplace (de-DE; Shinobi/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a4) (Wayback Machine: 2013-08-13 02:55)
- Xbox LIVE Marketplace (en-US; Shinobi/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a4) (Wayback Machine: 2010-11-01 18:24)
- Xbox LIVE Marketplace (en-GB; Shinobi/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a4) (Wayback Machine: 2011-01-01 03:42)
- Xbox LIVE Marketplace (ja-JP; SHINOBI-忍/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a4) (Wayback Machine: 2011-11-14 05:22)
- Xbox LIVE Marketplace (en-AU; Shinobi/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109a4) (Wayback Machine: 2011-11-12 01:45)
- https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/10.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-03-05 23:33)
- http://vc.sega.jp:80/vca_shinobi (Wayback Machine: 2009-07-18 15:08)
- http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/UFn5-0Pxr-smpT9rLnc-YIdawDyG8KiJ (Wayback Machine: 2010-11-22 22:47)
- http://www.nintendolife.com:80/games/vcarcade/shinobi (Wayback Machine: 2017-09-15 13:08)
- https://www.nintendo.fr/Jeux/Console-virtuelle-Wii-/Shinobi--278920.html (archive.today)
- http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=88&prod_id=20016&pageID=4 (Wayback Machine: 2012-03-28 05:23)
- Commodore User, "March 1988" (UK; 1988-02-26), page 103
- Sinclair User, "June 1988" (UK; 1988-05-18), page 83
- Aktueller Software Markt, "November 1988" (DE; 1988-10-21), page 85 (68)
- Complete Guide to Consoles, "" (UK; 1989-10-16), page 70
- Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 106
- The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 62
- Computer & Video Games, "October 1988" (UK; 1988-09-16), page 119
- Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
- Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 136
- Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 59
- Sega Pro, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 28
- Aktueller Software Markt, "März 1990" (DE; 1990-0x-xx), page 58
- Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 52
- Computer & Video Games, "March 1990" (UK; 1990-02-16), page 96
- The Games Machine, "March 1990" (UK; 1990-02-08), page 52
- Power Play, "5/90" (DE; 1990-04-12), page 120
- Tilt, "Mars 1990" (FR; 1990-0x-xx), page 82
- Zzap!, "Maggio 1990" (IT; 1990-xx-xx), page 28