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Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master

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Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
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System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, iOS, Steam
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver: SMPS 68k
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control 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



Arcade (Mega Play)
JP
¥? ?
















Wii Virtual Console
JP
¥600[5] pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
$800[7] pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
€800[8] pts ?



Steam
US
$2.99[9] 34277
Steam
EU
€2.49[9] 34277
Steam
UK
£1.99[9] 34277
Steam
AU
$3.49[9] 34277



iOS
JP
¥350[14] 9+
iOS
US
$2.99 9+
iOS
EU
€2.39[12] 9+
iOS
UK
£1.79[13] 9+

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 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

History

Development

Having been announced in the first half of 1992, Shinobi III was originally set for release later in the year, but, unusually for games of this era, was delayed more than half a year into July 1993. At the time, video game production was usually measured by months rather than years, and the changes to Shinobi III during this period were quite drastic - the game was effectively redesigned from scratch, with its set of levels and most of the assets being scrapped in favour of improved versions.

The "old" Shinobi III is thought to have been close to completion, being previewed (and even reviewed) by gaming publications. Many of the original version's ideas were brought forward into what became the final game, but judging from a leaked (early) prototype, it would have offered a very different experience to the end user.

Legacy

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.

Comparisons

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

Version history

Main article: Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master/Changelog.
System Version Size Date Comment Ref Icon
iOS
0000020000000000000000000000002.0.0 5.3MB 201211302012-11-30 iOS 6 support. [15]
iOS
0000010000000000000000000000001.0.0 5.2MB 201101272011-01-27 [16]

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
English (US) Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Japanese ザ・スーパー忍II The Super Shinobi II

Production credits


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)

BeepMD JP 1993-07.pdfBeepMD JP 1993-07.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-07: "July 1993" (1993-06-08)

BeepMD JP 1993-08.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-08: "August 1993" (1993-07-08)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 №42, p18-21
68 №1993-08, p18[17]
80 №, p83[18]
93 №23, p36-39
89 №23, p138-140
85 №31, p109
84 №135, p22-24[19]
82 №143, p38/39[2]
90 №50, p156-157
84 №21, p72-73
96 Vol.1, №3, p10[20]
93 Vol.10, №10
95 №49, p58/59[1]
65 №06, p64-65
80 №1993-08, p42
86 №23, p68-71
90 №23, p148-150[21]
81 №1, p28[22]
88 №4, p18-21[23]
89 №11, p60-63[24]
79 №13, p34
85 №5, p32/33
89 №20, p98/99[25]
73 №9/93, p80-82[26]
89 №5, p34/37
88 №14, p22-25
93 №21, p46-48
84 №13, p70-71
85 №, p108
90
82 №7/93, p12/13[27]
80 №4, p56/57[28]
86 №2, p64
93 №6, p46-48
79 №46, p38/39[29]
89 №17, p38/39
80 №24, p74
80 №129, p83
85 №7, p10
82 №2, p24-25
86 №17, p56-61
75 №26, p18-20
88 №13
90 №3
85 №6, p64-65
91 №, p94
Sega Mega Drive
85
Based on
46 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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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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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
ShinobiIII MD KR cartback.jpgShinobiIII MD KR cart.jpg
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

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. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_shinobi2/ (archived: 2007-07-08 21:15)
  6. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/04.html (archived: 2018-03-05 23:40)
  7. 7.0 7.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/m119YR7nVb2n5rkbv3FFQUNWshT_28YQ (archived: 2010-11-23 02:24)
  8. 8.0 8.1 http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/shinobi_iii_return_of_the_ninja_master (archived: 2017-07-04 14:47)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 http://steamdb.info/app/34277/ (archived: 2013-05-22 20:14)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 https://steamdb.info/app/34277/ (archived: 2017-05-25 00:15)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 http://blogs.sega.com/2011/01/27/shinobi-iii-out-now-on-iphone/ (archived: 2018-02-17 01:11)
  12. http://itunes.apple.com/es/app/shinobi-iii-return-ninja-master/id415942619?mt=8 (archived: 2011-02-16 08:11)
  13. http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/shinobi-iii-return-ninja-master/id415942619?mt=8 (archived: 2011-02-04 02:56)
  14. 14.0 14.1 http://www.4gamer.net/games/049/G004989/20110128005/
  15. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shinobi-iii-return-ninja-master/id415942619?mt=8 (archived: 2014-08-03 00:16)
  16. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shinobi-iii-return-ninja-master/id415942619?mt=8 (archived: 2011-02-14 14:00)
  17. File:BeepMD_JP_1993-08.pdf, page 20
  18. File:SSM_JP_19950901_1995-09.pdf, page 85
  19. File:CVG UK 135.pdf, page 22
  20. File:GameFan US 0103.pdf, page 10
  21. File:Joypad FR 023.pdf, page 148
  22. File:MAN!AC DE 1993-11.pdf, page 28
  23. File:MeanMachinesSega04UK.pdf, page 18
  24. File:MeanMachinesSega11UK.pdf, page 60
  25. File:MegaForce FR 20.pdf, page 98
  26. File:MegaFun DE 1993-09.pdf, page 72
  27. File:SegaForce SE 1993 07.pdf, page 12
  28. File:SegaForceMega UK 04.pdf, page 56
  29. File:SegaPower UK 46.pdf, page 38


Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
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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)