Shinobi Legions

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Shinobi Legions
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Sega (Japan, Europe), VIC Tokai (US)
Developer:
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (2 tracks)
Genre: Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥4,8004,800 GS-9010
Sega Rating: 18 and Up
Sega Saturn
US
T-2301H
ESRB: Teen
Sega Saturn
EU
MK81082-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
MK81082-50
USK: 16
Sega Saturn
PT
Sega Saturn
UK
£49.9949.99[7] MK81082-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
199zł199
Sega Saturn
AU
FSHI06SSC
OFLC: M15
Sega Saturn
BR
192136
Tectoy: 13+

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.

The game uses digitized graphics for its character sprites and makes heavy use of live-action cutscenes, which have been criticised for the quality of their costumes and acting.

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

Story

Years of civil war have brought the ninjutsu code and its warriors to the brink of extinction. A ninjutsu master selects three children to carry on the ninja traditions for the next generation: two brothers, Kazuma and Sho, and his own daughter Aya. He begins to train them.

Fifteen years pass. The oldest boy, Kazuma, begins to reject all the ninjutsu teachings, save for the technique of strength. Obsessed with power, Kazuma demands that the master teach him the ultimate technique. The master refuses, and Kazuma vows to return one day and take revenge. Sho and Aya continue their studies and master the ninjutsu teachings.

Kazuma returns with an army and the resources to build a fortress. Although the old master has died, his pupils contain the secrets of the ultimate technique. Kazuma sets up a trap to lure Sho into his hideout, and kidnaps Aya to use her as a bait.

Gameplay

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Sho

Shinobi Legions is a side-scrolling action game that plays similarly to its Mega Drive predecessors, Revenge of Shinobi and Shinobi III. The game is played as the ninja Sho. Sho can be moved with Left or Right and can crouch with Down. He can move while crouching with Down-left and Down-right. He can run with LeftLeft or RightRight. He can jump with C and somersault by pressing C again at the peak of a jump. Somersaulting increases his jump height. Running while somersaulting increases the distance of his jump. Sho can jump off a platform by pressing Down+C. He can hang off tree branches and other lines by pressing Up after jumping and jump off by pressing Up+C or Down+C. He can also jump off walls by holding toward the direction of the wall and pressing C. He can do a roll by pressing UpRightDown in a motion (or UpLeftDown if facing left).

Sho can attack enemies in melee range using his katana by pressing B. His katana can also repel enemy shurikens if timed correctly (which can sometimes kill the enemy that threw it). He can slash upward with Up+B and sweep the sword upward with Up-right+B (or Up-left+B if facing left). He can dash toward an enemy with his sword, granting him a short period of invulnerability, by pressing RightRight+B (or LeftLeft+B if facing left). Sho can use his katana while crouching or jumping. He can drop from the air while stabbing by pressing Down+B while in the air. He can do a spinning slash by pressing B while somersaulting. He can thrust by pressing B when coming out of a roll. He can also execute combo moves while standing by pressing BB (forward slash followed by upward slash) or BBB (forward slash, upward slash, then a sweep attack) or while crouching by pressing BB (forward slash followed by an upward slash).

Sho can also throw shurikens with A. Shurikens are ranged and can hit enemies from across the screen but are finite. There is a greater emphasis on using the katana than the shurikens since the latter is considerably more limited than in preceding games. Sho can throw shurikens while crouching or jumping. He can throw eight shuriken in a semicircle by pressing B while somersaulting (to throw them downward) or rolling (to throw them upward).

Sho can guard while standing or crouching, protecting against enemy attacks from the front, by holding Y or Z (and also by continuing to hold B after he attacks). He can move while guarding. this can be done either stationary or moving, standing or crouching, but not in mid-air. He has a life meter and loses some life whenever he takes damage from an enemy. If Sho loses his entire life meter, he loses a life. If he loses all of his lives, the game ends, but it can be continued as long as the player has continues remaining. The player can choose between three difficulty levels (Easy, Normal, and Hard). The player can also choose the number of starting shuriken from the options menu.

Instead of choosing from different ninjutsu techniques, as in the prior Shinobi games, Sho gains temporary ninjutsu abilities by picking up special items scattered across each level. Items are mostly dropped from defeated enemies rather than found in crates. Also found in each level are blue orbs called Soul Balls. Sho gains an extra life whenever the player collects ten of them.

The game awards the player bonuses for completing a stage without using shuriken or without taking any damage. In between each stage, the story is progressed through live-action cinematic sequences. These sequences are in Japanese, with subtitles for the overseas localizations.

Items

Recovery

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Soul Ball
Collect ten to earn an extra life.
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Small Life
Partially restores Sho's life meter.
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Large Life
Fully restores Sho's life meter.
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Small Shuriken
Increases Sho's shuriken count by one.
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Large Shuriken
Increases Sho's shuriken count by five.

Ninjutsu

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Bishamon
Doubles Sho's offensive power. Additionally, a large Bishamon apparition appears each time Sho swings his katana, and enemies that touch it are injured. Sho glows with red energy while he possesses this power. Lasts until the end of the stage or until the player loses a life.
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Thunder Dragon
Destroys all enemies on the screen by pressing X (except bosses, which are damaged). This item can be used once. It is not carried over to the next stage if it is not used.
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Invincibility
Absorbs six attacks without inflicting damage. Sho is followed by a trail of shadow images while this effect is active.

Trap

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Bomb
Explodes and harms Sho if he is too close.

Stages

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The Capital

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Mt. Fuji

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Bio-Lab

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Samurai Mansion

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Undersea Cave

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Ivy Mountain

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China Town

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Rocky Mountain

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Missile Transport Road

History

Development

Sega of Europe's producer David Nulty was reportedly unimpressed with the quality of Shinobi Legions 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.

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English (US) Shinobi Legions Shinobi Legions
Japanese 新・忍伝 Shin Shinobi Den
English (Europe) Shinobi X Shinobi X

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
Source:
In-game credits[8]

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

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

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №33, p50/51
Sega Saturn
80
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR) NTSC-J
92
[10]
Consoles + (FR)
92
[11]
Computer & Video Games (UK) NTSC-J
84
[12]
Digitiser (UK)
79
[13]
Edge (UK) NTSC-J
40
[14]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
80
[15]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
65
[16]
Freak (IL)
85
[17]
Fusion (US)
50
[18]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
94
[19]
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
80
[20]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
90
[3]
GamePro (UK) NTSC-J
58
[21]
Gamers (DE) PAL
53
[22]
Games World: The Magazine (UK) NTSC-J
81
[23]
Hobby Consolas (ES) NTSC-J
79
[24]
Joypad (FR) NTSC-J
88
[25]
Joypad (FR)
91
[26]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
65
[27]
Maximum (UK)
25
[28]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-J
68
[29]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) NTSC-J
85
[30]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
84
[31]
Next Generation (US)
50
[32]
Player One (FR)
89
[33]
Saturn+ (UK) PAL
82
[34]
Secret Service (PL)
80
[35]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
82
[5]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-J
76
[36]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
81
[37]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
60
[38]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
62
[39]
Super Juegos (ES)
88
[40]
Todo Sega (ES)
79
[41]
Video Games (DE) NTSC-J
82
[42]
Sega Saturn
75
Based on
35 reviews

Shinobi Legions

Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
Shinobi Legions Sat JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, US
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Cover
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Disc
Shinobilegions sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, DE
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, PT

Saturn, AU
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, BR
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
497,772,576 CD-ROM (EU) MK81082-50 V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
466,879,056 1995-05-19 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9010 V1.000

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue page (Japanese): Saturn

References

  1. File:Shinshinobiden sat jp backcover.png
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/segasaturn/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-30 22:53)
  3. 3.0 3.1 GamePro, "October 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 50
  4. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video.sega/c/rfT1IqWTXMY/m/QhoRO3AkhqAJ
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sega Magazine, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-09-12), page 60
  6. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video.sega/c/JzHO19siSFc/m/WDh31PaANxkJ
  7. Sega Saturn Magazine, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-10-26), page 96
  8. File:Shinobi Legions Saturn credits.pdf
  9. Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 11 November 1995" (US; 1995-1x-xx), page 59
  10. Consoles +, "Septembre 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 126
  11. Consoles +, "Novembre 1995" (FR; 1995-1x-xx), page 172
  12. Computer & Video Games, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-08-11), page 46
  13. Digitiser (UK) (1995-10-11)
  14. Edge, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-07-27), page 76
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 36
  16. Famitsu, "1995-07-07" (JP; 1995-06-23), page 32
  17. Freak, "10/95" (IL; 1995-xx-xx), page 1
  18. Fusion, "Volume 1, Number 3: October 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 80
  19. GameFan, "Volume 3, Issue 9: September 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 15
  20. Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 10 October 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 54
  21. GamePro, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-09-xx), page 34
  22. Gamers, "Dezember 1995" (DE; 1995-11-08), page 30
  23. Games World: The Magazine, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-xx-xx), page 58
  24. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 94
  25. Joypad, "Septembre 1995 (Joypad International supplement)" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 22
  26. Joypad, "Novembre 1995" (FR; 1995-11-03), page 62
  27. MAN!AC, "12/95" (DE; 1995-11-08), page 90
  28. Maximum, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-11-xx), page 145
  29. Mega Fun, "10/95" (DE; 1995-09-20), page 64
  30. Mean Machines Sega, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-07-27), page 66
  31. Mean Machines Sega, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-09-29), page 91
  32. Next Generation, "October 1995" (US; 1995-09-19), page 113
  33. Player One, "Novembre 1995" (FR; 1995-1x-xx), page 106
  34. Saturn+, "Christmas 1995" (UK; 1995-12-14), page 60
  35. Secret Service, "Czerwiec 1996" (PL; 1996-05-01), page 67
  36. Sega Power, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-08-17), page 62
  37. Sega Pro, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-08-10), page 54
  38. Sega Saturn Magazine, "July 1995" (JP; 1995-06-08), page 128
  39. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 16
  40. Super Juegos, "Octubre 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 88
  41. Todo Sega, "Noviembre 1995" (ES; 1995-1x-xx), page 52
  42. Video Games, "8/95" (DE; 1995-07-26), page 65


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