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.

Gameplay

Shinobi Legions 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.

Stages

Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 5
Stage 6
Stage 7
Stage 8
Stage 9

History

Development

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.

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

Screenshot

Main article: Shinobi Legions/Comparisons.

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

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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
[9]
Consoles + (FR)
92
[10]
Computer & Video Games (UK) NTSC-J
84
[11]
Digitiser (UK)
79
[12]
Edge (UK) NTSC-J
40
[13]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
80
[14]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
65
[15]
Freak (IL)
85
[16]
Fusion (US)
50
[17]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
94
[18]
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
80
[19]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
90
[3]
GamePro (UK) NTSC-J
58
[20]
Games World: The Magazine (UK) NTSC-J
81
[21]
Hobby Consolas (ES) NTSC-J
79
[22]
Joypad (FR) NTSC-J
88
[23]
Joypad (FR)
91
[24]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
65
[25]
Maximum (UK)
25
[26]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-J
68
[27]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) NTSC-J
85
[28]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
84
[29]
Player One (FR)
89
[30]
Saturn+ (UK) PAL
82
[31]
Secret Service (PL)
80
[32]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
82
[5]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-J
76
[33]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
81
[34]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
60
[35]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
62
[36]
Video Games (DE) NTSC-J
82
[37]
Sega Saturn
76
Based on
31 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
ShinobiLegions Saturn US Disc.jpg
Disc
Shinobilegions sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
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Cover
ShinobiX Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, DE
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Cover
ShinobiX Saturn EU Disc.jpg
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. Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 11 November 1995" (US; 1995-1x-xx), page 59
  9. Consoles +, "Septembre 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 126
  10. Consoles +, "Novembre 1995" (FR; 1995-1x-xx), page 172
  11. Computer & Video Games, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-08-11), page 46
  12. Digitiser (UK) (1995-10-11)
  13. Edge, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-07-27), page 76
  14. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 36
  15. Famitsu, "1995-07-07" (JP; 1995-06-23), page 32
  16. Freak, "10/95" (IL; 1995-xx-xx), page 1
  17. Fusion, "Volume 1, Number 3: October 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 80
  18. GameFan, "Volume 3, Issue 9: September 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 15
  19. Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 10 October 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 54
  20. GamePro, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-09-xx), page 34
  21. Games World: The Magazine, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-xx-xx), page 58
  22. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 94
  23. Joypad, "Septembre 1995 (Joypad International supplement)" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 22
  24. Joypad, "Novembre 1995" (FR; 1995-11-03), page 62
  25. MAN!AC, "12/95" (DE; 1995-11-08), page 90
  26. Maximum, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-11-xx), page 145
  27. Mega Fun, "10/95" (DE; 1995-09-20), page 64
  28. Mean Machines Sega, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-07-27), page 66
  29. Mean Machines Sega, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-09-29), page 91
  30. Player One, "Novembre 1995" (FR; 1995-1x-xx), page 106
  31. Saturn+, "Christmas 1995" (UK; 1995-12-14), page 60
  32. Secret Service, "Czerwiec 1996" (PL; 1996-05-01), page 67
  33. Sega Power, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-08-17), page 62
  34. Sega Pro, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-08-10), page 54
  35. Sega Saturn Magazine, "July 1995" (JP; 1995-06-08), page 128
  36. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 16
  37. Video Games, "8/95" (DE; 1995-07-26), page 65


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Books: Shin Shinobi Den Hisshou Kouryaku Hou (1995)

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)
Game Boy Advance
The Revenge of Shinobi (2002)
Sony PlayStation 2
Shinobi (2002) | Nightshade (2003)
Nintendo 3DS
Shinobi 3D (2011) | 3D Shinobi III (2013)
Nintendo Switch
Sega Ages Shinobi (2019)
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
Shinobi: The Fear Pavilion (1994) | 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)