The Cyber Shinobi

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The Cyber Shinobi
System(s): Sega Master System
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Genre: Action[1]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
EU
7050
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[3][4] 7050
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR
Sega Master System
AE

The Cyber Shinobi is a Sega Master System game released in 1990 by Sega. It is a futuristic-themed sequel to Shinobi starring the grandson of Joe Musashi.

The game was not well received because of its slow gameplay and the large status area that covers nearly a third of the screen.

Story

Set in the future time of "2XXX," the player controls the grandson of the ninja master Joe Musashi, also named Joe, who is on a mission to defeat the minions of Cyber-Zeed, a terrorist organization founded by the remnants of the Zeed organization that the original Joe Musashi destroyed. Joe must fight his way through a series of six stages in order to prevent Cyber-Zeed from launching its stolen stockpiles of plutonium around the world and starting a nuclear war. The stages consist of a construction site, a harbor, a heliport, a jungle, a waterfall, and the enemy's hideout.

Gameplay

Cyber Shinobi is an action platforming game. The objective is to make it to the end of the stage and fight a boss. There are no hostages to rescue, unlike the previous Shinobi game. The player is occasionally prevented from proceeding onward at certain points of each stage until certain enemies are eliminated, similar to a side-scrolling beat-'em-up. Musashi walks with Left and Right and crouches with Down. He can walk while crouching with Down-left and Down-right. Musashi jumps with 2 and jumps higher with Up+2. Musashi's main weapon is a sword that he can use to attack his enemies with 1. He can use his sword while in mid-air. He does a crouching kick with Down+1.

The player has a total of four gauges on the top screen. There is a life gauge that shows the amount of damage Musashi can sustain before losing a life, a power gauge that determines the strength of his basic attacks, a shot gauge that shows the remaining ammunition of his current sub-weapon, and a ninjutsu gauge that determines which spells the player can use. Each gauge can be incremented by items. Additionally, each stage is timed and must be completed before time runs out.

Musashi has access to several ranged weapons, which can be used with Up+1. By capturing shot power-ups, he can upgrade his ranged weapons. When the player first picks up a shot power-up, Musashi wields a shuriken launcher, which can be replaced with an automatic vulcan gun and then a supply of grenades by picking up subsequent shot power-ups. Each sub-weapon can hold up to eight shots each. When the player's current sub-weapon runs out of ammo, it reverts to the previous one.

Ninjutsu spells are performed by pressing 1+2. There are a total of four ninjutsu spells, which increase in damage dealt but otherwise differ only cosmetically. Although each one requires a different number of units to perform, only two units are consumed when one is performed.

Weapons

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Shuriken
A powerful ninja star that moves in a straight line.
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Arm Vulcan
Musashi removes his cyborg arm and unleashes a stream of bullets in from of him. Fires continuously for a duration if the player continues to hold 1 down. Weaker than other weapons but very fast.
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Grenade
A hand grenade causes massive damage and moves over a small parabolic arc. It can be thrown over barriers such as crates and can damage multiple enemies at once.

Ninjutsu

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Fire
Requires one or two units.
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Tornado
Requires four units.
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Lightning
Requires six units.
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Earth Element
Requires eight units.

Items

Break open item containers and move over items to collect.

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Life
Increments the life gauge by one unit.
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Power
Increments the power gauge by one unit.
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Ninjutsu
Increments the ninjutsu gauge by one unit.
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Shot
Increments the shot gauge by one unit.

Stages

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Construction Site
The boss is Crazy Bull, a modified bulldozer.

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Harbor
The boss is Sea Bat, a powerful submarine armed with missiles.

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Field
The boss is Heli Blast, an attack helicopter.

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Jungle
The boss is Blacktiger, an overgrown beast.

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Waterfall
The boss is Red Hopper, a octopus-like robot.

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Enemy Hideout
The boss is Psy Gunner, a robot equipped with a variety of weapons and a protective barrier.

Production credits


Magazine articles

Main article: The Cyber Shinobi/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Ação Games (BR)
69
[6]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
47
[7]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) PAL
54
[8]
Console XS (UK) PAL
68
[9]
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
46
[10]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK) PAL
58
[11]
Gamers (DE)
13
[12]
Joystick (FR) PAL
76
[13]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
58
[14]
Player One (FR) PAL
77
[15]
Power Play (DE) PAL
26
[16]
Raze (UK) PAL
71
[3]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
55
[17]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
25
[18]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
68
[19]
User (GR) PAL
63
[20]
Sega Master System
55
Based on
16 reviews

The Cyber Shinobi

Master System, EU
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Cover
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Manual
Master System, EU (8 languages)
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Cover
Cybershinobi sms 8languagemanual.pdf
Manual
Master System, FR (Blister pack)
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Cover
Master System, AU
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU (NIAL sticker)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU (Not for rental sticker)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AE

CyberShinobi SMS AE manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 1350e4f8
MD5 9878c298077be78b765ac2264815100b
SHA-1 991803feb42a6f0f93ac0e97854132736def2933
256kB Cartridge (EU)

References


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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)
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)