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'''''Shinobi''''', known as '''''忍 [Shinobu], "Ninja"''''' in Japan, is a run-and-gun platform game developed and published by [[Sega]] for the [[arcade]] in 1987, and then ported to the majority of platforms of the day. In the game, you play the ninja Joe Musashi who must fight his way through various stages rescuing hostage children who have been kidnapped by a terrorist organization named Zeed.
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[[Image:Shinobi - ARC - USA - Marquee.svg|thumb|256x256px|Shinobi arcade marquee.]]
  
My first memory of Shinobi was at the arcade room in Lakeland Arena in the late 1980s. Since my parents never game me quarters, I could never play it myself, by I enjoyed watching other people play it. I thought the game looked pretty cool, but nobody who played it ever got very far into the game. Only once did I ever see someone beat the bonus round. Years later, with the help of [[MAME]], I was able to play the game through using freeplay.  
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'''''Shinobi''''' is a run-and-gun platform action game developed and published by [[Sega]] for the [[arcade]] in 1987, and then ported to the majority of platforms of the day, though, strangely, not the [[Genesis]]. In the game, you play the ninja Joe Musashi who must fight his way through various stages rescuing hostage children who have been kidnapped by a terrorist organization named Zeed.
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My first memory of Shinobi was at the arcade room in Lakeland Arena in the late 1980s. Since my parents never game me quarters, I never played it myself, but I enjoyed watching other people play it. I thought the game looked pretty cool, but nobody who played it ever got very far into the game. Very rarely someone would beat the first boss, and only once did I ever see someone beat the bonus round. Years later, with the help of [[MAME]], I was able to play the game through using freeplay. I now see it as an important platformer, but not all that interesting.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
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==Review==
 
==Review==
* '''Overall:''' 4/10
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{{Video Game Review|4|4|7|6|4|Arcade}}
* '''Best Version:''' Arcade
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{{Spoilers}}
  
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
* The game has great graphics and sound for the day.
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* The game is technically advanced for the day.
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* The graphics and animation are well made.
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* [[Yasuhiro Kawakami]] composed a good soundtrack for the game.
 
* Ninjas were really popular in the late 1980s, and this game delivered. There are ninja stars, swords, guns, and scary Japanese bosses, etc. The various ninja magic animations are especially cool.
 
* Ninjas were really popular in the late 1980s, and this game delivered. There are ninja stars, swords, guns, and scary Japanese bosses, etc. The various ninja magic animations are especially cool.
* I like that merely touching an enemy doesn't kill you.
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* I like that merely touching an enemy doesn't kill you like so many other games at the time.
* The depth mechanic where you can jump from the background to the foreground is a cool mechanic and it makes the stages more interesting.
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* The depth mechanic where you can jump from the background to the foreground is a cool trick and it makes the stages more interesting.
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* One of the Marilyn Monroe posters has an oddly-placed mole as a joke.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* Only being able to take a single hit before dying is pretty ridiculous.
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* Only being able to take a single hit before dying isn't unusual for an 80s action game, but it's still pretty ridiculous.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
* Like most arcade games, Shinobi is meant to eat quarters. In the later stages, the game play becomes extremely unfair. There are all sorts of enemies that show up and attack before you're able to react requiring dozens of play-throughs before you memorize the game.
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* Like most arcade games, Shinobi is meant to eat quarters. In the later stages, the game play becomes extremely unfair. There are all sorts of enemies that dart across the screen faster than most players can react requiring dozens of failed play-throughs before you can memorize the game.
  
 
==Media==
 
==Media==
 
===Box Art===
 
===Box Art===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
Shinobi - ARC - USA - Marquee.png|Arcade marquee.
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Shinobi - ARC - USA - Marquee.svg|Arcade marquee.
 
Shinobi - SMS - EU.jpg|Sega Master System, all regions.
 
Shinobi - SMS - EU.jpg|Sega Master System, all regions.
 
Shinobi - C64 - USA.jpg|North American Amiga, Commodore 64, DOS.
 
Shinobi - C64 - USA.jpg|North American Amiga, Commodore 64, DOS.
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Shinobi - ARC - Ad.jpg|Arcade promotional.
 
Shinobi - ARC - Ad.jpg|Arcade promotional.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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===Maps===
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<gallery>
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Shinobi - ZXS - Map.png|ZX Spectrum.
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</gallery>
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* [http://vgmaps.com/Atlas/Arcade/index.htm#Shinobi Arcade]
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* [http://vgmaps.com/Atlas/MasterSystem/index.htm#Shinobi Master System]
  
 
===Videos===
 
===Videos===
 
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqScgMHVe3c youtube.com/watch?v=lqScgMHVe3c] - Longplay.
 
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqScgMHVe3c youtube.com/watch?v=lqScgMHVe3c] - Longplay.
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==Titles==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Language !! Native !! Transliteration !! Translation
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|-
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| English || Shadowgate || ||
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| Japanese || 忍 || Shinobu || Ninja
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|}
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/shinobi mobygames.com/game/shinobi] - MobyGames.
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{{Link|MobyGames|http://www.mobygames.com/game/shinobi}}
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinobi_(video_game) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinobi_(video_game)] - Wikipedia.
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{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinobi_(video_game)}}
  
  
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
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[[Category: 1987 Video Games]]
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[[Category: Video Game Prime Order - Action, Adventure, Strategy]]
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[[Category: Video Game Genre - Ninjas]]
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[[Category: Video Game Genre - Platformer]]
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[[Category: Video Game Genre - Platform Shooter]]
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[[Category: Game Mechanic - Playable Non-White Character]]
 
[[Category: Amiga Games]]
 
[[Category: Amiga Games]]
 
[[Category: Amstrad CPC Games]]
 
[[Category: Amstrad CPC Games]]
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[[Category: ZX Spectrum Games]]
 
[[Category: ZX Spectrum Games]]
 
[[Category: Action]]
 
[[Category: Action]]
[[Category: Platformer]]
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[[Category: 4-bit Color Graphics]]
[[Category: Run and Gun]]
 
[[Category: Ninja]]
 

Latest revision as of 11:00, 22 January 2020

Shinobi arcade marquee.

Shinobi is a run-and-gun platform action game developed and published by Sega for the arcade in 1987, and then ported to the majority of platforms of the day, though, strangely, not the Genesis. In the game, you play the ninja Joe Musashi who must fight his way through various stages rescuing hostage children who have been kidnapped by a terrorist organization named Zeed.

My first memory of Shinobi was at the arcade room in Lakeland Arena in the late 1980s. Since my parents never game me quarters, I never played it myself, but I enjoyed watching other people play it. I thought the game looked pretty cool, but nobody who played it ever got very far into the game. Very rarely someone would beat the first boss, and only once did I ever see someone beat the bonus round. Years later, with the help of MAME, I was able to play the game through using freeplay. I now see it as an important platformer, but not all that interesting.

Status

I do not own any of the port and haven't beat any.

Review

Video Game Review Icon - Enjoyment.png Video Game Review Icon - Control.png Video Game Review Icon - Appearance.png Video Game Review Icon - Sound.png Video Game Review Icon - Replayability.png
4 4 7 6 4

Best Version: Arcade

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • The game is technically advanced for the day.
  • The graphics and animation are well made.
  • Yasuhiro Kawakami composed a good soundtrack for the game.
  • Ninjas were really popular in the late 1980s, and this game delivered. There are ninja stars, swords, guns, and scary Japanese bosses, etc. The various ninja magic animations are especially cool.
  • I like that merely touching an enemy doesn't kill you like so many other games at the time.
  • The depth mechanic where you can jump from the background to the foreground is a cool trick and it makes the stages more interesting.
  • One of the Marilyn Monroe posters has an oddly-placed mole as a joke.

Bad

  • Only being able to take a single hit before dying isn't unusual for an 80s action game, but it's still pretty ridiculous.

Ugly

  • Like most arcade games, Shinobi is meant to eat quarters. In the later stages, the game play becomes extremely unfair. There are all sorts of enemies that dart across the screen faster than most players can react requiring dozens of failed play-throughs before you can memorize the game.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Maps

Videos

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English Shadowgate
Japanese Shinobu Ninja

Links

Link-MobyGames.png  Link-Wikipedia.png