The Revenge of Shinobi – Sega Genesis Review

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Opening “Sega” jingle is from Astal for the Sega Saturn.

Ending Music during the credits is from Batman for the Sega Genesis.

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Intro by Evan S.

Episode Notes:

1. There is an infinite shuriken code for this. If you find it difficult, use that until you are better familiar with the enemy patterns.

2. Captured on the Mega SG.

3. This was also released in the arcade(UK) on Sega’s Mega-Tech board.

4. I played through this twice for this capture. Having not played this all the way through for 2 years, I don’t mind telling you it punished me the first session on normal with no cheats. I still beat it, but I spat out all my lives and ate a ton of damage doing it. By the end, my timing was back, and I was doing a lot better. It still showed me that it has a great challenge curve.

5. You can play this a great many ways today. It’s on the Genesis compilations and it is on Nintendo’s Switch Online service.

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34 responses to “The Revenge of Shinobi – Sega Genesis Review”

  1. OK, in options put number of shurikens in 0 and wait some seconds … you get infinite shurikens, you are welcome 😉

  2. I first discovered The Revenge of Shinobi was on a review by Classic Game Room HD back in 2010. It would not be until 2014 when I bought this game. The Revenge of Shinobi was a great game and still is to this day. I didn't beat it until 2019. After beating this game, I went on to get Shinobi III.

  3. Revenge of Shinobi, Altered Beast (the pack in) and Golden Axe are what I remember having when my brothers and I saved up to buy the system and games and let me tell you, those were good times. Revenge of Shinobi is by far my favorite Shinobi game after the original arcade. I liked Shadow Dancer, but never got into Shinobi III for some reason.

  4. Now I get what you’re saying about the soundtrack in the game…… but unless he’s also the same person that did music for streets of rage then I’d have to say that takes cake for me as far as music goes on the genesis

    All tracks in that game were just memorable

  5. The Spiderman/Batman/Godzilla thing has always kept me from taking this one seriously, tbh. Bootleg cameos like that just make things too much of a parody, imo. By no means does it make it a bad game, but it just always jarred me out of the game's core experience.

  6. Here in Brazil mega drives IIs came with a 7-pack cartdrigde and one of the games was this banger! (dont know if this was a thing worldwide)

  7. I don’t doubt your wonderful experiences with this game, but playing the Shinobi arcade (along with Rolling Thunder) ruined this game for me. I’ve always been Leary of ports to game consoles. The arcades had so much more detail, better sound effect, etc.

  8. We need a new 2D Shinobi! If developers can put out new TMNT and Streets of Rage side-scrollers (and do them justice), they can do the same for Shinobi!

  9. 4 MBit isn't meager. Super Mario World had just as much and had a ton more content to offer as well as more varied and prettier graphics. You can get a lot out of that size if you have skilled developers dealing with this.

  10. The original arcade Shinobi is one of my all time favourite games. The Gameboy Advance game 'Ninja Five-o' is heavily influenced by the Shinobi games and is well worth playing via emulator.

  11. Our family was one who got the Genesis quite early when the lineup was relatively lean, but it still had some good stuff — I distinctly remember our first six games as Altered Beast (of course), Revenge of Shinobi, Golden Axe, Tommy Lasorda Baseball, Last Battle, and Ghouls 'n' Ghosts. Revenge and GnG were head and shoulders above the rest, with GA slotting in as a solid 3rd place!

  12. I loved Shinobi on the Master System, but I don’t think I have actually ever played this one. I definitely played Shadow Dancer and Shinobi 3, I guess I somehow just missed this one 😅

  13. I got a Sega Genesis for Christmas in 1989 too. It was the greatest Christmas present I ever received. My favorite games on the system are Rambo III, Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf and Streets Of Rage 2. Some of my favorite memories are of my Brother, friends and I playing Sega Genesis games late into the night on weekends.

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