The Revenge of Shinobi (Sega Genesis)

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The Revenge of Shinboi, also known as Shinobi II: The Revenge and in Japan as The Super Shinobi, was the first Shinobi game released for the Sega Genesis. It was released in 1989, about the same time as home ports of the original Shinobi were showing up on other systems. Confusingly, there was a separate arcade sequel called Shadow Dancer released in 1989 that was also ported to home systems, including the Genesis, starting in 1990.

All of these games were side scrolling platform beat-em-up type games featuring ninjas. Unlike the other two, The Revenge of Shinobi was developed specifically for the Sega Genesis. If you enjoy the genre, then this is one you should have in your collection. It is an above average example of such games and one of the better early games on the Sega Genesis. While the Genesis would have better and more visually impressive games of this type as the years went by, it was a decently impressive start.

One odd things about this game was there there were several revisions because of copyright issues. The original featured enemies resembling Rambo, The Terminator, Spider-Man, Batman and Godzilla among others. The second revision replaced Batman with a winged devil and also changed the look of the Rambo-like characters. The third iteration officially licensed Spider-Man. In the fourth iteration, Godzilla was replaced with a skeletal dinosaur. In later re-releases, Sega no longer had the license to Spider-Man so they simply swapped the color palette to pink.

Speaking of re-releases, you don’t necessarily have to track down an original cart to play this one if you don’t want to. Between 2009 and 2012 it was released for the PlayStation Network, Virtual Console and Xbox Live Arcade. It was also in the first Smash Pack volume for PCs released in 1999 but don’t get this one. It was poorly emulated and it was also a prototype version for some odd reason.

The Revenge of Shinobi (Sega Genesis)

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