Shinobi ninja magics itself into the Sega Ages line-up

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Sega’s far-from-typical Joe coming to Switch

In a couple of day’s time (Oct 31st!), Shinobi will be released on the Nintendo Switch eShop in Japan. It is a pretty protected bet that it will be coming to the west, as well, and of course we will all be acquiring it on day 1, hmm?

If you have not had the pleasure of playing Shinobi, it really is a ninja-adjacent side-scroller from Sega’s arcade heyday, starring Joe Mushashi as he quests to defeat the evil Zeed corporation. They’ve been kidnapping the youngsters from Joe’s clan, you see, and he’s totally had his gutful of the nasty sods. It is a methodical, complicated platformer, but eminently fair all through. A fantastic-seeking game with a excellent appear, memorable stages and boss battles and amazing music. Plus, you know, ninjas are cool.


M2’s Switch version is usually enhanced, with a suite of fascinating new functions. Stage pick has been added, along with a committed “melee attack” button to help with higher-scoring (Shinobi provides a bonus for applying no shuriken in a stage). There is more show modes like, humorously, a “cabinet” mode that recreates the ambient sounds of playing in an arcade*. Lastly, the new Ages Mode switches Joe to his white-robed Revenge of Shinobi kind, supplying him permanently powered-up weapons and the potential to withstand an added hit.


Though this is all grand stuff, I’d enjoy it even extra if they could somehow implement the excellent Sega Master Method port of the game, with its amazing play handle and superior difficulty balance. I’ve often preferred it to the arcade original, but that is not a knock against 1 of Sega’s finest titles of the 80s.

For the record, additional announced titles are: Thunder Force AC, Sonic the Hedgehog two, Puyo Puyo two, G-LOC: Air Battle, Fantasy Zone and Herzog Zwei. Something in specific you’d like to see? I am angling for ESWAT and A.B Cop.


*In merrie olde England, this would be the sound of a tattooed man yelling “NO YOU CARN ‘AVE TEN PEE. You have JUST ‘AD TEN PEE” at his ugly, ugly youngsters.

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