A traditional side-scrolling platform game where the player controls Joe Musashi and must defeat enemies from eight districts before the final confrontation with the head of Neo Zeed.


Taking place three years after the first game, the criminal organization Zeed from the original game has since reformed and have renamed themselves "Neo Zeed". They decide to have their revenge on the Oboro Ninja clan and Joe Musashi by killing his master and kidnapping Joe's bride, Naoko. Joe, having reached the clan too late, manages to learn about Neo Zeed's plot by his dying master. Joe decides to travel the world to gain his revenge on Neo Zeed as well as try to save his bride before it's too late.

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12 February 1989 (USA)  »

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The Revenge of Shinobi  »

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A classic, but not really spectacular, game
26 May 2013 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

It's safe to say that anyone who had a Mega Drive back in the day had Revenge of Shinobi. The game was very popular indeed, but I wonder just how many people actually managed to finish it. The difficulty level is extremely high, and the frequently awkward stage design will having you screaming bloody murder.

Shinobi's master has been killed in Japan, and his girlfriend Naoko has been kidnapped by the Neo Zeed Corporation (the plot of virtually every video game from this era) and it's up to him to traverse 8 stages across Asia and America, wiping out generic bad guys, to get her back. Each stage is broken up into three relatively small segments (2 areas and a boss fight) but trust me...you will lose many, many lives.

It feels very much like the first Streets of Rage, sharing several of the programmers, though if you ever do manage to finish it I can't see any appeal in coming back, as it really is so punishing.

Revenge of Shinobi does stand up as a classic of era regardless of its shortcomings as the graphics and design are very good, especially so early in the 16-bit consoles lifetime.

Graphics A- Sound B Gameplay B- Lasting Appeal C

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