A young ninja and his dog take on the thugs of the Neo-Zeed Corporation and their boss the Union Lizard.


A.D. 1997, New York City Having vanquished the evil crime empire, Neo Zeed, the ninja master Shinobi and his combat ninja skills, were not heard from again. But a new threat arouse, in a reptilian form that lived on vicious instinct alone. The colossal monster moved slowly and quietly, and its attack was relentless. The souls unfortunate enough to live became hostages, and mass panic swept the streets. It remained only for Shinobi to take action. His weapons were stealth and quickness of attack, his only allies when facing over overwhelming force. Relying on Ninja weapons and magic, Shinobi fought on, assisted by his faithful dog. Written by Anonymous

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1 December 1990 (Japan)  »

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Shadô Dansâ  »

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This game actually takes place twenty years after the original Shinobi (1987). The main character is not actually Joe Musashi, but his raised-in-America son named Hayate. See more »


Version of Shadow Dancer (1989) See more »

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Way too easy!
19 April 2005 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Shadow Dancer is the story of Joe Mushashi and his faithful dog Yamoto. Together they go out and beat up the ruthless thugs of the Neo Zeed Corporation and it's boss the Union Lizard. It's a load of confusing nonsense and in the journey from Arcade to Genesis the plot seems to have been erased and events taking place in the game just seem like gobbledygook. All you really do in this game is jump around taking strange-looking villains out with Surikens.

To be honest, the arcade version of Shadow Dancer was much better. The graphics were far superior, the levels were cooler (levels such as the airport and junkyard are missing in this version) and the bad guys less weird.

Plus it's very, very short with only 5 levels all over in a few minutes. As it was such a cool arcade game it's shocking that a game so easy and tepid could end up on the Genesis. It was capable of much more than this and Shadow Dancer is really only a game for Shinobi completist.

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