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Shinobi (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Contrary to the name, Shinobi (often referred to as GG Shinobi) is not a simple arcade port. This is a brand new Game Gear game with a surprising amount of fresh ideas. This time around you play as five different Shinobis, each with their own unique weapons and skills. The graphics are sharp, the gameplay is quick and there are enough creative ideas to make this a must-own game. It's good to see Sega coming out swinging. Rating: 78%
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What Is It? Contrary to the name, Shinobi (often referred to as GG Shinobi) is not a simple arcade port. This is a brand new Game Gear game with a surprising amount of fresh ideas. This time around you play as five different Shinobis, each with their own unique weapons and skills. The levels take full advantage of this gameplay tweak, allowing for some truly spectacular 2D locales. The trade-off is that this doesn't feel like the Shinobi games of old. This is a straight-up action experience, resembling the 8-bit versions of Strider. Still, ninja fun is guaranteed when you download this Game Gear version of Shinobi!

Does It Still Hold Up? It's hard to be blown away by 8-bit graphics on twenty year old handheld, but Shinobi comes pretty darn close. The backgrounds feature parallax scrolling, the characters are detailed and everything is bright and colorful. Even more astonishing is the music, which remixes familiar tracks from Revenge of Shinobi. The gameplay is solid and the pacing is quick, which works perfectly in Shinboi's first portable adventure.

Is It Worth The Money? Shinobi is far from perfect, but that shouldn't stop you from checking out this inventive action game. This is Sega's way of pointing out that the Game Gear was a powerful system that easily outclassed Nintendo's black and white Game Boy. The graphics are sharp, the gameplay is quick and there are enough creative ideas to make this a must-own game. It's good to see Sega coming out swinging.
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