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SEGA Makes Shinobi Official, First Shots Inside

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Join Jiro, not Joe

It's official: Shinobi is returning, with SEGA now unveiling the first screenshots and details of the upcoming 3DS title.

Players take control of Jiro Musashi, father of the 16-bit hero Joe, and must make use of melee combat, ranged attacks and ninja magic to restore peace to the Oboro clan, we assume.

The game will also make sure of StreetPass functionality and feature in-game achievements and challenges to unlock too.

The first full-length trailer and screenshots are here, with the full game set to launch in September. Shinobi fans, let your voices be heard in the comments below.

Shinobi is back in full 3D after eight years

LONDON AND SAN FRANCISCO – (May 26th, 2011) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced Shinobi™ exclusively for Nintendo 3DS™. Developed by Griptonite Games, Shinobi is the long anticipated return of the fan favourite series and includes the classic side-scrolling action gameplay players have loved since the original. Coming to stores in September 2011, Shinobi introduces several exciting new features such as StreetPass™ and a large assortment of achievements and challenges to unlock.

“For years the fans have been asking for a new Shinobi,” said Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing of SEGA West. “With Shinobi on Nintendo 3DS we’re able to answer their prayers and bring this legendary series to the next level.”

Shinobi tells the story of Jiro Musashi, the leader of the Oboro clan and father of Joe Musashi, the hero of the first iterations of Shinobi. Players will become a true ninja legend by mastering a brand new combo system switching between melee, ranged and acrobatic attacks. They will also need to rely on Jiro’s ninja magic to get an advantage over their enemies and get out of tight spots.

Shinobi will be released for Nintendo 3DS in September 2011.

[via blogs.sega.com]

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ThomasBW84Admin

#1

ThomasBW84 said:

Hm, looks interesting. The action looks fantastic (I loved Shinobi 2 back in the day), though I'll be curious to see more gameplay footage, as I can't decide whether the visuals are stylish, or basic and unrefined. To be fair, youtube clips aren't the best source for judging a game's graphics.

J-Forest-Esq

#3

J-Forest-Esq said:

So it's no longer a compilation then, eh? It's probably for the best. Looks pretty good though, I'll be following it closely.

WiiLovePeace

#6

WiiLovePeace said:

Wow that looks AWESOME, it looks like it really utilises the strengths of the 3ds. Another game to add to the list of "Games that make me want to buy a 3DS".

daznsaz

#8

daznsaz said:

im impressed will be a right blast from the past playing this think were gonna get a lot of good stuff from sega

FMsaziri

#9

FMsaziri said:

Another classic japanese franchise left in the "capable" hands of some crappy western developer. Shinobi fans, take a look at Griptonite Games miserable resume and your dreams will be probably crushed.

G-MaxiMillion

#10

G-MaxiMillion said:

Hmm. I don't think this is something for me. I don't really like ninja games.

I did like Ninja Gaiden, though.

pixelman

#13

pixelman said:

I hate to say I told ya so, but... ;3

This looks awesome. I'm gonna be all over it.

Link79

#15

Link79 said:

Please let this turn out good. If Shinobi is going to make a true comeback they better not mess it up. I'll be watching this one. Now if only they'd bring back classic Ninja Gaiden.

gingerbeardman

#16

gingerbeardman said:

I really wish you guys would present screenshots in HTML5. I don't have Flash installed on my Mac (and iPhone and iPad).

pixelman

#17

pixelman said:

Me too, I'm on my iPad and I always have to look up the videos on YouTube whenever NL posts a trailer.

DazzaAdmin

#18

Dazza said:

Sign me up, I'm looking forward to getting acquainted with the ninja skills of Jiro!

shinobi88

#19

shinobi88 said:

That trailer looks epic. The thing that always hooked me about the Genesis Shinobi games was the amazing journey they took you on. Cool and weird locations, fast and fiendish gameplay, and insane bosses. This game definitely looks like it follows that tradition. Griptonite has had a lot of experience with sidescrollers on DS and fared pretty well with games like Wolverine, Iron Man 2, and Ben 10:Ultimate Alien. Hopefully, they've perfected the formula. I'm glad the story carries over from the original Genesis character. Joe Musashi. Anime cutscenes will really help tell the tale. Consider this a must buy.

komicturtle

#26

komicturtle said:

Really like the art style.

For a moment, it looked like Viewtiful Joe before I pressed play on the video.

I want my Viewtiful Joe *3*DS D:

ninja_tom

#29

ninja_tom said:

Lets hope they upgrade the graphics.

Plus, unlockable versions of the old games please :D

Einherjar

#30

Einherjar said:

Graphics look indeed quite tame...not bad, but they could be improved. The gamelay looks awesome ;)

MeloMan

#31

MeloMan said:

Cell shaded slightly? Maybe? Whatever it is, it looks impressive and the action looks great. If it all comes together, then I'm as good as sold.

Neram

#33

Neram said:

Awesooooome, totally getting this, looks alot like Shinobi III which rocks.

CorbsAdmin

#40

Corbs said:

The visit to the Sega booth at E3 just keeps getting more interesting by the minute. Can't wait! :D

Slapshot

#41

Slapshot said:

I'm so happy to see SEGA back in force once again!

@Corbs yeah, I'm officially jealous! This is now officially one of my most anticipated game of this year. This literally blasted out of nowhere too! :D

Link79

#43

Link79 said:

They got some guy at IGN to preview this game who claimed he wasn't even a fan of the series. Sounds like he'd be the perfect authority on the new game then right? Based on this short video it's hard to say but I hope it's good.

Fuzzy

#44

Fuzzy said:

I remember playing the first one in the arcades when I was younger, but haven't played another one since. Might have to go back and give them a go.

capitalism

#46

capitalism said:

Love the trailer and love that Shiniboi is BACK ON 3DS!!!! Sega is really kicking some a**!

raedjhn

#47

raedjhn said:

wow me WANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD
my 1st and last Shinobi was shadow dancer i play it in 1995 i was kid back then :)

Henmii

#48

Henmii said:

I am not so sure about the graphics. I think they could have been a lot better, but then again the game is not finished yet!

brandonbwii

#49

brandonbwii said:

About the graphics, yeah it doesn't particularly look that great. It's obviously the same engine as Griptonite's Green Lantern game. I would hope they'd have time to make Shinobi visuals better than a movie tie-in's. Like Henmii said though, it's not finished yet. Plus I tend to find almost all 3DS games to look better in motion more than any other platform.

BRAINFOX

#50

BRAINFOX said:

now that SEGA's bringin back their franchises, how about FINALLY releasing Thunder Force VI over here? and maybe II-IV on vc...

brandonbwii

#51

brandonbwii said:

Why is it that functions like Streetpass, achievements and unlockable challenges lead me to believe this game will be a little on the short side?

Ultranintendofanboy

#53

Ultranintendofanboy said:

They Need to change the art direction of this game. I love Shinobi since... EVER and I personaly hate the art direction of this game althrough the gameplay looks awesome. Keep the good work Sega but please change the art direction of this. 8 years waiting for a new Shinobi game is too much time, we simply deserve so much more in the art direction of this game.

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