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Shinobi on 3DS Remains Hidden Until November

Posted by Trevor Chan

SEGA producer reveals the game's influences

SEGA has found itself pushing back the releases of two upcoming 3DS titles lately: CRUSH3D from Zoë Mode and the other being Shinobi from Griptonite Games.

The latest press release from the publisher states the new release date as 11th November ― two months later than what was previously planned.

Shinobi for the 3DS puts players in the role of Jiro Musashi, the father of Joe Musashi from the original arcade release in 1987. The story mode will shine some light on the Musashi family history and the game's "innovative" StreetPass feature will be announced by SEGA at a later date.

Interestingly, it was Griptonite Games ― the studio behind DS titles Spider-Man: Web of Shadows and Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions ― that approached SEGA about bringing the Shinobi series back.

Stephen Frost, a producer at SEGA of America spoke with Siliconera and revealed that a group of guys over at Griptonite Games were big fans of the series, and that influence was drawn from the work developed for the Spider-Man DS games and Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines for the PlayStation Portable:

They had worked on Assassin’s Creed [Bloodlines] for PSP and [Spider-Man] Web of Shadows, which had a great combat system, and things like that, and we started to talk about bringing back Shinobi but in a classical sense... If we were to put together a spiritual successor to the old classic Shinobi games, what would that be like?

Frost went on to describe what the studio then pitched, and whether the essence of the old Shinobi games was captured:

They put together this nice sort of pitch video of Assassin’s Creed, but with a ninja... So, using some of the build for Assassin’s Creed, but dropping a ninja in there and sort of the platforming and action sequences of that... We saw that and, it’s like, that’s great because it’s modernizing the gameplay to today’s expectations, but also still capturing the essence of what was magical and classical about the old Shinobi games.

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User Comments (17)



Punny said:

If the November date means that Sega and Griptonite Games will take longer to perfect the game, then that's okay with me.



SonicMaster said:

Well, that's not too bad. Anything to make sure the game is as good as possible. I certainly hope this is more enjoyable than Revenge of Shinobi...



HandheldGuru97 said:

Well another game on my birthday list. Sigh my parents wallet is going to be hurting this holiday



TheGreenSpiny said:

@4: That's what I was wondering... What the hell is going on in general. It doesn't seem like anyone is releasing games and stuff is getting canceled left and right.



Weavius said:

As long as it doesn't get canned, I'm cool with a delay.

As for other games being canceled, I think some 3rd parties didn't realize how much more time it takes to make 3D graphics. In other words, either lazy or cheap.



Tethers said:

November? With titles like Tales of the Abyss, maybe Mario Kart/Super Mario and plenty of other AAA-games on the stationary consoles, this is eventually not a great idea...



ToadFan said:

@10 It's November for Europe, but it's been a announced date of December 31,2011 for the USA on but that might be deylayed too



Supremeist said:

I'm not interested yet anyway. If it turns out good I might come around for it, but the delay is fine with me. More money in my pocket for earlier games.



Crunchy_in_milk said:

Hopefully the delay wasn't for the same reason as Crush3d, But, if it's to perfect the game, then I'm all for the delay.



Gamer83 said:

Honestly after seeing videos, I think it'd be best if Sega just leaves this game hidden, period. This would be one time I wouldn't get infuriated over a 3DS game getting scrapped.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Looking forward to the game. I think this could at least get a 7 / 10.
Like PunnyGuy and Crunchy_in_milk said i also hope the delay is used to make the game better.



FMsaziri said:

I guess Sega had a peek in Griptonite Games studio and decided to delay the game after seeing the mess it is.

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