Sega's classic arcade game Shinobi wowed ninja fans back in 1987; with its addictive fast-paced action and great atmosphere it was only a matter of time before it got ported to pretty much every home format under the sun - including the NES and the Master System.
The Revenge of Shinobi was released early in the Genesis / Mega Drive's lifespan in 1989 and took things to the next level. With a rocking Yuzo Koshiro soundtrack, introduction of a life-bar and fancy new ninja moves, it was a great success. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master followed four whole years later and for many is the definitive game in the series - you should definitely check out the 3D Classics edition. And who can forget Shadow Dancer either?
These are just a handful of the titles which make up the entire lineage of this series, and if you're hungry for more info then check out the latest video from Slopes Game Room. It details everything from the early origins of the franchise to the more recent 3DS outing, and is well worth a watch.
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