SEGA AGES Shinobi is ranked in the 63rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

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90 / 100
Jan 23, 2020

SEGA AGES Shinobi it's another great work from M2, that keeps showing that it has no rival when it's time port and update classics. As the good wine, Shinobi it's a game that doesn't feel outdated, it's fun any arcade and action games lover should taste. The additions made by M2 are, simply, to make the game even better and more accessible.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2020

Sega Ages: Shinobi is still a great game more than 30 years after its initial release

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60 / 100
Jan 23, 2020

Although Shinobi likely isn’t going to gain any new fans from this release, it is a comprehensive, well put together, package for the original game. It contains every modern enhancement I could think of, and for only its low asking price, it’s a steal for all Shinobi fans.

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8 / 10
Jan 23, 2020

Shinobi as a game has aged extremely well – it's still an absolute blast to play today – and that goes a long way to making this a worthy download. The excellent variety of stages and enemies complement the tight gameplay which still feels spot-on even compared with later entries in the series, and its rather fanciful representation of ninjas is difficult to get too upset about when it's just so much fun. We'd frankly like to see some later Sega games appearing in the Sega Ages range at some point, but it's great to see a return to the company's heritage after some of the other more questionable releases.

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8.3 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2017

Shinobi is an all time classic and deserves another reboot as far as I’m concerned.

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5 / 10
Apr 13, 2020

Only the most die-hard of retro game enthusiasts will get something out of SEGA AGES Shinobi. Everyone else would find a much more enjoyable experience with the other Shinobi instalments found in the SEGA Mega Drive Classics compilation

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7 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2020

I liked Shinobi a lot, even though the experience was very quick. The controls felt good and tight, there were some clever enemies (especially towards the end) and the entire concept of being a ninja is a real cool idea. Shinobi is a fleeting experience, but not one that I don't regret having.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2020

For those who still like a challenge you don’t have to use the new features as they are just an additional option. Sure the visuals aren’t the greatest to look at but the gameplay alone makes this one worth picking up.

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7 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2020

Like all of the SEGA AGES entries, it’s fairly priced considering the additional features, so if you’ve ever enjoyed combating ZEED as Joe Musashi it’s worth picking up.

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Jan 24, 2020

The arcade version of Shinobi is very impressive considering it debuted in 1987 and this release is the ultimate way to enjoy it.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2001

Honestly, it’s a great title, one that benefits well from the Ages mode that allows us to play an easier, albeit alternative experience to the initial release, allowing for a breath of fresh air to be given to something that has defied the history of gaming.

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8 / 10
Jan 23, 2020

GREAT - Another awesome blast from the past finds its way onto the Nintendo Switch with the release of Sega Ages Shinobi. Now you can experience the brutally difficult world of ninja master Joe Musashi anywhere you like. Also you can just take it easy and experience a less difficult version with the ability to rewind time. Get your quarters ready.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2019

When the only gripe I have with this version is that the US border art for the game looks dreadful, you know you’ve done an outstanding job on a retro re-release. Most Sega AGES games do a great job at updating things and adding extra content, but there haven’t been too terribly many that have made me convinced that they put in their full effort. Thankfully, Shinobi does do just that, and joins Phantasy Star in being the ultimate version of a featured game in the AGES lineup. If you’re a fan of this game, then you owe it to yourself to buy this ASAP!

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7 / 10
Jan 23, 2020

M2 has proven time and again that they know what they’re doing with the games that they rework, and this port of Shinobi is no different. This is a solid version of the game that is appropriately priced and fits right in with the Switch’s library and on-the-go nature.

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