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This is the first game in the Shinobi series. For other games in the series see the Shinobi category.

Box artwork for Shinobi.
Developer(s)Sega, Backbone Entertainment
Publisher(s)Sega, Asmik, Tengen
Year released1987
System(s)Arcade, Sega Master System, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64/128, Commodore Amiga, DOS, MSX, TurboGrafx-16, NES, Wii, Xbox 360
Followed byShadow Dancer
Sega Ages
Genre(s)Platformer, Hack and slash
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)CERO Ages 12 and upESRB Everyone 10+PEGI Ages 12+Parental Guidance
Sega Ages Shinobi
Year released2019
System(s)Nintendo Switch
Neoseeker Related Pages
LinksOfficial websiteShinobi at PCGamingWikiShinobi ChannelSearchSearch
For the Game Gear game released as Shinobi, see The GG Shinobi.

Shinobi (忍 -SHINOBI-?) is an arcade game, developed and published by Sega. It was originally released in 1987 and ported to numerous systems. The game spawned numerous sequels.

A re-worked version was released for Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade on June 10, 2009 with HD support and online leaderboards. The original coin-op version of the game was released for the Wii Virtual Console in Japan on July 14, 2009, in the PAL regions on October 23, 2009 and in North America on December 7, 2009.


Shinobi is about a ninja named Joe Musashi who has to stop a criminal organization called "Zeed" who are kidnapping the children of the Oboro clan. Through five missions of increasing difficulty, Musashi must make his way to Zeed's headquarters and free all the hostages before confronting Zeed's leaders known as "Ring of Five", which are formidable enemies on their own. "Ring of Five" are the bosses at the end of each level. Below is the list of them.

  • Ken Oh - A gigantic samurai-like wizard who can throw fireballs.
  • Black Turtle - A leader who is piloting or aboard an attack helicopter.
  • Mandara - A Hinduistic guru who is, in fact, cyborg.
  • Lobster - A large samurai with a V-shaped symbol on his head who wields a sword.
  • Masked Ninja - The main leader of Zeed and the last boss, he is a powerful ninja with vast magical and physical powers. His true identity is revealed to be Nakahara, Joe Musashi's mentor. Nakahara's name is a reference to the Musashi-Nakahara Station. His name is meant to be a hint of his true identity as "Nakahara Musashi", Joe Musashi's father.

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