Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master review - Sega Megadrive
What the Mean Machines staff thought
Revenge of Shinobi remains one of my favourite Megadrive games ever so I was extremely anxious to get my hands on the sequel. Now I have, I'm in two minds about it. I can see it's a brilliant game that's a lot bigger than Revenge of Shinobi with better graphics.
The naming conventions in the Shinobi series sort of got a little confused on the Mega Drive / Genesis. Shinobi III is actually a sequel to the Mega Drive launch title Revenge of Shinobi and shares many similarities with the legendary game. Shadow Dancer is Sega’s second 16-bit Shinobi game so it all sort of makes sense in a strange way even though the Japanese names are different.
Stayrsaigh - 08 Mar 2008, 17:18 GMT
In my opinion possibly one of, if not THEE best game ever to grace the Sega Megadrive. At first glance it looks like it's older brother Revenge Of Shinobi, but delve deeper and it's a whole different story. The Graphics are Stunning, using some amazing effects that most people thought just wernt possible on the old MD, everything is slick and smooth with nice touches like leaves blowing in the wind. the sound.......ohhh the sound.....this has to be on of the best aspects of the game. Pumping oriental influenced tunes blast through the speakers at you, the songs are ultra catchy and get the juices flowing. I was suite surprised (And please correct me if I'm wrong) that the music was not by Yuzo Koshiro as I consider it to be some of the best on the Megadrive. Kudos to whoever it was though. The sound effects are equally impressive, with some nice crunchy smacks and slashes. Gamplay wise, well theres' just no beating this game (And in saying that I don't mean it's hard!) Fast, smooth action is the order of the day. The gameplay is deviously addictive with loads of moves weapons, techniques and one or two brainscratching moments. A perfect learning curve ensures a superb challenge but get's you that little bit further every time and has that X factor which makes games into classics. The 'One more go!' element is here in force, and with the challenge level higher than a high thing you'll be playing this game for a long time!
All in all this game is a masterpiece of Sega development. Many people slated it saying it was too similar to 'Revenge Of Shinobi', but it has shown itself to have improved on and far surpass 'Revenge' in Graphics, sound and gameplay! The game is a shining example of what Sega developers can really do with their 16 bit beast if they really want to!
A true classic!
luke - 31 Oct 2008, 03:38 GMT
I found that the first Shinobi game, while quite good, this was much better.
I loved the graphics, music, and gameplay.
Alot of the time I just listen to the music on its own its that good.
Also, I think there was like 3 people who wrote the music for this game as apossed to Just normally Yuzo Koshiro who wrote them on his own...
Jono - 19 Aug 2012, 10:01 GMT
Wow, way to cut-back Riches original comment to the utmost. It’s been summarized (or should that be slaughtered) to the extent that the most important thing has completely been left out – his (honest) opinion!