The Revenge of Shinobi
Genre: Side Scrolling Platformer
Release Date: 05/22/2012
I’m a big fan of all Overworks’ games especially the Sakura Wars and Phantasy Star games. Before those titles, they were known at Team Shinobi and as you might have guessed, gave use the original Shinobi games for the Sega Master system and Sega Genesis. I owned the original version of The Revenge of Shinobi for my Sega Genesis and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, when the game was re-released as part of the Sega Smash Pack for the Sega Dreamcast, it was a buggy, near unplayable mess. Rumours began that the original code for the game was lost and so Sega accidentally used a beta version of the game in Smash Pack. The rumours appeared to be true when The Revenge of Shinobi was left out of both the Sega Genesis Collection for the PS2 and the current Ultimate Genesis Collection that is available for the PS3 and Xbox360. We got Shinobi III in both, Shadow Dancer in the PS2 collection and the original arcade game in Ultimate Genesis, but still no The Revenge of Shinobi. Was this game permanently lost like Panzer Dragoon for the Sega Saturn (Sega uses a port of the PC version when needed like the unlockable in Panzer Dragoon Orta)? Well it appears that the rumours were just rumors after all as in 2009 Sega released The Revenge of Shinobi in all its 16-bit glory for the Nintendo Wii and then, earlier this month, for the PS3 and 360. After all this time, does the game still hold up as one of the best Sega titles ever or did it turn out that this release shares many of the same problems as the Smash Pack version?