• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Nov 15, 2011

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
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  1. Dec 6, 2011
    Shinobi might not have a huge hype around it, but that doesn't make it a bad game. It's a very challenging game that will be loved by everyone that is into platform games.
  2. Dec 15, 2011
    The developers were respectful to the franchise, yet the new gameplay elements make the experience unique enough to not be another retro rehash. Buy it and support quality third party developers, or at least rent and add it to your Gamefly list as soon as possible. I would like to see a 3DS sequel next year.
  3. Dec 15, 2011
    I definitely think Shinobi on 3DS is worth seeking out for system owners. It's a really great representation of old-school Shinobi without simply being a remake of what came before.
  4. Nov 14, 2011
    An old-school side-scroller, with the occasional throw-away 3D sequence included, that makes no concessions to the trend of making games so simple you can complete them by just pressing a button occasionally.
  5. Jan 24, 2012
    Shinobi is a great game with tons to do. Some of the old-school elements are sure to turn many players off, but if you can surmount the steep difficulty curve, there is a substantial amount of satisfying gameplay to be found. Those who want a cohesive narrative or who can't afford to endure a few hours of frustration should look elsewhere, but those who can make it past the hump can wring out a lot of fun.
  6. 80
    With a challenging main campaign and a plethora of StreetPass/Play Coin challenge stages, Shinobi packs in a lot of content. However, if you don't want to put the time into it and deal with bouts of frustration, you're better off avoiding this game.
  7. Dec 7, 2011
    Shinobi is totally old school: it can be freakingly hard, relies on a complex rating system and is a pure 2D Action fest! It's by no means perfect, but fans of the Golden Age of videogames will love it; it's a no-compromises games, requires a no-compromises dedition, gives a no-compromises satisfaction.
  8. Nov 21, 2011
    Shinobi on the 3DS is a strange game that takes a classic game and throws a 21st century twist on it with the inclusion of 3D graphics and some enhanced gaming controls and the like original, a few different mini-games. Even though the game feels different, it is also reminiscent of the original from the way it dishes out the scores which definitely opens up the game for another play.
  9. Nov 18, 2011
    Proving that old school can still be cool, Shinobi makes a welcome return on the 3DS.
  10. Nov 17, 2011
    The presentation, challenging play and hidden items combine to form one of the coolest ninja romps we've played, perfectly suited for the hardcore crowd in desperate search of a challenge amidst easier fare. Just don't expect a cakewalk.
  11. Nov 15, 2011
    All in all, Shinobi surprises with a good comeback on the 3DS. The game combines the typical 2D level design with some 3D elements in lovely environments and offers a pretty challenging gameplay.
  12. Shinobi won't be to everyone's tastes since we're now in an age where games are expected to be easy enough for everyone. But if you like the idea of a game repeatedly handing your backside to you until you learn the ins and outs, Shinobi will give you many hours of fun.
  13. 78
    Recommended for those who like side-scrolling action games and for those who miss the 16-bits era.
  14. Nov 29, 2011
    Shinobi for Nintendo 3DS offers plenty of hardcore action which will be enjoyed by veteran gamers and fans of the classic games. Although the game falls in the visual side from the middle of the story, its great combat system offers plenty of fun.
  15. Nov 29, 2011
    Shinobi: a name, many stories. The series, which for years has enthralled generations of gamers, comes to 3DS with some choices that will delight the old time fans.
  16. Nov 21, 2011
    If you're up for a challenge, it's among the small number of quality games in the growing 3DS library worthy of a spot on your shelf.
  17. Nov 18, 2011
    What brings the game down considerably is the repetitiveness of the main combat, and the fact that the initially inspired level and art designs take a nosedive about halfway through.
  18. Nintendo Power
    Nov 8, 2011
    Visually, Shinobi isn't exactly a showcase for the N3DS hardware, but the game runs smoothly and the art style works well with stereoscopic 3D. [Nov 2011, p.74]
  19. Dec 9, 2011
    Shinobi is the modern version of an old classic. This action platform grants to every player a crazy difficulty level and the basic gameplay is quite good to play against the leaderboard. If you're looking for a hard challenge, this could be a good choice for you.
  20. Dec 5, 2011
    When all's said and done, Shinobi is a solid, old-fashioned 2D action game on a platform that has been surprisingly devoid of them so far.
  21. Nov 29, 2011
    Shinobi is by no means a showcase of Nintendo 3DS' abilities despite making use of nearly all of them, but with a compelling old-school gameplay structure, a rewarding sense of achievement and a difficulty level bordering on the psychopathic, it is a viable option for those wanting a challenging pick-up-and-play title.
  22. Nov 25, 2011
    Only the hardcore need apply. Shinobi is tough as old boots, and if you have the patience to master its ways, you'll find a very satisfying platformer.
  23. Nov 21, 2011
    Shinobi is certainly not a game for everyone, and definitely too much of a burden for Nintendo's regular audience.
  24. Nov 14, 2011
    If you take it for what it is, this isn't a bad game, and the fun of dashing through the earlier levels mostly outweighs the bad. Griptonite has certainly captured the spirit of Shinobi games in this release, but falls short of creating an all-time classic to revitalise the canon.
  25. Nov 14, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  26. Games Master UK
    Dec 17, 2011
    We'd rather play something with a bit more honour. [Jan 2012, p.97]
  27. Nintendo Gamer
    Dec 7, 2011
    A delightfully tacky ninja fantasy. [Dec 2011, p.71]
  28. 60
    Shinobi is far from a game for the general public, the game is "old school", designed to recreate the feeling that the original brought.
  29. Nov 25, 2011
    Inspired at times but also badly inconsistent, this is certainly the best Shinobi game since the Mega Drive era but still not really it's own game.
  30. Nov 22, 2011
    Rather than variety, Shinobi embraces the daunting challenge leitmotif seen in games like Super Meat Boy, but it does so absent any particular charm.
  31. Nov 28, 2011
    To call this a bad game would be grossly unfair, but it's a truly unexceptional one. For a series like Shinobi, that is dishonour enough.
  32. games(TM)
    Dec 1, 2011
    While the deviant design maintains the unsympathetic difficulty, here it feels cheap and archaic within the context of such plodding action. [Christmas 2011, p.107]
  33. Nov 24, 2011
    It would be easy to consider this Shinobi as true heir to its ancestors, since it's a sidecroller with a high difficulty and a white ninja. But unlike the cult ons on the Genesis, Shinobi on the 3DS doesn't answer to the required visual, technical, and narrative standards of its era. Its difficulty is more the result of collision bugs than careful or creative level design, and its general atmosphere is poor, at best.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 38
  2. Negative: 5 out of 38
  1. Dec 19, 2011
    Good game, excelent gameplay. Very good ideas in game. Reutilization of some of better ideas in the serie. But a game with a very highGood game, excelent gameplay. Very good ideas in game. Reutilization of some of better ideas in the serie. But a game with a very high dificult. This make the the life of the game long. But it can piss off you too.
    The game have many unlockable: characters, weapons, musics, stages. And have a ranking system for the stages you have played. To a action game, no bad. If you dont scare yourself with hard games, can go for it.
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  2. Nov 28, 2011
    Casual players need not apply, nor buy this game. If you are looking for a rough game that requires dedication and perseverance--this may beCasual players need not apply, nor buy this game. If you are looking for a rough game that requires dedication and perseverance--this may be a game for you. I found the visuals quite attractive and that they worked well with the 3D without any framerate issues. The story is fairly forgettable, but that's kind of how shinobi has been raised over the years. The difficulty comes in both quick reflexes as well as memory--you will need to play levels multiple times in order to beat them. You will also need to learn the buttons quite well in order to have the reflexes timed just right and practice practice practice. Even on the easy difficulty this game will still challenge you.

    2 issues that I have found that I am a bit frustrated and disappointed in are:
    --Cutscenes are not in 3D--for whatever reason all the game play is in 3D but where most games shine in 3D is the cutscenes and this one basically tossed them aside for your usual 2D comic cutscenes.

    --StreetPass challenges---these things are for those that are really looking for a challenge. Good luck finding anyone to test your best completion times and score--you probably won't find many people that even bother completeing them as they are just tough as nails. I have not completed the game yet, but plan to do so when I have some time to really spend with it. This is not a game you can recommend to everyone--but if you want to be a virtual ninja master--this game will test your skills.
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  3. May 31, 2012
    It's hard make no mistake about that - but it's not ghosts and goblins hard. Yet, the difficult is part of the attraction as well. Sure youIt's hard make no mistake about that - but it's not ghosts and goblins hard. Yet, the difficult is part of the attraction as well. Sure you might die plenty of times trying to complete a level and at times frustration may get the better of you.

    However, unlike many games the more you play this one the more you learn. And as you learn you develop the skills necessary to complete the levels. And trust me, when you do complete a level you feel a sense of achievement because unlike a lot of games - you really earn it.

    So Forget the crap scores given by magazine reviews. Those clowns are faced with time constraints and as such cannot give brilliant games such as Shinobi the time they need.

    Anyone that liked previous Shinobi games should get this and anyone that likes a challenge should also grab a copy.

    Those who think playing The Sims makes them hardcore should probably look elsewhere
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