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Release year: 1993 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Sega

Shinobi 3: Return of the Ninja Master (AKA Shinobi III, The Super Shinobi II ザ・スーパー忍II Za Sūpā Shinobu II in Japan) is a 2D side-scrolling action video game developed and published by Sega for the Mega Drive / Genesis console that in 1993. It is the direct sequel to the previous The Revenge of Shinobi (1990). It is one of the best retro ninja games you can play today!

Joe Musashi, the protagonist of the original Shinobi series, returns with his powerful ninja magic. As a well-known master of the Shinobi, Joe Musashi is armed with his katana and shurikens and goes through every level of peons with not so much effort. Even from far away, he can toss his shurikens to knock down enemy ninjas, extremely large armored samurai, and heavily armed guards.

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However, if you go for the kill, he will draw his blade automatically for a quick cut to the neck. He also has other sophisticated fighting abilities like jumping into the air and going down with a kick to the enemy’s head or throwing down a torrent of shurikens to the field. Although rare, you can also cast devastating ninja magic, which is great for the boss fights. You will see your enemies cower in fear as you have an armor of lightning for your protection and when you rouse a group of flame dragons to do as you please.

The shuriken is Joe’s typical ninja attack in Shinobi 3: Return of the Ninja Master. Through every level, you will find crates that when you smash open, you will see helpful items like refills on health, the mysterious POW, or shurikens. You can start throwing shurikens wrapped in flames when you acquire this ancient Japanese power and use it to take down your most powerful enemies with just a hit. However, when you get hit, you will lose your power until you get the needed item once again.

Killing is not the only ability that Joe has. With years of tireless ninja training, he can perform lots of other platforming techniques, such as double jumping and jump-kicking off walls. He can also hang to the ceiling while warding off flying creatures and hold onto pipelines to travel across.

Joe Musashi is not the only reason why Sega fanatics love this game. Shinobi 3 has astonishing and fast-paced levels. The gorgeous stages involve lots of platforming, actions, and amazing atmosphere. The game will toss you into a forest with hordes of enemy ninjas, men that have buckets on their heads, and babes that wields a katana.

It has been ported to Mega Drive / Genesis (this version), Virtual Console, Microsoft Windows, iPhone, Nintendo eShop, PlayStation 2, PS3, Xbox 360, Steam…

Shinobi 3: Return of the Ninja Master - Sega Genesis (Mega Drive)
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