Uploaded on May 18, 2011
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It's alive! yes, this channel is back from hibernation :) Now that Trion has completely broken RIFT Online with their 1.2 patch I'm pretty much done with that and can go back to updating my channel more frequently. And I start with the pure 16 bit awesomeness that is Shinobi!
Shinobi 3 - Return of the Ninja Master or The Super Shinobi II as it was called in Japan is considered to be the best of the series. The GG Shinobi I and II sure are my favorite games on the Game Gear together with Wonder Boy 3 and Halley Wars so I was quite excited to finally give this Shinobi version a shot. What can I say? it sure delivers!
Again, Yuzo Koshiro did the soundtrack. White it's not a masterpiece there are a few really good tracks while others just don't fit at all. The graphics, however, are superb in all stages. The special effects are great also, the sprites are huge and well animated.
In game you are Joe Musashi who is hunting down a criminal organization. In typical ninja fashion you throw shuriken, jump, slash and have a few other moves such as a drop kick and double jump after which you can fire 9 shuriken in a 90 degree arc at once. Speaking of shuriken, you have plenty of them so don't be too conservative and use them. It almost feels like a shooter because if needed you can just spam them. Other than this oddness, the movement is very fluid and the controls are spot on. The double jump is a bit annoying because you have to be quite precise with the timing of the 2nd jump. The difficulty is ok too. I just don't like how it scales from way too easy to really frickin hard. I don't have a problem with really frickin hard, but it could be a bit harder from the start to make a smoother transition between levels. Yea, I may be crazy though.
I can't really compare it to The GG Shinobi - it's a different concept. This game is a fast paced action game while The GG Shinobi is more a platformer. Different ninja abilities on the Game Gear also give it a different appeal. This is apparent in the last stage of both instalments: it is a maze of puzzle-like rooms designed for a specific ninja. This may sound like a simple idea, but I enjoyed this aspect the most. The last stage, while really hard too, is the most fun and most interesting. In Shinobi 3 on the Genesis the last stage is designed with a similar idea, a test of dexterity with less action, but due to a lack of different ninja abilities it is just not as good. Like I said, you can hardly compare these games and I have a hard time to pick a winner so I don't even try. Both are excellent.
Now that I'm back on my regular schedule of updating this channel, feel free to comment if you know a game you'd like to see played through here. Enjoy!
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