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Sega Ninja Sega Ninja - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Sega Ninja - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Walk up the screen and kill attacking ninjas with throwing stars as you move along.

Sega Ninja was produced by Sega in 1985.

Sega released 594 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1936. Sega was based in United States.

Other machines made by Sega during the time period Sega Ninja was produced include: Spatter, Shooting Master, Mister Viking, GP World, Future Spy, 4-D Warriors, Albegas, Angel Kids, Bank Panic, and Choplifter


Name Sega Ninja
Developer Sega (United States)
Year 1985
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9473
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class Sega System 8
Dipswitch Settings

Sega Ninja Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 3 - Throw ForwardThrow UpwardsNinja Magic
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Sega Ninja KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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A Sega Master System version of this game was released a year after the arcade game bowed, but significant changes were made. Basic gameplay remained the same, but the stage layouts being slightly altered and the hero was changed from a female to a male. Enemy designs were also slightly altered. Oddly enough, one of the enemies looks strangely like the Ninja Princess protagonist from the arcade. The controls had to be adapted to accomodate the SMS's two button controller so invisibility was invoked by pressing both buttons simultaneously. The game, simply entitled "The Ninja" was less cartoony-looking and its story involved saving a princess from capture: "Ever since Gyokuro came into power as the ruler of the once peaceful land of Ohkami, the countryside has been in turmoil. Gyokuro has sent his Ninja out to torment the people. He's even locked the princess up in the basement of the castle. Someone has to take a stand against the wicked Gyokuro if peace is ever to be restored. Armed only with ninja darts, the brave Kazamaru accepts the challenge. But he's going to need your help."

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Sega Ninja Census

There are 14,958 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,359 machines (6,939 unique titles).

Scarce - There are 4 known instances of this machine owned by Sega Ninja collectors who are active members. Of these, One is a conversion in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 3 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with an extra Sega Ninja circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Sega Ninja.

This game ranks a 1 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]


Sega ROM Numbers: 6546-6549, 6559, 6588-6596

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