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Shinobi Shinobi - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Shinobi - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


The Ninja children of the Iga clan were kidnapped by Zeed, a syndication of evil Ninjas and outlaws. Joe Musashi, a master of Ninjutsu amd other martial arts must penetrate single-handedly into the opponent's territory on a mission to rescue the little ones and wipe out the villains.

Shinobi was produced by Sega in 1987.

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 Shinobi was produced include: War Ball, Slap Shooter, Gigas, Wonder Boy Deluxe, Wonder Boy, After Burner, After Burner II, Center Court, Chrono Soldier, and DakkoChan Jansoh


Name Shinobi
Developer Sega (United States)
Year 1987
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9516
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class Sega System 16
Game Specific Shinobi Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Shinobi Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 3 - AttackJumpNinja Magic
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Shinobi Control Panel Image
Side Art Shinobi Side Art Image
PCB Shinobi PCB Image

Game Introduction

The player goes through five missions, each with three to five scenes. The last scene is always the boss for that mission and a bonus stage follows that, if completed, awards the player one extra life.

Continues are possible on every level except for the last fifth.

Game Play

The player must save all the hostages in each level before leaving the level.

Shinobi KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.58 (6 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.38

Overall Like 3.50
Fun (Social) 2.00
Fun (Solo) 3.83
Collector Desire 3.33

Technical Rating: 3.78

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 3.83
Originality 3.67
Sound/Music 3.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Tricks 5000 extra points per level for not pressing the Ninja Magic button. 20000 extra points per level for not shooting shurikens or bullets.

The second level can be played in slow motion. Here is how to activate it: Kill all three spiderman with sword. Then proceed all they way back to the beginning point. The game will now run in slow motion.

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IShinobiI in Japanese means stealing into spy sneak thief surreptitious visit to house of ill repute.PThe Chinese character displayed on the title screen and in a few other places in the game is the character for Shinobi in Japanese.

Cabinet Information

There were possibly two different marquees. The control panel is generic looking with Sega written across it and the buttons are labled with triangular tin.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Shinobi Census

There are 14,845 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,508 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,944 machines (6,921 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 310 known instances of this machine owned by Shinobi collectors who are active members. Of these, 35 of them are original dedicated machines. 47 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 227 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 12 active VAPS members with a Shinobi machines for sale. There are 12 active VAPS members with a Shinobi circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 6 active VAPS members currently looking for Shinobi. There are 2 active VAPS members looking for Shinobi boards sets.

This game ranks a 71 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 12 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]



A common problem with Shinobi boards is that the board works fine, but the game no longer has sound. The problem is caused by a dead or dying battery that is embeded inside the custom glob located on the motherboard. The common fix is to replace the custom glob with a Z80 CPU and update the image found on the B boards A7 ROM. The updated image can be found on many ROM image sites


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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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Shinobi Arcade Game Manual Original Service Owners Repair 1987 + Insert

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