Revenge of Shinobi is a sequel to the original Shinobi arcade game which was also released on the Sega Master System and NES
. It is the first Shinobi game developed on the Genesis, but was later ported to arcades.
After the first game, the defeated Zeed organization reforms as New Zeed and comes to claim revenge on the Oboro clan. After the criminals kill Joe Musashi's master and kidnap his fiancée, he sets out to save her and defeat them.
The game is an action platformer in which ninja Joe can jump, attack, throw ninja stars, and use his ninjitsu powers. The game contains 8 levels, each with 3 areas and a boss fight.
Joe's special ninjitsu attacks are:
Ninjutsu of Ikazuchi, which envelopes Joe with a shield of lightning energy that sustains damage for four consecutive hits.
Ninjutsu of Karyu, which summons four dragon-shaped columns of flame that move across the screen and damage all enemies in their path.
Ninjutsu of Fushin, which improves Joe's agility by heightening his jumping capability.
Ninjutsu of Mijin, which damages all enemies on screen at the cost of one life. Using this ability will restore Joe's health as well.
The game features 8 stages including Ibaraki Province, Japan, Tokyo, Military Base, Detroit, Area code 818, Chinatown, New York, Neo Zeed Marine Stronghold.
Revenge of Shinobi was actually released in several different versions. Because of the use of unlicensed bosses, the game needed to be revised several times.
The original version (1.0) features Godzilla, Spider-Man, The Terminator and Batman as bosses.
Version (1.01) replaces Batman with the anime character Devilman.
Version (1.02) features a copyright notice saying that Spider-Man is officially licensed from Marvel.
Version (1.03) replaces Godzilla with a Skeleton Dinosaur boss; this version is featured in the Genesis 6-Pak cartridge
Version (1.04) replaces Spider-Man with a pink version, and is the version featured on Wii's virtual console.
Revenge of Shinobi is followed up with 2 Genesis sequels Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi and Shinobi 3: Return of the Ninja Master.
The game was re-released several times and was included in Genesis collections for the PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, and PSP. It is also available on Wii Virtual Console.