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    Version: 1.0 | Updated: 01/05/05 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

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                  GAME:  SHINOBI
              PLATFORM:  ARCADE
                 GENRE:  ARCADE ACTION
               CREATOR:  SEGA Copyright 1987
    AUTHOR OF THIS FAQ:  Kevin Butler AKA War Doc
                E-MAIL:  kevinb(at)technologist(dot)com
           FAQ VERSION:  1.0
    
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                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS
    
        UNIT   I:  INTRODUCTION
    
    1.  Legal Stuff
    2.  Version Information
    3.  Acknowledgements
    4.  Welcome
    5.  Overview
    
        UNIT  II:  GAME INFORMATION
    
    6.  The Game
    
        6.1  The Controls and Moves
        6.2  The Playing Field
        6.3  Scoring
    
        UNIT III:  STRATEGIES
    
    7.  Playing the Game
    
        7.1  Mission 1:  Pursue the Terrorists
        7.2  Mission 2:  Enter the Enemy's Hide Out
        7.3  Mission 3:  Attack the Logistic Base
        7.4  Mission 4:  Destroy the Enemy Ninja Group
        7.5  Mission 5:  Defeat the Behind-the-Scenes Ninja
    
        UNIT  IV:  CONCLUSION
    
    8.  Conclusion
    
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    | 1.  LEGAL STUFF |============================================================
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    If you see this guide on any other site then the one listed above, please
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    | 2.  VERSION INFORMATION |====================================================
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    Version 1.0    1/ 5/05:  A guide is born.
    
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    | 3.  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS |=======================================================
    +======================+
    
    The following are a list of people or organizations that have made this FAQ
    possible:
    
    My wonderful family (who has had to put up with the tapping on the keyboard)
    Sega for making a great arcade game
    GameFAQ's for putting up this FAQ
    
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    | 4.  WELCOME |================================================================
    +=============+
    
    Welcome to my FAQ for Shinobi.  Since the game is just a linear type of
    game, there is a general walkthrough provided.  This walkthrough will be broken
    up into the game itself and strategies for survival.  Input is appreciated
    along with constructive criticism.  If you wish to e-mail me thoughts on this
    FAQ, better ways of doing things, other strategies, etc., feel free.  Make sure
    you put Shinobi as the subject.  If you don't, I'm liable to discard the e-mail
    as spam.
    
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    | 5.  OVERVIEW |===============================================================
    +==============+
    
    Sega was in the amusement/entertainment field for a long time before this game
    came out.  They made a few arcade games in the 70's but these were overshadowed
    by games made by companies such as Taito, Atari, and Midway.  Sega, though,
    came roaring onto the scene in the early 80's.  One of their first big
    successes was Star Trek.  A game that featured colored vectors and pseudo-3D
    graphics.  This started a chain of other games such as Buck Rogers, Pengo, and
    Tac/Scan to name a few.  The game that put them on the map, though, was Zaxxon.
    Using this as a springboard, Sega had other successes such as Hang On and After
    Burner.  Then Shinobi was released.  It became one of the most successful games
    to be released both in terms of arcade and also home systems.  Shinobi has not
    only graced such home consoles as the Genesis and SNES, it also has launched a
    series of sequels with the latest being released in 2002.  This is not only an
    indication of its popularity, but also of its staying power.  The challenge is
    "simple".  You must make it through five missions to battle the master ninja.
    Of course, this wouldn't be a challenge unless you had to fight a lot of
    enemies along the way.  Good luck in making it to the ninja running the show.
    
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    +==============+ 
    | 6.  THE GAME |===============================================================
    +==============+ 
    
    Shinobi is a two-dimensional, platform style game.  You play the character Joe
    Musashi, a master ninja.  Joe must penetrate the syndicate that seems to have
    kidnapped some children.  Of course, this won't be easy since everybody will be
    gunning for Joe.  He must travel through five missions before he has a chance
    to meet up with the individual responsible for causing all these problems.
    Starting out only with his ninja weapons and a single-use magic spell per
    level, Joe must navigate these hazards to rescue the children and take down the
    bosses of each level.  The action is fast paced and the moment that you let
    your guard down, Joe will just be another dead ninja who failed in his mission.
    So go forth and bring honor to the discipline known as Ninjutsu.
    
     ______________________________
    / 6.1  The Controls and Moves /________________________________________________
    ------------------------------
    
    The controls on this game are pretty complicated.  They will require practice
    in order to become proficient with them.
    
    -  An eight-way joystick
    
    -  An attack button
    
    -  A jump button
    
    -  A ninja magic button
    
    Some moves will depend on whether an opponent is close or far away from Joe.
    This will be reflected below:
    
    +---------------------++---------------------------------------------------+
    | DESIRED MOVE/ATTACK ||                  CONTROLS REQUIRED                |
    +---------------------++---------------------------------------------------+
    +---------------------++---------------------------------------------------+
    | JUMP STRAIGHT UP    || PUSH JOYSTICK UP AND PRESS JUMP AT THE SAME TIME. |
    |                     || IF YOU ARE BELOW A PLATFORM, THIS WILL ENABLE YOU |
    |                     || TO JUMP UP TO IT.  IT ALSO ALLOWS YOU TO JUMP     |
    |                     || OVER FENCES                                       |
    +---------------------++---------------------------------------------------+
    | CROUCH              || PUSH JOYSTICK DOWN                                |
    +---------------------++---------------------------------------------------+
    | DIAGONAL JUMP       || PUSH JOYSTICK RIGHT OR LEFT AND PRESS JUMP AT THE |
    |                     || SAME TIME                                         |
    +---------------------++---------------------------------------------------+
    | CROUCH              || PUSH JOYSTICK DOWN                                |
    +---------------------++---------------------------------------------------+
    | JUMP DOWN           || PUSH JOYSTICK DOWN AND PRESS JUMP AT THE SAME     |
    |                     || TIME TO GO TO A LOWER PLATFORM                    |
    +---------------------++---------------------------------------------------+
    | STANDING ATTACK     || PRESS ATTACK BUTTON.  IF ENEMY IS NEXT TO JOE, HE |
    |                     || WILL PUNCH OTHERWISE HE WILL USE A SHURIKEN OR    |
    |                     || PISTOL                                            |
    +---------------------++---------------------------------------------------+
    | CROUCH ATTACK       || PUSH JOYSTICK DOWN AND PRESS ATTACK.  IF ENEMY IS |
    |                     || NEXT TO JOE, HE WILL DO A SWEEP OTHERWISE HE WILL |
    |                     || USE A SHURIKEN OR PISTOL                          |
    +---------------------++---------------------------------------------------+
    | SWORD ATTACK        || HOLD UP ON THE JOYSTICK (PRESS LEFT OR RIGHT ON   |
    |                     || JOYSTICK FIRST FOR DIRECTION) AND PRESS ATTACK TO |
    |                     || USE JOE'S NINJA-TO SWORD FOR A NEAR ENEMY OTHER-  |
    |                     || WISE HE WILL ATTACK WITH A SHURIKEN OR PISTOL     |
    +---------------------++---------------------------------------------------+
    | NINJA MAGIC         || PRESS THE MAGIC BUTTON                            |
    +---------------------++---------------------------------------------------+
    
     _________________________
    / 6.2  The Playing Field /_____________________________________________________
    -------------------------
    
    Shinobi involves going through different areas as you quest to get to the
    Masked Ninja.  The basic screen, though, remains the same.  It is just whatever
    area that you are in that is different.  I have included an example of what the
    playing screen looks like:
    
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
        | 1P SCORE                     HI                          2P SCORE |
        |                        BOSS POWER (OUT OF EIGHT HITS)             |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |           ( )<-JOE                   ( )<-ENEMY                   |
        |            |                        \ |                           |
        |            //                        \|                           |
        |------------|--------------------------|---------------------------|
        |           / \                        / \                          |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        | SAVE #### <-HOSTAGE LEFT TO SAVE     [ ]      #:## <-TIMER        |
        |                                       ^                           |
        |                                       |                           |
        |                               CURRENT NINJA MAGIC                 |
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
    You control your character through the different screens.
    
     _______________
    / 6.3  Scoring /_______________________________________________________________
    ---------------
    
    Scoring in this game is very easy.  Each enemy is worth 100 points with the
    exception of the Purple Guard and the Sword Throwing Guard which are worth 500
    points.  The bosses are 5,000 points apiece.  NOTE:  The Purple Guards and
    Sword Throwing Guards are the ones that guard the hostages.
    
    In addition to getting points from killing enemies, you can also score points
    for time left on the clock after you complete a level.  You get 30
    points/second of remaining time.
    
    You can also receive special bonuses at the end of each level for certain
    actions:
    
    If you don't use your ninja magic, you get a 5,000 point bonus
    If you only use your Ninja-to sword (no Shurikens or gunfire), you get a 20,000
    point bonus.
    
    You start the game with 2, 3, or 5 men.  You can continue the game (up to
    Mission 5) for additional money.  The only way to gain additional men is to
    beat the Challenge Level.
    
    Also, the game setting will determine how many enemies you encounter.  These
    settings are Easy, Normal, Hard, and Hardest.
    
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    | 7.  PLAYING THE GAME |=======================================================
    +======================+
    
    You will start the game at Mission 1 (unless you are continuing).  You will
    have all things you need to get through each mission (and subsequent levels).
    You will have three minutes to complete each level.  This means you must rescue
    all hostages to exit a level.  If you are killed, all hostages rescued will
    still be recorded as rescued.  In addition to melee attacks, you will also be
    able to use a specific ninja magic attack once per level.  These magical
    attacks kill everything that is on the screen.  The ninja magic attacks are
    (these numbers will also be used in the walkthrough):
    
    1.  Multiple-Attack Magic:  Allows you to gain lightning-fast speed to attack
                                up to twelve times at once.
    
    2.  Tornado Magic        :  Brings about a magical tornado to whisk your
                                enemies away.
    
    3.  Lightning Magic      :  Causes the air to crackle with electricity and
                                smite your enemies.
    
    Some general guidelines:
    
    -  Joe is basically a one-hit, one-kill sort of character.  This means you must
       avoid any and all attacks aimed at him or it is an instant kill.
    
    -  Use your superior dexterity to avoid enemies when you can.  As you get
       better at moving around, you won't have to use your distance weapons and you
       can gain the 20,000 point bonus.  This also applies to the use of ninja
       magic.
    
    -  Many of the enemies in the later missions and levels (or if the machine is
       set at its hardest setting, the beginning levels) will swarm poor Joe.
       Learn to attack quickly and jump out of harms way.
    
    -  Your main goal is to rescue all the hostages to exit the level.  Although
       three minutes is a generous amount of time, if you dally too long with the
       enemies, your time will run out quickly.  So make sure you have a plan to go
       quickly through a level (safely not recklessly).
    
    -  Get good at the Challenge Levels since this is the only way to gain free
       men.  The Challenge levels will require you to take out about 30 ninjas
       trying to get to your position.  There is no real hard and fast strategy
       other then take them down before they reach the second platform.  Challenge
       Levels occur at the end of every mission.
    
    -  Ninja magic is a great thing.  You must remember, though, that you can only
       use it once per level.  This usually means (since the magic kills everything
       on the screen) that you should only use it when you are totally surrounded
       by enemies.
    
    -  All bosses take eight hits to defeat.  Of course, you will have to hit them
       in the right place for that hit to register.
    
     _________________________________________
    / 7.1  Mission 1:  Pursue the Terrorists /_____________________________________
    -----------------------------------------
    
    This is File Number 4162:  Ken Oh.  You will be going through the back part of
    a town to meet the first boss.  Usual enemies are punk rocker types, knife and
    pistol guys, and blue ninjas (at the end of each level.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.1.1  Level 1 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  4
    Ninja Magic Type:  1
    
    Joe will start off on the back streets which are littered with crates and other
    objects.
    
    -  The first hostage is guarded by one of the Purple Guards.  Take care of all
       opponents in your path and eliminate him to rescue the hostage.
    
    -  Continue along and on the other side of some crates is another hostage
       guarded by a Purple Guard.  Take out the guard and grab the hostage.  You
       are rewarded with a pistol.
    
    -  Jump up to the next level and be careful.  This hostage is being guarded by
       Sword Throwing Guard.  His sword acts like a boomerang so stay clear.  It's
       best to duck and attack.  Get the hostage.
    
    -  Jump down and continue along the path.  Use the crates for cover and hit and
       run.  The last hostage is on top of the wall.  Jump up and eliminate the
       Sword Throwing Guard to get the hostage and earn your release from this
       level.
    
    -  Watch out for the boss Ken Oh who like to shoot a fireball as he retreats
       when you approach the exit.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.1.2  Level 2 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  3
    Ninja Magic Type:  2
    
    Also known as the "Marilyn Monroe" level since her picture is plastered on all
    the walls.
    
    -  The first hostage is guarded by a Sword Throwing Guard.  Quickly take out
       the lesser enemies to eliminate this guard.  Jump over the crate to rescue
       the hostage and collect the pistol.
    
    -  Continue along the path using the crates for cover.  The second hostage is
       also guarded by a Sword Throwing Guard.  Clear him out and get the hostage.
       Watch for the ninjas on the walls.
    
    -  The third hostage is on top of a stack of crates.  You will have to be
       careful climbing up since a lot of enemies will attack from both sides.
       Clear them out and take out the Purple Guard to free the hostage.
    
    -  Again, watch out for the boss and his fireball as he retreats.  Exit the
       level.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.1.3  Level 3 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  0 (BOSS BATTLE)
    Ninja Magic Type:  1
    
    Ken Oh isn't really a tough boss.  Either use a combination of your ninja magic
    and attacks or just straight attacks to defeat him.  The best way is to jump
    up.  As you are falling, fire at him to hit his head.  Just watch out for the
    fireballs he throws at Joe.
    
     ______________________________________________
    / 7.2  Mission 2:  Enter the Enemy's Hide Out /________________________________
    ----------------------------------------------
    
    This is File Number 4529:  Black Turtle.  Looks like you get to go through the
    docks and other points beyond and get to where the enemy is hanging out.  Of
    course, Joe will be not only assailed by the usual group of enemies, but he
    will also have to deal with green and red ninjas as well.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.2.1  Level 1 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  6
    Ninja Magic Type:  3
    
    This is one of the longer levels.  Joe will have move around the concrete
    structures of the docks to avoid enemies and rescue hostages.
    
    -  The first hostage is guarded by a Purple Guard.  Take care of anyone
       blocking his path and rescue said hostage.
    
    -  Continue to move to the right until you see an opening in the fence.  Go
       through it to rescue the next hostage from the Sword Throwing Guard.  Go to
       the end of the path on the other side of the fence to rescue the third
       hostage from another Sword Throwing Guard.
    
    -  Backtrack to where the outside wall is almost even with the top of the
       fence.  Jump over and continue to the right.  Take out the Sword Throwing
       guard and grab the hostage.  You will be rewarded with the pistol.
    
    -  Keep going up and down the concrete steps and terraces to get the fifth
       hostage.  Eliminate the Purple Guard and rescue him.
    
    -  Keep moving right and take out the Sword Throwing Guard to pick up the sixth
       hostage.  Be prepared for a ninja onslaught near the exit.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.2.2  Level 2 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  6
    Ninja Magic Type:  1
    
    You will have to do some quick climbing up a series of platforms in this level.
    In addition, there are various crates and other obstacles to navigate around as
    you move through the interior of the ship.
    
    -  The first hostage is guarded by a Purple Guard, eliminate him and get the
       hostage.  Be prepared to go to the next level.
    
    -  Go up and head left.  Take care of the enemy ninjas and take out the Sword
       Throwing Guard to rescue the second hostage.  At the end of this level,
       climb and go to the next level.
    
    -  Head right and you will deal with more enemy ninjas.  Take out another Sword
       Throwing Guard to set the hostage free.  Go to where the crates are stacked
       up and to up to the next level.
    
    -  Go left again doing the usual enemy clean-up and take out the Sword Throwing
       Guard to collect the hostage and a pistol.  Take out the next Purple Guard
       to get the hostage.  Go two-thirds of the way to the left and climb up to
       the next level.
    
    -  Take out the Sword Throwing Guard to rescue the hostage and then exit the
       level.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.2.3  Level 3 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  2
    Ninja Magic Type:  2
    
    This level is going to make you do a lot of jumping.  You are on a pier and you
    will be jumping from piling to piling.  Of course, those scuba ninjas just make
    things harder.
    
    -  The basic premise of this level is to jump from piling to piling.  At the
       same time, you will have to take care of the scuba ninjas that are attacking
       Joe.
    
    -  If you fall in the water, immediately jump back onto the shortest piling.
       If you don't, one of the scuba ninjas can attack you from below.
    
    -  Continue heading to the right until you encounter both a Purple Guard and
       Sword Throwing Guard.  Take them both down to get the hostages.  You will
       get a pistol for your effort.  Then exit the level.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.2.4  Level 4 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  0 (BOSS BATTLE)
    Ninja Magic Type:  1
    
    You learn very quickly that the Black Turtle is actually an attack helicopter.
    The battle isn't too difficult if you can concentrate on more then one thing
    happening.
    
    -  The chopper will come in low.  Try to get off a couple of quick shots
       because yellow ninjas will start to jump out of the chopper to make Joe's
       life miserable.
    
    -  Eliminate this wave of ninjas and take a couple more shots at the chopper.
       Continue this pattern until the helicopter goes down in a ball of flame.
    
     ____________________________________________
    / 7.3  Mission 3:  Attack the Logistic Base /__________________________________
    --------------------------------------------
    
    This is File Number 4463:  Mandara.  The logistic base is buried out in the
    middle of the mountains.  You will have to go through some pretty treacherous
    areas to make it to the boss running this area.  It is here that you will be
    introduced to the bazooka guy.
    
    NOTE:  If you crowd the bazooka guy against the wall and push him five to six
    times, all bazooka guys (including the one you pushed) will not fire for the
    remainder of that level.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.3.1  Level 1 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  5
    Ninja Magic Type:  2
    
    You get to go through the countryside on this part of your journey.  There are
    a lot of bottomless pits along the way so watch your step.
    
    -  Take out the Sword Throwing Guard to rescue the first hostage.  Continue
       moving to your right taking care of the enemies.
    
    -  Eliminate the bazooka guy and Sword Throwing Guard to rescue the second
       hostage and collect the pistol.  Climb up to the next level.
    
    -  Take out the enemies that attack then clear out another Sword Throwing Guard
       and collect the hostage.  Go along this upper path until you see another
       hostage on a small platform below.
    
    -  Drop down and take out the Purple Guard and get the hostage.  Be careful
       since there are pits on either side.
    
    -  Go back up and go to the rock wall.  Jump down to take out the Sword
       Throwing Guard to liberate the last hostage.  Be prepared for a major ninja
       attack in front of the exit.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.3.2  Level 2 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  6
    Ninja Magic Type:  3
    
    You get to go through a cave system on this level.  This will involve you going
    down a series of pipes and paths.  Of course, the enemies make this an even
    bigger challenge.
    
    -  Eliminate the Sword Throwing Guard and get the hostage.  Continue to the end
       and go down then head left.
    
    -  Take out another Sword Throwing Guard and get another hostage.  Continue
       going left and drop down a level.
    
    -  When you see the Sword Throwing Guard, duck and attack.  Go over to collect
       the hostage and get the gun.  Continue going right and drop down to the next
       level.
    
    -  On the flat area, take out the Purple Guard and get the hostage.  Finish
       going right and go down another level.
    
    -  Keep moving to the left.  This time, the hostage is guarded by a bazooka guy
       and ninja.  Clear them both out to free the hostage.  Drop down to the last
       level.
    
    -  Continue moving along and take on the Sword Throwing Guard to liberate the
       hostage and exit this level.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.3.3  Level 3 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  3
    Ninja Magic Type:  1
    
    You will go through another underground passage.
    
    -  Move right and kill the Sword Throwing Guard and free the hostage.
    
    -  Keeping moving right and eliminate all the enemies in your path.  Take on
       the Sword Throwing Guard to let the second hostage loose.
    
    -  You will have to jump behind the fence for the third hostage.  Take out the
       Sword Throwing Guard, release the hostage, and jump back to the other side
       again.  Exit the level.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.3.4  Level 4 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  0 (BOSS BATTLE)
    Ninja Magic Type:  1
    
    This boss battle puts you against a couple of obstacles.  First, you must blast
    your way through the rotating Buddahs.  These constantly replenish so you have
    to be quick about it.  Then you must eliminate the boss who glides up and down
    the wall.  Just watch out for the bosses fireballs and hit him in the gem
    located in his forehead.
    
    ALTERNATE METHOD:
    
    Shoot at the Buddahs until they are almost on top of Joe.  Use your magic while
    rapidly tapping the right, jump, and fire buttons.  Joe will bounce amongst the
    Buddahs even when the magic has ended if you keep tapping the above buttons
    until you are released on the other side.
    
     _________________________________________________
    / 7.4  Mission 4:  Destroy the Enemy Ninja Group /_____________________________
    -------------------------------------------------
    
    This is File Number 4629:  Lobster.  Looks like you have stirred up a hornets
    nest.  All of the enemy ninjas are bent on Joe's elimination.  You will be
    going through some pretty rough wilderness and through some dilapidated
    buildings as you quest to take out all of these ninjas.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.4.1  Level 1 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  5
    Ninja Magic Type:  2
    
    Ahh the wilderness.  It would be much nicer looking if you didn't have to deal
    with all of these enemies.  This is a relatively short and straight level.  You
    only have to get through all of the ninjas.  All guards on this level are Sword
    Throwing Guards.
    
    -  Head out and take out the first guard to free the hostage.  Continue to move
       over the obstacles and be very wary of ninjas coming from both directions.
    
    -  Keep going to take out the next guard to liberate the hostage.  Continue to
       follow the strategies in the first bulleted statement.
    
    -  Eliminate the third, fourth, and fifth guards.  The third hostage will give
       Joe a pistol.
    
    -  After taking care of business, exit this level.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.4.2  Level 2 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  4
    Ninja Magic Type:  1
    
    You enter a cave with red walls.  There are a couple of pits to watch out for.
    
    -  Eliminate the Purple Guard and get the hostage.  Continue up the incline.
       Carefully go down the other side since there is a pit at the bottom.
    
    -  Jump over the pit and climb back up to take out another Purple Guard and get
       another hostage.
    
    -  Jump over the series of pillars.  When you see the Sword Throwing Guard,
       duck and attack.  Go over to collect the hostage and get the gun.
    
    -  Jump over another series of pillars.  On the flat area, take out the Purple
       Guard and get the hostage.
    
    -  Keep moving to the right.  This time, the hostage is guarded by a bazooka
       guy and ninja.  Clear them both out to free the hostage.
    
    -  Continue moving along and take on the Sword Throwing Guard to liberate the
       hostage and exit this level.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.4.3  Level 3 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  6
    Ninja Magic Type:  3
    
    The same as level two but this is a blue-walled cave.  You will also be jumping
    from pillar to pillar since this cave is loaded with pits.
    
    -  The general pattern of this level is to jump to two or three pillars then
       take on one of the guards to free a hostage.  The Sword Throwing Guards
       guard hostages one, three, four, five and six while the Purple Guard guards
       number one.  You get the pistol from hostage number three.
    
    -  After you have cleared all the hostages, exit the level.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.4.4  Level 4 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  0 (BOSS BATTLE)
    Ninja Magic Type:  1
    
    You get to battle Lobster for the end of this mission.  Use the same tactics
    you used on Ken Oh to take him down.  Instead of fireballs, avoid the sword he
    uses with deadly efficiency.
    
     ______________________________________________________
    / 7.5  Mission 5:  Defeat the Behind-the-Scenes Ninja /________________________
    ------------------------------------------------------
    
    This is File Number 4663:  Masked Ninja.  This is the moment you have been
    waiting for.  It's now time to take on the ninja directly responsible for all
    the trouble that's going on.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.5.1  Level 1 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  5
    Ninja Magic Type:  1
    
    You start this journey down a walled path.  There are pits everywhere so watch
    your step.  In addition, you will have to battle your way not only through the
    usual thugs, but now you even have to deal with undead ninjas.
    
    -  Move to the right and be ready for attacks from all sides.  Jump up and take
       on the Purple Guard to release the first hostage.
    
    -  Continue along the top of the wall until you see the second and third
       hostages.  They are surrounded by a pit on either side and are guarded by
       Sword Throwing Guards.  Liberate them by taking out the guards.
    
    -  Go back up on the wall and release the fourth, who gives Joe a gun, and
       fifth hostages from the Purple and Sword Throwing Guards.
    
    -  Jump down to release the last hostage from the Sword Throwing Guard and exit
       the level.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.5.2  Level 2 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  4
    Ninja Magic Type:  3
    
    You will now go through the forest on this journey.  No new enemies but expect
    to be swarmed constantly.
    
    -  Clear out the first Sword Throwing Guard to release the hostage.  Expect to
       be swarmed by blue and undead ninjas.
    
    -  Continue moving over the statues and clear out the two Purple Guards to
       release the second and third, who yields a gun, hostages.
    
    -  Jump up on the rocky porch to clear out the Sword Throwing Guard and head
       into the exit.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.5.3  Level 3 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  5
    Ninja Magic Type:  2
    
    Well, you made it to the ninjas house.  Of course, it won't be an easy journey
    through.  You now get to deal with pole guys who wield some pretty mean bamboo
    poles.
    
    -  You will be basically going up and down a whole lot as you go through the
       house.  The first hostage is located in a lower level room.  Take out the
       Purple Guard to release the hostage and collect the gun.
    
    -  Go over two rooms to the next lower level room to liberate the next hostage.
       Clear out the Sword Throwing Guard to accomplish this.
    
    -  The third hostage is being guarded by a Sword Throwing Guard and they are on
       the upper level two more rooms to the right of the second hostage.
    
    -  Two more rooms over on the upper level is the fourth hostage.  Kill the
       Sword Throwing Guard to liberate them.
    
    -  The last hostage is in the room directly below where you liberated the
       fourth hostage.  After you take out the Sword Throwing Guard, release the
       hostage and exit the house.
    
    +----------------+
    | 7.5.4  Level 4 |
    +----------------+
    
    Hostages        :  0 (BOSS BATTLE)
    Ninja Magic Type:  1
    
    This is for all the marbles.  You get to take on the Masked Ninja.  Of course,
    he isn't as willing to submit to Joe so be prepared for a long battle.
    
    -  Before you even get to touch the Masked Ninja, you must first defeat him as
       he utilizes the three ninja magics.  He will start with magic number one
       and work up to number three.  As you defeat his magic, he will use the next
       magic.
    
    -  Once you have chopped him down, you can start tearing into him.  Of course,
       the Masked Ninja is no slouch so you had better keep moving and plan your
       shots well.  All parts of the Masked Ninja's body will record hits, it's
       just a matter of getting them in.
    
    -  The best tactic is to hit and run.  Basically try to hit him.  If he
       charges, get in a quick shot.  If he retreats, back away to give yourself
       even more room to set him up for the attack.
    
    -  Once you have taken care of the Masked Ninja, the game will give an
       explanation of what was going on.  The credits will roll and the game is
       over.
    
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    +================+
    | 8.  CONCLUSION |=============================================================
    +================+
    
    Fighting games weren't exactly my style but Shinobi had a certain appeal to it.
    Although light on tactics, it required a player to have lightening fast
    reflexes.  If you weren't quick with the joystick or the buttons, you might as
    well hang it up.  Although at the time it didn't seem too popular when it first
    arrived.  It seemed to gain popularity, though, the longer it stayed.  It was a
    good test to see who could be the fastest to survive and make it to the end.
    The game was a lot of fun and many a quarter got "wasted" playing it.  Un-
    fortunately, it is very rare to find this machine anywhere.  However, through
    the miracle of emulation, a whole new generation is realizing what we "old"
    folks enjoyed those many years ago.  In addition, www.shockwave.com is
    bringing many of these classic games back.  Check out their site to see what
    ones are there.  I hope this guide helps you in being able to get the most
    amount of gameplay for this game.  If you do have other ideas or thoughts,
    please e-mail me and share them.  Who knows, maybe I'll start a Q&A Chapter in
    this guide if enough people ask the same questions.  Anyway, thank you again
    for reading this guide.
    
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