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    FAQ/Walkthrough by DChen

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    Sega Genesis
    Written by David Chen (11/02/2001)
    Email: david_9235@hotmail.com
    Version 1.0
    Table of Contents
    I. Introduction
    II. Storyline/Plot
    III. Controls and Moves
    IV. Items
    V. Enemies
    VI. Ninja Magic
    VII. Level Walkthroughs
         Stage 1: Burning Downtown
         Stage 2: Battle on the Bridge
         Stage 3: Statue of Liberty
         Stage 4: In the Darkness
         Stage 5: Union Lizard
    VIII. Cheats and Secrets
    IX. Contact information
    X. Copyrights
    XI. Credits
    I. Introduction
    Hello!  My name is David Chen.  I'm writing this guide about the sequel 
    of one of my favorite of all time, Shadow Dancer, which is the sequel 
    to The Revenge of Shinobi.  I have had this game for not long. This 
    game was easier than its prequel, has lesser levels, and lacked many 
    other features, but is still a great game to play. I hope this guide 
    will help you, the reader, beat this game better and faster than I did.
    II. Storyline
    You are once again Joe Musashi, a master ninja trained in the Art of 
    Shinobi, the art of stealth, and has been through many battles and 
    experiences in the past.  Now you are accompanied by your faithful dog 
    Yamato on your next quest.  The Union Lizard crime syndicate led by 
    Sauros, a bad reptilian monster, has taken control of New York City by 
    storm.  Now are his lizard henchmen, including ninjas and thugs, 
    creating chaos in the city, Sauros himself can summon sudden 
    firestorms, earthquakes, and avalanches.  He also kidnapped innocent 
    city hostages.  Now it's time to defeat Union Lizard, rescue hostages, 
    and take on Sauros with your ninja stars, ninja training, ninja magic, 
    sword, and your dog Yamato.
    III. Controls and Moves
    -Press left or right to go left or right.
    -Press down to crouch
    -Press down and jump to drop a level
    -Press up and jump to jump up a level
    -Press A for fire magic, wind, magic, or meteor magic
    -Press B to throw ninja stars when not close to enemy
    -Press B to throw blue flame star when not close to enemy and have 
    -Press B to use sword when next to enemy
    -Hold B until the dog icon at the bottom of the screen charges up, in
     order to have your dog attack the nearest enemy*
    -Press C to jump
    -Press jump, then press attack to throw a shuriken in the air
    *Your dog can only attack and stall certain enemies like the robot 
    soldiers and gunmen, but if you take too long to kill the enemy your 
    dog is stalling, then it'll turn into a puppy.  He'll also turn into a 
    puppy if it attacks certain enemies like the shield men.
    If you go to option at the title, you can choose to play the game with 
    or without shuriken (non-shuriken mode). Playing without shuriken is 
    what it says, using only your sword and kick, but you'll be able to use 
    shurikens on all bosses (thank god).  However, this mode is several 
    degrees hard than with shurikens no matter which level of difficulty 
    you choose to play.  You can then choose your level of difficulty at 
    level 1, level 2, or level 3.  Then there's S.E., music, and button 
    IV. Items
    Power-ups- Unlike The Revenge of Shinobi, these cannot be picked from 
               boxes, they can only be obtained when you rescued certain 
               hostages in the game.
    1-Up- Also unlike The Revenge of Shinobi, these cannot be picked from 
          boxes, they can only be obtained when you kill certain enemies.
          They are appear as Union Lizard coins.
    V. Enemies
    Robot soldiers- These soldiers are the easiest of all enemies to kill. 
                    They are orange or blue with swords.
    Gunmen- They are your average loading, shooting bad guys when you get 
            near them. Easy to kill, but sometimes they're placed in
            strategic position to make your job harder to kill them.
    Shield men- These are muscle men who have two green shields that will
                block all your shots.  They toss them back and forth like
                frisbees.  They can only be killed with a up-close sword
                slash or flame stars. 
    Clawed ninjas- These ninjas rolls along the ground and attacks with its 
                   long claws.  They can't be killed with ninja stars from
                   far away, but are easy to kill close with the stars or 
                   sword slash.
    Ninjas- These ninja has two swords that they used to block some of your  
            shots. They have a air slice attack and hop slash attack. Takes                
            two hits to kill, and hard to kill when in groups.
    Helicopters- On the elevator to the top of the Statue of Liberty in 
                 Round 3, they will fly by shooting at you with machine 
                 gun, but they can't be killed.
    Lizard men- These green men will start crawling and then leap on you 
                with you get near them.
    VI. Ninja Magic
    You can only use these powerful magic once per level for each round and 
    they will clear the screen of enemies.  They vary differently in 
    different level.  You'll know which one you'll be using by looking at 
    the picture on the bottom left of the screen.  When used on bosses, any 
    magic will only take two life out of the total life of bosses except 
    the final boss.
    Fire Magic- Summoned, two pillars of fire will go back and forth, 
           burning the enemies to ashes.
    Meteor Magic- Activated, giant meteor balls will dropped from the sky,
                  pummeling the enemies to death.
    Wind Magic- Used, tornados will blow across the screen, killing all bad
    VII. Level Walkthroughs
    Round 1: Burning Downtown
    (This walkthrough is based on playing with unlimited-shuriken mode and 
    level 1 difficulty.  Playing without shurikens or on higher levels of 
    difficulty will make the game harder and have more enemies than what's 
    written here)
    This level with crumbled buildings and a burning background is very 
    easy to get through and is great for practicing our hero's easy moves.  
    Just start off by going right, killing any robot soldiers, gunmen, and 
    Shield men. Be careful of the manhole on the ground since they will be 
    a pillar of fire will flare out when close to it. If you're on top of 
    the lid you're okay, but it might get killed touching the fire. Just 
    rescue all the hostages, use your dog in strategic places, and you'll 
    be okay.
    Here, do pretty much the same as you did in level 1-1, kill shield men, 
    gunmen, robot soldiers, rinse and repeat. Just move right, clearing 
    this level on all stories of enemies.  However, watch out for enemies 
    popping out of some of the windows. Also, about halfway through the 
    level, an earthquake will split a building in half, so don't fall into 
    the hole. At the beginning, avoid the falling rocks. This is it for 
    this level.
    (1-3) Boss: Armored Monster
    This level 1 boss could be hard for you don't know its pattern of 
    attack. You'll start walking right and a lightning bolt will come down, 
    creating the boss. Shoot at his head. He'll either fire a stream of 
    flame at you, just jump over it, or jump and down, causing rocks to 
    rain on you. The second attack is the harder one, which one hit on you 
    in this game means death, and you can avoid it by positioning yourself 
    in the gaps between the rocks, or walking to the extreme left or right. 
    Be sure to use the magic to kill the boss quicker, especially when you 
    can't escape the rocks, because the magic will destroy the rocks.
    Round 2: Battle on the Bridge
    You start off by going on a bridge, killing the clawed ninja and other 
    enemies as you go. This level is a little harder, for enemies are 
    placed in strategic areas hard for you kill them at, but it should be 
    not problem. Use your dog on the shield men when he's throwing the 
    shield and kill them while your dog stalls them. The enemies on the 
    platforms below or above you can be taken out by getting on their 
    platforms and kill them before they know you're there. Not a hard level 
    This time your in some kind of place with train car bases and high 
    fence. I'm not sure what this level is. Anyway, a chopper will fly by 
    you at the beginning, which would not shoot at you. High jump back and 
    forth the high fence as you see fit as you hack your way to the end of 
    the level. The usual enemies are here. There will be gunmen backed up 
    by another gunmen, which could be take care of by using your dog, 
    avoiding their fire, and killing them quickly. There will also be 
    gunman with a shield man, so take precaution in taking them out, using 
    your dog. Your dog is quite useful here. Again, not a level to bother 
    around with.
    (2-3) Boss: Wall Monster
    This boss is so much easier than the last one. Doesn't require the 
    magic to kill. This boss has a face in the wall with two extending 
    arms. Simply stay on the right side and move as far right as you can 
    when you see the arms come out and he'll miss you every time. Just fire 
    at his face until he dies. 
    Round 3: Statue of Liberty
    For this level, it seems you're in the Statue of Liberty with metal 
    bars and beams as the walking surface and bags as cover. Start by going 
    right killing gunman, robot soldiers, and shield man until you can't go 
    no more. Then just jump up to the next level. Here you'll meet your 
    first lizard man, who jump on you, but just avoid them and one hit 
    kills them. Move all the way left, then go up to the next level. Take 
    care of all the enemies as usual and think on how to kill them without 
    killing yourself before jumping into a group of enemies like gunmen and 
    shield man. Go right all the way and you'll come to a clawed ninja on 
    two boxes with a gap before it. Shoot at him if you have the flame 
    stars to reveal a 1-up or 2-up, but if not, you can jump up to a level, 
    go right over him, drop down, kill him quickly, and hope that you get 
    the item before he falls. Then jump back to the level in dropped from, 
    move left, and take care of the red and blue ninjas. It takes two hits 
    to take care of them. Then just hop on the elevator and you're done.
    Going to the top on the elevator next to the Statue of Liberty, you'll 
    encounter only ninjas and a chopper in this level.  As you go up each 
    different stories, ninjas of different color will appear to attack you.  
    Each story offers different number of ninjas, but the strategy to kill 
    them is the same. Although not easy, try to always crouch when you 
    attack them each time because it'll leave you less expose as a smaller 
    target.  Attack them and concentrate on one before taking on another as 
    soon as you can or you'll take on lots of ninjas at the same time. 
    Knock them out the elevator if you can. If they attack you from the 
    air, drop what you're doing, sidestep the attack, and slash him. 
    Movement is the key. Four ninjas is the maximum that will appear. 
    Halfway up the level, you'll encounter four red ninjas and a chopper 
    will fly by in the middle of the battle, I strongly recommend that you
    Use your magic here to destroy everything because if you don't, you 
    will have to face the chopper shooting at you, while taking care of the 
    ninjas, which is very hard to get through. At the end, just jump onto 
    the torch.
    (3-3) Boss: Buzzsaw Babe
    This boss has two huge buzzsaw blades that block her head from your 
    shurikens. Shoot at her head when it is exposed when she throw the 
    buzzsaw to the ground, which will then roll at you. Simply time your 
    jump over it and get as much hit on her head as you can. She will then 
    jump off the screen and drop on you, which will not hurt you upon 
    contact with her, but it will knock you around. Her head is small, so 
    it's hard to hit it, but with some practice and your perseverance on 
    finishing her, you will ultimately win. 
    Round 4: In the Darkness
    You are in a network of underground caves below the Union Lizard 
    Headquarter. This level is just like other levels, but you had to think 
    a little more about taking care certain sections of this level. Going 
    right, take care of the clawed ninjas, gunmen, ninjas, and shield man 
    as you go up. When you are at the top with a shield man and a hostage, 
    there is a gunman behind them down a level, who will shoot at your 
    feet. I strongly recommend that you use magic here to clear things here 
    because since you don't have the power-up, you'll likely get killed 
    trying to kill the shield man, then the gunman. Proceed to go right, 
    taking care of the three gunman carefully.  Then you'll come to a 
    section with many holes to fall in and platforms in between. AS you 
    jump through it carefully, ninjas will appear out of the air, which 
    some will fall into the hole and others not. Take care of the ones that 
    didn't fall into the hole. Take care of the clawed ninjas and be 
    careful of the two ninjas at the end. Retreat to a bigger platforms, so 
    you can take care of these ninjas. Then you're done with this level.
    Continue your way to the HQ, you'll come to this uniquely-designed 
    level, which has dark shadows that cover small and big sections 
    throughout the level, making it harder for you to see enemies, so go 
    slow. Start off, killing the robot soldiers and ninjas. Take care of 
    the shield man-gunman combo after this. You'll meet more of these 
    enemies as you proceed through the level. When you come to a place with 
    lots of shadow, be very careful than usual when trying to pass through 
    it, because there's a good chance enemies are hiding in it like gunmen. 
    For example, there's a section where shadows completely cover an area 
    that's going up. There will be two gunmen hiding in it.  It is good 
    practice to go up slowly and listen for their gunshots (they shoot 3 
    shots before loading) and shoot them when they stop to load their gun. 
    If this part bothers you, use your magic to clear things out. Also, 
    watch out for partially hidden areas where ninjas might suddenly 
    appeared and attack you.  You can hear them appear, but they don't know 
    where to dodge to avoid their leap attack. So take extra care with this 
    (4-3) Boss: Wheel of Fire
    This boss is so easy to kill that it embarrasses the evil world.  It is 
    a huge fire wheel with four metal spokes and rotates here the screen. 
    When it stops, it releases a circle of fireballs around itself. Bumping 
    into it wouldn't kill and as for the fireballs, just walk away from the  
    side the wheel is on.  Shoot at the inner circle of the wheel until it 
    Round 5: Union Lizard
    All right, this is the final round, let's get this over with and go 
    home to relax.  Unlike the other rounds, this round is split into 5 
    rooms instead of 2 levels.  Each room is dedicated to having one kind 
    of enemy only.  For Room 1, it is just the gunmen where they position 
    themselves to try to get you. This room is a breeze, just go through 
    killing all gunmen like you would on the other rounds. Use dog where 
    necessary. For Room 2, clawed ninjas dominates this room. Just go 
    through like you would with the other previous rounds.  Get close to 
    them and slash them when they come rolling to you.  Use shurikens when 
    possible. This room is also easy, but be sure you crouch when you 
    attempt to slash them because they just might claw you when you're 
    standing. For Room 3, lizard men prowls the area. This room is also 
    easy. Shoot them as soon as they appear and avoid them when they jump 
    on you. For Room 4, this would be your first true test of this round 
    since red, blue, and gold ninjas are here. Try to move slowly through 
    the room, so you wouldn't have to deal with many ninjas at a time. As 
    you go through the room, different number of ninjas will appear in 
    different section of this room. You may get two, three, or four of them 
    at once. Take care of the nearest ones as fast as you can and avoid 
    their leap attack when you see them coming.  Takes two to kill each of 
    these ninjas.  Before you exit this level, watch out for the last three 
    red ninjas. You haven't seen anything yet. In Room 5, never-before- 
    seen black ninjas control this room. It takes three hits to kill them, 
    but there are less of them appearing at once in this level.  However, 
    they make for their lack of quantity with quality. They are a little 
    tougher this since they block more, attack a little better, and two of 
    them can make your hands full.  Yet you'll employ the same strategy on 
    these ninjas like you did to the colored ninjas before. Take it slow, 
    avoid all leap attack, crouch when possible, and attack as soon as 
    possible. Now onto to the final boss.
    (5-2) Final Boss: Sauros
    In this bright final room with two candlesticks, Sauros sits on a big 
    throne with one ninja on a pillar on each side of him.  Sauros will 
    remain staying there through this entire battle. However, this is one 
    very hard boss to beat. For the difficulty level 1, he will have 6 life 
    represented by 6 flames above him. To start off, he will summon a black 
    ninja on the right to come down, finish him as soon as possible since 
    another ninja will be activated on the left to get you a few moments 
    later. When they do their rolling attack on the ground, I strongly 
    advise you to jump over it instead of slashing it when it comes close 
    because I got killed many times by this particular attack. Other than 
    that, avoid them when they leap attack, and crouch to throw shuriken at 
    them or slash them.  Try to finish these two as soon as possible 
    because two more ninjas will come simultaneously to get you a few 
    moments later.  They would irritate you because they would block almost 
    all your shots and walk slowly toward you off screen, while you're 
    trying to finish them quickly before the ninja(s). Again, finish all of 
    the ninjas quickly because Sauros will then open his metallic helmet to 
    reveal his weak point, which is a glowing circle on the base of his 
    neck.  You need to hit it as much as possible, but the maximum you can 
    hit it is two times.  But watch out since fireballs will rain down 
    through the screen and the only place to avoid is between the tiny 
    spaces between the fireballs.  This all is what makes the boss so hard. 
    Not only will you have to take care of the ninjas, you have to dodge 
    the fireballs in order to get two clean hits on Sauros. To make things 
    harder, you'll have to go through the whole cycle again and again at a 
    faster rate when ninjas will come out faster. If you don't kill the 
    ninjas in time, you will have deal with them while you're trying to put 
    yourself in the tiny safe space between the fireballs and hit the weak 
    point. It only takes one hit by the fireballs or ninjas to kill you and 
    a lot of times you'll get hit by the fireballs even though you position 
    yourself well enough. As for the magic, don't use it on the boss when 
    his weak point is revealed because the helmet closes after taking only 
    one hit. Only use it when you are really overwhelmed by ninjas and that 
    his weak point is revealed in order to make full use of your 1 magic. 
    This boss will make you very frustrating and go mad if you die too much 
    all because the ninja only have one measly life to beat the boss. 
    Compose yourself and bring yourself together when you find yourself in 
    this situation. It will only make matters worse if you don't. I have 
    beaten this boss several times, but not without using many lives. 
    VIII. Tips, Cheats, and Secrets
    1)	Use your dog when possible to take out bad guys easier.
       2) It only takes ONE HIT to kill you, so be careful.
    3)	Rescuing the hostages is a requirement and gives you bonus 
    points and power-ups.
    Cheats and Secrets
    Go and check out the "codes" section for this game in Gamefaqs.com
    This game is easy enough that it doesn't take any cheats to beat the 
    Bonus Round
    After each round, you'll go into a bonus round, where you jump down a 
    skyscraper, shooting as much ninjas as you can.  The most you can get 
    is 50 ninjas. You'll be awarded bonus points or number of free people 
    based on your performance.
    50 of 50 ninjas- 3-ups
    49 of 50 ninjas- 2-ups
    48 of 50 ninjas- 1-ups
    0 of 50 ninjas- 1-ups (that's right, you'll earn 1-up without shooting 
    any ninjas)
    47 or below- bonus points
    IX. Contact information
    If you ever have a problem or question or comment about beating this 
    game or this FAQ after reading this guide, let me know by emailing me 
    at david_9235@hotmail.com for help.  I would be glad to be of 
    assistance to this great game.  Also, if you have any corrections and 
    improvements for this game, email me about it and I will put you down 
    for credit on this FAQ.
    If you like ninja or action games, this would be the game for you.  Any 
    local used-game stores like Funcoland or Gamestop would carry this 
    X. Copyrights
    This FAQ/walkthrough guide is document copyright 2001 David Chen.  You 
    may not modify or reproduce anything on this FAQ in any way or means, 
    mechanically, visually, electrically, etc.  You may not distribute 
    anything from this site without emailing me.  If you want to put this 
    on your site, notify me about it and I'll see about it.  Only 
    Gamefaqs.com have the right to put this guide on the site at this 
    point.  Thank you.     
    XI. Credits
    1) Sega: for making such a great game, including the other Shinobi 
    2) my mother: for letting me play this game and other Sega games for 
                  lots of hour 
    4) Gamefaqs.com: for having a great site that I used often when I
                     am stuck in games
    5) Readers of this FAQ: for coming here to look for help on beating 
                            this awesome game
    6) Part of the storyline is from the Shadow Dancer game box on the 
       back- Shadow Dancer copyright 1990 Sega of America, Inc.

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