Shinobi 2 The Silent Fury

a game by Team Shinobi

Platform: GameGear

Genre: Action

See also:Shinobi Games

Like movie sequels, video game sequels are put out to capitalize on hot characters and not story lines. Sometimes a sequel is just a rehashed version of the original. Other times, it's well-crafted entertainment that can stand on its own merits. Shinobi II: The Silent Fury definitely falls in the latter category. Already a celebrity for the Genesis, and one of the first (and best) action/adventure games for the Game Gear, Shinobi II aptly carries on this proud tradition.

Techno Terror

For thousands of years the Oboro School of Ninjas has protected the four powerful Elemental Crystals by assigning a master ninja warrior to protect each one. Now all of Neo City is being held hostage by the evil Techno-Warriors and their leader, the Black Ninja. This nasty bunch has captured the Crystals and their ninja guardians. It's up to you as Joe Musashi (a.k.a. Shinobi), the greatest of all ninjas, to end the techno threat by finding the Crystals and the ninjas.

Shinobi and the four Oboro ninjas wield different weapons, including swords, shurikens, bombs, chains and daggers. They also have special fighting techniques, such as water walking, walking on ceilings, and super high jumps. Each ninja also possesses a special Nin-jitsu superpower, such as teleportation, tornadoes, lightning, fire bursts, and hammer-quakes. As you locate each Crystal, the rescued ninja is added to your arsenal. You can interchange control of the ninjas at will. Experimenting with each ninja's powers and skills will help you determine which one is best suited for specific situations.

Five challenging levels await you in this one-player, side-scrolling action-test. Choose any of the first four levels and fight through Neo City, a Japanese castle, the rough terrain of the Great Canyon, and the mazes of a high-tech factory. Finish all four levels and you can access the secret enemy base for a final showdown with the Black Ninja. Shinobi II is packed with hordes of Techno Warriors, traps, bombs, obstacles and dead ends. Move quickly and with purpose, because you have a limited power gauge, only four lives, and five continues. Lucky for you, there's a password feature and a healthy supply of bonus items, including additional units for your power and gauges, Ninjitsu power units, 1-ups, and a Transport item to zap yourself around a level.

The Second Time's a Charm!

Shinobi II is an ideal action/adventure cart for the Game Gear. Extremely detailed graphics, an impressive soundtrack, very responsive game play interaction, and a captivating challenge guarantee that this isn't just another sequel. In fact, it's even more fun than its predecessor! Hopefully, by the time you conquer Shinobi II, Shinobi III will be ready for you to jump in and continue the adventure! Go Joe!

ProTips:

  • To minimize your vulnerability, crouch and strike your opponents rather than attacking them while your standing.
  • Most enemies home in on you, or they move in preset patterns. There's no time limit, so lay low and let them come to you.
  • Only the Worn Boss' head is vulnerable.
  • Use the conveyor belt to give you a running start for extra high and long leaps.
  • Some bonus items are booby-trapped. Just in case, jump back every time you open one.

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You won't need a wand to activate Shinobi's Ninja Magic. It's back and stronger than ever. His enemies are shaking over his new natural disaster moves, like the Tornado and the Earthquake. Feel the power of that black ninja magic.

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