The NES Shinobi is a port of Sega's arcade game and very similar to the Master System version in terms of play mechanics and graphic design (right down to the inclusion of a life gauge), but nowhere near as polished and very buggy. Still, it does have some semblance of an actual ending, which the Master System version lacked.
Press Down, Down, Left, Right, Up, Up, Start at the title screen.
The soundtrack for the NES Shinobi has eleven tracks (all of them renditions of music from the arcade and Master System versions), but only four are actually played in-game: the standard stage music (BGM2), the bonus stage theme (BGM1), the stage clear theme, and the ending/game over theme. The unused tracks are as follows, with the titles taken from the Legend of Joe Musashi album:
|BGM3||Played in Mission 2-1 in the arcade version. The NES version uses BGM2 (originally the Mission 1-2 theme) for every stage, including boss battles.|
|BGM4||Played in Mission 2-2 in the arcade version and in the bonus stages in the Master System version.|
|Boss 1||The standard boss theme of the arcade and Master System versions.|
|Boss 2||The boss theme for the Black Turtle helicopter battle in the arcade version.|
|Mission Clear||Played in the arcade version when the player defeats a boss, and in the Master System version as the standard stage clear theme.|
|Bonus Stage||The NES version uses BGM1 (originally the Mission 1-1 theme) for the bonus stages.|
|Miss||Played in the Master System version whenever the player dies (i.e., a "miss" in Japanese gaming terminology).|
animated eyes for the title, two unused weapons, etc.
The Shinobi series
|Master System||Shinobi • The Cyber Shinobi • Shadow Dancer|
|Genesis||The Revenge of Shinobi (Prototype) • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (Prototypes)|
|Game Gear||Shinobi • Shinobi II: The Silent Fury|
|Sega Saturn||Shinobi Legions|
|Game Boy Advance||The Revenge of Shinobi|