In-depth Review: Shinobi - Electronic Theatre

While fans might argue that this Nintendo 3DS release provides the evolution of the Shinobi franchise, in truth the newest title in the critically acclaimed platform videogame series plays more like Tecmo Koei’s Ninja Gaiden. Taking the principles of today’s most popular ninja action series and adapting them to a 2D platform experience is effectively the greatest portrayal of the skill-based combat you could hope for, which wasn’t ever the point of Shinobi. It was a platform videogame with a unique aesthetic: a love letter to the occult and the surreal in Japanese fantasy lore, not a realistic interpretation of the difficulties a ninja faces.

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