After a long eight years, Sega has officially announced that they are bringing a brand new Shinobi title to the 3DS. While maintaining the series’ trademark twitch gameplay and 2D side-scrolling perspective, this reboot will also incorporate new challenges, a new 3D visual style, and a brand new combo system. Perhaps the most interesting news is that the StreetPass feature will allow players to unlock unique Retro Challenge Maps and even play as the original Joe Musashi!
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m already digging on how this thing looks. It definitely seems to be imbued with the original game’s flavor. I might even go as far as saying I see a little Okami in its style, and there’s nothing wrong with that. After the PS2 Shinobi, getting back to the series roots was essential. Based on the visual style and the look of the gameplay alone, it appears that Griptonite Games just may be on that right track. Cross your fingers, folks.
Hit the jump to see the full press release and a couple of screenshots.
[Source: Sega Blog]
SEGA LEGEND RETURNS ON NINTENDO 3DS
Shinobi is Back in Full 3D After Eight Years
LONDON AND SAN FRANCISCO – (May 26, 2011) – SEGA Europe Ltd. and SEGA of America, Inc. today announced Shinobi exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. Developed by Griptonite Games, Shinobi is the long anticipated return of the fan favorite series and includes the classic side-scrolling action gameplay players have loved since the original. Coming to stores in September 2011, Shinobi introduces several exciting new features such as StreetPass and a large assortment of achievements and challenges to unlock.
“For years the fans have been asking for a new Shinobi,” said Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing of SEGA West. “With Shinobi on Nintendo 3DS we are able to answer their prayers and bring this legendary series to the next level.”
Shinobi tells the story of Jiro Musashi, the leader of the Oboro clan and father of Joe Musashi, the hero of the first iterations of Shinobi. Players will become a true ninja legend by mastering a brand new combo system switching between melee, ranged and acrobatic attacks. They will also need to rely on Jiro’s ninja magic to get an advantage over their enemies and get out of tight spots.
Shinobi will be released for Nintendo 3DS in September 2011.