Trivia: Shinobi

  • Hey, It's That Voice!: In the Italian dub there are many notorious voice actors. Among others, Hotsuma is Trunks, Moritsune is Kakashi, Hiruko is Guldo and Kurokuda is Doflamingo.
  • Name's the Same:
    • The second boss in Revenge of Shinobi is called the "Shadow Dancer", which was also the name of the original Shinobi's arcade sequel.
    • The organization that Joe destroys is called Zeed. If memory serves, Kenshiro murdered a mohawked ruffian of the same name.
    • The first boss in the arcade game is named Kenoh. Raoh would still murder him.
  • Port Overdosed: The 1987 arcade game was ported to every computer and console available at the time, and has been included on several compilations since then, too. It's everywhere.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Hotsuma's Scarf of Asskicking was originally much smaller and shorter until one of the developers made it super-long as a joke. It looked awesome, so they left it in.
    • Alex Kidd in Shinobi World was originally just going to be a cutesy spin-off of Shinobi called Shinobi Kid, but Alex was shoe-horned in so he could piggy-back off the popularity of Shinobi as his own license was on the out.
    • The PS2 Shinobi was originally planned as a Dreamcast game, but the intended platform changed due to Sega's abrupt departure from the hardware race.
    • Shinobi III was initially titled The Revenge of Shinobi II and featured entirely different levels and enemies. Apparently, the mediocre reception this iteration got from several gaming magazines led to Sega scrapping it and overhauling the game. You can read about it here.