Before Pink Spidey, There Was Shinobi's Green Spidey

Illustration for article titled Before Pink Spidey, There Was Shinobi's Green Spidey

This weekend's post about the Wii Virtual Console version of Revenge of Shinobi swapping a bubblegum pink "Spider-Man" for the copyright offending blue and red version in the Genesis original reminded me of the changes made to the XBLA Shinobi.

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The arcade original version of Sega's Shinobi once featured a not-so-subtle homage to old webhead, a blue and red ninja that scaled down walls. It only appeared in a handful of stages. That may have been a little too close to Marvel's Spider-Man for the Sega legal team, especially after already having changed the rips of "Batman," "Spider-Man" and the "Terminator" in Revenge of Shinobi.

So they went with something more toned down—bright green and yellow. The original version is after the break.

Illustration for article titled Before Pink Spidey, There Was Shinobi's Green Spidey

Yes, that's the same screen shot. I altered the first image in this post to be representative of what the Xbox Live Arcade version looks like. That blue and red Spider-ninja with the yellow goggles is how it appeared in 1987.

Also missing from the Xbox Live Arcade version of Shinobi are these Marilyn Monroe posters.

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Illustration for article titled Before Pink Spidey, There Was Shinobi's Green Spidey

Shame about that, as they add a bit more atmosphere to the level and break up all the NINJA posters we now see. But that's litigation for ya!

DISCUSSION

orionplaya
orionplaya

Revenge of Shinobi on the Sega Genesis featured homages to Godzilla, Spider-man and Batman. That could spell a lawsuit these days. Which may explain why it's taken this long to see Revenge of Shinobi on any compilation or online service. It's actually my favorite of the 2D Shinobi games.