Sega summoning 3DS Shinobi?

Developer's resume indicates Griptonite is prepping a new installment in classic ninja action franchise for Nintendo's handheld.

Source: The Twitter feed of enduring Internet sleuth Superannuation.

What we heard: Sega hasn't done much with its Shinobi ninja franchise since 2002, when it rebooted the series as a 3D action title for the PlayStation 2. That revival proved to be short lived, as the franchise returned to the shadows after Shinobi's 2004 follow-up, Nightshade. However, after more than seven years undercover, it appears as if Sega is preparing its lethal ninja for a new mission.

In a Twitter post today, Superannuation relayed the online resume of an environment artist at Foundation 9's Griptonite Games who claims to be working on a new installment in the Shinobi franchise for the 3DS. Though the resume has since been pulled, the environment artist indicated on it that he had produced "hand painted and photo referenced textures" for the game.

No really. The Shinobi ninja's name is Joe.

Griptonite Games is no stranger to the industry, with its first released game dating back to 2000. Notably, the Washington-based studio has established its reputation as a studio commissioned to create portable installments of console titles. As one recent example, Griptonite is handling the 3DS and DS versions of Warner Bros.' upcoming Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters. That game's console installments are in development at Double Helix, a fellow Foundation 9 studio.

The official story: A Sega representative told GameSpot that the publisher "is not commenting on this at the moment."

Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus. The Shinobi franchise has deep roots at Sega, having briefly served as company mascot in the 1980s. The real question now is whether Shinobi will appear solely on the 3DS or if an as-yet-undetected console installment is also in development.

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iAmAbel
iAmAbel

So wil lthis be a eshop download? (hope it is becasuse I dont wana buy this and have to keep up with more games)

morganmn
morganmn

I hope it is only on the 3DS

Archzen19
Archzen19

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8-BitPenguin
8-BitPenguin

I love shinobi and nightshade for ps2, if thei're working on new installments to the series, they should've asked fans opinion so they don ruin it like they did with sonic games. I can only hope they dont make a colorful easy sidescroller to please the kids (and sell more copies)

Grim_Reaper007
Grim_Reaper007

@victoremilioflo man the storytelling was terrible in shinobi ps2 and the voice acting was crap. The gameplay was where it shined though, fun as all hell but probably among one of the hardest games ive played too.

iAmAbel
iAmAbel

What is this? Getting a lot of hype and im so curious lol!

OaklandRaiderz
OaklandRaiderz

SHINOBI'S BACK! i cant believe this hasn't been said yet.

jhpeter
jhpeter

some people cant handle the truth and starts to ad hominem, kids... Just buy a 3DS and see the thing kiddo.

jhpeter
jhpeter

WintersMidnight, grow up kid and start seeing the world with your OWN eyes.

WintersMidnight
WintersMidnight

@jhpeter Confession is the first step to recovery good sir. Good to admit that your mentality is that of a child. Have a nice day!

victoremilioflo
victoremilioflo

This was the first game I played for the ps2 and it was awesomeeeee the storyline was great! I would love to play it in the ps3

XanderZane
XanderZane

I just hope it's good. I wish Sega would hurry up and release Shenmue 3 exclusively on the XBox 360. Microsoft should have just bought out SEGA when they purchased Rare.

jhpeter
jhpeter

@WintersMidnight, yeah truth hurts I know.

WintersMidnight
WintersMidnight

@jhpeter Reading your post is like reading the angry ramblings of a 6th grader who lost a Halo Match. Funny...

vega13mv
vega13mv

i hope its better than ninja gaiden for the DS, it was way too easy and all you did the whole time was scribble on the touch screen, i want something a little more challenging and tactical

haz2000
haz2000

Shinobi was great. I hope the rumors are true but they need to step up to Ninja Gaiden series level to be great again.

jhpeter
jhpeter

3DS will have so great library as ps3, e.g Castlevania 2d series, the current console ones are a disgrace, and since 3ds has the same graphics that Xbox 360, who cares about NGP for now , for me just after good emulators.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Still not quite feeling the whole 3D thing personally... Still, nice to see an old franchise having a reboot :)

DrKill09
DrKill09

Meh, I don't care about the 3ds. Instead, bring Shinobi X to the PSN!

monson21502
monson21502

nothing is gonna make me buy a 3ds at 250 bucks..... not even something as cool as shinobi!!

Barighm
Barighm

This sounds like the sort of thing Sega would do.

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

I wonder if it will be a 2d style sidescroller or 3D style like the PS2 game?

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

While I'd love to see another installment of the Shinobi series, I'm not sure if I'll be investing in a handheld gaming device, so I may miss out. Not knocking the 3DS , as it is a very capable machine, its just that don't play that many hand helds. My son's may want a 3DS, so I may be able to check in out on theirs if so.

buft
buft

I loved the original shinobi in arcades,on my old amstrad and on genesis but theres a new breed of competent ninja games in town and sega will need to be sure it can compete with those if it wants to get sales. the name isnt going to sell itself to a lot of people on the market today.

LgacyX6
LgacyX6

Have Joe Musashi come out of retirement ready to kick butt and I'll get it Day One.

Femto513
Femto513

Shinobi's cool. But it doesn't hold a candle to Ninja Gaiden.

servb0ts
servb0ts

My PS3 Hyperdimension Neptunia I can also Sega summoning Shinobi lol.

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

I am glad I got my 3DS, that said, why will Nintendo make me wake months for all these great titles coming out? Super Mario 3D, Kart 3D, Metal Gear Solid Snake, and now Shinobi? Ugh. SF4 is getting stale.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

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