Whenever you consider the Shinobi sequence, it is onerous to not suppose additionally of the legendary composer Yuzo Koshiro – although his music is just featured in a handful of the Shinobi video games.
Koshiro’s soundtrack to Revenge of Shinobi / Tremendous Shinobi stays among the best on the Genesis / Mega Drive, which is made all of the extra exceptional when you think about that it was a really early launch, and that Koshiro was nonetheless discovering his ft on the Yamaha YM2612 .
Since then, Koshiro has continued to provide superb music for a variety of video games – together with ActRaiser, Streets of Rage and, extra not too long ago, Etrian Odyssey – however he is additionally been concerned in growing video games through his firm Historic. Since its inception in 1990, Historic has contributed titles reminiscent of Sonic on the Grasp System and Sport Gear, Story of Thor / Past Oasis, Shield Me Knight and Gotta Protectors.
Koshiro has not too long ago been displaying off his copy of Revenge of Shinobi, which is definitely signed by the well-known Japanese actor Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba.
My MD is now up and working! It is onerous to see however Mr. Shinichi Chiba autograph is on the case entrance cowl. pic.twitter.com/J1ZRVkLYln— 古代祐三 (@yuzokoshiro) April 30, 2019
The story goes that Sega used Chiba’s likeness for Joe Musashi’s face on the title display screen and canopy, and later releases of the sport altered this face to keep away from authorized motion. Koshiro states that Chiba signed the copy as a result of “he’s very sort and has a way of humour”, however what’s actually attention-grabbing is a follow-up tweet concerning the possibilities of Historic engaged on a brand new Shinobi sport sooner or later:
That is the purpose. I want we had extra energy…— 古代祐三 (@yuzokoshiro) April 30, 2019
Now, it is usually the case that idle messages posted on Twitter are taken as being extra critical than they really are, and we’re not for one second assuming Koshiro’s tweet means he is knocking on Sega’s door 24 hours a day demanding the possibility to revive Shinobi, however simply give it some thought. The sequence has been dormant because the good 3DS reboot from 2011 (and the 3D Classics model of Shinobi III just a few years later), but it nonetheless has a good quantity of fame with veteran gamers. If Sega was to resolve to convey Musashi out of retirement, we will not consider anybody higher to information that revival than Koshiro himself.
And given Sega’s current announcement that it’s going to concentrate on ‘present IPs’ after posting a $17 million loss, what higher franchise to guide with? We are able to dream, can we not?