Excerpt: Shinobi or followers of the way of Nin are a mysterious bunch. Nin comes from the Japanese language as two words literally meaning "blade" and "heart." That’s rather fitting for Sega’s Shinobi videogames. The hero Musashi was not only a master of the blade, but possessed supernatural abilities. Well, Shinobi is back with a new hero, Hotsuma. Despite the relative closeness of his name to “Hot Sumo”, he’s a pretty small and nimble fellow.
Conclusion: The other aspect of traveling through the levels that provide challenge is to decide whether or not to explore when the opportunity presents itself. Exploration isn’t as wide open and abundant as other games, and this will definitely bother some players, but the opportunity is there and there are helpful rewards for ding so in the form of magic scrolls, health, and so forth.