Sega swinging swords like Shinobi for Nintendo 3DS

The “Shinobi” franchise will return to the Nintendo 3DS, Sega announced today.

Any gamers old enough to remember the arcade machines of the 1980s must have played Shinobi at least once. Shinobi was a super-hard side scrolling title that put players in the role of a ninja fighting hundreds of enemies, which is a description that could also describe Ninja Gaiden and many, many other games. Ninjas were big in the 1980s.

Shinobi survived into the 1990s and that decade’s competition between the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. Shinobi, of course, was on Sega’s side at the time.

It almost seems weird to see Sega making a game for a Nintendo product, but things have changed, although Sega reports Shinobi will stick to its side-scrolling roots for the Nintendo 3DS.

The game is scheduled for a September release.