Shogun was a robot alien bounty hunter hired by The Shredder to stop the Turtles. He appears exclusively in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game. Along with Tora, another intergalactic bounty hunter, Shogun was one the new bosses created for the game to provide the final challenge of the newly created levels for the NES port. Shogun's new level was sandwiched in between the quarry/warehouse (where Splinter is being held captive by Granitor) and the Technodrome sections of the arcade game. He is an inhabitant of Sector Six in the Dead Star Zone, and the mastermind behind the Ultimate Galactic Sword.
He carries a naginata, and can also attack with his detachable head. Shogun's stage is a Japanese castle full of sharpened bamboo stick traps. The manual states that Shogun created three defenders of his castle, three customized (two mechanical) menaces designed in part by Shogun himself.
After Shogun is beaten, two tatami mats on the floor give way to reveal an underground tunnel leading to the Technodrome.
Behind the scenes
- As his name would imply, Shogun resembles a warrior from feudal Japan.
- Shogun appears briefly in a CGI spot in a television commercial for the TMNT II NES game as he slices his bladed staff towards the screen. His partner Tora also appears, as does a quick flurry of Foot Soldiers as they all cram into a "mutating" TMNT arcade game cabinet. As the narrator touts about Ultra's improvements and added levels to the game, the cabinet eventually transforms and shrinks into a box for the TMNT II video game cartridge.
- The American version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game instruction manual describes Shogun as master of the "Ultimate Galactic Sword", despite the fact that he doesn't use a sword. Historically, katana blades were sometimes recycled into naginata blades, so one could find a bit of a connection to swords in that context. However, it is more likely that whomever wrote the manual didn't know what a naginata was.