Shadow Dancer is very similar in gameplay to its predecessor, Shinobi. However, it features the ninja dog sidekick, which works well, and is a huge advantage in certain situations. The graphics is greatly improved compared to the original.
From M.A.W.S: '0.139u2: Phil Bennett fixed Shadow Dancer freeze on stage 2-4.' Thanks, Phil, trying to upgrade to M.A.M.E. 0.144.
OK, the pending anonymous timers check is still in effect in 0.144. I have recompiled M.A.M.E. from source, removing the check, and documented how to do it on schmid.wiki.
I played a round of ninja during a coffee break at work on the office arcade machine.