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Strider
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: Capcom
Developer(s) of original games: Capcom
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Virtual Console
Original system(s): Capcom CPS-1
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,000 G-4037
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 1112
Sega Mega Drive
CA
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[2] 1112
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1112
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 1112
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1112
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM8060JG



Sega Master System
UK
£29.99 9005
Sega Master System
FR
?F 9005
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 9005
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 9005
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?
Sega Master System
KR
₩? GB4028JG



Wii Virtual Console
JP
600 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
800 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800 pts ?



Strider, known as Strider Hiryuu (ストライダー飛竜) in Japan, is an action game developed by Capcom and released for CPS arcade hardware in 1989. It was subsequently brought to home consoles and computers, including the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master System.

Gameplay

Strider is an action-platformer. The highly mobile protagonist needs to can walk, run, slide and climb to conquer all five stages and defeat the self proclaimed world ruler, grandmaster. Aside from his sword, Strider can also employ robotic helpers (one of them resembling a tiger) to fight his adversaries.

Versions

The Sega versions of Strider were licensed from Capcom, but the Mega Drive version was developed internally at Sega and the Master System version was outsourced to Tiertex under Sega's production and supervision. Allegedly Sega was not given much support by Capcom, forcing the teams to rip graphics and reverse engineer arcade units to create both games (it is rumoured that practise was also in effect for Ghouls'n Ghosts and Final Fight CD, Capcom not partaking in Sega development on their own until Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition).

Mega Drive

Strider was brought to the Sega Mega Drive relatively early in the system's lifespan, debuting in late 1990. It was seen as one of the hard hitting 16-bit action games designed to encourage users to migrate from Nintendo's NES to Sega's console, boasting high definition graphics and recorded speech samples. It was the first 1MB (8Mb) ROM cartridge released for the system, making it one of the largest cartridge-based video games available at the time.

The comparison between Mega Drive and NES is striking when discussing Strider, as despite Capcom having a hand in both developing and publishing the Nintendo version, the console's technical restrictions led to an entirely different game. Meanwhile the Mega Drive version was for a while the most accurate home arcade conversion available to consumers (inevitably superseded by a Sharp X68000 version in November 1992).

The most noticeable differences in the Mega Drive version are the slower attack speed (especially when hanging from the ceiling) and lower acceleration (meaning the jungle stage and final stage's inverse gravity section require different approaches to that of the arcade). Like its arcade counterpart, the western versions lacks Hiryu's "Ha!" shout while attacking with the sword.

There are also slight differences between regions; when playing up to the boss rush section of the final stage without losing a life in the Japanese Sega Mega Drive version, there is a high chance that Ouroboros (stage one boss), normally transporting the player to the place of the final battle, will not appear. The player has to deliberately lose a life to respawn Ouroboros. This issue was apparently fixed in the Western versions. Continues may be used in the Western versions whereas the Japanese release requires the player to input a cheat code to enable them, and the famous line, "All sons of old gods, die!", spoken by the final boss, was removed from the Western versions.

Strider is one of the few Sega Mega Drive games that has noticeable load times during stages. The game stops for about half a second when new background graphics or big enemies, like boss characters, appear. It also features an original ending scene.

Master System

Unlike its NES counterpart, the Master System Strider is a compacted version of the arcade game, with simpler graphics and sound as is to be expected of the console. It is known, however, to suffer from heavy slowdown when the engine is under stress, so much so that simply attacking will cause the frame rate to drop.

History

Legacy

Multiple other versions of Strider exist, all of which (bar the aforementioned X68000 version) are widely considered to be less accurate than the Mega Drive version. Ports were made to the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS and ZX Spectrum. A PC Engine Arcade CD-ROM², version, exclusive to Japan and released in September 1994 could be considered the Mega Drive's closest rival, but still falls short due to a number of graphical omissions (in exchange for an extra level).

Strider was unofficially followed by U.S. Gold's Strider II, however Capcom later returned in 1999 to make a true sequel under the name of Strider 2. The character of Strider Hiryuu has also appeared in other Capcom games, such as 1999's Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, released among other systems for the Sega Dreamcast.

The Mega Drive version was also made available for the Wii's Virtual Console service in 2011.

Production credits

Mega Drive version


Magazine articles

Main article: Strider/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #17: "December 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #17: "December 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[5]
  • GamePro (US) #20: "March 1991" (1991-xx-xx)[6]
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SegaVisions US 06.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #6: "Fall 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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PDF
Print advert in
Mean Machines Sega (UK) #11: "September 1993" (1993-07-30)
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AcaoGames BR 007.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Ação Games (BR) #7: "Novembro 1991" (199x-11-xx)
also published in:
  • Ação Games (BR) #8: "Dezembro 1991" (199x-12-xx)[7]
  • Supergame (BR) #5: "Dezembro 1991" (1991-12-xx)[8]

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №40, p103[9]
100 №5, p22[10]
73 №, p84[11]
91 №4, p36[12]
95 №109, p68-70[13]
95 №1, p30-32[14]
90 №16, p20[15]
90 №1, p98Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[16]
70 №111, [1]
88 №17, p122/123[17]
99 №27, p78
83 №6, p98[18]
96 №10, p108[19]
78 №5, p94
89 №9, p22
89 №1, p65
91 №1, p80[20]
92 №2, p18-21[21]
86 №7, p26/27[22]
92 №4, p15[23]
91 №8, p24/25[24]
95 №19, p10/11
100 №23, p54
92 №6, p29[25]
87 №18, p67
94 №2/92, p21[26]
Sega Mega Drive
90
Based on
26 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Strider MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Strider MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Strider MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Strider MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Strider MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
Strider MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
Strider MD JP CartTop.jpg
Strider MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Strider MD jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU
Strider MD AU cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR
Strider MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
Strider MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Strider md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, CA
Strider MD CA Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, KR
Strider MD SK Box.jpg
Cover
Strider MD KR Cart.jpg
Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
100 №5, p26[4]
67 №0, p50-52
67 №1, p158Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[27]
50 №25
73 №2, p26/27[28]
80 №21, p169[29]
67 №6, p62-64[30]
78 №14, p70/71[31]
74 №26, p24/25
60 №1, p60/61[32]
61 №18, p74[33]
Sega Master System
71
Based on
11 reviews

Master System, EU
Strider SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Strider SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Strider sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU

Master System, BR
Strider SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Strider SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Strider SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, KR
Strider SMS SK Box.jpg
Cover
Strider SMS KR cart.jpg
Cart

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