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|System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear|
|Publisher: U.S. Gold|
|Number of players: 1|
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Strider II, known as Journey from Darkness: Strider Returns in North America (although initially it too was known as Strider II) and also being the Game Gear version title in all regions, is a sequel to Strider, released for the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and the Sega Game Gear in 1993. It should not be confused with the later release of Strider 2 which was developed in-house by Capcom - Strider II was developed by U.S. Gold, who, at the time, had the rights to the Strider license outside of Japan.
Even though game received average to positive reviews when it was first released, today Strider II is considered the black sheep of the series. Many fans consider Strider II as a poorly done satire of the original due to fundementaly flawed level designs, lackluster story and bad gameplay plagued with intense slowdowns.
Capcom removed the Strider Returns as part of the original Strider canon.
This guy is like a bad habit, he just won't go away. Now this Evil Master Dude and his legions of nimrods are poised above the planet in a space station, ready to make the planet one big black hole. Not only that, those blasted automadions (space slang for funky robot type guys) have captured Lexia (Not the car, the babe!) and holding her prisoner aboard their space station.
Don't it just make your blood boil? Doesn't it make your skin crawl? Does it make your face turn red with anger? Hold on, get a grip! We've been in this kind of fix before. Okay, okay, you're right, probably not this bad. But hey, this is a video game there's always a good guy somewhere. Get with the program!
It just so happens, that on the island Moralos (you remember the secret base of famous Striders) there is just the guy you are looking for. The most pumped up Strider of them all Hinjo, is just waiting to punch these guys' light out. Go ahead, grab that control pad and give it a shot, sounds like a piece of cake... Wrong! This baby's not your every day space walk in the park! Strider's back and the fun is about to begin. Rumble on Strider Dude!
— US manual 
- Main article: Strider II/Magazine articles.
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- File:StriderReturns GG EU Box Back.jpg
- GamePro, "July 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 56
- Sega Force, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-04), page 39
- Sega Force, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-01), page 75
- Sega Zone, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-11), page 21
- Sega Pro, "April 1993" (DE; 1993-03-26), page 23
- File:GamePro US 051.pdf
- Sega Power, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-01), page 13
- Computer & Video Games, "March 1993 (Go! Issue 17)" (UK; 1993-02-15), page 20
- File:Strider II MD US Manual.pdf
- Consoles +, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 100
- Electric Brain, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-26), page 36
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 40
- Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 98
- Mega, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-21), page 46
- Mega Force, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 82
- Player One, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-07-10), page 66
- Sega Power, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-01), page 58
- Sega Pro, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-08), page 56
- Sega Force, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-04), page 38
- VideoGames, "September 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 46
- Consoles +, "Mai 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 142
- Hobby Consolas, "Enero 1993" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 54
- Player One, "Mai/Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-05-10), page 98
- Sega Power, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-04), page 58
- Sega Pro, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-11), page 28
- Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 72
- Sega Zone, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-11), page 20
- Sega Force, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-01), page 74
- User, "Septémvrios 1993" (GR; 1993-0x-xx), page 57
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 44
- GamePro, "October 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 141
- Player One, "Janvier 1994" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 118
- Sega Master Force, "Autumn 1993" (UK; 1993-09-16), page 36
- VideoGames, "September 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 64