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Strider II
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Developer:
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? T-79036
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[2] 79036-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 79036-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 79036-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 79036-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? FSTR11SMC



Sega Master System
UK
£? 29005-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F 29005-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM 89,95[4] 29005-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 29005-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 026250



Sega Game Gear
US
$39.95[5] T-79048
Sega Game Gear
UK
£24.99[6] 79048-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F 79048-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? 79048-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas 79048-50
Sega Game Gear
IT
79048-50
Sega Game Gear
PT
? ?




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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.

Strider Returns' "Story"

(Following Shakespaeran level of writing is taken from the manual of the US Version)

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!

Magazine articles

Main article: Strider II/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

SegaVisions US 15.pdfSegaVisions US 15.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #15: "October/November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

ConsolesPlus FR 023.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in Consoles + (FR) #23: "Septembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

TodoSega ES 05.pdfTodoSega ES 05.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Todo Sega (ES) #5: "Agosto 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

SegaForce SE 1993 06.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in Sega Force (SE) #1993-06: "6/93" (1993-09-30)

Artwork

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №21, p100/101/102/103
50 №35, p36[8]
44 №5, p46/47[9]
69 №33, p68/69
53 №45, p58
82 №22, p60/61
83 №15, p38/39[10]
Sega Mega Drive
67
Based on
7 reviews

Mega Drive, US
StriderII MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, EU
StriderII MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
StriderII MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
84 №20, p142/143
69 №31, p98
58 №40, p58/59/60
75 №17, p28/29
79 №5, p22/23
75 №17, p74/75[11]
Sega Master System
73
Based on
6 reviews

Master System, EU
StriderII SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
StriderII SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Strider II SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU

Master System, BR
StriderII SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
StriderII SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
68 №136 (Go!), p20/21[6]
70 №51, p139[12]
72 №38, p118
76 №4, p36[13]
Sega Game Gear
72
Based on
4 reviews

Game Gear, US
StriderII GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngStriderII GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
StriderReturns GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Strider II GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
StriderReturns GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngStriderII GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
StriderReturns GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, EU (Kixx)
StriderII GG EU Box Front Kixx.jpg
Cover
StriderReturns GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 B8F0915A
MD5 8336C9A48390889FB3E17CD6F9471AE1
SHA-1 F9D58BD9A5A99F2FD26FB411B0783FCD220249A4
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 1EBFA5CA
MD5 D9393AFCE9CC368EB1B0217CFF994C8E
SHA-1 ED5D1FC5BA8A47992551B0D577C1A6A06D0F7AC2
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)

References