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Xtreme Classix - Strider

The Strider group is a secret organization of incredibly well-trained warriors, each with the ability and technology to single-handedly take on missions that would require whole teams of Special Forces. Armed with Plasma Swords, and super-human strength and agility, the Striders venture where few sane men would dare.

Strider first made a name for itself in the arcades, which inspired ports to many home systems, as well as sequels and other games based on the Strider characters. Still a cult hit today, the Strider series has been updated as recently as a new title for Sony Playstation.

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Strider (NES)
"Strider" is the strongest secret maneuvers group in the world. It specializes in smuggling, kidnapping, demolitions, disruption, etc. One strider of C- grade is equivalent to one well-trained team of special corps.

Hiryu was the youngest strider of Super-A grade. After eliminating the sister of a mad A-grade Strider, he decided to retire and was spending his life peacefully in Mongolia.

One day the Vice-Driector of Strider, Matic, showed up. Apparently, Hiryu's friend Kain had been caught by the enemy. Matic ordered Hiryu to destroy his friend Kain and threatened to start slaughtering Mongolians if Hiryu refused.

Hiryu had no choice but to return. fter rescuing Kain, he discovered the fearful plan conceived by the Striders and an organization called "Enterprise" an evil project called "ZAIN"

Hiryu decided to destroy the ZAIN mind-control weapon along with Enterprise and the Striders. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.
--From the NES Strider instruction manual.

Gamers familiar with the arcade hit by the same name might be wondering what this game has to do with that one. Is this a sequel? An alternate reality? Or just another totally different game that happens to have the same name and a few other things in common? Well, the answer is that Strider Hiryu was originally a character in an obscure Japanese comic book, and this game is based on his story-line from the comic, while the arcade version, which was later ported to Sega Genesis, features a very different plot about Communist dictators and alien invasion.

If you let the main screen go away you're shown 3 characters (Sheena, Kain, and Strider Hiryu) after the definitions of striders. It then shows the main base and has very impressive 8-bit music, possibly the best I ever heard in an 8-bit game. Once you start the game you're automatically thrown into a compelling, but very confusing storyline. The game is set up very nicely, especially for the day and age of the system and game. It is very unique on what your destination is and how power ups are found. All the little clues kept me wanting to find more and more, all the while I was advancing through the levels without taking notice and learning more about what was going on. (I'm sorry I don't want to spoil it) I may have understood the game a bit more if I hadn't played strider on GEN as a kid. The game play is fairly simple, don't let your health deplete to 0, kill everything you see, and collect everything you're given! The wide range of people you meet and places you go also added interest to the game. This is definitely one solid NES game that I suggest to all if you like Ninja Gaiden or Shinobi!

9.5 out of 10!

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Strider (Sega Genesis)
By the year 1998, a series of disasters that had plagued the world came to a long-awaited end. The future of the Earth remained uncertain. People realized the desperate situation they were in, and began to use the energy they had once saved for fighting each other to help the poor and the homeless. Gradually, through the efforts of a great many caring human beings, the standard of living rose to a tolerable level.

A few years later, in a small Eastern European nation called Kafazu, unusual activity was reported by a rancher. He said that he had seen several "red dots" move across the sky and disappear behind a mountain. They made no sound at all, he said. Three days after the sighting, though, creatures that no one had ever seen before surfaced in the capital city. They leveled the capital in a matter of days! Nothing remained but the rubble of demolished buildings and the occasional desperate cry of someone trapped beneath them...

The creatures marched across the entire European continent, doing the same kind of damage they had in Kafazu. Not long after, North and South America met the same fate. Just weeks after the beings had first exposed themselves, 5 entire continents had been completely wiped out! Any survivors were taken and used as slaves. Their lives had become a horrible nightmare from which they might never awaken...

The wicked mind behind the devastation was Meio, the Grand Master who studied the life patterns of Earth's inhabitants from his home on a distant nebula. His ultimate plan was to rule the world from a space station he had built between the Earth and its lone moon. The "Third Moon" would serve as his control and planning center.

News reports told of the sheer annihilation of 80% of the living things on the planet. The report was picked up by the inhabitants of a small island called Moralos, somewhere in the South Seas. Moralos was the secret training centre for the Striders, the last defenders of justice on the Earth. Hiryu, the youngest man ever to achieve the rank of A-class Strider, was assigned the incredible task of getting through and stopping Grand Master Meio from carrying out his plans. You can help Hiryu - guide him from the city of Kafazu, through uncharted regions of Siberia and the Amazon, and finally to the "Third Moon" space station and the final showdown with Meio!
--From the Sega Genesis Strider instruction manual.

Sega's release of Strider for the Genesis was an almost perfect port of the original arcade hit. Graphics, animation, sound, game-play, and storyline, all there. This game was destined to become a legend. Check it out!

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Strider (Sega Master System)

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Strider 2: Strider Returns (Sega Genesis)
Grand Master Meio has returned from the dead, apparently Strider Hiryu didn't finish the job in the first game. Meio has kidnapped the girlfriend of a new Strider named Hinjo, so your job is to help Hinjo rescue the girl from Meio's prison ship orbiting the Earth.

Strider Returns is universally regarded as the worst game in the Strider series. Not that it's a bad game necessarily, but it's just not on par with the first. Basically, it's the same game with a different colored outfit on the hero, simpler level designs, easier enemies, and less detailed graphics. This is what Capcom gets for farming out their franchise. Also the name 'Strider Returns' is a bit ridiculous considering that it's not even the same character (US Gold wasn't allowed to use the name Hiryu), maybe they should have called it 'Meio Returns.'

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Strider 2: Strider Returns (Sega GameGear)

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Capcom Classics Mini Mix (Gameboy Advance)

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