STRIDER (NEC AVENUE / CAPCOM)

 ARCADE CARD CD-ROM (JAPANESE VERSION)

One of the most adored games of all-time, Strider was a truly masterpiece released by Capcom in 1989. In a time when 8-bit consoles were the standard, Strider was a massive success on arcade houses, and showed that 16-bit CPU would make a HUGE difference on videogames market, in the following years.

Right after being released on the arcades, Sega made a near perfect Strider conversion to Megadrive / Genesis (first 8 Meg cartridge released for it). A lot of computer and videogame systems had their own Strider version (AMIGA, X68000, PC-ENGINE). For the PSX, Strider came as a bonus game, along with Strider Hiryu 2.

 

Strider had a very troubled path till its PC-ENGINE release! Formerly planned to be a Super-Grafx game (16-bit), Strider project was cancelled due to the SGX sudden death. Time has passed, and when nobody could really see Strider on PC-ENGINE as a reality, NEC Avenue finally decided to release it for the Arcade Card, in 1994.

The musics are the most attractive aspect about the PC-ENGINE version ... all that beloved original tunes had never sounded so nice! Strider also have some really cool cinemas, and the best part: EXTRA STAGES, NEVER SEEN ON ANY OTHER STRIDER VERSION!! The game itself is pretty cool, though it's still a step behind the Megadrive / Genesis version on playability and graphics .

  

Strider is a highly recommended game. I think is pretty much like the webmaster of "La Gamme NEC PC-ENGINE", Olivier Fohanno, said: "This Strider version might not be the best of all, but at least is OUR version!". :)

 

Marcelo Reis

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

Graphics

87%

Playability

80%

Musics and Sound Effects

100%

Interest

88%

OVERALL

89%

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