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Strider (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Strider was the first must-own game of the 16-bit generation. It was an arcade-perfect port of one of Capcom's best games; the type of game that turned heads in the early days of the Sega Genesis. Electronic Gaming Monthly gave this blockbuster title the coveted game of the year award in 1990, making this the console's first killer app. After six long years, Nintendo has finally uploaded this genuine masterpiece to the Virtual Console. It's about time. Rating: 100%
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What Is It? Strider was the first must-own game of the 16-bit generation. It was an arcade-perfect port of one of Capcom's best games; the type of game that turned heads in the early days of the Sega Genesis. Electronic Gaming Monthly gave this blockbuster title the coveted game of the year award in 1990, making this the console's first killer app. After six long years, Nintendo has finally uploaded this genuine masterpiece to the Virtual Console. It's about time.

As the title suggests, you play a character named Strider Hiryu, a futuristic ninja on a mission to rescue Soviet Kazakh from a dictatorship. Political mumbo jumbo aside, Strider is a balls-to-the-wall action game where you wield a giant light sword that moves so fast enemies will barely be able to see you swing it. Through city streets, forests, mountains and even an airship, our hero tracks down evil wherever it hides. Now is your chance to find out why so many people consider this one of the best 16-bit games of all time.

Does It Still Hold Up? Like a lot of 1980s arcade games, there isn't a lot to the gameplay. You run from left to right slashing enemies and avoiding bullets. But Strider has a few surprises up its sleeves. You can coerce robotic animals to fight and extend your sword to reach across the television screen. Some levels will have you fighting on the ceiling, while others will force you to navigate tricky airships. Although the game is short, there's a surprising amount of variety in this 2D action game.

Is It Worth The Money? There are a lot of people that seem to think there are no more games worth releasing on the Wii Virtual Console. At 393 games, you could certainly argue that a lot of the biggest hits have come to the online service. But Strider proves that there are still countless video game gems just waiting to come home. Anybody that has read the site over the years knows that Strider is, without a doubt, one of my favorite video games. This port is flawless, offering one of the most exhilarating experiences on a 16-bit platform. After half a year of silence, Nintendo definitely chose the right game for the resurrection of the Wii Virtual Console.
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