Capcom Scores Big Hit with Classic Arcade ‘Strider’ Remake

When it comes to fighting styled games, Capcom ruled both the arcade and the home gaming industry from the late 80s, well into the 90s. The original Strider was one of their earliest hits, paving the way for other more popular titles to be produced. While Capcom never produced titles that could outperform the success of the original Ms Pacman cocktail table, almost all gamers 35 and under can name their favorite Street Fighter characters and emulate their signature moves. Capcom first released Strider in 1989, introducing one of the most sophisticated fighting styled games at the time.

Featuring stunning graphics and dialogue in more than five languages, Strider helped Capcom to gain the attention it yearned for. While Stride had the potential to spawn a series of sequels and spinoffs, Capcom elected to keep things simple. Now, 25 years after Strider became the star of the arcade, Capcom is doing it all over again. A few years ago, another company attempted to put out a Strider remake, but the project ultimately fell apart.

The original Strider is an iconic game that comes from a memorable time in the arcade industry. At that time, arcade owners were slowly coming to terms with the fact that many of their customers were rarely, if ever going to return. As arcades were falling out of favor, home gaming consoles were being packaged as the ultimate in-home entertainment solution. Although home video game consoles were expensive, no quarters were needed.

Just like the original version of Strider, this remake from Capcom has left home video gamers feeling giddy. The main character, Hiryu, has been updated, but his design is still unmistakable identifiable. The setting has been revamped, but Strider contains that old, familiar feeling that caused the game to become a well known classic. Whether you’re going to be playing next to the classic Ms Pacman cocktail table or enjoying the new Strider at home, Capcom hopes that fans will fully appreciate their work. Strider proves that remakes don’t have to be boring and they don’t have to be completely out of the ordinary in order to get kudos.