The NES version of Strider has been almost entirely overshadowed by its graphically-superior Arcade counterpart, and is most often simply ignored as a legitimate entry in the series despite being an entirely different game from the CPS-1 original in every aspect.

When it came out, however, the game was generally well received by critics. EGM gave the game a 72/100, stating that while it wasn't "as good as the arcade", its "graphic and play" were good and it had complex maps and items to find[1]. The epic fantasy-based magazine Dragon gave it a 4 out of 5 stars, praising its graphics, story and sound as excellent, and noting the game's lack of difficulty as its only drawback[2]. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment's Howard Well cited the game as "one of the best run-of-the-mill, side-view action-adventure games to come out for the NES", praising its graphics, music and well-paced action and stating that, while its concept and scenario had been "well overdone and heard before", it was a very refreshing game that reminded him of the first time he played Super Mario Bros.[3]

Over the years, the NES Strider has made its way into a few videogame top lists as well. Nintendo Power ranked Strider #162 in its list of "Top 285 Nintendo Games of All Time"[4], Topless Robot ranked its ending as #5 in its "Top 10 Most Depressing NES Game Ending"[5] and Arcade Sushi listed its intro cinematic as #8 in its "10 Best NES Intros".[6]


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  2. Hartley, Patricia; Lesser, Kirk (November 1989). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (51). Pg 53
  3. Well, Howard H. (December 1989). "Strider". VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (11). Pg. 72, 76
  4. Staff (December 26, 2012). "Nintendo Power Ranks the Top 285 Nintendo Games of All Time". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  5. Ciolek, Todd (September 10, 2010). "The 10 Most Depressing NES Game Endings". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  6. Ledford, John (August 2, 2013). "10 Best Nes Intros". Retrieved 3 August 2013.