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Strider Hiryû (ストライダー飛竜) is a port of the original coin-op game for the Sharp X68000, a Japan-exclusive home computer which was incredibly popular at the time. The port is a near perfect adaptation of the original Arcade game, even moreso than the Mega Drive port. This is due to the fact that the Sharp X68000's hardware is virtually identical to Capcom's CPS-1 arcade board, which was the basis for the first Strider.

Since there's no American counterpart for the X68000 computer, the game remains a Japanese-exclusive release.

Differences with the Arcade[]

This is a very faithful port of the original arcade game with minimal changes. It contains a number of improvements and fixes that were not utilized in later ports.

Arcade - X68000. Native resolutions

CPS-1 native resolution: 384 by 224. Viewable gameplay area: 384 by 224.

x68000 native resolution: 384 by 224. Viewable gameplay area: 384 by 208. (Vertical viewable gameplay area is limited by the opaque HUD.)

Arcade - x68000. 4:3 aspect ratios

As displayed on an arcade or x68000 monitor using a 4:3 aspect ratio resolution.

List of changes[]

  • As with the Genesis port, this version has a limited number of continues before the player gets a Game Over.
  • Fewer on-screen enemies.
  • Fewer difficulty settings.
  • Lower game difficulty.

  • Longer loading times and disk swapping, due to the game being supplied on three 5¼ floppy disks.
  • Updated code base including numerous bug fixes.
  • Improved collision detection with the foreground tile layer.
  • Minor pauses, increased sprite flicker and slowdown in several areas.

  • A redesigned opaque HUD has been added.
  • Omission of stage one (St. Petersburg) background and hi-score input screen starfields.
  • Omission of a number of foreground graphics tiles used for damage effects.
  • Clean-up of some background graphics tiles.
  • Slightly altered color palette.

  • Complete musical score, including the three music themes not restored in any of the known Arcade revisions.
  • Updated musical score.
  • Slightly lower instrument quality for music and sound effects.
  • Alternate sounds used for certain enemies and effects.

  • Capcom logo on start-up.
  • Inclusion of an Options setting, which includes difficulty setting (easy, medium and hard), number of players, a music test and monitor + input configurations.
  • Single player only.
  • Registered trademark symbol on game title.