The Strider reboot knocked my socks off at TGS this year, and it sits pretty firmly on top of my most anticipated games list. This latest news from Japan only makes the package seem that much better.
The PlayStation 3 and 4 versions of the game will come bundled with the original Strider and Strider 2 through the Japanese PSN. If you’ve never played these marvelous action games, then be sure to keep your fingers crossed for Capcom USA to be just as generous. Both are classics to the bone, but it would be a better opportunity than ever to catch up on the series’ history.
Included in the bundle will be the PlayStation port of the arcade versions, but they are as close to the real thing as it gets. The only problem is that the infinite continues defeat the games’ “practice makes perfect” design. You simply can’t die, and you can run through the game in 20 minutes. Where’s the fun in that?
Japan also announced a crazy pricing plan, with the PlayStation 3 version being a whopping 3,990 yen ($40) for both the digital and retail versions. The PlayStation 4 version though will be digital only and cost 2,000 yen ($20), and not only will this have all the same features, but it will also be a better looking game running at 60FPS and 1080p.
Don’t worry about this price range in America, though. It won’t happen.
Japan is missing out on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC ports of the game, which will be coming to America, so there is no telling if this deal will carry the arcade classics to other consoles or not. My guess is that the PlayStation 3 and 4 version will get exclusive content thanks to the easy port of the PlayStation classics.
Strider will be released in early 2014 in the west.