a ninja-like warrior or special agent, known as a Strider.
The Striders are
a elite team of hi-tech mercenaries who specialize in spying, assassination, and
sabotage. The Striders are one of the world's most
influential secret maneuvering groups, having existed since the feudal era of Japan.
As a Strider agent, Hiryu's personal data such as real name, age, nationality,
career and any other background information are top secret, although official
speculation states that he's an Asian male somewhere around 20 years of age. Hiryu is one of the most
skilled Striders, having been the youngest ever to obtain the high rank of
Special A-Class in the organization's history. To the Striders, he is their best
assassin; To outsiders, little if anything is known about him other than his
feared reputation. Nothing is known about Hiryu's past, outside the fact that
he's an orphan of Asian (most likely Japanese) descent.
In the year 2042, an
evil alien supergenius by the name of Grandmaster Meio appeared and, in
five years time, had taken over the nations of Earth, and exerts control over
the human race with an iron fist and powerful militia. Having uncovered the
secrets of life in the Amazon, Meio plans to construct his super city, the Third
Moon, and cause a mass extinction event on Earth, seeing it as nothing more than
his own plaything, and creating his own lifeforms to populate his new world. In
2048, A resistance force comes to the Striders to stop Meio's diabolical plans.
Hiryu is tasked to take down Meio and his machinations.
Hiryu favors the plasma sword Cypher as his weapon of choice,
which he can freely use from any position. Armed
with a Cypher (a razor-sharp blade, wielded similarly to a tonfa which
generates metal-cutting plasma) called Falchion, Hiryu must travel around
the globe (including the Soviet Union and the Amazon Rainforest) to find and
destroy the evil being.
in 1988 as the protagonist of a manga by the same name, published exclusively in
Japan by Kadokawa Shoten. Hiryu made his first video game appearance in the 1989
Capcom arcade game, Strider.
Page Updated: Sep. 15th, 2021
As one of
the coolest "futuristic" ninja designs ever, Hiryu was destined to make his fighting game
debut eventually... and with late 90's Capcom sprite artists behind the job, the result was spectacular.
Strider's classic movements and fighting style were revamped and executed
brilliantly in the Marvel VS
For the record, I did play the original Strider when I was just a little kid
in the late 80's (Amiga version)... and I never could get to the very end. Indeed, it was a
ridiculously difficult game! Anyhow, when I
first played Marvel VS Capcom in 1998, I immediately recognized the sound of
Strider's sword and the way it slashes... and I was like "Waaaait a sec, I know this
guy!!!" 0__0 The thing is, I actually forgot Capcom made Strider when I first played MVC...
plus, they made Strider look so damn cool in MVC, that I wasn't even
sure it was the same character at first! Indeed, Strider is a classic Capcom
probably one of the coolest late 80's video game veterans to ever cross over to the fighting genre. On a side
note: The 2014 Strider reboot game is incredibly sick, especially on PS4!
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