The intro to ‘Strider’ on the Sega Megadrive.
Strider is an excellent early platform game by Capcom. While I am most familiar with the NES version, it was first an arcade game and ultimately ported to a number of systems. The NES version is somewhat unique in that it was developed along side the arcade version whereas other versions were ports of the arcade game though all versions are similar. The NES version was also released exclusively in North America.
The game is set in 2048 and you play the role of a hi-tech ninja as part of a group known as the Striders. Your goal is to assassinate a mysterious dictator known as the “Grandmaster” who controls the world. The protagonist, Hiryu, has shown up in other games like Marvel vs. Capcom.
While I played the NES version and it was one of my favorites, the Genesis version released a little later is commonly recognized as the best of the original ports. There were also a number of 8-bit computer ports that, while not as graphically appealing or as good in general as the Sega version, were still very good games. There were also Japanese only ports on the Sharp X68000 and PC-Engine CD-ROM2 with the Arcade Card expansion. Later it was also released for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PSP and Xbox.
There were a couple of sequels and remakes. Strider II or Journey From Darkness: Strider Returns was released for various home computers, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, and Game Gear. There was also a Strider 2 later released for the PlayStation. More recently, a reboot simply titled Strider was released via the PlayStation Network for the PS3 and PS4, Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and on Steam.
The above screenshots are from the Sega Genesis version. This is probably the version I would most recommend you try if you have never played but if you are more of an NES fan I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend that one either. That was the one I played and I loved it.