I’m not excited about the Strider comeback

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Earlier this year, at PAX East 2013, Capcom announced DuckTales Remastered and the gaming world went crazy. People were ecstatic at the return of a childhood favorite. At the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, Capcom revealed the return of Strider. It’s good news, of course, but honestly? I’m just not feeling it. I don’t think I’m the only one.

I’m guessing Capcom probably expected DuckTales levels of excitement upon the announcement of the Strider, but it isn’t happening. Yes, the original Strider was a great game and is a classic, but I’m not going crazy over the news. Let me explain why, and I’m sure it will make sense.

To start, Strider doesn’t have much name recognition. Even though I played, and even still own Strider on the NES, I remember Strider Hiryu more for his appearances in Marvel vs. Capcom than I do his original game. I didn’t even realize a true sequel was released on the PlayStation until I was in college, years after its debut. The character is popular and both Strider and Strider 2 were solid, but they don’t carry as much punch as other games.

I think another knock against the revival is that Strider isn’t really such an original concept anymore. Back in the ’80’s, the idea of a futuristic ninjas was revolutionary. It had never been seen before. That’s not true anymore. Ninjas are everywhere. I’d say they’re just behind zombies and teenaged-chosen-ones when it comes to prominent video game heroes. I know Strider Hiryu is a really popular character, but there isn’t going to be as huge a response to his revival among the general population.

Finally, I think a big reason for the lack of hype over the announcement is that Strider isn’t the game we wanted. Wait, that sounds wrong. Yes, we want Strider. I’m going to definitely buy and play it. It’s just, there was another announcement that I wanted more.

I’m a Capcom fan, and at every event, I’m hoping for the resurrection of one particular series. It’s Darkstalkers. Capcom has teased a new Darkstalkers at both SDCC 2011 and 2012. I was convinced SDCC 2013 was my year for Darkstalkers IV, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. You don’t bring it up two years in a row, even getting us prepared for more games with Darkstalkers Resurrection, and then give us nothing the following year. I know, it isn’t fair to hold this against Strider, but I feel my disappointment over no Darkstalkers announcement is hampering my enthusiasm for this revival.

I’m sure Strider will be a good game. Fans of the series will be pleased to see an old favorite returning after 14 years and the trailer does look promising. I just can’t help but feel that I would ave been a lot more excited about the return of some other Capcom, classic series.

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