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Console: Sega Master System

Capcom’s acrobatic arcade platformer was a killer app of its day: a brightly colored, high-jumping flight of fancy whose coin-operated excesses struggled to fit through the door of home players’ living rooms. Sega personally took on the task of converting the title, and the company’s efforts on the Master System are to be commended.

While the sprites weren’t as large as their Genesis equivalents, there’s a truism that applies about the importance of size. Besides, the game’s expansive sci-fi cityscapes were the true star, dwarfing cult hero Strider Hiryu whichever platform he was hosted on. Platformers were in ready supply on the SMS, but the comparatively human scale of Strider and adversaries give this one a realistic, even cinematic flair.

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