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StriderSay what you will about Capcom's revival of Bionic Commando last generation, but the company put its all into bringing back a classic 1980s action franchise.  Now the attention has turned to rebooting the equally memorable Strider series.  The remake will be available early next year for the Sony PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Microsoft Xbox One, and PC, but the new game crafted in the Metroid style isn't coming alone.  Polygon reports that both the retail and downloadable versions of the game will include the original PSOne Classics versions of Strider and Strider 2.

Capcom's Strider reboot will launch in Japan bundled with the PSOne Classics versions of the original Strider and Strider 2, according to the most recent issue of Famitsu.

According to Re: Gigen, Famitsu states Strider will be available in Japan on Feb. 22, 2014. The game will be available at retail and as a downloadable title on PlayStation 3 for 3,990 yen, and as a downloadable title on PlayStation 4 for 2,000 yen. The latter version will run at 60 frames per second in 1080p.

I love when reboots and revivals include a free copy of the original game that spawned the remake in the first place.  Bringing back the old Strider titles is a great way for long-time fans to revisit the classics and also introduces new audiences to the series.  Nostalgia and memories can only carry reboots so far; sometimes the best way to show off the new game is to bring the old game back for an encore.  Let's hope this bonus makes it way overseas when the game is released in North America and beyond.  Sorry, but there's still no sign of the SuperGrafx version of the game.