Run Saber is called the ultimate Strider clone.
Developed circa 1990. It failed to make much of an impression
on the market. The Run Saber story is very similar at many points
to Strider; but it was developed by a different company.
So view the storyline and you be the judge:
Welcome to the dark future of Earth. The last hope of mankind rests in the
hands of an elite force of cyborgs code named: Run Sabers. Created with a
superior strength, powers, and abilities, these warriors are sent against
impossible odds to stop a warped scientist from fouling the entire planet.
Join Allen the Thunder Saber and Sheena the Ice Saber on their world wide
quest to stop the super-mutant armies and their evil master, Dr. Bruford. Armed
with indestructible blades, our heroes delve into a world infested with mutated
Either try your luck at a solo mission, or team up with a friend to slice
and dice the mad doctor's army of darkness in all-out, 2-player action! Collect
power-ups, health kits and more as you battle your way through five stages and
make your way to Bruford's hidden fortress. And remember, never drop your
Dateline: Earth 2998 A.D.
In the year 2998, the Earth's atmosphere had become so contaminated with
toxic pollution that the Earth was on the verge of a complete ecological
breakdown. Mankind's only hope for recovery was a last resort new technology
developed by Dr. Gordon Bruford known as "The Earth Renaissance Project", this
revolutionary program would clean up the Earth's surface and harness the
universal energy source: Fusion.
To convert to fusion energy, the Earth's stratosphere would have to be
subjected to lethal amounts of radioactive energy. To survive this period,
mankind would have to leave the planet and put life on Earth in a one year cold
But something went terribly wrong. In an effort to gain total control of
the Earth, Dr. Bruford secretly stayed behind and subjected himself to massive
amounts of radiation. His genetic makeup was completely changed, he mutated
himself into a powerful and evil being, completely erasing all signs of
humanity. The new "Dr. Bruford" began cloning mutants to build an army to aid
in fulfilling his evil plans.
The worlds greatest scientists studied with horror the scanner pictures
which were placed to monitor the Earth's progress. Conventional weaponry was
deemed useless against Bruford and his army of mutant clones. Project Run Saber
was soon commenced, the purpose: to create cyborg warriors with spectacular
weaponry and abilities that would infiltrate Brufords's installations and take
back the Earth.
Three prototypes were developed and sent to Earth. Unfortunately, Kurtz
(Flair Saber), had a defective parasite defense apparatus and was captured by
Bruford to be used against the rest of the Run Saber Force. Only two remain:
Allen (Thunder Saber) and Sheena (Ice Saber). The future of mankind lays in
their hands! Good luck Run Saber warriors.
Taken from World of Nintendo