I seem to recall a bit of gaming lore about a programmer that was tasked with porting Strider to a console after the Genesis and he cracked under the pressure when it wouldn't pan out. ( I think it was an NEC system )
I remember seeing some capcom artwork that featured a slew of capcom characters, and you could see a young girl handing a stuffed panda to Strider Hiryu. I read this was some sort of tribue to the programmer, the panda having a relevance to the hidden panda that can be found on the airship level of the Genesis version.
I did some searching around and I couldn't find anything. Anyone know the full story?