Anniversary: ​​Metal Gear sneaks into the NES 35 years ago

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Hoo boy, we’re definitely starting to feel old now…

35 years ago, on December 22, 1987, Hideo Kojima’s metal gears launched on the NES (or Famicom) in Japan, beginning the rather fragmented relationship between Kojima and Nintendo. The game itself is the first title in the series that will thrive for a total of 28 years, ending in 2015. Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain (Surviving Metal Equipment doesn’t count, of course), which is itself a prequel to Metal Gear, connecting the endings loosely (to a certain extent) and making the story whole.

Of course, Nintendo fans don’t have much to look back on when it comes to Metal Gear, with only four titles in the series presented across various Nintendo platforms. This includes the aforementioned first game on the NES, Metal Gear Solid: Ghost Babel for Game Boy Color, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes for GameCube and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake 3D for the 3DS (at the time of this writing, still AWOL from 3DS eShop).

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However, without quantity, there is certainly quality. While the first Metal Gear is definitely out in 2022, the stealth gameplay is still fun, and the twist around Big Boss’s role is the perfect premise for the excellent storytelling found in the movies. later game. Metal Gear Solid: Ghost Babel, while officially non-canonical, is a great representation of the series on the humble Game Boy Color, containing everything Metal Gear fans know and love in a complete miniature form. perfect.

As a remake, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes is often considered inferior to the original, if only because of its misguided focus on over-the-top action sequences that don’t really match the overall tone of the game. game. However, the way it combines characters and locations from Metal Gear Solid with the gameplay found in Metal Gear Solid 2: Children of Freedom made for a fresh experience – and it’s an experience Nintendo fans can call their own. Ultimately, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D is arguably the best version of the game that many consider the most powerful in the series. Not only does it make great use of the handset’s 3D features, but it also introduces the ability to move in a crouching position, a feature not found in the original or HD remake and makes it easier for players to stealth takedowns easier.

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Enough chat from us, though! 35 years after the original Metal Gear debuted on the NES, we’d love to know which Metal Gear game on the Nintendo system is your absolute favorite. Be sure to vote in the poll and leave a comment with your memories below.


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