Metal Gear (NES)

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Metal Gear
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Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System
Year: 1987
Developer: Konami
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Metal Gear is the NES port of Metal Gear (MSX), the first entry in the series of the same name. It focuses around Solid Snake, a rookie operative in a special operations unit known as FOXHOUND, who is sent to infiltrate a fortress known as Outer Heaven, the mysterious commander of which has stolen the prototype of a bipedal nuclear-capable tank called Metal Gear. Unlike most other games of this period, the gameplay focuses around stealth rather than action.

As groundbreaking as the MSX original was, the NES port has a pretty poor reputation, and has been disowned by series creator Hideo Kojima, who was not involved in its production. The MSX version was itself admittedly still very rough around the edges compared to Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (MSX) and all the Metal Gear Solid entries, but the NES port adds in additional problems such as an opening jungle segment that's more tedious than anything else, a terrible English translation, faulty collision detection, and not even featuring the titular nuclear tank. There would later be a NES-exclusive sequel, Snake's Revenge (NES) that was ignored by all subsequent Metal Gear games, but nonetheless fixes most of this port's problems.


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The game's title screen.

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Solid Snake begins his first-ever mission.

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Gee, with instructions as poorly translated as those, it's like your boss wants you to fail.

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Sneaking through the jungle, taking advantage of a narcoleptic guard.

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Finding some all-important binoculars in the back of a truck.

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Trying to dodge the guards in the depths of Outer Heaven.


Metal Gear's soundtrack is pretty decent for 1987 standards, using a roughly 50/50 mix of Iku Mizutani's music from the MSX original, and new tracks composed by Kazuki Muraoka. The soundtrack overall manages a good balance of suspense and action-related pieces, and regardless of the port's overall quality, apparently impressed Hideo Kojima enough for him to enlist Muraoka as the series' audio director starting with Metal Gear Solid (PS1).


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Game Start Kazuki MuraokaKazuki Muraoka 0:10
02 Jungle Kazuki MuraokaKazuki Muraoka 1:38
03 Outer Heaven Kazuki MuraokaKazuki Muraoka 1:43
04 Alert Kazuki MuraokaKazuki Muraoka 1:35
05 Alert 2 Kazuki MuraokaKazuki Muraoka 1:37
06 Alert 3 Kazuki MuraokaKazuki Muraoka 1:40
07 Just Another Dead Soldier Iku MizutaniKazuki Muraoka 0:09
08 Password Kazuki MuraokaKazuki Muraoka 0:50
09 Mercenary Iku MizutaniKazuki Muraoka 0:45
10 TX-55 Metal Gear Iku MizutaniKazuki Muraoka 0:37
11 Escape Iku MizutaniKazuki Muraoka 1:16
12 Return of Fox Hounder Iku MizutaniKazuki Muraoka 1:45



The game uses Atsushi Fujio's sound driver, though it's not known if he worked on the game's sound beyond just providing the driver.

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  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: Metal Gear
Platform: NES
Released: 1987-12-22
Publisher: Konami
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Metal Gear
Platform: NES
Released: 1988-06-??
Publisher: Ultra Games
  UK.svg   UK
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Title: Metal Gear
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: Konami