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Metal Gear

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Near the end of the 20th century, a small fortified nation named Outer Heaven (founded by a mysterious war hero whose name and identity are shrouded in secrecy) is threatening the nations of the "West" with the development of a new prototype weapon named Metal Gear, a walking tank which is capable of launching nuclear warheads from anywhere on the globe. As FOX-HOUND's (an elite black ops unit) newest recruit, going by the codename of Solid Snake, your mission is to infiltrate Outer Heaven and rescue your missing comrade, Grey Fox (who was captured after a failed infiltration), while gathering intelligence on Metal Gear.

In order to fulfill this objective, the player must collect various weapons and equipments (including keycards for further access into the fortress), while avoiding visual contact with the enemy. The player must also confront bosses in the form of Outer Heaven's elite mercenary force and rescue hostages hidden within the fortress in order to increase player rank, which gives Snake an extended life bar and increased storage capacity for replenishable items and ammo. The player can use a wireless transceiver to come in touch with their commanding officer, Big Boss, to learn more about their current mission objectives or contact one of the local resistance members operating covertly within the fortress to gain useful tips and insights.


Metal Gear MSX Dogs. Right. Just what I hoped to see
Metal Gear NES Title screen
Metal Gear Commodore 64 Weapons inventory screen.
Metal Gear Commodore 64 Sneak past the dogs while they're sleeping.

Alternate Titles

  • "Intruder" -- Working Title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Amazing title from Konami, tons of items, weapons & tons of fun killing action! DOS OlSkool_Gamer (99)
A flawed gem is still a gem NES Joakim Kihlman (270)
Snake's 1st adventure! NES ceibant (9)
An interesting origin of the Metal Gear series MSX D H (16)

The Press Says

Nintendojo NES 2000 9.2 out of 10 92
1UP! NES May 06, 2007 86 out of 100 86
Tilt NES May, 1990 17 out of 20 85
Quebec Gamers NES Sep 11, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
Video Game Den NES May 02, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Player One NES Nov, 1990 74 out of 100 74 NES Aug 23, 2012 13 out of 20 65
Just Games Retro NES Jul 21, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Digital Press - Classic Video Games NES Jul 03, 2005 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic NES Feb 21, 2005 D 25


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Michael Biehn from "The Terminator" film, though not authorized, was used as the model for the box illustration. You can find a side by side comparison here:

Related Web Sites

  • JUNKER HQ (This fansite is dedicated to the games produced and/or designed by Hideo Kojima and contains all kinds of trivia, artwork, plot summaries, discussion forums and more.)
  • Metal Gear Solid: The Unofficial Site (A fansite that contains information about the whole Metal Gear franchise, including galleries, interviews, downloadable content and discussion boards.)
  • Video review of NES accessories (WARNING: Laguage) (The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews some NES accessories and some associated games, including the Roll & Rocker and Metal Gear on NES.)
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