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Metal Gear (NES)

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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 NES Japanese title screen
Metal Gear NES Jungle Soldiers take elevators
Metal Gear NES In a room
Metal Gear NES In the beginning, your equipment contain only cigarettes

Alternate Titles

  • "Intruder" -- Working Title

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User Reviews

A flawed gem is still a gem Joakim Kihlman (270) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
Snake's 1st adventure! ceibant (9) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

The Press Says

1UP! May 06, 2007 86 out of 100 86
Tilt May, 1990 17 out of 20 85
Quebec Gamers Sep 11, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
Video Game Den May 02, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Player One Nov, 1990 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Mar, 1990 60 out of 100 60
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jul 03, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Nintendojo 2000 5.2 out of 10 52
HonestGamers Jul 15, 2013 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic Feb 21, 2005 D 25


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The NES version of Metal Gear is listed in the 2008 Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition as the first game to fully utilize stealth as part of the gameplay.

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.)
Kartanym (10785) added Metal Gear (NES) on Sep 30, 2002
Other platforms contributed by chirinea (33100), Zovni (9384) and Oleg Roschin (164803)