1001 Video Games
appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die
by General Editor Tony Mott.
The development team for Metal Slug had previously worked for Irem on titles like In the Hunt
and Gun Force II
, with many similarities in graphics and gameplay, especially Gun Force II which some fans refer to as "Metal Slug Zero".
The Metal Slug tank design is strikingly similar to the tank in the anime Dominion Tank Police