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Metal Slug 7 is the eighth entry in the Metal Slug saga and an exclusive to Nintendo's DS handheld system. The player chooses from six different heroes (Marco, Eri, Tarma, Fio, Ralf and Clark) as the embark on a mission to stop the diabolical (and persistent) General Morden as he unleashes hordes of henchman and machinery to stop the player, as well as make allies with a new and more dangerous army in the process.

Like many others in the series, the gameplay is basically the same, having the player using the D-pad to move their character around on the screen and using the "Y" button to fire their primary weapon. The "A" button is used for throwing grenades and the basic melee attack as the player comes in close quarters with an enemy with the "R" button to change their primary weapons.

There are some new melee attacks as well when using the D-Pad and pressing the "Y" button to unleash the attack, each attack differ depending upon the character selected. Also, four characters (Marco, Tarma, Ralf & Clark) have a special attack that can be used by pressing "Up" on the D-Pad and hitting the "L" button and the "Y" button. Along with these new attacks, the game also utilizes the DS' dual screen capabilities with the main game being played on the top screen and a scrollable map on the bottom screen that show's locations of freed POW's and items picked up as well.

The standard power-ups are also present such as heavy machine gun, rocket launcher and laser gun to name a few as well as the ever dangerous "Metal Slugs" that are scattered throughout the seven stages of the game, ranging from the standard tanks to jet fighters and even bi-pedal tanks. There are also three difficulty settings to choose from: Beginner, Normal and Hard.

A new feature is the 80 mission Combat School option which allows players to partake in a series of special missions that will award players depending upon the required action of the stage (ex. some stages will score the player on how many soldiers they destroy while other's will score the player depending on how many POW's they rescue). The better the player does during these missions, the more points they will be awarded and raise their ranking which ranges from "Recruit" to "General of the Army".


Metal Slug 7 Nintendo DS blowin' headquarters
Metal Slug 7 Nintendo DS Starting at mission 2
Metal Slug 7 Nintendo DS Character selection
Metal Slug 7 Nintendo DS The shotgun is too powerful than another weapon and causes the blood spills

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Metal Slug 7 Screenshot
Metal Slug 7 Screenshot

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Critic Reviews

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Nov 19, 2008 8 out of 10 80
GamingTrend 2008 75 out of 100 75
Cubed3 Feb 17, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Gamestyle Feb 15, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Worth Playing Dec 20, 2008 7 out of 10 70 Dec 01, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2008 6.75 out of 10 68 Dec 22, 2008 3 out of 5 60
DarkZero Feb 27, 2009 6 out of 10 60
G4 TV: X-Play Jan 06, 2009 3 out of 5 60


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Expanded re-release

Metal Slug XX, released for the PSP and Xbox 360, is a revised version of the game with a number of additions such as co-op multiplayer and a new character.
Big John WV (27236) added Metal Slug 7 (Nintendo DS) on May 10, 2009