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Metal Slug's speed, challenge, and overall fun, as well as the marvellously crafted cartoony visuals that come along with it, have not lost their charm after all these years. Sure, this is not as "complex" as the next in line, but it's still enjoyable and highly recommended for all retro-loving Switch owners.
You might assume that Metal Slug's numerous sequels would be far superior to the original but that isn't the case; while the other outings in this series add their fair share of neat features, the 1996 original has a simple purity to it which makes it feel more focused and less preoccupied with pushing the hardware (and the imagination of the developers) to the limit. It's arguably one of the finest 2D titles ever made, and while the gameplay might be seem rather shallow to modern players, if you're a fan of old-school arcade blasters which task you with scoring as many points as possible, then this is a must-have.
ACA NeoGeo: Metal Slug is a wonderful package that both fans and series newbies can appreciate. With incredible gameplay set in a fun-filled world, what's not to love about this cooperative arcade classic?
This is truly a buyers market for eShoppers of the Nintendo Switch. There are so many NEO GEO titles available now, and it stands to reason that most Switch owners won’t have played many, if any, from this console of the last century. I think it’s important that the first Metal Slug exists here, because completionists and collectors would rightfully complain if they didn’t have access to it. And I do argue it performs better than the second entry, even if it’s not as funny and there’s no character selection to speak of. If you absolutely must have more gunners on your console, then you’ve already made up your mind and I can’t sway you one way or the other. However, if you’re new to Metal Slug and are on the fence, I seriously recommend waiting just another week: X is coming.