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Metal Gear is a series is a series of action-adventure stealth video games, created by Hideo Kojima and developed and published by Konami.

MGS2 SolidSnake

Solid Snake as he appears in Metal Gear Solid 2.

Each game stars a character codenamed Snake: Solid Snake in most games, Big Boss aka Naked Snake in prequel games, and Raiden (codenamed Snake at the beginning of Metal Gear Solid 2) in two games.

Video games

Main games and revisions:

  • Metal Gear (July 12, 1987), MSX2. Set in 1995, it stars Solid Snake.
  • Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (July 20, 1990), MSX2. Set in 1999, it stars Solid Snake.
  • Metal Gear Solid (September 3, 1998), PlayStation. Set in 2005, it stars Solid Snake. The North American and European versions feature some exclusive features.
    • Metal Gear Solid: Integral (June 25, 1999). Only released in Japan, it includes the extra features from western versions of the game, as well as a bonus disk of special missions, which was released as a stand-alone game outside Japan, titled Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions in North America and Metal Gear Solid: Special Missions in Europe.
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (November 14, 2001), PlayStation 2. Set in 2007/09, it stars Solid Snake and Raiden.
    • Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (November 5, 2002)
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (November 17, 2004), PlayStation 2. Set in 1964, it stars Naked Snake.
    • Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (December 22, 2005), including enhanced versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (December 5, 2006), PSP. Set in 1970, it stars Naked Snake.
    • Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus (September 20, 2007)
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (June 12, 2008), PlayStation 3. Set in 2014, it stars Naked Snake.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (April 28, 2010), PSP. Set in 1974, it stars Naked Snake.
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (February 19, 2013), Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC. Set in 2018, it stars Raiden.
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (June 27th 2015), PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One. Set in 1975/84, it stars Naked Snake.

Minor games (ignored in the main story):

  • Snake's Revenge (April 1990), NES. A sequel to the NES remake of Metal Gear only released in North America and Europe.
  • Metal Gear: Ghost Babel (April 27, 2000), Game Boy Color. Called Metal Gear Solid outside Japan, it's a sequel to the original Metal Gear set 7 years after.
  • Metal Gear Acid (December 16, 2004), PSP.
  • Metal Gear Acid 2 (December 8, 2005), PSP.
  • Metal Gear Solid Mobile (March 19, 2008), N-Gage, Mobile phone. Taking place between Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2
  • Metal Gear Online (June 12, 2008), originally released within Metal Gear Solid 4, it was later released as a stand-alone game.
  • Metal Gear Solid Touch (March 18, 2009), iOS.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops (December 6, 2012), iOS, Android.

Remakes and compilations:

  • Metal Gear (December 22, 1987), Famicom/NES. Marketed as a port of the original game, it features many key differences.
  • Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (March 9, 2004), GameCube. A remake of Metal Gear Solid.
  • Metal Gear 20th Anniversary: Metal Gear Solid Collection (July 26, 2007). Only released in Japan, it includes Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (on one PlayStation 2 disc), Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops.
  • Metal Gear Acid Mobile (2008), Mobile phone.
  • Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection (March 18, 2008), PlayStation 2. It includes Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence.
  • Metal Gear Acid 2 Mobile (2009), Mobile phone.
  • Metal Gear Arcade (December 20, 2010), Arcade. A remake of Metal Gear Online.
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (November 8, 2011), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita. It includes High-definition, 60 FPS ports of Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (February 21, 2012), Nintendo 3DS. A remake of Metal Geat Solid 3.
  • Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection (July 9, 2013), PlayStation 3. It includes Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid: Integral/VR Missions, all games from Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, and the trophy edition of Metal Gear Solid 4.

Publications

  • Metal Gear (March 31, 1988), a game-book sequel to the original game, ignored in the main story.
  • Metal Gear (1990), a novelization of the NES game published by Scholastic, part of the "Worlds of Power" label.
  • Metal Gear Solid (June 16, 2005), a comic book adaptation of the game.
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (May 1, 2006), a comic book adaptation of the game.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel (September 21, 2006), an interactive graphic novel retelling the events of Metal Gear Solid, released for the PSP.
  • Metal Gear Solid (May 27, 2008), a novel based on the game.
  • Metal Gear Solid — Guns of the Patriots (June 12, 2008), a novel based on Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
  • Metal Gear Solid 2 — Sons of Liberty (November 2009), a novel based on the game.

A live action movie based on the series is also currently in pre-production.

Links to other series

Direction Series Date Description Type


4Arrow L Terminator19871222 December 22, 1987The boxart image from the NES Metal Gear is traced over a still of Kyle Reese from Terminator.3


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Snatcher19881126 November 26, 1988A Metal Gear called Mk. II makes an appearance in Snatcher, and it later returns in Metal Gear Solid 4. There also are other references between the two series.1


4Arrow L Black Collar19900720 July 20, 1990The character Black Color/Black Ninja from Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake is inspired by Timothy Zahn's Black Collar novel.3


4Arrow L The Running Man19900720 July 20, 1990The character Running Man from Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake is named after Stephen King's The Running Man novel.3


4Arrow L Predator19900720 July 20, 1990The character Predator/Jungle Evil from Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake is inspired by the movie Predator.3


4Arrow L Gundam19900720 July 20, 1990Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake features a reference to the Minovsky Particles from Mobile Suit Gundam.1


5Arrow R Neo Kobe 2045 Speed King1995 1995A vehicle in Neo Kobe 2045 Speed King is named after Solid Snake of Metal Gear.3


4Arrow L Policenauts19980903 September 03, 1998The Japanese version of Metal Gear Solid features a reference to Policenauts. There are several minor references between the two series, the most notable of which being the character of Meryl Silverburgh.2


4Arrow L Azure Dreams19980903 September 03, 1998Metal Gear Solid features a reference to Azure Dreams.2


4Arrow L Suikoden19980903 September 03, 1998Metal Gear Solid features a reference to Suikoden.2


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Castlevania19980903 September 03, 1998Metal Gear Solid features a reference to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Solid Snake's bandanna and Solid Eye from Metal Gear Solid 4 are hidden items in Castlevania: Lord of Shadows.2


4Arrow L Vandal Hearts19980903 September 03, 1998Metal Gear Solid features a reference to Vandal Hearts.2


4Arrow L Gradius19980903 September 03, 1998Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of the Patriots feature the Moai from Gradius as a secret easter egg.2


5Arrow R Yu-Gi-Oh1999 1999The "Tactical Espionage Expert" Yu-Gi-Oh card is based on Solid Snake from the Metal Gear series.
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5Arrow R Monster Rancher19990225 February 25, 1999The monster breed "GabooSoldier" from Monster Rancher 2 is patterned after Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid.3


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Zone of the Enders20010301 March 01, 2001Zone of the Enders included a demo of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of the Patriots. There are also several minor references to the series in Metal Gear games.2


5Arrow R Konami Krazy Racers20010321 March 21, 2001Konami Krazy Racers features the Cyborg Ninja from Metal Gear Solid as a selectable racer.1


5Arrow R Segagaga20010329 March 29, 2001A parody of Metal Gear Solid called "Otalu Gear Solid" is featured within Segagaga.2.5


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Evolution Skateboarding20021009 October 09, 2002Solid Snake and Raiden are selectable in Evolution Skateboarding, while Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance features a minigame with elements from Evolution Skateboarding.1


5Arrow R Final Fantasy20030313 March 13, 2003Final Fantasy X-2 features a reference to Metal Gear Solid.3


5Arrow R DreamMix TV World Fighters20031218 December 18, 2003Solid Snake is selectable in DreamMix TV World Fighters.1


4Arrow L Mario20040309 March 09, 2004In Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes there are many references to the Mario series.
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4Arrow L Zelda20040309 March 09, 2004Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes features a reference to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
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4Arrow L Eternal Darkness20040309 March 09, 2004Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes features a reference to Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem.2


4Arrow L Jurassic Park20040409 April 09, 2004Solid Snake makes a reference to Jurassic Park in Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes.2


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Boktai20040722 July 22, 2004Solid Snake from Metal Gear makes an appearance in Boktai 2, while Master Otenko from Boktai makes an appearance in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. There is also a reference to Boktai in Metal Gear Solid 4.1


4Arrow L Austin Powers20041117 November 17, 2004Metal Gear Solid 3 features a reference to Austin Powers.3


4Arrow L The Blob20041117 November 17, 2004Metal Gear Solid 3 features a reference to The Blob.2


4Arrow L James Bond20041117 November 17, 2004Metal Gear Solid 3 features a reference to From Russia with Love.2


4Arrow L Godzilla20041117 November 17, 2004Metal Gear Solid 3 features a reference to Godzilla.2


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Ape Escape20041117 November 17, 2004The "Snake vs. Monkey" minigame in Metal Gear Solid 3 features the apes from Ape Escape, while Solid Snake from Metal Gear makes an appearance in Ape Escape 3.1


4Arrow L Splinter Cell20041117 November 17, 2004Metal Gear Solid 3 features a reference to Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell.3


4Arrow L Syphon Filter20041117 November 17, 2004Metal Gear Solid 3 features a reference to Gabe Logan from Syphon Filter.3


4Arrow L Silent Hill20041117 November 17, 2004Several paintings from Silent Hill 3 can be found in Metal Gear Solid 3.1


5Arrow R Yu-Gi-Oh20041230 December 30, 2004Solid Snake from the Metal Gear series makes an uncredited cameo in Yu-Gi-Oh! 7 Trials to Glory: World Championship Tournament 2005, while the "Tactical Espionage Expert" Yu-Gi-Oh card is based on Solid Snake.
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4Arrow L Rumble Roses20051222 December 22, 2005Reiko Hinomoto from Rumble Roses is a playable character in the Online mode of Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence. EVA and Olga Gurlukovich costumes can be unlocked in Rumble Roses XX.1


4Arrow L Dirty Harry20061205 December 05, 2006Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops features a reference to Dirty Harry.2


5Arrow R Captain S20070516 May 16, 2007Captain S enters the world of Metal Gear.1


5Arrow R Ace Attorney20071023 October 23, 2007The english language version of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations features a reference to Metal Gear Solid. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 5 - Dual Destinies features both dialogue and visual references as well.2


5Arrow R Super Smash Bros.20080131 January 31, 2008Snake is unlockable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with a stage also based on the series and Gray Fox featured as Assist Trophy; there also is a reference to Super Smash Bros. Melee in Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes.1


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Ganbare Salary Man200805 May 2008Ganbare Snake is a format crossover between Metal Gear Solid 4 and Ganbare Salary Man.3


4Arrow L Antarctic Adventure20080612 June 12, 2008Sunny can be seen playing Penguin Adventure in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.2


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Assassin's Creed20080612 June 12, 2008Altair's clothes from Assassin's Creed are unlockable in Metal Gear Solid 4; Raiden's uniform from Metal Gear Solid 4 is unlockable in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood; Brotherhood also features a reference to the Metal Gear series in the form of a cardboard box, while Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker features a reference to the "Leap of Faith".2


4Arrow L Star Wars20080612 June 12, 2008Old Snake makes a reference to Star Wars in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.2


5Arrow R Track & Field20080620 June 20, 2008Solid Snake is selectable in New International Track & Field.1


5Arrow R LittleBigPlanet20081224 December 24, 2008LittleBigPlanet features downloadable clothes based on characters from the Metal Gear series.2


5Arrow R 3D Dot Game Heroes20091105 November 05, 20093D Dot Game Heroes features a loading screen based on Metal Gear.3


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Monster Hunter20100429 April 29, 2010Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker features monsters from Monster Hunter, while Monster Hunter Portable 3rd features clothes based on Metal Gear characters.1


5Arrow R Front Mission20100916 September 16, 2010Front Mission Evolved features sticker decals based on the Metal Gear series.3


5Arrow R Scribblenauts20110127 January 27, 2011The Japanese version of Scribblenauts features spawnable Metal Gear characters.1


5Arrow R The Stanley Parable20110727 July 27, 2011In The Stanley Parable Demo you can find a pic of Metal Gear.3


5Arrow R Yoshi20120221 February 21, 2012Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D features Yoshi dolls.2


5Arrow R Wreck-It Ralph20121102 November 02, 2012An Exclamation Mark from the Metal Gear series makes an appearance in Wreck-It Ralph.1


5Arrow R PlayStation All-Stars20121108 November 08, 2012PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale features Raiden from the Metal Gear series as a playable character.1


5Arrow R Yo-Kai Watch20130711 July 11, 2013One of the tutorial chapters in Yo-Kai Watch features a minor reference to Metal Gear Solid.3


5Arrow R Hyperdevotion Noire20140529 May 29, 2014Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart features a character called Lid, that is a parody of Solid Snake.3


5Arrow R Teen Titans201545 April 5, 2015Cyborg made a noise that resembled the exclamation noise from Metal Gear.3

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