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Discovering Classics: Metal Slug 3

 

I recently heard about the NEO GEO X Gold and let me tell ya - THAT IS ONE SEXY SYSTEM! Holy crap, I want it so much. I kid you not - if I could afford it, I'd buy this over the Wii U in a heartbeat. I've never played a NEO GEO (or any SNK games that I recall), but I just can't get over how awesome this idea is...... and boy, would I love to see other companies follow suit and release new versions of old consoles. I don't know if the original NEO GEO X came with a handheld device, but thinking about Nintendo doing something similar for the SNES...... NO! I HAVE TO STOP THINKING ABOUT IT! It's just too much awesome...

Well done, SNK. This is such a great idea! Especially considering how expensive NEO GEO X was back in the day, it's so cool to me that gamers old & new have a chance to get their hands on a system & game library they've never played before. There's just something special about playing games on the system they were released on as opposed to playing them on another system they've been ported to.

 

Shortly after the release of NEO GEO X Gold, I saw a hands-on video from Rev3Games and my lust for the system increased, along with my interest in SNK games in general. This past week, after talking to my friends about this updated NEO GEO, my friend Jordan told me about the NEO GEO song by Keith Apicary (Nathan Barnatt). It's almost embarrassing how much I like it. I've watched the video several times and I bought the song on iTunes yesterday. It's hilarious & awesome - I can't get enough. Over the past few days, I've been checking out Nathan's other videos and he's quickly becoming one of my favorite people on YouTube.

Take a moment to watch this video if you haven't seen it already. And for those who have already seen it - you know you want to watch it again! DO it. 

 

During the duration of this video, Keith has Metal Slug playing on the NEO GEO arcade cabinet. The game definitely peaked my interest - it looked fun. My interest quickly changed to curiosity and I checked Xbox Live to see if there were any Metal Slug games available on XBLA. I discovered that they had Metal Slug 3 and Metal Slug XX. I played the demo for Metal Slug 3 since it looked more like the game I saw in the video. When I got home from work tonight, I purchased it and played through it with my arcade stick. 

Metal Slug 3 is a run & gun video game for the Neo-Geo console/arcade platform created by SNK that was released in 2000 and is the sequel to Metal Slug 2. Being the last Metal Slug that SNK was working on until the bankruptcy, it was given a lot of features, enhancements and improvements.The music of the game was developed by Noise Factory. The game was ported to the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The game was also released for the Wii, PSP, and PS2 as part of the Metal Slug Anthology.

 

I instantly fell in love with Metal Slug 3. I love the hand drawn art; I love the fluid controls; I love the enemy & weapon variety; I love the vehicles; I love the boss battles; I love the Galaga-like space shooter section; I love the sound effects; I love that I automatically knifed enemies within melee range while pressing the button to shoot; and I love that I TURNED INTO A ZOMBIE and had a crazy powerful spewing attack! I also love the character animations, which often reminded me of the Scott Pilgrim game.

I had another successful late experience with a classic video game. It's such a great feeling when I play a game long after it's released, yet my reaction to it is easily as strong as if I'd played it when it was a current gen title.

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