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on December 16, 2006
Rather than write a long review about Metal Slug Anthology for the Nintendo Wii. I decided to give a simple pros and cons review. I hope this review is easy for you to read and understand.

Pro.

* 7 Metal Slugs games in one (Metal Slug 1, 2, X, 3, 4, 5, 6).

* Metal Slugs fans finally get a chance to play Metal Slugs 6 (The arcade game was available to play in Japan but not here in the USA).

* 6 unique, odd, and interesting ways to play Metal Slug Anthology for the Nintendo Wii including the uses of the Nintendo GameCube Controller.

* You can play Metal Slug Anthology anytime you want so no more bringing a butt load of quarters to the arcade plus if you prefer a real challenge you can turn off the Unlimited Continue options and go for the Limited Continues option. (Easy-30 Credits, Normal-20 Credits, and finally Hard-10 Credits. Good luck for those who choose hard mode.)

* Rapid Fire Mode-No more button mashing (You can turn this feature off if you like in options menu or the pause menu.)

With all the good things I just wrote about Metal Slug Anthology for the Nintendo Wii now come the bad things.

Con.

* Annoying loading time between levels. (Don't worry the loading time only last for about a few seconds)

* Out of the 6 ways to play Metal Slug Anthology only 3 seem useful. The other 3 seem useless. (Nunchuk mode should be dubbed lazy mode, Tilt Wii Remote mode and Arcade mode are very difficult and almost impossible to play because you have to hold the Wii Remote up or on it side and tilt the Wii Remote Up, Down, Left, and Right.)

* Depending on which way you play Metal Slug Anthology (not counting the GameCube Controller option.) you have to flick the controller to throw grenades. (which can be a pain sometimes)

* Metal Slug Anthology won't support the Wii Classics Controller. (Come on Nintendo and SNK. A game like this has Classics Controller writing all over it.)

* If you are using the Wii Remote or Nunchuk and you have the Rapid Fire Mode on be very careful because if you are in any slug vehicles and you push the jump button while rapid fire mode is on the game will think you activated the metal slug attack thus you lose your slug vehicles easily especially when you are in a tight spot. ( In case if you are wondering the metal slug attack happen when you push the jump & fire button and the same time thus killing any enemies and enemies vehicles along the way.)

Overall I still recommend Metal Slug Anthology to anyone. Especially those who are looking for some good old 2-D shooter games.
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VINE VOICEon December 27, 2006
The Metal Slug games are arcade classics. Giving classic shooters such as Contra a run for their money, Metal Slug truly made shooters a completely different experience. These arcade classics are now available in an anthology package. The games include Metal Slug 1-5, Metal Slug X and the never before officially released Metal Slug 6.

When you begin the game you have all the Metal Slug games from the get go. So you don't have to unlock any of the games, they're all right there from the get go. It's fun to play these games for two reasons. One, it's nice to see just how each game changes from one to the next. The series really evolves as time goes on. Also, they're really tough games that even the most experienced of gamers will have trouble with.

Each game has a unique art style going for it. Each level in every game is literally littered with thousands of enemies and troops. You'll be able to get a hold of weapons like a flamethrower or shotgun to thwart your enemies. You'll also be able to throw grenades. The challenge in these games don't let up, though. It's a good thing that you can give yourself infinite continues. You'll certainly need them. The look and feel of these games hasn't really changed much. It's all still there. The blood, the explosions, the tough bosses. They're perfect emulations.

Part of the excitement with the Metal Slug Anthology, specifically for the Wii, is the immense number of control set ups you can have. There's the standard classic set up which involves you holding your wii remote horizontally (as if you were playing Excitetruck or a Classic NES title from the virtual console) and mowing through your enemies in a classic fashion. You'll flick the remote to use grenades. Another style involves you using the wii remote as a joystick. Another is the basic nunchuck for movement/wii remote to activate actions. There's even a control mode for you to use just the nunchuck. Another control mode involves you tilting your remote to do certain actions. Finally, the Gamecube controller itself can be used to play these games.

All these control set ups seem fantastic, but only two of them are really all that comforting. The wii remote being used like an NES controller and the Gamecube controller setup. Other than that, most of these controls mode are a pain. Also, it's a shame that the classic controller isn't one of the controller setups at all. Metal Slug Anthology is a classic game, yet it doesn't utilize the classic controller at all.

The extras are even more mundane. As you complete games you'll unlock some neat artwork for the art gallery, and some interviews but that's about it. Nothing really outside of that. The interviews aren't spectacular at all. No audio or video to speak of. Just text on your screen for you to read. While the art is nice, it seemed that far more extras could've been included.

To give credit to the Metal Slug Anthology, however, you are getting seven games for a relatively cheap price. To make it even more worthwhile all seven games are actually good, unlike some anthologies where there's usually one black sheep. In the Metal Slug Anthology there is no "blacksheep" in the flock, they're all marvelous games. It's just sad that there weren't enough extras to be included here, and that the majority of the six control schemes are just worthless.

They're fantastic games, but they could've done more with the package.

The Good

+For seven games, the price tag is just right

+All seven games are good games

+Intense, fast, and exhilarating gameplay

+Quite a challenge

The Bad

-What extras there are lack; there could've been more extras

-Of the six control schemes, only two of them seem particularly useful

-Of the six control schemes, the classic controller isn't one of them
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on January 5, 2013
I brought this game for the WII just to play Metal Slug on my HDTV. This game looks great on a HDTV but the controller on the WII has some issues. First of all this game does not support the classic controller(sucks big time!!!!). The Wii controller is not bad but is not great. It can be frustrating but with time and practice you will get use to it. I am a Big fan of the Metal Slug series(I had it for the Sega Saturn w/1 meg card). Metal slug is cross between Contra shooter(NES) and old school Warner Brothers cartoon. I this give this game a 5 star rating even with the minor controller issues.
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on March 2, 2015
I remember when I first played Metal Slug in the arcades several years ago. I LOVE the constant warfare/blasting of enemy soldiers, machines, and helicopters. You can even enter a tank or ride a camel to progress easier through the game or collect power-ups. Not to mention the awesome hand drawn foregrounds/backgrounds in every level!

The only downside is that when you rescue prisoners, your count goes back to zero if you lose a life. Overall, Metal Slug Anthology is deeply challenging, and I really love the gore and violent factor -- so, fair warning, this isn't for the faint of heart. There WILL be bloodshed, screaming, and people running around on fire, hence the "Teen" rating of this game. Also, I strongly recommend using the Nintendo GameCube controller, although it is quite fun to flick the Wii controller to throw grenades around.

Still, how can you NOT want to have such an awesome compilation -- 7 games on one disc?! So if you love Metal Gear Solid or the Contra series, then you will LOVE Metal Slug Anthology. There are also 4 other Metal Slug games on other platforms, which I will list for you now.

NeoGeo Pocket Console -- Metal Slug: 1st Mission; Metal Slug: 2nd Mission.

Game Boy Advance -- Metal Slug Advance.

Nintendo DS -- Metal Slug 7.
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Metal Slug Anthology provides Metal Slugs 1, 2, X, 3, 4, 5 and 6 all in one package. There are a few extras as well, including artwork and text interviews.

This includes every Metal Slug game made, and includes the brand new, never seen Metal Slug 6. In Metal Slug 6, the enemies of the old games join forces with you against a new, nasty enemy. You also get new characters - the Ikari Warriors Clark and Ralf from the Kingdom Fighter game.

There are varying levels of difficulty, and also a variety of controller setups to choose from. For example, in one mode you hold the Wii controller sideways, use the buttons to move and fire, but have to actually make a throwing motion with your hand to launch a grenade. Be sure to experiment with all of the different controller styles for a little while to figure out which one best suits your style. It's going to be an adjustment no matter which one you go with, compared with the old style standard controller with lots of button pressing. Yes, it'll be annoying at first. Just tough it out through that period and soon it'll start to seem second nature to do the movements.

The graphics are typical Metal Slug, which means they're not incredibly detailed close-ups of human style faces - they are just flying bullets, scrolling landscapes and lots of explosions. Really, you don't play Metal Slug to ogle at finely detailed castles and flowing capes. You play it to blast away thousands of bullets at a never ending stream of enemies, alone or with a friend. These are the types of games where you have a buddy over for the afternoon, sit down for a few hours with a bowl of popcorn and rip through an entire game for fun. It's mindless, it's relaxing, and it's satisfying to win the game.

If you're a fan of the previous games, it's of course great fun to play Metal Slug 6, with its all new enemies, storyline, and levels. If you've memorized all the previous games and levels, this gives you a new challenge to take on. If you've not played the others before, you can catch up on the entire franchise all on one game disc. It's pretty amazing that you can get seven full different games on one disc, for one price.

There's still no speech, but they do provide cut scenes to give you a sense of the story that is unfolding. Easy mode gives unlimited machine gun fire but not as many reward tokens - graduate up to harder mode to get the standard pistol fire as your default and to unlock secrets more quickly.

It's a little frustrating when you take on the enemies, because they do not flash to show you if you're hitting an area that can actually take damage. Still, that's a minor complaint in a game this fun. Highly recommended for old school side scrolling fans!
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on November 7, 2007
The Metal Slug arcade machines are notorious for being unbelievably hard. It's not uncommon to find yourself feeding well over $10 into a machine just to finish the game. Multiply that by 7 and you might come close to even $100 if you are playing with a partner.

Instead, invest your dough in the Metal Slug Anthology. The games are perfect arcade emulations and you get infinite continues. They are still very, very hard and you'll never finish a single level with all of your stats intact, but it's a fun ride nonetheless. Some of the games can be a bit samey and you'll finish them all in about an hour. But for chaotic, button-bashing mayhem with loads of explosions and firepower, you can't go wrong with Metal Slug.

Graphics A
Sound B
Gameplay B
Lasting Appeal B-
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on November 27, 2013
The gameplay might get repetitive after awhile but this game is just sheer fun. The design of the characters and the colorful graphics never get old and its a GREAT way to waste some time, especially with a friend.
The only slight negative is the control with the Wii. You have to shake the Wii Remote to throw grenades which gets extremely annoying after awhile. It also sucks that you cannot use the classic Wii Control and have to use the Wii Remote. If you can get over that small hurdle then this game is pretty enjoyable.
It features the original Metal Slug, Metal Slug 2, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4, Metal Slug 5, and Metal Slug 6 and also some special features like an art gallery and the ability to turn on rapid fire for every game.
If you love Metal Slug then this is definitely for you.
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on January 17, 2015
Shoot! Jump! Destroy your enemy with a flamethrower! Bought this game to play on the Nintendo Wii U and it has given me hours of fun. What I like best is that the anthology version combines multiple versions of the game. It is like having a one game disk that has the entire Mortal Kombat collection on it. Great bang for buck.
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on January 17, 2016
First up these games are great! Arguably the best shooting series around!
Metal Slug is well designed and well rounded, and having all the main installments to date at the time of release was great! The games still hold up well today!

So why only 3 stars? The control options suck so badly on the Wii U or Wii without GameCube ports.
I'm playing on a Wii U with the Wii mote and movement jumping and firing works fine, but throwing bombs is done by shaking the Wii mote. Not only is this unreliable at best, but it throws off the rest of your game having to grip tight to shake you can't nimbly move around and the game is all about moving around while playing.

If you have a Wii with GameCube ports built in I'm sure you will enjoy every aspect of this game, but if you can't find something better than a Wii mote you will be disappointed.

Note: classic controller is not supported, and the Wii U GameCube adapter appears to only be supported by Smash Brothers U, and none of the Wii U pro controllers etc work on the Wii emulator portion of the console. so disappointed.
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on March 19, 2014
If you're wondering whether you should get the PS2 version or the Wii version, this one is the best choice. With that said, let me provide some details:

- The biggest issue with the Metal Slug Anthology is the input lag. Regarding the PS2 version, Metal Slug 1 has the greatest input lag and it made the game frustrating to play, especially for a game in which timing is key. For the rest of the games, lag is reduced but still noticeable and somewhat distracting. I don't remember Metal Slug 6 having any significant lag. Regarding the Wii version, input lag is reduced across the board. The Wii's Metal Slug 1 port has barely noticeable input lag and is far from game-breaking, while the rest of the Metal Slug games have next to none.

- The PS2 version has a typical "Return to Menu" option when you run out of credits while playing (if you turn on limited credits, it operates much like an arcade game would work and only allots a certain amount of continues). For some reason, I have yet to find an option on the Wii version that allows me to return to the main menu after losing a game so that I may start a new one. So far, I've had to reset the entire game using the Wii's built-in reset option on the Home screen. It's irritating, but not enough to make me want to resort to playing the PS2 version.

- If you purchase this game, be sure to use a Gamecube controller. The Wii controllers are whacky, and it does not support the Wii classic controller. You can still purchase new Gamecube controllers right here on Amazon, and I find it very easy to use with this game.

So, if you are a Metal Slug fan and are willing to go the extra mile to enjoy these old masterpieces, this is the one for you.
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