Metal Slug Anthology - Nintendo Wii
- Each included game in the Metal Slug Anthology offers game play and game objectives centered around a futuristic battle between two military groups known as the Regular army, and the Rebellion.
- In 2026, the Rebellion army launches an assault that pushes the Regular army forces to the brink of destruction. With superior numbers of troops and weapons, the Rebels overwhelmed the Regular army in all aspects.
- Seeing their disadvantage to carry out direct attacks against the Rebellion, the Regular army then decided to carry out numerous special operations and create certain vehicles to accompany their commandos. As a direct result of this new plan, a newly designed tank code named "Metal Slug" was put into production.
- Seven incredible Metal Slug games: Metal Slug 1, Metal Slug 2, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4, Metal Slug 5 and Metal Slug 6
- Arcade perfect port of each title. Pick-up-and-play, non-stop action
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Metal Slug Anthology is the definitive collection of the intense shooter series. It includes all six of the classic games, all on one disc -- with ammunition and firepower than ever before. You've got an incredible arsenal waiting for you, from destructive pistols & combat vehicles to a stockpile of grenades. Players' enemy-killing capabilities are upped to off more evil-doers in this 10th anniversary edition of an arcade classic. Includes Metal Slug, Metal Slug 2, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4 and Metal Slug 5.
One of the most successful, and fun to play side-scrolling arcade games in history, the Metal Slug series is celebrating its 10th year anniversary with the release of the Metal Slug Anthology. With the Metal Slug Anthology, you will enjoy seven arcade-perfect conversions, including the all-new Metal Slug 6.
Take home all of the Metal Slug goodness you've enjoyed at the arcade all these years.
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In 1996 an arcade legend was born with the release of Metal Slug: Super Vehicle 001. The military-style themes, and a side-scrolling platform mixed with a wacky sense of humor and hilarious cartoon style, proved extremely popular to a decidedly wide audience. Based on this success, seven more Metal Slug sequels would be developed and released.
Ten years later, The Metal Slug game play and popularity are still going strong. To celebrate, the creators of the Metal Slug Anthology stopped at nothing to provide a 2-D, side-scrolling compilation for the Wii that is perfectly compatible with all the great game play possibilities that the Wii has to offer.
Storyline and Gameplay
Each included game in the Metal Slug Anthology offers game play and game objectives centered around a futuristic battle between two military groups known as the Regular army, and the Rebellion. In 2026, the Rebellion army launches an assault that pushes the Regular army forces to the brink of destruction. With superior numbers of troops and weapons, the Rebels overwhelmed the Regular army in all aspects.
Seeing their disadvantage to carry out direct attacks against the Rebellion, the Regular army then decided to carry out numerous special operations and create certain vehicles to accompany their commandos. As a direct result of this new plan, a newly designed tank code named "Metal Slug" was put into production.
Unfortunately, the Rebellion captured many of the newly produced Metal Slug tanks, and starting using them against the Regular army. With their government and military in shambles, the Regular army gathered its scattered troops and launched a desperate counter attack; recapture the stolen vehicles and use them to destroy the opposition. If the vehicles can't be captured, destroy them.
Your job is to help the Regular army defeat the Rebellion by using a myriad of different male and female characters, vehicles (including various animals and tanks), and weapons.
The Subsequent releases of Metal Slug titles (all included in the Anthology), continued to incorporate different antagonists, with more high-tech means and methods employed to attack the Regular army. Experience all the action and storylines with Metal Slug Anthology.
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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.
- 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.
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.
For the Wii, I recommend using the PS2 to Wii adaptor as the action gets pretty insane and is better served with a traditional control pad(the PS2 pad feels comfortable for me). The games are perfectly emulated(with the colorful Neo-Geo sprites and big explosions) and you even get the familiar Neo-Geo jingle at the start-up screen of each game.
Each of these Metal Slug games would've costed between $250-$300 new in its AES form(I remember paying $300 for a brand new Metal Slug X cart in 1999). So this is a tremendous value with 6 completes games at around(or under) fifteen bucks on Amazon. Hectic and fast-paced 2D action, you can get your Metal-Slug fix with this fun Anthology on the Wii.