Solid Snake might not seem like he's had much to do with Nintendo over the years, but his original outing in Metal Gear, crafted by Hideo Kojima, actually got ported to the Famicom in 1987. After this, he got a GBC, GameCube and 3DS release and also made an appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series.
With this in mind, Konami has now provided a sales data update on the Metal Gear series - announcing it has now sold 58 million copies worldwide as of 31st December 2021. The series has reportedly been able to shift around 900,000 copies since 31st March 2021, even though we haven't seen a new game since the 2018 release, Metal Gear Survive.
While we would love to see Metal Gear make its way across to the Nintendo Switch, we won't get our hopes up. In more recent times, Konami's been more focused on selling NFTs of classic series like Castlevania. To be fair, it did also recently release Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel on the Switch recently, which has already been downloaded over 10 million times across all platforms.
There's a Metal Gear movie on the way as well. It was announced in 2020. Oscar Isaac will play Snake, and the film will be directed by Kong: Skull Island director (Jordan Vogt-Roberts). How many Metal Gear games have you purchased over the years? Tell us down in the comments.
[source metalgearinformer.com, via nintendoenthusiast.com]
Kojima would be proud if not for his military style execution by Konami
Put the Solid collection on Switch.
It would help it hit 70 million in no time.
Does that includes the Metal Gear Pachinko game?
My favourite franchise... It makes me sad to think that we may never see another one again and even if we do, it might be terrible or too different to feel like a legitimate entry.
The current state of the franchise saddens me too... But for now let's focus on the good memories: From Outer Haven, to Shadow Moses, to the Soviet Union, to all over the world, Solid Snake and Big Boss had quite the adventures.
Here's hoping Konami has, if not a big enough change of heart to make a new game, at least remembers to port the games to new consoles, and of course agrees to have Snake appear in any future Smash games.
And of course, Thank You, Hideo Kojima. For everything.
Never play any Metal Gear game yet, missed a chance to get The Twin Snakes for the Gamecube at a decent price a few years ago. I'd totally give them a chance if Konami released a collection on Nintendo consoles.
Glad to have the Snake amiibo in my collection, though.
Would love to get into the Metal Gear franchise, it's unfortunately very difficult to do so in this day and age.
@Bon_Kurei If you have a PC there’s either the emulation route or you can stream the HD Collection via PS Now. I think 1 and 2 are on GOG on PC now as well.
Metal Gear is perhaps the finest franchise in all of gaming. It’s time to port the series to modern consoles. I feel sympathy for the children that have not experienced MGS2.
IV is the only one I’ve played, but I loved it at the time. The online was really good too.
The fact that the MGS franchise sold 900k last year despite not having a proper game in over 6 years shows how legendary it is.
Also, funny enough, you can play way more Metal Gear games on an Xbox console than PS4/PS5 since it's backwards compatible with MGS HD Collection.
If they do bring the franchise to the Switch and other modern platforms I think they should release multiple collections like they have been with Castlevania.
First they could make a collection that has all of the games that came out up until Ghost Babel. This would include Metal Gear, Metal Gear (NES), Snake’s Revenge, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid: Integral/ Vr Missions and Metal Gear: Ghost Babel.
Every game besides Metal Gear Solid and Integral would be easy to emulate. Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake have modernized versions that came out a long time ago, and Konami still has the source code for those.
If they can’t get PS1 emulation up and running they could omit Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid: Integral and then save them for a second collection that would come out later once they figure things out. Also by not having the PS1 games the collection’s age rating wouldn’t be very high since games like Metal Gear: Ghost Babel were marketed to ten year olds. So the collection could be more accessible by having a lower age rating.
It would be nice if the collection let you use the Snake amiibo to unlock some stuff like how the MegaMan amiibo unlocks some challenges in the MegaMan Legacy collection. Maybe they could make a gold Snake amiibo like they did with MegaMan.
I did buy the last game on ps4 at 9 USD, i have invested like 30 hours and I have only reach like 15% of completion, it is frustrating to a point were i don't want to play it anymore, besides, you always end up controlling other characters rather than the main protagonist (snake or big boss) kojima lost his way time ago....
I’d rather them not even try to make a new installment. They would screw it up.
Instead I would rather them license the IP out to a good developer to make a full from the ground up remake of Metal Gear Solid in Unreal Engine 5 for PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.
For the Switch, I would love to see a remake of Ghost Babel. With the isometric camera of the original MGS. That would more easily fit the Switch’s hardware.
Best bet is to either emulate them (it’s not feasible to emulate Metal Gear Solid V, but I digress) or pickup the HD collection for PS3 or 360.
If you have an Xbox One or Series console, the HD collection is backwards compatible.
Metal Gear Solid 4 is the odd man. It’s basically stuck on the PS3. You can emulate it, but it requires beefy hardware to run acceptably. In all honesty, PS3 Slims are pretty cheap. So the best bet with that one is to just buy a used PS3 and a copy of MGS 4.
@TheRedComet Ghost Babel’s a great game and a remake like Link’s Awakening would be proper cool. Especially if they had little Chibi Snake!
For scale, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold 38.74 Million units, half of this entire series lifetime sales. A solid chunk of Metal Gear games have underperformed in sales, which is why Konami is so sparing with releasing new games... and also because they know everybody hates them and the series belongs to Kojima but that's besides the point
@PBandSmelly it’s actually a valid point that Konami links MG to Kojima and leaves the franchise alone simply because of that.
I mean, if we were to use Megaman Legends 3 as a reference point: Megaman was so synonymous with Keiji Inafune that, when he quit Capcom, development for Legends 3 stalled big time (along with the two other Megaman games being made at the time). Following his departure, Capcom cancelled all Megaman projects and blamed the fans for lack of interest in the series. Then, after this, it was implied in the office space that Megaman was essentially a curse word. It took seven years for Megaman 11 to be released, along with the legacy collections, and it still seems Capcom is hesitant to embrace the character fully. Given Kojima’s name and reputation, as well as the disappointing sales of Metal Gear Survive, I don’t doubt that it’s possible that Konami views the situation similarly, even if the series would no doubt have a chance to double its sales if it were ported to modern consoles.
Unless, of course (tin foil hat on)… the silence is all part of the plan. Unless, of course… that Metal Gear has been “abandoned” for a reason….Unless, of course… that Project Ogre continues into this new generation and the painting within a painting is coming closer into view…. The Ruse Cruise can continue to dream, can’t we? Never say game over.
This news feels like it's on the wrong website lol.
I want to like these games, but I just don't get them. I feel like I am missing out on something.
Please Konami port Snake Eater, Twin Snakes and MGS2 to Switch!
If they ported HD Collection and IV for Switch i would buy them day one!
i just want the franchise to die.
no new entries. no remakes. no spin-offs.
anything they will do at this point will only damage its legacy. the story is finished. even good things have to end someday.
MGS and MGSV will probably forever be my favourite games.
Still waiting for mgs collection to show up on switch... Its easy money for konami, if they were so concerned in other affairs
43.35 million as of Dec 2021
@Serpo yes, but most of the numbers are Snake's Revenge anyway.😎
@kingbk That would be smart therefore Konami wouldn't do that
I have played every game except Acid 2 (mainly because I didn't enjoy Acid). It is a Solid game franchise. The scripts can get out of hand, but I generally enjoy the plots and game mechanics. I even enjoyed Metal Gear Survive, it's great to call in Ray or Rex to help out, just a shame they never finished the game, as it clearly was going to be added to with new maps and (big) monsters if it had done the numbers for Konami.
Wondering if MGS3 will ever come to Switch since it was on the 3DS.
MGS4 is what got me into modern gaming when it released in 2008 after nearly a decade of being out of gaming. June 12, 2008: The day my life changed forever!
Played through the first Game on PC the last couple of Weeks.
Really great Version and still a great Game and Story.
I am now more or less on the Second and tried again to get warm with the fifth, but i just can't get into that Game.
Metal gear collection containing the first 4 metal gear games. Easy money konami for fudge sake.
I bought them all over the years. Recently got my hands on the Legacy collection for ps3. Best series of games EVER!
@patbacknitro18 Kojima can go phuck himself. He threw himself out of Konami, and gave us the worst game of the series.
@JustMonika I'd love a port of Snake Eater 3D. It had better gameplay than the other versions, and much better texture work. Best version of the game!
@kingbk I dunno, I think I'm more inclined to play on my Steamdeck.
Does this include Snake's Revenge?
Would be cool if Kojima could buy the rights to his games back. I’m actually shocked Konami has given us Bomberman and Contra, and those few collections… I’m shocked they even made Metal Gear Survive (which I feel dirty for playing.)
@Edu23XWiiU Hell yeah.. just thinking about that ending still chokes me up to this day.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but only 5 Metal Gear games have ever appeared on Nintendo consoles, only one of them original:
I sort of get the reasoning. N64 carts made Konami lean into PlayStation that generation. GameCube didn't sell well enough to justify porting the PS2 games. Wii wasn't powerful enough for the PS3 / 360 games.
Still, there's plenty of good reasons for Konami to bring the HD collection to Switch...
@JustMonika Yeah, all the ending part is fantastic!
@JJtheTexan Except for MGS4 with a pretty much a lifetime PS3 exclusive at this point
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