The Metal Max series hasn't had a ton of success outside of Japan. In fact, only two games have ever seen the light of day over in the west - Metal Saga, and Metal Max Xeno (which is getting an enhanced rerelease on Switch) - and whenever they have made it over here, they've rarely attracted bounds of adoring critical attention.
So, how do you win fans and critics back? Dogs.
Metal Dogs launches on Switch on 8th April in Japan, and publish Kadokawa Games has released a brand new trailer showcasing all of the ruff-and-ready shooting from the three lead dogs - Shiba Inu Pochi, Bell the Doberman, and the Bulldog called Bonanza. We wanted to remind you of the names because they're absolutely perfect.
Each pup will be getting a plethora of costumes from army outfits, cardboard cars, hippos, and angel wings. So you can make sure your hounds look great while diving into this roguelike shooter. So eat your heart out, Returnal.
We don't know whether we'll get Metal Dogs out here in the west, so don't get your hopes up, but we'd love to see what difference dogs make to the Metal Max series.
Will you be importing Metal Dogs? Let us know in the comments.
NIS America and/or PQube have a tendency to publish games in the west that were published by Kadokawa Games in the east. I hope this is one of them. I need my doge-flavored Diablo.
Just added to my Wishlist on Steam. Very tempted to go ahead and play via Early Access because this looks fantastic.
It would be foolish of them NOT to bring this outside of Japan. This game would sell hard in America for sure.
This is why I love videogames!
Games that aren't released not popular? You don't say...
cute and cool. i bet PETA would not like this
I thought we had a metal max on the nes years ago. I vaguely remember it and it seemed pretty good.
Never mind it was metal storm I was thinking of.
Metal Max Returns, the SNES remake of the first game from the NES, got a fan translation years ago. It's really excellent. Kind of a mashup of open world, Mad Max and Dragon Quest with a little Front Mission tank tinkering. I'd definitely recommend trying it out. I actually, coincidentally, just was replaying it recently.
There are also English patches for the Nintendo DS remake of Metal Max 2 as well as the DS original Metal Max 3, so the main trilogy of the franchise is quite playable, though I've never played those patches. The storyline is relatively thin so it's import friendly. I'd definitely recommend buying them and checking them out, with or without the patches.
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