Snake Eater
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Since November 2021, the critically acclaimed Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D for Nintendo 3DS has been unavailable to download on the eShop after Konami removed it, along with multiple other digital titles, from sale to renew licenses.

Now, in a post celebrating the 35th anniversary of the original Metal Gear on MSX2, Konami has indicated that it is making preparations to resume sales of the titles that were temporarily suspended.

Fully translated, the post reads:

"The "METAL GEAR" series released on July 13, 1987 celebrated its 35th anniversary today.
We are preparing to resume sales of titles that have been temporarily suspended."

Of course, this indicates that Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D will likely return to the eShop in the near future, which is great news if you're thinking about picking it up, as retail copies of the game shot up in price after its digital suspension.

Given that the eShop will be closing for good in March 2023, however, there is a chance, however small, that Konami might not bother with Snake Eater at all. Hopefully, it'll just be a case of flipping a switch and it'll be back online, in which case we'd recommend you all download it ASAP.

Chronologically the first story in the Metal Gear timeline, Snake Eater tells the story of Naked Snake, a member of CIA unit FOX who infiltrates the dense jungles of Tselinoyarsk to destroy an IRBM-armed tank known at the Shagohod. Characters and story elements from the game would go on to impact the entire series, culminating in the PlayStation exclusive Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. We gave Snake Eater an excellent 9/10 in our review for 3DS.

Are you hoping to see Snake Eater return to the 3DS eShop? Will you be downloading it if it does? Let us know!

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