In a bit more than a month, the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will be on the shelves. This is an instant buy for me and many other fans of the series. At first glance at the titles included, you may question the reasoning behind it. The HD collection includes Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3, and Metal Gear Solid Peacewalker. The fact that Peacewalker is included is very exciting because it was previously only available on the PSP. But, why is Metal Gear Solid 1 not in there? Well, you see… Hideo Kojima really likes Nintendo games lol…
Back in 2004, a deeply remade version of Metal Gear Solid was released for the Nintendo Gamecube. Hideo Kojima explained that he was very comfortable with the idea of making Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes a Nintendo exclusive because it was Nintendo games that inspired him to design games of his own. This is also why Snake is a playable character in Super Smash Bros Brawl for the Wii.
So now, with the Nintendo exclusive remake of the first game being out there, why would Kojima release the original version on this new PS3 collection? Answer; because the fans want it! But no, the deal has been done with Nintendo and that version belongs to them and not Sony or Microsoft. It’s unfortunate, but it makes sense in a way too if you look at the big picture.
Let’s close things up with an auction related to the release of MGS Twin Snakes. In Japan, there was a premium console package which included a silver Gamecube with the Foxhound logo on the lid, the Twin Snakes remake, an art book, special footage, and a full playable port of the NES release of Metal Gear (sadly not the MSX version… but, again, it’s Nintendo lol). There are a few of these on eBay but this particular seller has a good rep and is taking offers.
The MGS HD Collection will have a limited edition as well, but the bonuses are kinda weak. You get the unique limited edition box and an art book (248 pages). Still, I’m getting it for sure.