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Metal Slug: 1st Mission is a run and gun video game for the Neo-Geo Pocket Color handheld platform created by SNK. It was released in 1999 in both Japan and North America.

Story

The year is 2027 A.D.

In a land of continuing strife, illegal arm sales are occurring with disturbing frequency. Subsequent investigations reveal that the distributors of the weapons are not guerrillas but the Government Forces themselves. The distribution center for the weapons turns out to be more massive than estimated, and it is clandestinely manufacturing new weapons which even include the top-secret SV-000 "METAL SLUG" prototype currently in development. The commander of the squad protecting this region turns out to be the expert at guerrilla warfare Colonel Hilde Garn, and his aide-de-camp turns out to be the master at hand-to-hand combat Lt. Colonel Macba, who stood on the front lines himself and struck terror in the hearts of the enemy. If this squad led by Hilde Garn, which is praised as the mightiest in the army, is the force behind the illegal weapon sales, it was feared that this could lead to a coup d'état. The Intelligence Agency of the Government Forces, taking a particular grave view of the situation, decides to enlist the services of the ultra-elite Special Forces Squad Peregrine Falcons.

The mission is given: infiltrate the material distribution center, destroy it, and capture the villains.

Gameplay

This game plays much like the traditional Metal Slug but with some changes. The most notable change is the increased number of missions available, seventeen compared to the usual five/six. Not every mission ends with a boss battle, and depending on how the player performs in a mission, they are able to finish the game without seeing every mission.

There are two Slugs available: the SV-000 and the Slug Flyer. Both Slugs have different controls, the player cannot get out of them, and is available for certain missions/sections. Losing the Slug Flyer takes the player to a sequence where they must deploy their parachute at precise timing. For the SV-000, destruction of the Slug sends the player to Prison Camp, a mission detour where the player can only use their melee attacks.

There is one character to play with, and although the game gives no name for him (the official 10th anniversary website merely calls him "Hero"), his appearance is very similar to Marco. After beating the game once, a female character becomes available, but the game never follows a storyline with her.

Covers

Metal Slug: 1st Mission
Heroes Hero
NPCs POWPHANTOM SquadHilde Garn
Bosses Rebel VTOLRebel TrainMacbaRebel ZeppelinElectromagnetic CraneRebel Carrier Facility Elevator Rebel TruckMetal Strider
Items Machine GunRocket LauncherShotgunSpecial ShotRank MedalCoinAmmo CrateBomb CrateGas CanFood
Slugs SV-000Slug Flyer
Missions 0. Emergency Mobilization • 1. Hurry On • 2. Slicing Through the Jungle • 3. Battle in the City • 4. Underground Battle Pass • 5. Pursuit of the Transport Train • 6. Penetration of the Front Base • 7. Discovery of the Front Base • 8. Forced Escape • 9. Discovery of a Secret Passage • 10. Night Flight • 11. Fortress • 12. Weapons Dump • 13. Invasion in the Sea of Trees • 14. Weapons Port • 15. Breakthrough: With Prejudice • 16. Fierce Battle
Other Prison CampParachute DropSuper Devil Mode
Metal Slug Series
Games
Main Series Metal Slug: Super Vehicle-001Metal Slug 2/(X) • Metal Slug 3Metal Slug 4Metal Slug 5Metal Slug 6Metal Slug 7/(XX)
Spin-Offs Metal Slug: 1st MissionMetal Slug: 2nd MissionMetal Slug AdvanceMetal Slug 3DMetal Slug Tactics
Tower Defense Metal Slug DefenseMetal Slug Attack
Mobile Metal Slug MobileMetal Slug Mobile ImpactMetal Slug: Allen's Battle Chronicles (Mobile 3) • Metal Slug Mobile 4 (UMS: Landing) • Metal Slug Soldiers (UMS: Conspiracy) • Metal Slug Fighters (UMS: Fierce Battle) • Metal Slug Warriors (UMS: Triumph) • Metal Slug STGMetal Slug Mars Panic!Metal Slug TacticsMetal Slug M1Metal Slug M2Metal Slug 2013Metal Slug Team MissionMetal Slug: AwakeningMetal Slug: Commander
Pachinkos Metal Slug Type-AMetal Slug SV-001Metal Slug 3
Compilations Metal Slug 4&5Metal Slug AnthologyMetal Slug Complete PCArcade ArchivesNeo Geo Pocket Color Selection
Cancelled / Discontinued Metal Slug GBA PortMetal Slug Zero OnlineMetal Slug TouchMetal Slug RevolutionMetal Slug WarsMetal Slug XX OnlineMetal Slug Infinity
Prototypes Metal Slug Advance
Related Titles
Cameos / Crossovers The King of Fighters '99SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the MillenniumThe King of Fighters 2000SNK Vs. Capcom: CHAOSNeo-Geo Battle ColiseumThe King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2SNK Vs. Capcom: Card Fighters ClashSNK Vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DSDays of Memories 2Neo Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting!Battle CatsRPG! Sister QuestJetpack JoyrideThe King of Fighters XV
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Irem Games
Irem's D.A.S. Universe Air DuelUndercover CopsIn The HuntGunforce II
Publishing
Books Metal Slug: The Ultimate HistoryMetal Slug Attack Official Artbook
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