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Metal Slug Anthology (called Metal Slug Complete (メタルスラッグコンプリート) in Japan) is a video game compilation for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PC and the Wii.,

The Wii version boasts different controller configurations, most taking advantage of the Wii Remote, with the Japanese version supporting the Classic Controller and all regional variants supporting the GameCube controller.

The game also marks the return of SNK Playmore as a third-party developer for a Nintendo console since the NES era. It was released as a launch title for Wii.[1]

The graphics are virtually the same as the original versions released on arcade (and the more recent titles published on PS2 and Xbox). The only major change is that all games now display at a converted 480i resolution (compared to the standard 240p). Cooperative gameplay is enabled on the console versions of the game, while the PSP version has a wireless mode so that two people can play together and work as a team.

A downloadable version was made available on the PlayStation Store for PSP on October 1, 2009 The Metal Slug Anthology was then released on PC in 2009 under the name Metal Slug Collection PC. However, this version offers less contents and an alternative menu interface. It was also released on PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Included titles

Metal Slug 1-5 and X are done via emulation of the Neo Geo AES versions, while 6 is an arcade port.

Included features

Metal Slug 1-6 and X are included in the release, and the games have not been altered in any way. This is the same with the characters and abilities, which have all been kept the same, but the game's manual erroneously states that the 'slide' ability is achievable in Metal Slug 4, 5, and 6Metal Slug 4 and 6 do not include this feature in either the arcade or console version.

Extra features

The game includes several special features:

  • Art Gallery - Concept art of Metal Slug 1 to 6.
  • Wallpapers - PSP-only option. A collection of wallpapers that can be copied to the Memory Stick.
  • Sound Gallery - Music from Metal Slug 1 to 6. The PSP version includes an option that allows the player to copy the music to the Memory Stick as Atrac3+ format audio files with the proper track name and album tags.
  • Game Options - Including difficulty, lives (which can be limited or unlimited, if they are limited the amount of lives the player has depends upon the difficulty) and a rapid-fire option for all games except Metal Slug 6.
  • Interview - A readable interview with some of the games' designers and programmers about the Metal Slug series itself.

Galleries and the Token System

PSP/Wii

By completing a game (either with Limited or Unlimited Continues), one is able to earn tokens depending on the difficulty chosen (seen below). These tokens can be used to unlock art galleries, music, wallpapers, and an interview with the developers in the Gallery Menu. In the PSP version, the wallpapers are downloadable as backgrounds for the PSP/PS Vita's main menu.

There are some galleries that are unlocked by other means:

  • Tonko Art Gallery: Clear all games on Easy with Limited Continues
  • Desktops 1: Clear all games on Normal with Limited Continues
  • Desktops 2 and Special Music: Clear all games on Hard with Limited Continues

PS2

Galleries are unlocked by completing each game. The other galleries go as follows:

  • Tonko Art Gallery: Clear all games on Limited Continues
  • Desktops 1: Clear all games on Normal with Limited Continues
  • Desktops 2 and Special Music: Clear all games on Hard with Limited Continues

For all versions, Metal Slug 6 must be cleared in the game's Hard Mode (i.e. defeat the Invader King) in order to count for unlocks.

Options

Controls

Move PSP/PS2
Attack/Shoot Square
Jump X
Switch Weapon Triangle
Grenade Circle
Alternative Attack* R
Autofire Off

* In Metal Slug 4, Metal Slug 5, and Metal Slug 6, this serves as the button for a Metal Slug Attack.

Profile

Easy Normal Hard
Limited Continues* 30 20 10
Tokens Earned 3 4 5

* Limited Continues are set at 15 in Metal Slug 6 regardless of difficulty.

Notable Errors

  • In the PSP version of the game, some soundtracks are omitted/or may have been bugged. For example, in Metal Slug 2's Mission 5, Kiss in the Dark soundtrack doesn't play.
  • The Wii version lacks the flashes when shooting at enemies.

References

  1. Lichtenstein, Sascha (May 13, 2006), E3 2000: Interview with SNK Playmore USA President Ben Herman, www.advancedmn.com

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