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Encyclopedia > Metal Slug
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle SV-001
Developer(s) Nazca Corporation
Publisher(s) SNK
Release date(s) May 24, 1996
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single player, 2 player Co-op
Platform(s) Arcade, Neo Geo CD, PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Input 8-way Joystick, 3 Buttons
Arcade cabinet Upright
Arcade system(s) Neo-Geo (193 Mbit cartridge)
Arcade display Raster, 304 x 224 pixels (Horizontal), 4096 colors

Metal Slug (メタルスラッグ?) is a run and gun video game for the Neo-Geo console/arcade platform created by SNK. It was released in 1996 for the MVS arcade platform. The game is widely known for its sense of humour, extremely fluid hand-drawn animation, and fast paced two-player action. It is the first title in the Metal Slug series. Image File history File links Metalslug_title. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... SNK Playmore (formerly SNK) is a Japanese video game hardware and software company. ... May 24 is the 144th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (145th in leap years). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Contra, the quintessential run and gun A run and gun (also known as run n gun or for some variants, overhead shooter) is a sub-genre of video games that incorporates elements from shoot em up games and platform games. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... Doom popularised co-op on the PC. Cooperative gameplay (often abbreviated as co-op) primarily refers to a feature in video games that allows players to work together as teammates with the absence of player-controlled competitors. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... The system, with four games The Neo Geo CD was released shortly after its cartridge-based equivalent in an effort to reduce manufacturing costs. ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... Joystick elements: 1. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Button (computing). ... This arcade cabinet, containing Centipede, is an upright. ... An arcade system board is a standardized printed circuit board or group of printed circuit boards that are used as the basis for multiple arcade games with very similar hardware requirements. ... Neo-Geo is the name of a cartridge-based arcade and home video game system released in 1990 by Japanese game company SNK. The system offered comparatively colorful 2D graphics and high-quality sound. ... In various types of electronic equipment, a cartridge can refer one method of adding different functionality or content (e. ... A computer display is an interface between the computer and the operator. ... Suppose the smiley face in the top left corner is an RGB bitmap image. ... Contra, the quintessential run and gun A run and gun (also known as run n gun or for some variants, overhead shooter) is a sub-genre of video games that incorporates elements from shoot em up games and platform games. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a cultural phenomenon. ... Neo-Geo is the name of a cartridge-based arcade and home video game system released in 1990 by Japanese game company SNK. The system offered comparatively colorful 2D graphics and high-quality sound. ... SNK Playmore (formerly SNK) is a Japanese video game hardware and software company. ... See also: 1995 in video gaming, other events of 1996, 1997 in video gaming, history of video games Events DigiPen Institute of Technology receives accreditation, first school in the world to offer college degrees in video game development. ... Metal Slug is a series of shoot em up video games first released on the Neo-Geo game console created by SNK. It was also ported to other consoles, such as the PlayStation, the Sega Saturn, the Neo-Geo Pocket Color and more recently, the Game Boy Advance and Xbox. ...

Contents

Story

The Metal Slug storyline stretches from the beginning of the era of modern-day terrorism, set in the near-future of 2028. There are two militant factions that struggle for power: the Rebellion and the Regular Army. The Regular Army is a well-equipped, modern-day force run by various nations around the world. The Rebellion, however, is comprised of various small yet organized militant groups, ranging from terrorists to splinter groups of military forces driven by a hunger for power.


The Regular Army is a very formidable force. However, it lacks effectiveness due to the widespread corruption within the senior-level chain of command. Other officials often deny the reports and recommendations given to them by intelligence officers. This often leads into intelligence failures that result in dramatic consequences. This article deals with the military concept. ...


Vice Admiral Donald Morden of the Regular Army Marine Corps is one of the main characters that sparks the events of Metal Slug. He has a reputation of being a tough, efficient, and caring officer of the Regular Army, and is held in high regard by his troops. He was also a caring father to his son. However, Morden immediately defects over to the Rebellion when his son is killed in the Central Park bombing caused by an intelligence failure on the part of the Regular Army. Vice Admiral is a naval rank of three star level, equivalent to Lieutenant General in seniority. ... The UKs Royal Marines in a Rigid Raider assault watercraft A marine corps (from French corps de marine) is a branch of a nations armed forces incorporating Marines, intended to be capable of mounting amphibious assaults using infantry, armour, aircraft, and watercraft. ...


In 2026, a year after the failed attempted assassination of the President of the United States launched by the Rebellion under General Morden's command, the Rebellion launched a massive attack against the Regular Army forces around the world. Although the Regular Army intelligence agency had many indications that such an attack was imminent, Regular Army officials again ignored the warnings. With the Regular Army forces surprised, the Rebellion nearly annihilated them with their superior numbers and emergent technologies. The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ...


The Regular Army planned a massive counter-attack against the rebellion. Advanced tanks, designated "Super Vehicle-001" were designed to aid the Regular Army commandos. These tanks were mass-produced but kept in caches until the Regular Army had amassed enough to begin a counter-attack. However, the tanks were seized by the Rebels in 2028 because of another intelligence-failure by the Regular Army.

Gameplay screenshot showing General Morden in a Chinook-style transport helicopter
Gameplay screenshot showing General Morden in a Chinook-style transport helicopter

Seeing the Regular Army plunge into a general panic and crumble, 1st Lieutenant Marco Rossi of the Regular Army Peregrine Falcons special-forces unit quickly unites remaining Regular Army units and begins a commando operation to reclaim the tanks. Fighting alongside him is 2nd Lieutenant Tarma Roving from the same Peregrine Falcons unit. Image File history File links Mslug104. ... Image File history File links Mslug104. ... Chinook has several meanings: The Chinookan nation of Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, which inhabited the lower Columbia River valley in what is now Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. ... Marco Rossi is a character in the Metal Slug series. ...


After various campaigns, the Regular Army defeats the Rebellion forces and reestablishes stability. General Morden is apprehended near the end of the conflict and is jailed in a maximum security military prison complex while awaiting trial for his war crimes. Maximum Security was a comic book published by Marvel Comics in 2001 as the core of a company-wide crossover. ... In the context of war, a war crime is a punishable offense under International Law, for violations of the laws of war by any person or persons, military or civilian. ...


The soldiers of the Peregrine Falcons squad were declared heroes by the Regular Army officials, with the lieutenants Marco and Tarma being credited with many awards. However, not everyone treated the P.F. squad as such because Regular Army officials had been discredited by their failure to prevent the Rebellion attack.


Gameplay

The gameplay is similar to that of the game Contra, in which the player has to constantly shoot at respawning enemies in order to reach the end of a level. At the end of each level, the player must confront a boss who is often considerably larger than regular enemies and takes multiple shots to defeat. On the way through the level, the player finds several weapons upgrades (such as the heavy machine gun and rocket launcher), hand grenades, as well as several "slug" vehicles that can be used not only as weapons but also as added defense. Contra ) is an arcade game released in 1987 by the Konami corporation. ... Flag Ship from the video game Gorf This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... A machine gun is a fully-automatic firearm that is capable of firing bullets in rapid succession. ... Shoulder-launched weapons avoid the problem of recoil by directing all exhaust out the rear of the launch tube A shoulder-launched missile weapon is a weapon that fires a projectile at a target, yet is small enough to be carried by one person, and fired while held on one... A US designed WWII-era MkIIA1 pineapple fragmentation hand grenade. ... The Trikke is a Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) This article is about the means of transport. ...


Unlike Contra, the protagonists can perform melee attacks by using a knife and/or kicking. The player does not die for simply coming into contact or colliding with enemies. Correspondingly, many of the enemy troops have melee attacks. Much of the game's scenery is destructible. Sometimes this reveals extra items or powerups, othertimes it simply results in collateral damage. Collateral damage is a U.S. Military term for unintended or incidental damage during a military operation. ...

Screenshot from Metal Slug. The tank shown is the first Metal Slug (SV-001) vehicle
Screenshot from Metal Slug. The tank shown is the first Metal Slug (SV-001) vehicle

During the course of a level, the player encounters many scruffy-looking POWs. If these are freed, the player can receive score bonuses (in the form of random items ranging from fruit to sealed envelopes), weapons, or grenades. Bonuses for freeing prisoners are received at the end of the level; at this point the game indicates the name and rank of each person freed. If the player dies before the end of the level, the tally of freed prisoners is deleted. Image:Metal Slug Second Boss. ... Image:Metal Slug Second Boss. ... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ...


There are a total of six levels, with themes ranging from lush forests, garrisoned cities, snowy mountain valleys, canyons, and military bases.


Enemies

The vast majority of enemies encountered in Metal Slug are enemy soldiers who are given weaponry that fits their specific role. This ranges from grenadiers, riot gear, anti-armor, and knife-wielding enemies. There also a host of mechanized enemies: tanks, mobile artillery, airplanes, troop carriers, technicals, and helicopters. Much of the game's humor comes from how the enemies portray themselves. The player encounters them at many times of leisure: sunbathing, roasting food over a fire, or just conversing amongst themselves. The drawing style of the enemy soldiers and vehicles has led some players into finding similarities between the anti-war comic Sturmtruppen and the Metal Slug series, as both adopt a humorous yet accurate portrayal of soldiers and military equipment . Riot control are the measures to control a riot or to break up an unwanted demonstration (usually of protestors). ... Anti-tank, or simply AT, refers to any method of combating military armored fighting vehicles, notably tanks. ... A U.S. M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer Self-propelled artillery (also called mobile artilley or locomotive artillery) vehicles mount a large howitzer (or alternatively mortar or rockets) and are used for long-range indirect bombardment support. ... An Air France Boeing 777, a modern passenger jet. ... Image:APCTalha. ... A technical in Liberia. ... Robinson Helicopter Company (USA) R44, a four seat development of the R22 A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more horizontal rotors, each having two or more rotor blades. ... Anti war protest in Melbourne, Australia, 2003 Anti_war is a name that is widely adopted by any social movement or person that seeks to end or oppose a future or current war. ... Sturmtruppen is a successful Italian series of anti-war comic books, written and drawn by Bonvi, the artistic pseudonym of Franco Bonvicini starting as four-frame comic strips back in the 1970s and evolving into fully sized collector books up to the 1990s and first decade of the third millennium. ... Metal Slug is a series of shoot em up video games first released on the Neo-Geo game console created by SNK. It was also ported to other consoles, such as the PlayStation, the Sega Saturn, the Neo-Geo Pocket Color and more recently, the Game Boy Advance and Xbox. ...


Vehicles

Marco utilizing a fixed machine gun in Metal Slug's final level.
Marco utilizing a fixed machine gun in Metal Slug's final level.

SV-001: The title's namesake, this is the main vehicle found throughout the game. It can only be used by one player at a time. The "Metal Slug" features a ball-turreted rapid-firing Vulcan cannon that can fire in any direction, and a heavy main cannon (see Weapons section below for details). The main cannon uses ammo separate from grenades and other weapons, and is much more powerful. Hand grenades can still be hurled out of the vehicle by 'ducking' with the tank and pressing the bomb button, which opens the top hatch to allow the player to hurl grenades out. The Vehicle can sustain about three direct hits before destruction; health is restored by finding gas canisters. When vehicle health is completely depleted, the player has only seconds to vacate the vehicle before it explodes. The vehicle can also be used as a one-time Kamikaze weapon, which sends it in a suicide ram attack as the player jumps out; this is useful when the tank is almost destroyed. The appearance of the Metal Slug- a small, agile one-man tank- has been compared to Leona Ozaki's tank, "Bonaparte", from the anime series Dominion: Tank Police and is very similar in design. Image File history File links Mslug102. ... Image File history File links Mslug102. ... A small cannon on a carriage, Bucharest. ... A hand grenade is a hand-held bomb, made to be thrown by a soldier. ... It has been suggested that Personnel involved in the development of World War II suicide attacks be merged into this article or section. ... Spoiler warning: Leona in the first Dominion Anime Leona in New Dominion Al saving Leona at the climax of New Dominion Leona Ozaki is the central character of Masamune Shirows Dominion: Tank Police anime and manga series. ...


Fixed machine guns: At several points throughout the game, the player can utilize fixed machine gun turrets. Unlike the tank, these only have a 180 degree firing arc. A machine gun is a fully-automatic firearm that is capable of firing bullets in rapid succession. ...


Similar to Contra, all weapons are picked up in the forms of letterized icons. Found weapons and all ammunition are dropped when the player dies, although grenades return to their starting point at 10.

  • Pistol: The basic ranged weapon the player is equipped with at the beginning. Not the most powerful weapon, but the Murder .50AE pistol has unlimited ammunition with decent projectile velocity as well as range. Each shot from this weapon deals 1 damage point.
Gameplay screenshot from the first level showing the heavy machine gun. As seen by the blood, this screenshot was taken before the american censored arcade version was released.
Gameplay screenshot from the first level showing the heavy machine gun. As seen by the blood, this screenshot was taken before the american censored arcade version was released.
  • Heavy Machine Gun [H]: The HV-01 machine gun has a higher firing speed than the pistol, but deals equal damage per bullet. It is the most common power-up in the game (or any Metal Slug game). The Heavy Machine Gun begins with 200 rounds of ammunition, and additional crates add 150 rounds to the player's stock. A Heavy Machine Gun crate also appears when the player continues after dying.
  • Rocket Launcher [R]: Oddly, the RK-02 rocket launcher does not deal a great amount of damage against enemies. Each shot from this weapon deals 8 damage points, but a large explosion radius lends the weapon well to anti-personnel purposes. Rockets also have a simple homing feature. Players already carrying the Rocket Launcher receive only 15 rounds from additional Rocket crates. As a trivium, the Rocket Launcher's speech comment was pronounced "Rocket Launcher" in Metal Slug and Metal Slug 2 when picked up by a player, but has been pronounced as "Rawket Lawnchair" since Metal Slug 3.
  • Flameshot [F]: The FS-03 flamethrower weapon has a more limited reach than the ballistic weapons, but also can immolate multiple targets simultaneously. Although it does far less damage than the shotgun against small and armored enemies, such as tanks, the fireball has a range longer than a shotgun blast. Each icon gives the player 30 uses of flameshot.
  • Shotgun [S]: The SG-04 shotgun is one of the slowest firing weapons of the game, and has a short range. However, the amount of damage that this weapon deals is unrivaled. The package comes with 30 shells, but additional crates add only 15 rounds to the players inventory. Each shot from this weapon does 20 damage points.
  • Bomb: This weapon appears to be based on the Stielhandgranate grenade used by the German military from the end of World War I to the end of World War II. The word can be translated into English as "stick hand-grenade". Thrown with a separate button, the stick grenade detonates on contact with an enemy, but can be bounced of walls and solid ground once before exploding. Each grenade deals 10 damage points to its target, and additional damage is inflicted on enemies near the explosion.
  • 12.6mm Vulcan: This is the anti-aircraft/anti-personnel gun on the Slug Tank, which can be fired at any angle. Each shot deals 1 damage point, although its extremely high firing speed quickly compounds this damage.
  • 127mm low-pressure gun: The main cannon for the Slug Tank has a short range, but deals 20 points of damage and has an explosion radius similar to the stielhandgranate.

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Platforms

Originally, Metal Slug was available on Neo-Geo MVS arcade system and AES home entertainment system.


Later on, a Neo-Geo CD version of the game was introduced to help along with Neo-Geo's lagging sales, but it never caught on due to the lack of attention that the NGCD received in the public.


Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation versions were also ported and distributed. The Saturn version was available in two different versions, 1.002 and 1.005, the latter with minor bug fixes, and are no longer in production. The PlayStation version is currently being distributed by SNK Playmore as a re-release version. The original version of it can be found in auctions as a collector's item, as well as the discontinued Saturn version.


In 2005, SNK Playmore announced that Metal Slug would be ported to Nintendo's Game Boy Advance. There is also a confirmed "Metal Slug Anthology" for the PSP to be released in December, as well as for the PS2, and the Nintendo Wii console. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... SNK Playmore (formerly SNK) is a Japanese video game hardware and software company. ... GBA redirects here. ... Metal Slug Anthology is a forthcoming video game compilation for Playstation 2, Playstation Portable and Wii. ... The PlayStation Portable (officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is Nintendos seventh-generation video game console. ...


In 2006, according to a pamphlet being handed out at the Tokyo Game Show by SNK Playmore, a version of Metal Slug is being brought to Xbox Live Arcade, possibly Metal Slug 1. The text on the pamphlet translates to "the original." SNK Playmore does not list a release date in the pamphlet for the Metal Slug title.


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