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  • Summary: SNK Playmore, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of their classic arcade franchise Metal Slug, releases the greatest array of Metal Slug titles ever assembled for the Wii including Metal Slug, Metal Slug 2, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4, and Metal Slug 5. The METAL SLUG COLLECTION is a "perfect translation" of the arcade classics and features Wireless support for intense two-player action. [SNK Playmore] Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. The presentation and controls are lacking, but the rest of the package really stands out due to the gameplay department.
  2. At Forty dollars this compilation is worth every penny for seven arcade perfect translations.
  3. A worthy addition to any Wii owner's game collection. It may be unusual, insistent on clinging to a long-gone gaming era, and incredibly hard at times, but by including every major Metal Slug game, is without doubt one of the finest platform shooter titles yet released.
  4. Even if you've never played a Metal Slug game in your life, but you do like classic 2D shooters, you won't be disappointed. There is a reason this series has been around so long and when you play through any one of these games you will understand why.
  5. 72
    These are amazing games, and if you want to own them in any form, now’s a good chance to do that. Just don’t expect a grand fanfare when you boot the game up. It’s basically seven titles for $40 bucks. No more, no less.
  6. Wii games use the Wii controller brilliantly. Old arcade games simply don’t, and shoehorning them into the latest innovation/gimmick feels awkward and robs the game of its fun. Dig out an old GameCube controller – that’s the difference between enjoying Metal Slug Anthology or simply remembering how much fun it used to be.
  7. The bottom line is if you can put up with some quirky controls and are a massive fan of the originals then this is probably worth a look. However, if you are a purist and perhaps have a favourite Metal Slug outing, then you should wait for it to appear on the Virtual Console.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. NickS.
    Jun 3, 2007
    I don't know what everyone is complaining about, I think the controls are great. In particular I like the fact that you just shake the controller to throw a grenade, it makes it far more intuitive. My only gripe is that the Wii control isn't the most ergonomic, and your hands can get pretty sore after an hour or so of solid play. It would be nice just to be able to hold down the fire button for a constant attack, rather than having to push it every time. Other than that, it's a perfect port of the game I enjoyed so much on arcade games in my youth, and a great side scroller. Co-operative play is fun. If you liked the original, this is a must have game. Expand
  2. KDep
    Jan 2, 2007
    I really enjoyed this game. Getting 7 games in one is always a bonus and the lower price is also a nice perk. I was never a big metal slug player myself, but I was always interested watching the guys in the arcade play for long periods. The game itself is well done and I use the GC control scheme, which isn't 100% great, but the games themselves are grand and are great ports of the old classics. I'd pick it up if you're a fan. Expand
  3. RogerG.
    Dec 28, 2006
    Good old fashioned shoot em up at its finest! Not to mention you get all of the games on one disc!
  4. FOJACV.
    Jan 16, 2007
    Nice Anthology, considering is about 10 years old the animation is good, the difficult levels are challenging, it´s pure old school side scroller mayhem. 100% recommended. Not expect next gen graphics, it's a 10 year compilation! Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Dec 20, 2006
    I've always loved the Metal Slug games, and it remains one of my favorite series ever. I want so badly to give this a 10, but the control schemes they give you to choose from are HORRIBLE. Every control scheme requires a flick of the controller to use the grenade, and the only one that doesn't (GCN controller) only lets you use the analog stick, not the D-pad. Not only this, but the whole presentation feels like it was just thrown together. Only get it if you can get a decent arcade stick that will work with the game, which reminds me, I should find one. Expand
  6. SimonG.
    Sep 4, 2007
    Metal Slug is Metal Slug. There isn't much to add to this and that's exactly why, if you love this series, you should avoid this version of the game and by the PS2 or PSP versions instead. They wanted so bad to make a Wii game out of it and it simply doesn't work. There are four different Wii controls schemes and none of which really works. The fifth one, using a GameCube controller is best, but to me the PS2 controller suits that type of gameplay better. And why not allow the Classic Controller instead? The good points about the Wii version compared to the PS2 are the rare loading times and the save state feature (which for some unknown reason work for all the games apart from Metal Slug 6). Other than that, you might also want to wait and see if it's going to be release on the Virtual Console when the NEO GEO library will be made available to play with the Classic Controller (honestly this game would've scored higher if controlled with it). Expand
  7. BlueFalcon
    Oct 6, 2007
    You get 7 outstanding games with 2 HUGE flaws. The most noticeable flaw is control. It's poor in game (even with a bunch of different configurations), and in the menu. To advance in the menus you have to press +, A, and 1 buttons in sequence. It's as though each part of the interface was done by a separate person that didn't talk to anyone else on the team. Once you're in a game, the default control has grenades set to motion control. If you've ever played a metal slug, you'd know that these games are hard, and require split second reactions. There isn't time to shake the controller up and down. Fortunately there's 1 control setup that uses the gamecube controller. But with just 3 buttons, it's baffling why they couldn't have used 3 buttons on the wiimote. The second MAJOR flaw is the infinite lives and continues. There's zero penalty for dying, which makes all the games unrewarding. There is an option to turn off unlimited continues, but that's like choosing to let the timer run out after your 3rd continue. Do you have the dicipline to do it? Struggling to see the crazy huge boss in level 3 isn't as exciting if your 5 year old brother can easily get there and beat him without even trying. It's a shame that a great set of games is ruined by 2 easily fixable things. Expand