Hideo Kojima hates the original NES Metal Gear

Isn't Metal Gear brilliant? The guy smokes cigarettes and sneaks about the place. Plus, there are all these giant robots and bizarrely-themed bosses and movie-length conversations about technocracy and postmodernism and all that. Brilliant! Oh, but that's not Metal Gear at all; we’re talking about the Metal Gear Solid series. Have you actually tried to play the NES original? It’s rubbish! Oh, get out of here with your cries of blasphemy. You know who's got my back? Hideo goddamn Kojima, that’s who.

“I had absolutely no participation in the development of the NES version. [That] was a pitiful title... I came across the game in a bargain bin and tried playing it, but the game design is pretty bad.” From the bemused vitriol with which Kojima describes the game for Nintendo Power, it's as if he's only just discovered there's this totally rubbish thing everyone associates with him. His incredulity at the title's subpar nature mirrors that of anyone who, Nostalgia Goggles set aside, fires it up for a look at where the MGS series got its start: “There is some gameplay that includes infiltrating a base that didn't exist in the original. However, even I, the developer of the original game, was unable to infiltrate the base even once.”

Above: Birth of stealth gaming my ass

Kojima, of course, was the mastermind behind the comparatively-overlooked MSX version of the game, whereas the Ultra Games NES translation was a hefty overhaul performed without his consultation. “Even though it was an abomination,” says Kojima, “it was during the bubble economy and it sold millions overseas. That title has only soiled my reputation." Finally MGS completionists can rest easy: you really don't have to play the original after all.

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  • slimjim441 - June 16, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    Seriously, I thought we all knew this. And no offense Mr. Goulter, but I don't like you calling it the 'original' Metal Gear. And I hope this doesn't compel anyone to not play the MSX version, cuz it's great. Metal Gear 2 is even better. NOT SNAKE'S REVENGE!! Snake's Revenge is yet another lump of garbage Nintendo threw out because Kojima originally didn't want to make Metal Gear a series (every Metal Gear game he made was said to be his last [until the next one came out]). But seriously, buy Subsistence, pop in disc 2, and play the GOOD originals. Now if you'll all excuse me I'm going to fight Gray Fox in a mine field then light Big Boss on fire with a makeshift flamethrower.
  • joeycrump - June 16, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    yeah no offense to the writer here but you're horribly misinformed. the NES metal gear was NOT THE ORIGINAL GAME. It was a shoddy port which Kojima had nothing to do with. This info has literally nothing to do with the original game which was for the MSX. Saying Kojima hates the original based on this information would be a blatant falsity. Please do your research more thoroughly next time, it's rather obvious that the writer here didn't really look into it - it's no big secret that the NES verion's just a bad port. The worst part is that the end implies that the NES version came BEFORE the MSX version, which is completely wrong.
  • Gahmah - June 16, 2011 4:11 a.m.

    @yasmarc I don't think you've even played any of the games. Or are an difficultly amused curmudgeon who hated adolescent novels like animorphs in elementary to middle school.
  • yasmarc - June 16, 2011 3:25 a.m.

    Here let me translate: "Even with MSX I couldn't pad out a repetitive and boring game with 6 hours of cutscenes and twists. Once PS came along I made the same game in 3D and it is a bastion for all who wish to find peace within video games." Sorry this guy irritates me.
  • santaclouse37 - June 16, 2011 2:47 a.m.

    Old news is old.
  • LTwitt3R - June 16, 2011 1:01 a.m.

    I remember this game: :/
  • chrisat928 - June 16, 2011 12:45 a.m.

    Yes, you do have to play the original, the MSX version, in English, available on the second disc of the Subsistence version of Metal Gear Solid 3.
  • HeroOfLegend - June 16, 2011 12:32 a.m.

    I thought we already knew that. Why is this news?

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