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November 27, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

These Squids can only wish they were in Metal Slug

When it comes to shooters, I grew up with Galaxian, Galaga, Asteroids and Defender. I loved Time Crisis and Virtua Cop. Never would I have expected an evolution like Splatoon. Some might disagree with it being a shooter, but I think it qualifies.

One of my favorite arcade shooters is Metal Slug! It's such a manic game that goes so far over-the-top I can hardly believe I completely missed it in arcades. In fact, I've never even seen (or played) any Metal Slug games on an arcade setup. As I became aware of this series, I bought the anthology for Wii and enjoyed 2 versions on the NeoGeoX handheld console.

Splatoon Squids with Metal Slug Anthology The arcade scene I loved in the 80s changed considerably as the 90s progressed. Change is to be expected, but the games I loved began to disappear quickly from arcade floors. They were replaced with the next generation of games including various 2D fighting games. To me, these games were enticingly complex and ushered in a new style of game play in which simultaneous 2-player games were standard.

My lust for the 80s caused me to miss out on Metal Slug in arcades.
I'd watch people play everything from Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat to Killer Instinct and Tekken. I felt drawn to them, but lacked the skills to pull off the moves I was seeing. I was also hoping that this new wave of games would expand on the space battle theme that I craved.

As home consoles became more powerful, I took to playing a lot of arcade titles at home. Slowly, my visits to arcades diminished. Until I discovered the Metal Slug series, I had no idea what I was missing. I felt arcades weren't offering games I wanted to play... I'd have played Metal Slug until my fingers bled.

Metal Slug originated in 1996 and continued into the late 2000s with several iterations of the game across multiple platforms. I'll play Metal Slug on any platform I can get my hands on - it's that good! And Splatoon is pretty cool too ;)

Splatoon Squids with Metal Slug Anthology

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