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Digital FoundryMetal Gear Solid 3: PS2 vs. Nintendo 3DS Video

Video captures comparing the original MGS3 with one eye's worth of the stereoscopic Nintendo 3DS version.

Digital FoundryMetal Gear Solid 3DS Performance Analysis

Snake Eater 3D vs. Digital Foundry frame-rate tools.

VideoMetal Gear Solid 3D - first 15 minutes

How does Konami's classic look on 3DS?

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Metal Gear Solid 3: From Russia with love

“You're pretty good.”

Metal Gear Solid 2 ended with an explosion of questions. In creating a game that questioned its own status as a game, Kojima had opened countless essentially insoluble plot threads. The most pressing one was: what next? Hideo Kojima initially tried to avoid directing Metal Gear Solid 3, or so the talk goes. He did not.

Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro confirmed

The 3DS XL, Nintendo's upcoming super-sized version of the 3DS, will gets its own Circle Pad Pro attachment.

While the 3DS XL features larger screens and an overall larger form factor, Nintendo did not include a second circle pad on the device. And its caboose is so big that it won't be able to squeeze into the current Circle Pad Pro attachment.

Never fear. An XL-sized version of the Circle Pad Pro will be released later in the year, Famitsu reports (via Andriasang).

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Tech Analysis: Metal Gear Solid Remastered

Digital FoundryTech Analysis: Metal Gear Solid Remastered

Digital Foundry takes on the HD Collection and Snake Eater on Nintendo 3DS.

Revered by many as some of the greatest games ever made, Konami's PS2 and PSP era Metal Gear Solid titles have returned, remastered - or rather, ported - to run on newer, more technologically advanced consoles. Sons of Liberty, Snake Eater and Peace Walker are available in pristine high definition versions for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while the Nintendo 3DS version gets its own stereoscopic version of Metal Gear Solid 3.

In this article we'll be looking at all three products, cross-referencing them with the original versions as they appeared on PlayStation 2 and PSP, discussing their technical make-up and the quality of the ports onto the current-gen platforms. Have these classics been well-handled in their transitions across to new hardware? And from a Digital Foundry Face-Off perspective, which HD Collection is the one to buy?

Let's kick off with the compilation high-def remix for the Xbox 360 and PS3 - an intriguing release that sees accomplished HD remastering house Bluepoint Games (God of War Collection/ICO and Shadow of the Colossus) take on the task of porting across MGS2 and its sequel, while Japanese developer Genki tackles the unenviable task of bringing PSP Peace Walker to the HD consoles.

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Japan chart: Vita sales creep up

Japan chart: Vita sales creep up

Street Fighter X Tekken, Metal Gear 3D, Unit 13 debut.

The Vita recorded its first weekly Japanese sales upswing in some time last week, albeit a miniscule one.

Sony's slow-off-the-blocks handheld shifted 10,041 units in the country over the last seven days - that's an increase of 18 units over the week prior.

The 3DS was the top-selling system yet again with 68,951 sold, down slightly on the 70,744 it managed last week.

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Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Review

A friend once asked which games I'd take with me if stranded on a desert island. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence was near the top of that list. A linear stealth game by nature, there's an unprecedented amount of depth underlying its systems that has kept me enthralled over seven or so play-throughs.

Each time, my goal evolved. I tried taking on harder difficulties, not killing anyone, and making it to the end with no alerts. Maybe next time I'll try to shoot all the hidden plush toys or beat the sniper boss without using thermal vision. Heck, in the process of reviewing this new 3DS version, I discovered an all-new method of defeating my favourite boss, a jetpack-and-flamethrower-wielding astronaut. Where most games get old over time, this one keeps on giving.

The funny thing is that I didn't always love Metal Gear Solid 3. In fact, the first time I played it, I downright hated it. It turns out I was making a mistake; I was playing the original version of the game, Snake Eater.

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Resident Evil: Revelations 3DS demo release date

Resident Evil: Revelations 3DS demo release date

Tomorrow, and first of many eShop samplers.

Demos of Resident Evil: Revelations and Cooking Mama 4 will be available from the 3DS eShop tomorrow, Nintendo has revealed.

These are the first demos on 3DS, although Nintendo plans plenty more.

A Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D demo is due at some point, presumably before the full game arrives in Europe on 8th March.

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Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D release date

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D release date

Circle Pad-enabled port Marching in.

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D will sneak onto 3DS on 8th March in Europe, Konami has announced.

Snake Eater 3D is an update of PS2 classic Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

The game comes with refreshed visuals and will be the second 3DS game in Europe to support the Circle Pad Pro expansion, which adds an extra slider pad to the handheld. The peripheral launches first with Resident Evil: Revelations on 27th January.

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Kojima despises NES Metal Gear

"That title has only soiled my reputation."

NES made Metal Gear famous but series creator Hideo Kojima abhors that version of the game, calling it "pitiful", an "abomination" and a stain on his career.

MGS 3D double size of average 3DS cart

Konami persuaded Nintendo to go large.

When Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D arrives on the 3DS later this year, it'll be the first game for the system to launch on a 4GB cart rather than Nintendo's 2GB standard.

Digital FoundryMetal Gear Solid 3: 3DS vs. PS2

A video comparison using the latest trailer.

If there's been something of a disconnect between the success of Nintendo 3DS and the buzz the media - including us - helped create at the last E3, it's almost certainly down to the fact that the platform holder and its third-party associates have yet to unleash their big guns. The Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater demo on 3DS was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the behind-the-scenes presentation we attended, and one year on it's still looking like an extremely exciting game.