Following on from the critical success of SNK Playmore's Metal Slug Anthology for the PSP, Ignition Entertainment has announced that we can expect a PlayStation 2 version to arrive here in May.
Forget Alan Wake, Metal Slug Anthology showcases the best graphics ever seen in a videogame.
One day soon, people will realise that there are only so many virtual suns reflecting on the surface of virtual lakes that one can go 'wow' at. Yes, sunsets are pretty to look at and yes, it's terribly impressive how life-like the metal on this AK-47 looks when viewed through that particle effect, but surely we play games to visit new worlds: not marvel at slightly more rubbish versions of the current one?
Excuse the antagonism but, for fans of 2D pixel art, the decade-old Metal Slug series has never really been bettered for intricacy, personality, character and colour. Indeed, it's thanks to this series that there are those of us for whom the prettiest face of videogames lies not in the future but in the past. Sure, the latest 2D Street Fighter or Guilty Gear may have sharper characters and backgrounds but this isn't a stationary beat-'em-up. Rather, SNK's side-scrolling, run-and-gun war parody takes in a hundred different locales, from the deepest jungle to the deepest sea, each bristling with an individuality and style that a Tom Clancy cast would kill for.
The Nintendo Wii version of Metal Slug Anthology is due out in early 2007, says SNK, with some screenshots to prove it.
Actually I'm not sure how they prove it, but they do go some way to confirming SNK's boast that Anthology comprises Metal Slugs 1, 2, X, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Each is "arcade perfect", the bashful publisher notes, with two-player co-operative options.
Overall the package will also feature some unlockable items and bonus games, and is expected to take advantage of the Wii's unique control scheme.
Ignition Entertainment has revealed that Metal Slug 6 will form part of Metal Slug Anthology on PSP after all.
Fatal Fury Special is set to make its way to Xbox Live Arcade and will form part of SNK Playmore's Tokyo Game Show line-up next month.
SNK Playmore's Metal Slug Anthology for PSP will be arriving at European shops on October 27th, UK publisher Ignition and distributor Atari revealed this week.
SNK's pledged its support for Wii and DS, starting with a collection of Metal Slug arcade titles for Nintendo's next-gen home console.