Could Metal Gear ‘87 have worked on the SNES in the early 90’s?

As we all know the Metal Gear series is considered to be legendary within the world of gaming and the whole thing started back in ‘87 on the MSX computer back in 1987. While Metal Gear also appeared on othe game systems including the Nintendo Entertainment System some would argue that the MSX version was more superior in general as it pertained to quality. Even though, Metal Gear had been ported for the NES console in various countries between ‘87-‘89; there has always been the question on whether or not Konami should have bought the game to the SNES during the early 90’s. Now there is no question that the stealth genre was not nearly as popular in 2D as it became during the late 90’s and 00’s when gaming in general was evolving. However, it was rare to see any sort high profile stealth games like the ‘87 Metal Gear title on consoles like the Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Sega Genesis back then. While Metal Gear ‘87 had appeared on the Commodore 64 and MS-DOS during the early 90’s the game could have had better exposure on the Super NES between ‘90-‘92. If Konami had bought Metal Gear ‘87 to the SNES console more people could have been somewhat familiar with the history of the series; prior to the release of the Tactical Espionage game for the PS1 in 1998.

In fact, Konami could have brought the Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake game to the SNES considering the fact that the 16-bit console was released in 1990. However, unlike the Metal Gear ‘87 title Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake was a Japanese exclusive back in the early 90’s. Back in the early 90’s the beat em up run n gun and fighting genres of gaming were immensely popular and gamers especially Americans were more into violence and fast paced action. There also gamers who were huge fans of traditional turn based and action RPG’s developed by Square Enix. When it came down to video games in general Konami developed great 2D titles during 80’s and 90’s that are considered to be memorable classics. While the 2D Metal Gear titles from the late 80’s-early 90’s were intriguing they paled in comparison to the likes Castlevania I-IV in terms of commercial success. The stealth genre was not a huge attraction in relation to two dimensional video games. Also, Konami would not have made a huge profit off of having Metal Gear on the SNES during the early 90’s.

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