Metal Slug 1st Mission Review (Nintendo Switch)

 We take our Metal Slug 1st Mission Review all the way back to a time when  METAL SLUG 1ST MISSION was first released in 1999 for the NEOGEO POCKET COLOR, with its sequel METAL SLUG 2ND MISSION hitting shelves in 2000.

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Metal Slug 1st Mission Review Pros:

  • Decent pixel art graphics.
  • 119MB download size.
  • Side-scrolling run and gun gameplay.
  • NEOGEO Pocket Colour version.
  • All presented as a playable NEOGEO Pocket Colour console on the screen.
  • Full touchscreen control.
  • You can actually play using just the buttons and d-pad of the NEOGEO Pocket.
  • Seven console skins, well six skins and one without.
  • Light and dark filters.
  • Manual rewind slider.
  • Zoom the screen in and out.
  • A beautiful game manual that acts as a tutorial.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Five difficulties – kids, easy, normal, hard, and very hard.
  • Rescue POWs for bonus power-ups.
  • Food restores health.
  • Big boss battles.
  • Use many vehicles.
  • Multi-layered levels.
  • Arcade presentation.
  • Looks fantastic.
  • Four-way shooting control.
  • Supports analog and d-pad for movement.
  • Excellent animations.
  • Can quickly and easily swap between weapons and grenades.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Proper classic.

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Metal Slug 1st Mission Review Cons:

  • A lot of slowdowns.
  • Only a handful of skins.
  • No online leaderboards.
  • Little replay value.
  • Controls are clunky in regards to tanks as you have the move turret and movement all on the same stick.
  • Difficult.
  • No history or bonus materials.

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Metal Slug 1st Mission:

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Developer: 株式会社SNK (

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10


I always relish the chance to go back and play original games. We have been spoiled in recent years with NEOGEO Pocket Colour games on the Nintendo Switch, notably because of the high caliber that the devs use. I mean you have a fully functioning NEOGEO Pocket Colour on your screen, take off the joycons, and boom you have the console! Add in rewind sliders, a manual, and skin changing and you have a lot of the mod cons that we take for granted. The actual game Metal Slug 1st Mission is a brilliant addition to the series, having originally forgotten all about it, it was an absolute blast to go back and relive this brilliant experience. This release is for any type of gamer but the retro gaming will appreciate once again the love and care that has gone in to make this experience as authentic as possible.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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