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Metal Gear Solid 3 Port Sneaking Onto 3DS In 2011

No card games, no side stories. Just a straight port of the PS2 classic.

Back at E3 this past year, Konami put together a short, non-interactive demonstration for the Nintendo 3DS that showcased the handheld's graphical power and glasses-free stereoscopic 3D technology. What made that demo particularly interesting (apart from, you know, the 3D-ness) was that it was rendering scenes and scenarios straight out of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater for the PS2. Immediately, speculation began as to whether the “ Naked Sample” demo would lead to, or was evidence of, a port of MGS3 for the 3DS.
And today, at the Konami Press Event held at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, series creator Hideo Kojima confirmed those suspicions. Joystiq is reporting that Metal Gear Solid 3 will, indeed, be ported over to the 3DS in 2011. Nope, this isn’t a side story or a tactical card game. Unlike the Metal Gear games released for the PSP, Metal Gear Solid 3 for the 3DS will be a proper, straight port of the 2004 game released on the PS2 (or technically, the upgraded Subsistence version of the game that was released in 2005).  


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== TEASER ==Putting the entirety of MGS3 on a handheld system (and on a cart, no less!) is an impressive technical feat, and plenty of Metal Gear franchise fans still hold the third entry up as the high point of the series. However, this game runs into the same dilemma as those Metal Gear ports for the PSP, or any console game that has been transferred to a handheld; why would you want to play a console game on a handheld? The best games for a handheld system are specially tuned and catered for quick, short bursts of play, like Lumines, Elite Beat Agents, or the Pokémon franchise. MGS3 is many things, but an ideal handheld release is not necessarily one of them.
If you can play MGS3 on a big TV with a control scheme that has been designed for a full-sized controller, why would you want to play it on a smaller screen and with limited controls? The “It’s like a console game, but portable!” rationale didn’t exactly work out so well for the PSP.

Still, Konami and Kojima are no strangers to using the Metal Gear franchise to push the technical limitations on the platform it’s being released on, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater on a handheld is certainly a cool feat. We’ll wait and see just how MGS3's stealth gameplay translates onto the 3DS. In the meantime, while we’re waiting for MGS3 to hit the 3DS sometime next spring, let’s try and think of the dumb name/subtitle they’ll slap on this portable port. My early bet is Metal Gear Solid 3DSnake Eater. And if Konami calls it that, the game could include a 3D version of Snake! That would be a great fit for a handheld.
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Posted by Gliz9

Fuck yeah great news.  
By far my favorite in the series. 

Posted by xyzygy

This was the only metal gear game I've never owned so it's kinda perfect lol. 
I wonder how big the carts for the 3DS will be. I know that some DS carts can go up to 2 GB, like the ones used for that Miyazaki game.

Posted by Blair

I'm so down for a 3DS and some MGS 3.

Posted by pewpewlazer

I swear to god Jeff and Brad made fun of cheesy game journalsim headlines and one of the jokes was "Metal Gear Solid sneaks into stores."  

Posted by KinjiroSSD
@Crushed said:
" Wait. Big Boss can't see in 3D. :( "
Spoilers: He can for half of the game, lol..
Posted by afrofools

I don't want another handheld naked snake.

Posted by TheHBK

The most retarded game in the series.... Why couldnt they just bring in the first MGS?  Thats a day one purchase for me.

Posted by InfamousBIG
@Crushed said:
" Wait. Big Boss can't see in 3D. :( "
Just color the eyepatch blue, and wear the red half of the glasses.
Posted by Brendan
@DeF said:
"@FixtheFernBack said:

" Never got into Metal Gear but 3 seemed pretty cool, as I liked the idea of the jungle survival stuff. Can you play 3 as a stand alone title or do you need to have played 1 and 2 first?? "

since MGS3 takes place years before the other metal gear games, it's probably one of the only MGS titles you could just go and play without having played the other. The story in MGS games  generally is a big clusterfuck anyways, so if you don't care just got for it regardless. Still, MGS3 provides background to MGS1 and MGS2 and you can also see the clear gameplay evolution.  If you don't have access to the other games though, just go ahead and play MGS3 and enjoy it.  Btw, the jungle survival stuff was among my favorite parts of that game, too :) "

That reminds me of the time when I played MGS 2: Substance for the Xbox with no previous knowledge of series.  You should have seen my face during that long end sequence.  It looked like this O.O
Posted by journeys

The story here is not mgs...the story is that they took an existing ps2 game and ported it.  This opens a lot of great games that have not been ported to psp or ps3 now available for the 3ds.  Also gives some idea of the capability of the device.  If they have figured out the controls and keep a good battery life...this could be real fun.

Posted by ZanzibarBreeze

I would rather play the game on consoles, for the reasons given in the article, unless some massive changes are made to the gameplay.
Also, I don't think this game is really worth playing anymore. Here's hoping they fix the idiotic mistakes the game made, no less the gaping plothole that constitutes its narrative. Then it will be truly worth something. At this time, not so much.

Posted by Wrighteous86

Would be nice if it was a bit more than a straight port, but if the 3D effect is dramatic enough, I might buy it. 
It's good to know they can pretty much do a straight port of a great PS2 game though.

Posted by Coleslaw893

Yep, I want a 3DS now.

Posted by Marvel911

Should be interesting when it comes out.
Posted by Jensonb


Posted by Vextroid

Another reason to get a 3DS! Yay. Still wish there was a PC port of sorts...
Posted by keithfreitag

Yeehaw! This looks pretty sweet! Can't wait!

Posted by ArbitraryWater

I already own and have finished MGS 3. No amount of 3D wizardry will make me want to play through it again.

Posted by Skytylz

Fuck yes!  The 3ds is going to have a killer line up of games.

Posted by Urmean

I would buy MGS3 if it was a Tandy interactive fiction.

Posted by TobyD81

3DS keeps on looking great. I'm honestly looking forward to the SF4 port as well. Even though that's not a perfect port, I'll bet it'll make a great bus ride game.

Posted by Brackynews
@InfamousBIG said:
" @Crushed said:
" Wait. Big Boss can't see in 3D. :( "
Just color the eyepatch blue, and wear the red half of the glasses. "
LOL!  "Wow you can see the knife coming right out a....aaauughh!!!!"
The only mechanic that comes immediately to my mind is that Snake is in 3D while detected, but flattens to 2D when he's camouflaged.  Will be interesting.
Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

Wow, this is really cool.

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Posted by Gunder

It seems strange to try and port a game that had such a complex control scheme. It was only barely do-able on a PS2 pad, let alone a DS.

Posted by bizsumpark182

While I'm not interested in playing it on the 3DS I am interested in seeing how well it holds up.

Posted by InfamousBIG
@Brackynews said:
" @InfamousBIG said:
" @Crushed said:
" Wait. Big Boss can't see in 3D. :( "
Just color the eyepatch blue, and wear the red half of the glasses. "
LOL!  "Wow you can see the knife coming right out a....aaauughh!!!!" The only mechanic that comes immediately to my mind is that Snake is in 3D while detected, but flattens to 2D when he's camouflaged.  Will be interesting. "
After you spin Snake around in the Cure screen and go back to the game, he projectile vomits in 3D and it flies at you.
Posted by captain_clayman

they need the controls to be really good, better than the PS2 version at least.

Posted by Hailinel

How would the fight with The End work in this game?  His boss fight isn't so much a fight as it is a grueling marathon of endurance.

Posted by crithon
@Crushed:  I totally agree with that. Make the navigation less clumsey
Posted by crithon

I'm curious how much will have to be scrapped from the original. No Rumble when fighting the boss,  no Snake VS Monkeys to help train players, and MGS3 is considerably long for hand held gaming compared to Portable Ops and Peace Walker. They seriously need to change a lot of things about the game.... but so far those screen shots look better then the original PS2 and the PSP

Posted by AntoineDiamonds

totally buying any MGS they come out with

Posted by Enigma777


Edited by Shinobe
@Oni: Flash memory is much cheaper then what it used to be. Depending on the actual cart size for 3DS games, I wouldn't be surprise if they had a solution for storage up to 2-4 gb per card. (micro sizing memory obviously will increase cost) Not to mention, Solid State ROM (read-only-memory) probably cost way less then consumer type flash memory. (SS-ROM is what the current DS uses)
Posted by MDK

Didn't own a PS2 in the last console generation. This is one of those games I was hoping would get a re-release on a new system.

Posted by Korolev

Yep. I'll be buying this, and I'll pick up a 3DS too - when Nintendo releases an improved, smaller, brighter version of the 3DS one year later.  
Come on. Don't be an early adopter. You know an improved version is in the works, probably right now.

Posted by fenixREVOLUTION

Shocked that it's a straight port, not even with slightly downgraded graphics. Day one most likely.

Posted by FunExplosions

As long as they fix that god damn horrible fucking fixed camera at the last boss battle. Ruined that whole experience for me. Of course, that was before I wrote the entire franchise off as childish and pointless, not offering me anything worthwhile. 

I better grab my Purple Flame Shield.

Posted by Hilbert

How about porting the game over to the ps3?
Posted by UsbCable

Fine I'll get a friggin 3DS! Stop announcing all these good games now please, you pissing off my bank account..... You won't like it when it's angry..... It'll mess your shit up is what I'm saying! Like totally....

Posted by Captainlunchbox

... You're supposed to play Pokemon in short bursts...?

Posted by manuel_garcia

This thing will probably sell me a 3DS.

Posted by TheDaveMagic


Posted by Hector

Just more awesome new, can't wait to have my hands on a 3DS.

Posted by SamuraiBudgerigar

Rather have a new game, but oh well.

Posted by copeland57

Looking forward to this :D

Posted by Zelnox

I didn’t have a PS2 and my PS3 isn’t backward-compatible, so I guess I could play this one.

Posted by CyleMoore

I will definitely buys this game.

Posted by MichaelBach

3DS looks like it has some great controls and the 3D might be great. Can't wait to get a 3Ds in my hands.

Posted by DemonStration

I'm glad the best of the PS2 is being brought back on modern consoles. This, God of War collection, Ico/Shadow collection, this is great!