Shadow Moses Island is the setting for the events in the first Metal Gear Solid
commonly referred to as the "the Shadow Moses Incident." Located in the Bering Sea as part of the Fox Archipelago, the island is home to a nuclear disposal facility and the site where the government agency DARPA and private military contractor ArmsTech developed and constructed the Metal Gear Rex. For these reasons, the site was invaded and held hostage by the rogue Special Forces unit FOXHOUND
and its battalion of genome soldiers. Solid Snake
infiltrated the island facility and defeated FOXHOUND and Metal Gear Rex
by the end of the game.
A rapidly aging Solid Snake returns to Shadow Moses Island during Act 4 of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
in his search for Liquid Ocelot
, who had come to Shadow Moses to obtain the railgun off Rex so that he could launch the nuclear missile from it. Snake retraces his steps through the nuclear disposal facility, which has sat exposed to the elements in the years since the original game. Deep within the base, Snake encounters and does battle with the seemingly immortal commando Vamp, and also encounters his allies Raiden and Naomi Hunter. The mission culminates in a playable battle between Metal Gear REX, piloted by Snake, and Metal Gear RAY, controlled by Ocelot.
By the time of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots much of the permafrost and glaciers that hindered Solid Snake's progress in the original Metal Gear Solid have melted as a result of global warming. The island and the surrounding Fox archipelago will soon be swallowed by the ocean.
Shadow Moses was included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
as one of the arenas in Nintendo's fighter. Spotlights sweep across the level, and when caught in them the player has a red exclamation mark appear over his head. If playing as Solid Snake, the player can contact all of the Metal Gear Solid cast, and get information from them about his current opponents throughout the match. For example, if his opponent is Yoshi
, then Snake can contact Otacon
and he'll get information about him. The back wall of the level is sometimes broken down by Metal Gear Rex, Metal Gear RAY
, or two Metal Gear Gekko units. Due to the fact Shadow Moses Island is a walk off stage and the easy abuse of the giant walls (mainly King Dedede
), this stage is banned for tournament stages.