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Touch Solid Snake All Over Your... iPhone

Remember that weird green Metal Gear equation Konami posted recently? They went and solved for i. iPhone, that is.

Apparently Apple wasn't beating its chest about the iPhone being a "gaming console" just for kicks. Konami has demystified the Metal Gear teaser site it posted a couple of weeks ago by announcing--drum roll--Metal Gear Solid Touch, an iPhone-specific mission for Solid Snake based on the story of MGS4.

You know what this means. We have to actually start caring about iPhone games now.

Here's all the revealed info so far, straight out the press release.

METAL GEAR SOLID TOUCH is an original game that brings to life the world and characters of MTAL GEAR SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS (MGS4).

With direct control through the touch panel, it's simple for anyone to move their alignment or switch to zoom mode. Each stage's location and characters are based on the story of MGS4. The initial download will contain 8 stages, with additional stages to be added later. There are many ways to enjoy the game as points earned by clearing stages unlocks images and wallpapers from the METAL GEAR series.

Aaaaaand screens!

A one.
A one.
And a two.
And a two.












Doesn't look half bad, honestly. We'll see how well it runs, though, and more importantly how well it plays. Console-style games don't have the best track record on the iPhone/iPod Touch so far. Why is that? Oh, perhaps the lack of any traditional controls whatsoever? Let's hope Konami figures out a way to overcome that limitation.
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Posted By Brad

Apparently Apple wasn't beating its chest about the iPhone being a "gaming console" just for kicks. Konami has demystified the Metal Gear teaser site it posted a couple of weeks ago by announcing--drum roll--Metal Gear Solid Touch, an iPhone-specific mission for Solid Snake based on the story of MGS4.

You know what this means. We have to actually start caring about iPhone games now.

Here's all the revealed info so far, straight out the press release.

METAL GEAR SOLID TOUCH is an original game that brings to life the world and characters of MTAL GEAR SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS (MGS4).

With direct control through the touch panel, it's simple for anyone to move their alignment or switch to zoom mode. Each stage's location and characters are based on the story of MGS4. The initial download will contain 8 stages, with additional stages to be added later. There are many ways to enjoy the game as points earned by clearing stages unlocks images and wallpapers from the METAL GEAR series.

Aaaaaand screens!

A one.
A one.
And a two.
And a two.












Doesn't look half bad, honestly. We'll see how well it runs, though, and more importantly how well it plays. Console-style games don't have the best track record on the iPhone/iPod Touch so far. Why is that? Oh, perhaps the lack of any traditional controls whatsoever? Let's hope Konami figures out a way to overcome that limitation.
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Posted By JJOR64

Now I wish I had a iPhone.

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Posted By Death_Burnout

Ohhh that explains all the i's...man i didnt think of that one and it was right under my nose.

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Posted By Quadrifoglio

Lol: "MTAL GEAR SOLID."

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Edited By GIVEMEREPLAY

HELL YES! I'm getting an Ipod touch for Christmas and I was really worried that there wouldn't be anything to play. Thank you Kojima!

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Posted By bagmanforhire

lol that's funny hope it turns out good

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Posted By voightkampff

Richard Gere Solid

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Posted By Kraznor

It is hard to describe how disappointed I am with this news. ANYTHING else would have been more interesting.

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Posted By Superchris129

Yeah so, turns out I guessed right. What do I win? Anyway, like I said, waste of a teaser...

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Posted By PapaLazarou

I was hoping it was MGS4 for the 360 because then I would have bought a 360 for it as the PS3 is too expensive. Does anyone who owns a Iphone care about MGS and does anyone who cares about MGS want to play it on an Iphone?

Like th eother poster said "Anything else would have been more interesting".

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Posted By Phished0ne

Bad choice konami...even a new ACID game would've been better 

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Posted By niall077
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Posted By Marzy

I think it would have been nicer if it was on the Wii or the 360, in my opinion. It shows that the iPhone is quickly becoming more popular for it's gaming abilities though.

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Posted By MooseHead

What a waste of a development team. This sort of talent could have been used more wisely. Apple should stick with casual games on cell phones.

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Posted By SM2099

Was this the awnser to the teaser site some time ago? With the i and Power symbol? OK, I can see the logic. Too bad I don't have an iPhone though.

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Posted By MasterSplinter

Dumb Duh Dumb Dumb.. Dumb Duh Dumb Dumb DUMBBBB.

I agree with MooseHead.

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Posted By Daniel_Newton

MTAL GEAR?

Looks pretty good, I'll have to keep an eye on this.

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Posted By pa21ris

Oh god why? I am not saying it will be bad, but I don't have high hopes for it.

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Posted By bcfish

big whoop.  till mgs is on 360, i won't bite.  sorry kojima, no dice.

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Posted By uploadedtv7

This game is really awesome.. u should try playing these kind of game on www.uploaded.tv

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Posted By Captain_Fookup

Crazy, at least I'll have something to play when I buy an iPhone come fall 09.

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Posted By Kiemoe

baad idea. haha

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Posted By StarwindX9

hahahaha.... only response I could think of

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Posted By RawShark

That's it? Too lame.

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Posted By Snail

So yeah... iPhone haters!

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Posted By Arkthemaniac

Wouldn't this make sense on DS more?

Does Kojima just hate Nintendo?
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Posted By darkjester74

OK so I get the "i" in iPhone and the "!" from MGS, but I still dont get the third symbol in the teaser.

Whatever, its japanese.  Looks neat in principle but I dont see how the controls are going to work.  Well see I guess.

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Posted By radion_null

! ?  I don't know if I would want to play MGS on my iPhone. If it is an acid-like system (turn-based) then I can see it work. Problem for me is that I didn't like the acid games as much to warrant a buy on the iphone.  So, is hte Iphone/Ipod touch color green as well (referring to the original tease)?

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Posted By Teirdome

Wahoo for Old Snake touch...

... on second thought... ewwwwwwwww....

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Posted By Wright

oh dam need to get me an iphone for these next-gen games.

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Edited By yellownumber5

Are people really having problems with this?  A 3D cellphone MGS has already been done, so it seems natural the iPhone was going to get one eventually.  I think non-PS3 owners are just getting their panties in a bind because they were expecting the 360 MGS4 port.

Frankly I'm not surprised that games are starting to pop up on this device.  This is perfect for the Japan market.

I agree with Phished0ne that an Ac!d game would have been better, especially since Ac!d would be perfect for a touch only interface.

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Posted By Ryan_

that's freaking stupid, who is gonna play that and why couldn't they just port MGS4 to the xbox 360

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Posted By matthew

I really don't see the point to this.  First off, it's on the iphone, which not too many people have.  2nd, the iphone is only for AT&T subscribers, unless you happen across one that's unlocked.  3rd, how many of those iphone users are actually going to know about MGS?  Seems like pretty slim pickings if you ask me...

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Posted By GIVEMEREPLAY

Quote: "First off, it's on the iphone, which not too many people have. "

Have you SEEN the iphone sales figures?

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Posted By RHCPfan24

Well, its a good thing that there is going to be a solid iPhone game coming out, though I wish it was a game that was coming out on the Xbox 360. Oh well....

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Posted By Fr0Br0

How didn't I see this coming? The constant Apple advertisements in MGS4... Damn I feel stupid for not predicting this.

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Posted By ez123

iPhone? What was iPhone's GOTY, Bubblewrap?

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Posted By Nets

There ya go Xbots. Who knows when they'll get their hopes up again?

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Posted By Rio

Ugh, this is disappointing.  This is such a waste.  I know they are probably still working on the next real mgs project with the main team but still......... its just kinda sad.

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Edited By thiago

I have been playing videogames for the last 24 years, but, God, Xbox fanboys are the most annoying creatures I have met so far. They are not happy with enjoying whatever they want, they feel the need to prove to everyone else that their choice is the best one and try to convert others into their religion.

Some points:

  • Nobody said it would be a X3rl port, only xbots hyped an already dead rumor up (while flooding internet forums with jokes about the PS3);
  • Konami does whatever it wants with its money and resources. Do you disagree? Then create your own company and do whatever you think it is right;
  • Other gaming devices already used touchscreen successfully. For example, Zelda Twighlight Princess for the Nintendo DS. You don't use anything beyond the touchscreen there and the game is good;
  • iPhone is more than capable of running interesting games, and no, it doesn't suck. Just because you got MEGA-OWNED by Kojima you are saying that;
  • The cell phone games market is huge, and probably Konami wants a piece of it. "Oh, but I am hardcore....". Who cares? If a company believes that they can make money somewhere else, so what?
  • This MGS on 360 rumor MUST DIE once and for all. Your console can't even handle it! How would they fit that much data in one DVD without screwing up the game badly?
  • Kojima massively OWNED the xbots! It wouldn't be so funny if the owners of the worst hardware that money can buy didn't go around bragging about it everywhere, being the jerks they usually are;
  • I have yet to see a single game journalist get things right. It is even funny. I remember when Bungie became independent from MS, and all smart-asses journalists were saying that was unlikely. Now even Jeff said in the podcast iPhone sucked for gaming. When will they get something right?


This media bias towards MS pisses me off. Casual games is a huge market, Wii is the winner of this generation, PS3 sold more units worldwide in the first 2 years than the X3rl (stop pretending the rest of the world doesn't exist) and the X3rl is a terrible piece of engineering. These are just facts. Now cry me a river, xbots.

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Posted By Gregomasta

So stupid but predictable.

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Posted By Rio

wow thiago you sound like a fanboy yourself..... calm down.   A fanboy is a fanboy from what I've seen, there hasnt been something an xbox fanboy has done that I havent seen a PS3 fanboy do.  Only complaining about one side of Fanboys seems kinda sad, lighten up will yah?  Man I hate fanboys.

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Posted By addictedtopinescent

Looks good. 

And who would have guessed this ?
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Posted By ez123

Thiago, take that stupid shit to gametrailers or sony defense force. This is GIANTBOMB!

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Posted By FlappyHands

I hate ipods, iphones, macs... apple just piss me off.

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Posted By thiago

Just tell what is wrong, if you can. I think you can't, because you are just a fanboy.

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Posted By darkjester74
Rio
on Dec. 17, 2008
wow thiago you sound like a fanboy yourself..... calm down.   A fanboy is a fanboy from what I've seen, there hasnt been something an xbox fanboy has done that I havent seen a PS3 fanboy do.  Only complaining about one side of Fanboys seems kinda sad, lighten up will yah?  Man I hate fanboys.

I couldn't agree more.
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Posted By CheeseFanatic

COOL!!!! iPhone ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted By ScottEFresh

Keep waiting bcfish, it'll never happen.

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Posted By LaszloKovacs

I was hoping for a new AC!D game... Oh, well.

Doesn't look like I'll be missing much.