On July 12th, in 1987 everybody's favorite stealth man Solid Snake debuted with the Japanese release of Metal Gear for the MSX2 computer platform.
He and the game that started it all can now celebrate their 22nd birthday.
To quote: Since then, Hideo Kojima's game has turned into a mega-franchise, with releases on computer platforms, NES, all three generations of the Playstation, PSP and even the Xbox 360.
Not to mention several spin-off games for mobile platforms; even the GameCube played host to MGS in the form of The Twin Snakes.
Solid Snake even made an appearance on the Wii with his inclusion into Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
With all four core MGS games scoring well into the 90's on MetaCritic, it's clear that the innovative gameplay coupled with the intriguing and often intense storyline have propelled the series to the critical acclaim it has reached.
If you consider the approximate 26.5 million units moved for the overall franchise, you could make the case that it's pretty popular too.
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