Certainly, Metal Gear fans have spent this week rejoicing the release of Metal Gear Solid 4, either by playing the game itself or scheming to find the scratch to score the necessary PlayStation 3 to do so. The franchise has cultivated fans for no less than 21 years, starting in summer of 1987 as a release for the popular Japanese home computer MSX2. The following year, the game was ported to the NES, which launched the series across Pacific Ocean.
The game was heralded as a new kind of action game, driven by a mature narrative and the introduction of stealth mechanics in the hardware generation that was driven primarily by arcade ports and colorful platformers. The game was a success in America, leading to the launch of a series that extended across several consoles over the next 20 years.
But if you've only played Metal Gear on the NES, you haven't truly played Metal Gear.