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Metal Gear (MSX2)

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Title Screen

Metal Gear

Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platform: MSX2
Released in JP: July 13, 1987
Released in EU: 1987


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The humble beginnings of Konami's popular stealth action series, Metal Gear is an MSX2 game where players control a covert operative with a phallic-sounding codename who must infiltrate an enemy base guarded by soldiers with no peripheral vision.

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Prerelease Info
Miscellaneous tidbits that are interesting enough to point out here.
Notes


Unused Text

Offset Text Translation
0x19EB5 ワ,ワカッタ!ハナス I-I understand! I'll talk

This appears listed in the game's internal database of keywords and phrases in the Japanese version and it's even assigned as a value to the byte variable DB, but it's never actually referenced in any dialogue. It is unclear what's the context of this line was going to be, but it looks like it would've involved coercing someone to talk.

Cheat Codes

After pausing the game (press F1), type in one of the following codes (space included), and then resume (press F1 again) for the code to take effect.

Code Effect
intruder Increases the ammo/carrying capacity of every weapon to 999.
isolation Increases rations carrying capacity to 999.
ds 4 Promotes Snake to the next level (or class).
anta wa erai A Japanese phrase meaning "you're the best." Promotes Snake to the maximum level.
hirake goma A Japanese phrase meaning "open sesame." Every card key in the game will be added to Snake's inventory.

Regional Differences

Most of the dialogue from the Japanese version were either, cut or shortened in the English version, due to space constraints (the game's ROM size is only 128kb), and possibly to shorten the localization process as well. As a result, the English version is missing 69 of the 155 messages that were present in the Japanese version. Most of these are related to item pickups and the usage of different elevators throughout the game. The port of the game that was included in Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence for PlayStation 2 (as well as in the HD Edition later released for PS3, Xbox 360 and PS Vita, or the version that was released for Windows PC on GOG) ended up preserving all of these messages in its revised localization and most of the same messages are also present in the NES version (where they were all translated as well).

(Source: Nekura Hoka's Metal Gear Code Site)

Item Pickups

In the Japanese version, whenever the player picks up a new item, a dialogue box appears where Snake mentions the item he just picked up. In the English version, Snake just picks an item without making any comment.

Text Translation
レーション ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。 Rations acquired.
カート゛ 1
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Card 1 acquired.
ソウガンキョウ
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Binoculars acquired.
ハンドガン
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Handgun acquired.
ジライ ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。 Landmines acquired.
ダンヤク ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。 Ammunition acquired.
リモコン・ミサイル
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Remote control missiles acquired.
カード 2
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Card 2 acquired.
ダンボール
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Cardboard acquired.
サイレンサー
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Silencer acquired.
グレネード・ランチャ-
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Grenade launcher acquired.
カード 4
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Card 4 acquired.
サブマシンガン
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Sub-machine gun acquired
カード 3
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Card 3 acquired.
ボデイ・アーマー
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Body armor acquired.
ボム・ブラスト・スーツ
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Bomb blast suit acquired.
プラスチック・バクダン
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Plastic explosives acquired.
テキ ノ ユニホーム
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Enemy uniform acquired.
セキガイセン ゴーグル
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Infrared goggles acquired.
パラシュート
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Parachute acquired.
ジライ タンチキ ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。 Mine detector acquired.
フラッシュ・ライト ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。 Flashlight acquired.
アンテナ ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。 Antenna acquired.
カード 5
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Card 5 acquired.
カード 6
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Card 6 acquired.
ロケット・ランチャー
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Rocket launcher acquired.
コンパス ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。 Compass acquired.
ゲドクザイ
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Antidote acquired.
カード 8ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。 Card 8 acquired.
ガスマスク
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Gas mask acquired.
サンソボンベ
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Oxygen tank acquired.
カード 7
ヲ ニュウシュ シタ。
Card 7 acquired.

Big Boss

Item Commentaries

In the Japanese version, Big Boss will make a comment when you call him in a room containing an item, with only a few of the late-game items (such as the oxygen tank and compass) not getting any. Most of his item descriptions are just pretty obvious advice you can figure out on your own (Remote control missiles are missiles you can control remotely? Who would've thought?), but a few of them (such as the cardboard box) are written with a humorous slant.

Text Translation
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
レーション?
ヒジョウ ヨウ ショクリョウ ダ。
スグ ニ タベズ ニ ノコシテ オケ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
Rations?
They're emergency food supplies.
Don't eat them right away. Save some.
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
カード?
トビラ ヲ アケル カード ダ。
トビラ ニ ヨッテ、カード ナンバー ガ チガウ。チュウイ シロ。・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
A card?
Use it to open doors.
Card number differs between doors.
Be careful. ...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
ソウガンキョウ?
シュウイ ヲ ミルトキ ニ ツカエ。
トオク ノ チケイ ヤ テキ ノ ハイチ ガワカル。ツネニ ソウガンキョウ ヲ
ツカウヨウ ニ ココロ ガケロ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
Binoculars?
Use it to look around your surroundings.
You can find out distant topography or enemy positions.
Try to always use your binoculars whenever possible.
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
ハンドガン?
BELLETA M92F・・・

ツカイカタ ハ ワカッテイルナ。
ダンヤク ヲ サガセ。
タマ ハ ムダヅカイ スルナ。
・・・OVER

This is Big Boss...
A handgun?
It's a Belleta M92F [sic]
You know how to use it.
Seek ammunition.
Don't waste any bullet.
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
ジライ?
ツカイカタ ハ ワカッテイルナ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
Landmines?
You know how to use them.
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
ダンヤク ハ モテル カズ ニ セイゲン
ガ アル。
チュウイ シロ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
There's a limit to how much
ammunition you can carry.
Be careful!
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
リモコン・ミサイル?
リモコン ソウサ デキル ミサイル ダ。
ショウガイブツ ノ
オオイ トコロ デ ツカエ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
Remote control missiles?
They're missiles you can operate by remote control.
Use them in places with
many obstacles.
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
ダンボール?
ヒッコシ デモ スルノカ?
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
A cardboard box?
Are they moving out or something?
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
サイレンサー?
コレ ヲ ツケルト、ジュウセイ ガ ケセル。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
A silencer?
Attach it to suppress gunshots.
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
グレネード・ランチャー M79?
ツカイカタ ハ ワカッテイルナ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
An M79 grenade launcher?
You know how to use it.
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
サブマシンガン?
INGRUM MAC 11・・・
ツカイカタ ハ ワカッテイルナ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
A sub-machine gun?
It's an Ingrum Mac 11...[sic]
You know how to use it.
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
ボデイー・アーマー?
オトコ ナラ ツカウナ!
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
A body armor?
If you were a man you wouldn't need that!
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
ボム・ブラスト・スーツ?
バクフウ ヤ カゼ ニ ツヨイ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
A bomb blast suit?
It's resistant against winds and explosions.
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
プラスチック・バクダン?
ドコ ニ デモ セット デキル、
バクダン ダ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss.
Plastic explosives?
They're explosives you can set
anywhere.
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
テキ ノ ユニホーム?
セーラー・フク カ?
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
An enemy's uniform?
Is it a sailor suit?
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
セキガイセン ゴーグル?
セキガイセン センサー ガ ミエル ヨウニ ナル。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
Infrared goggles?
It makes infrared sensors visible.
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
パラシュート?
コウカ マエ ニ セット シロ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
A parachute?
Make sure to wear it before jumping off.
...Over
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
ジライ タンチキ?
ジライ ノ イチ ガ ワカル。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
A mine detector?
It can locate landmines.
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
フラッシュ・ライト?
ツカイカタ ハ ワカッテイルナ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
A flashlight?
You know how to use it.
...Over.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
ガスマスク?
ガスチタイ デ ツカウノダ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
A gas mask?
Use it in gas-covered areas.
...Over.

General Advice

Text Translation Area
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
エレベーター ニ ノルト フロア カン ノ イドウ ガ デキル。エレベーター
ノ イチ ヲ オボエル コトダ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss.
You can use elevators to move between floors.
Remember their locations.
...Over.
In front of the western elevator on the first floor of Building No. 1.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
カンシカメラ ニ チュウイ シロ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
Watch out for the surveillance cams.
...Over.
On the third floor of Building No. 1 in front of the western elevator.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
イイワスレテイタガ セキガイセン センサー ニハ チュウイ シロ。
セキガイセン ゴーグル ガ ヒツヨウダ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
I forgot to tell you, but watch out for infrared sensors.
You'll need some infrared goggles.
...Over.
In the corridor with the infrared sensors on the second floor of Building No. 1.
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
ミトオシ ノ ヨイ トコロ ハ、
カモフラージュ ガ ヒツヨウダ。
タトエバ、ナニカ ヲ カブル トカ・・・
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
You'll need camouflage
in places where visibility is great.
If only you had something to cover yourself with...
...Over.
In the corridor with the security cams one screen south of the eastern elevator on the first floor of Building No. 1.


Replaced Messages

Japanese English
Text Translation
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
イイワスレテイタガ、
ガスチタイ デハ ガスマスク ガ
ヒツヨウダ。
ガスマスク ノ アリカ ハ
レジスタンス リーダー SCHNEIDER
ガ シッテイル ハズダ。
・・・OVER
This is Big Boss...
I forgot to tell you, but
you'll need a gas mask
in gas-covered areas.
Resistance leader Schneider
might know where to find one.
...Over.
THIS IS BIG BOSS...
PUT ON A GAS MASK IN
THE GAS ROOM.
...OVER
コチラ BIG BOSS・・・
イイワスレテイタガ、コウアツデンリュウ ハ
デンゲン パネル ヲ ハカイ セヨ。

リモコン・ミサイル ヲ ツカウノダ。
リモコン・ミサイル ノ アリカ ハ
レジスタンス リーダー SCHNEIDER
ガ シッテイル。
・・・OVER

This is Big Boss.
I forgot to tell you, but
for high-voltage currents,
you must destroy their power supply panel.
You'll need remote control missiles.
Resistance leader Schneider
knows where to find some.
...Over.
THIS IS BIG BOSS...
BREAK DOWN THE POWER
SUPPLY BOX WITH
THE REMOTE-CONTROL
MISSILE TO GET RID OF
THE HIGH-VOLTAGE.
...OVER

Two of Big Boss's early messages in the Japanese version were truncated for the English version. Both of these incoming calls are made on the third floor of Building No. 1 in rooms with the situations described. The shortened versions of the messages omit any mention of Schneider, the resistance leader who provides information about the layout of the fortress (specifically the locations of certain items when they're needed). Since no other character ever brings up Schneider, it's possible to play through the English version blindly without even knowing about Schneider or how to contact him until reaching the second half of the game, in which the game starts throwing in a few incoming calls from him.

Steve

In the few instances in which Diane is unavailable to assist you in a boss battle, a man named Steve will answer her calls for you in the Japanese version, who eventually gets annoyed with Snake in their third and final exchange. His relation to Diane is never made clear in the game, but the later released Metal Gear Solid 4 Database establishes Steve to be Diane's brother, which explains his over-protectiveness. Incidentally, Steve's messages are the last set of text in the game's code, which suggests that they were late additions to the script.

Text Translation Area
コチラ STEVE・・・
DIANE?
DIANE ナラ、カイモノ ニ イッタ ママ、カエッテ イナイ ケド・・・
This is Steve.
Diane?
If it's Diane you're looking for, she went shopping and hasn't come back yet...
On the third floor of Building No. 1, in the room with the prisoner who gives you Diane's frequency number.
コチラ STEVE・・・
DIANE?
DIANE ナラ イマ、シャワー ヲ アビテイルケド・・・
This is Steve.
Diane?
If it's Diane you're looking for, she's taking a shower right now...
During the Shoot Gunner boss battle in the basement of Building No. 1.
コチラ STEVE・・・
DIANE?
マタ オマエ カ!
モウ、DIANE ニハ
チカヅカナイデ クレ!!
This is Steve...
Diane?
Oh, it's you again!?
Just leave Diane alone already!!
During the Fire Trooper boss battle in the basement of Building No. 2.

Schneider

Text Translation Area
コチラ SCHNEIDER・・・
ヒミツ ノ ドクボウ?
ザンネン ナガラ、シラナイ・・・
・・・OVER
This is Schneider...
The secret prison?
Sorry, but I don't know where it is...
...Over.
On the first floor of Building No. 1, in the room with the prisoner who tells you where Grey Fox is located.
コチラ レジスタンス リーダー
SCHNEIDER・・・
ジライ タンチキ ハ オクジョウ ニ アル。
・・・OVER
This is resistance leader
Schneider...
The mine detector is on the rooftop... Over.
In the mined area with the two trucks on the courtyard of Building No. 1 or outside the rear entrance.
コチラ SCHNEIDER・・・
キタ エレベーター ハ ウエ ニ シカ
イドウ シナイ。
・・・OVER
This is Schneider...
The northern elevator
only moves upwards.
...Over.
In front of the northern elevator in Building No. 2 on any floor.
コチラ SCHNEIDER・・・
ミナミ エレベーター ハ シタ ニ シカ
イドウ シナイ。
・・・OVER
This is Schneider...
The southern elevator
only moves downwards.
...Over.
In front of the southern elevator in Building No. 2 on any floor.
コチラ SCHNEIDER・・・
コノ サキ ニ キタ
エレベーター ガ アル。
・・・OVER
This is Schneider...
The northern elevator
is just ahead.
・・・Over.
In the basement of Building No. 2, one screen east from the room where you fight Fire Trooper.

Jennifer

Text Translation Area
コチラ JENNIFER!!
ヒダリ ノ カベ ヲ コワスノヨ!
・・・OVER
This is Jennifer!!
Destroy the left wall!
...Over
In the basement of Building No. 3, one screen north of the corridor with the two laser cameras.

Prisoners

Text Translation Area
タスカッタ!
パラシュート ガ アレバ サク ノ キレメ カラ、コウカ デキル。
I'm saved!
You can fall from the gap in the fence if you have a parachute.
On the rooftop of Building No. 1. Another prisoner on the second floor gives similar advice, which probably made this a bit redundant.
タスカッタ!
コノ フロア カラ ダッシュツ
スル ニハ キタ エレベーター ヲ
サガス シカナイ!
I'm saved!
You got no choice but to
seek the northern elevator
if you wish to escape from this floor.
In the basement of Building No. 2.

Revisional Differences

The Wii Virtual Console version was released exclusively in Japan in 2009. This version is a direct emulation of the Japanese MSX2 version, but contains a few script changes that were made to bring it more in line with the 2004 mobile phone port that the versions included in Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence and HD Edition were based on.

Name Changes

The names of certain characters and groups (which are all spelled entirely in uppercase Romaji) were changed to either, make them more consistent with the later games (e.g. Grey Fox, Dr. Pettrovich, Fox Hounder) or to make them less Engrish-sounding (e.g. Shoot Gunner, Coward Duck). Although, Dr. Pettrovich's new name should really be "Dr. Madnar", since that's the spelling used in the other versions.

The Japanese transliterations of certain English loanwords were also altered as well. The "silencer" (サイレンサー) also became a "suppressor" (サップレサー) in dialogue, but despite this, the サイレンサー text string that appears on the weapon select screen remained unchanged.

Characters and Groups

Byte Original Virtual Console
A9 GREY FOX GRAY FOX
AE DR. PETTROVICH DR. MADNER
B0 FOX HOUNDER FOXHOUND
B4 SHOOT GUNNER SHOTMAKER
B9 ARNOLD BLOODY BRAD
BA COWARD DUCK DIRTY DUCK

Items

Byte Original Virtual Console Translation
BC ボデイ・アーマー ボディ・アーマー Body Armor
CB テキ ノ ユニホーム テキ ノ ユニフォーム Enemy's Uniform
CF グレネード・ランチャー  グレネードランチャー  Grenade Launcher
D0 ロケット・ランチャー  ロケットランチャー  Rocket Launcher
D1 プラスチック・バクダン  プラスティックバクダン Plastic Explosives
D3 リモコン・ミサイル リモコンミサイル Remote Control Missiles
D4 サイレンサー サップレサー Silencer/Suppressor

Script Changes

The bold portions of the text represent parts of the script that were altered. The script changes can be categorized in four types.

  • Removal of actual firearm names mentioned by Big Boss.
  • The addition of the suffixes タイイン (taiin) for "member" or ブタイ (butai) for "special forces group" to the use of "FOXHOUND" in certain lines to provide clearer context, since "FOX HOUNDER" in the original script was used interchangeably for the unit itself, as well as its members.
  • The use of Dr. Madner's full name (Drago Pettrovich Madner) when he's introduced, as well as his daughter Elen.
  • Miscellaneous grammatical changes.

The corresponding portions of the English script from the Subsistence version has been provided as well to provide clearer context.

Weapon Names

Original Virtual Console Subsistence
コチラ BIG BOSS ...
ハンドガン ?
BELLETA M92F...
コチラ BIG BOSS ...
ハンドガン ?
This is Big Boss...
Handgun?
コチラ BIG BOSS ...
グレーネード・ランチャー
M79
コチラ BIG BOSS ...
グレーネードランチャー ?
This is Big Boss...
Grenade launcher?
コチラ BIG BOSS ...
サブマシンガン ?
INGRUM MAC 11...
コチラ BIG BOSS ...
サブマシンガン ?
This is Big Boss...
Submachine gun?


FOXHOUND

Original Virtual Console Subsistence
スウシ゛ツ マエ ニ センニュウ
シテキタ FOX HOUNDER
ナラ,フ゛シ゛タ゛。
スウシ゛ツ マエ ニ センニュウ
シテキタ FOXHOUND タイイン
ナラ,フ゛シ゛タ゛。
The FOXHOUND member that
infiltrated this base a few days
ago is unharmed.
GREY FOX トカイウ
FOX HOUNDER ナラ...
GRAY FOX トカイウ
FOXHOUND タイイン ナラ...
That member of FOXHOUND,
Gray Fox...
OUTER HEAVEN ノ
ホ゛ス ハ
FOX HOUNDER
ソウシレイカン,BIG BOSS
タ゛!
OUTER HEAVEN ノ
ホ゛ス ハ
FOXHOUND フ゛タイ
ソウシレイカン,BIG BOSS
タ゛!
The Outer Heaven boss is
FOXHOUND's commanding
officer, Big Boss!
...ワタシ カ゛
FOX HOUNDER
ソウシレイカン,ソシテ,
コノ ヨウサイ ,
OUTER HEAVEN ノ
ホ゛ス,BIG BOSS タ゛!!
...ワタシ カ゛
FOXHOUND フ゛タイ
ソウシレイカン,ソシテ,
コノ ヨウサイ ,
OUTER HEAVEN ノ
ホ゛ス,BIG BOSS タ゛!!
...I am the supreme commander
of the FOXHOUND unit...
And...The leader of the fortress of
Outer Heaven, Big Boss!

Madner

Original Virtual Console Subsistence
ソレ ハ
カイハツスャ
DR. PETTROVICH カ゛
シッテイル...
ソレ ハ
カイハツスャ
DRAGO PETTROVICH
MADNER カ゛
シッテイル...
And the only person that knows
how to do that, is Metal Gear's
developer, Dr. Drago Pettrovich
Madnar.
ワタシ ハ
DR. PETTROVICH
タ゛。
ワタシ ハ
DRAGO PETTROVICH
MADNER タ゛。
I am Dr. Drago Pettrovich
Madnar.
アリカ゛トウ...
ワタシ ハ
DR. PETTROVICH ノ ムスメ,ELEN。
アリカ゛トウ...
ワタシ ハ
DR. MADNER ノ ムスメ,ELEN MADNER。 
Thank you... My name is Ellen
Madnar. I am Dr. Madnar's
daughter.

Other Changes

Original Virtual Console Subsistence
コチラ BIG BOSS ...
ミトオシ ノ ヨイ トコロ ハ,
カモフラ―シ゛ュ カ゛ ヒツヨウダ
コチラ BIG BOSS ...
ミトオシ ノ ヨイ トコロ ハ,
カムフラ―シ゛ュ カ゛ ヒツヨウダ。
This is Big Boss...
You will need to use
camouflage in exposed locations.
ソウコウ ノ ウスイ キャクフ゛
ニ プラスチック・バクダン
セット スル。
ソウコウ ノ ウスイ キャクフ゛
ニ プラスティックバクダン
 セット スル。
Attach plastic
explosives to the legs of the unit
where the armor is thin.

The Japanese transliteration of "camouflage" was changed on the first line and the particle wo (ヲ) was added on the second.