Is it time for the Metal Slug series to get a reboot? It seems SNK themselves have been toying with the idea, but there's one element of the discussion that has left them puzzled. SNK’s Game Division Deputy General Manager Yasuyuki Oda was asked about a potential Metal Slug reboot by DualShockers, to which he had this to say.
“If we rebooted Metal Slug in some way, would they [gamers] be happy with the same “one hit you die” mechanic? Do gamers today think we should put it out that way?
Obviously there is a lot of stuff that people want us to reboot. We have people asking for Garou [Fatal Fury], people asking for Art of Fighting, people asking for Last Blade, people asking for Metal Slug… We would love to do all of them for obvious reasons. There are always discussions going on, but whenever we get down to it and we start talking about Metal Slug we start thinking, is it ok to put out a game like that nowadays?”
I would say that the one-hit approach to Metal Slug is definitely core to the experience, but I wouldn't be horrified if they changed things up. To me, the most important parts of Metal Slug are the gorgeous 2D animation and the over-the-top action. As long as those elements are included, I'm down!