Metal Gear and Solid Snake Secretly Celebrate 22 Years of Tactical Espionage Action

Yesterday, a rather significant anniversary in video game history very nearly managed to sneak by. But then, what else would you expect from a game all about stealth, and its equally-sneaky star?

While the number of the anniversary itself isn’t a round one, it is still worth noting that yesterday marked the 22nd anniversary of when the original Metal Gear game first went on sale in Japan for the MSX computer. And from that humble beginning, Hideo Kojima’s seeming anti-game (insofar as it was one of the first where the goal was not to mow down everything in your path) has become one of the top franchises in gaming, propelling its creator to be one of the top names in gaming.

Meanwhile, its star, Solid Snake, has become a video game icon with appearances across the MSX, NES, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, PlayStation 3, and Wii, with the latter case placing him alongside other video game luminaries as Mario, Link, Samus, and Sonic the Hedgehog for Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

The four main “Solid” MG titles have been well-received, each scoring into the 90s on Metacritic, selling 26.5 million units as of February 2009. And thanks to the success the series has achieved, with more games yet to come, Hideo Kojima was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Game Developers Conference.

With that said, we offer congratulations to Hideo Kojima and the Metal Gear team, and wish them many more successful years.