Mondo has unveiled two new Metal Gear soundtrack vinyl records, one for the MSX2 version of Metal Gear (1987), and one for the NES version released in the US (1988). The latter has a limited run of 1000 copies. The cover features artwork by Paul Mann, inspired by the action movies that inspired the original game.
METAL GEAR – Original MSX2 Video Game Soundtrack 10-Inch. Music by Konami Kukeiha Club. Original Artwork by Paul Mann. Pressed on Heavy Weight Camouflage vinyl. Expected to Ship in 7-10 Business Days. Ships Worldwide. $20
The METAL GEAR series began in 1987 in Japan, and while it took decades for this original MSX2 version to make its official debut in the United States (the Ultra Games NES version is disavowed by series creator Hideo Kojima) it is considered an essential game of the ’80s. And while not the first to implement stealth in gaming, METAL GEAR certainly popularized the genre and served as the launch pad for a two-decade long franchise of games considered some of the greatest of all time.
METAL GEAR – Original NES Video Game Soundtrack 10-Inch. Music by Konami Kukeiha Club. Original Artwork by Paul Mann. Pressed on Heavy Weight Split-Colored vinyl. Strictly One off pressing of 1,000 units. Expected to Ship in 7-10 Business Days. Ships Worldwide. $20
Retroactively considered unofficial by both the game’s creator and fans, the American release of METAL GEAR is one of the few black sheep of the legacy franchise. But for some it was the entry point to one of the most essential game series of all time. And due to the technical limitations of the system itself, the soundtrack to the NES version differs from the MSX2 version, solidifying it as a unique, if flawed departure from the developers original intent.