Metal Gear Solid (lost build of cancelled port of PlayStation action-stealth game; 1999)

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Metal Gear Solid promoted in the 1999 Tiger Electronics' Toy Fair catalogue, alongside the also-cancelled NASCAR Racing.

Status: Lost

Metal Gear Solid is an action-stealth game. Originally developed and published by Konami for the PlayStation in 1998, it was the first 3D game in the Metal Gear series and is frequently listed as one of the greatest games ever made. After later being released on the PC, it was confirmed that a version for Tiger Electronics' had been in development. Alas, it was cancelled following the handheld console's commercial failure and eventual discontinuation in 2000.


Metal Gear Solid, following a commercially and critically successful PlayStation release,[1] was first announced for Tiger Electronics' as part of its 1999 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) presentation.[2][3] Tiger sought to revamp its handheld console, following low sales and poor critical reception since its release in 1997.[4][5] To that end, it showcased its second console, the Pocket Pro, alongside several games as part of E3 and its Toy Fair catalogue.[6][3][2] In its Toy Fair summary, Tiger marketed the game as being the first handheld Metal Gear Solid port.[6] By the time the July 1999 issue of GamePro was published, Metal Gear Solid was the only game listed to have no concrete release date on the platform.[5] This would change by October 1999, as GameSpot was informed the game would reach markets by December that same year.[7]

The console and its games were also previewed in issue 90 of French magazine Consoles+, and in the November 1999 issue of GamePro, the latter claiming it would be released in the fall of 1999.[8][9] Several screenshots of Metal Gear Solid have emerged over the years, indicating the game was in a relatively complete state.[10][9][4][8] Additionally, a gameplay video was known to have been available on the AOL group account of TigerGcom.[11][10] While the clear limitations of the compared to the PlayStation would mean the port would be somewhat limited, it is unclear exactly how many features would be retained, including for instance in-game conversations and boss battles.[4] Alas, the game was never officially released.[4][10] By late-1999, the had sold fewer than 300,000 units since its inception, with criticism directed at its unappealing games library, a poor quality screen and for lacking features such as a backlight.[4] It would be discontinued in 2000, resulting in the cancellation of all upcoming games, including Metal Gear Solid, as they likely would not have been profitable.[4]


Several screenshots were included in various gaming magazines and the 1999 Toy Fair catalogue, showcasing gameplay footage, the main menu, and the cover art.[6][10][9][4][8] However, despite being nearly completed by the time of its cancellation, no build has ever been made publicly available.[10][4] Nevertheless, the recovery of the also-cancelled Castlevania: Symphony of the Night port gives hope the Metal Gear Solid build will one day see a public release.[12] The aforementioned gameplay video is also lost media, likely because of the's lack of popularity, which meant TigerGcom's had very few members who could have viewed and possibly preserved the footage.[11][10]



See Also

Metal Gear Media

Tiger Electronics Media


  1. Eurogamer detailing the success and legacy of Metal Gear Solid. Retrieved 11th Jan '23
  2. 2.0 2.1 13th May 1999 Tiger Electronics press release announcing the Pocket Pro for E3, as well as Metal Gear Solid and several other games. Retrieved 11th Jan '23
  3. 3.0 3.1 Archived GameSpot reporting on Metal Gear Solid and other games being showcased at E3 1999. Retrieved 11th Jan '23
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Bad Game Hall of Fame detailing the's critical and commercial failure, and listing Metal Gear Solid among other cancelled games. Retrieved 11th Jan '23
  5. 5.0 5.1 July 1999 issue of GamePro previewing the Pocket Pro and listing Metal Gear Solid among its upcoming games with a TBD release date. Retrieved 11th Jan '23
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Tiger Electronics' 1999 Toy Fair catalogue containing promotions for games including Metal Gear Solid. Retrieved 11th Jan '23
  7. GameSpot reporting Metal Gear Solid would be released in December 1999. Retrieved 11th Jan '23
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Issue 90 of Consoles+ previewing the Power Pro and its upcoming games (magazine in French). Retrieved 11th Jan '23
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 November 1999 issue of GamePro previewing the upcoming Pocket Pro games, including summarising Metal Gear Solid. Retrieved 11th Jan '23
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Unseen64 providing screenshots and noting the possible existence of a gameplay video. Retrieved 11th Jan '23
  11. 11.0 11.1 Lost Levels discussing the missing gameplay video. Retrieved 11th Jan '23
  12. Diskman summarising the Castlevania: Symphony of the Night port. Retrieved 27th Jan '24