1990 Ultra Games
Platform: Commodore Amiga 500
It was announced in January 2021 about an unofficial conversion of the MSX classic Metal Gear to the Amiga – very nearly complete, and should see some kind of release very soon. However, there was also an official conversion in the works way back in 1990, courtesy of Ultra Games.
Both the PC and C64 editions of the game were in fact released. The advertised Amiga edition in RUN 73 and Amiga World Vol 6 was never to surface at all. It became the subject of much questioning over the years from Amiga fans as to what happened to it.
Several years ago we did a joint Amiga post on Contra/Gryzor, where commenter Termie Gen established that the conversion was being done by Banana Development. It was suggested that the programmer of Metal Gear for DOS (Charles B Ernst) was tasked with working on the Amiga edition at one point. Charles though confirmed that he had no involvement at all on it. He suggests that Banana Development also only ever worked on one other Amiga game.
How far did the development get? Well, a single screenshot in an advert doesn’t say too much – so it isn’t clear if it was anywhere near completion or not. Super C programmer Foster Hall recalled that Konami pulled all games for the Amiga at one point in the US due to waning sales on the Amiga. This is most likely why Metal Gear never saw release in the end.
We checked with the head of Banana Development, Matt Markwalder – who confirmed that it was only the PC edition that they worked on, so the search goes on for the developer of the Amiga edition. If you know anything more – please do get in touch!
With thanks to Termie Gen, Ross Sillifant and @nivrig