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Metal Gear Solid Goes Mobile

This cell-phone version of the popular game is a tantalizing snack from the console franchise, and it's one of the best-looking games on a handset

It's been nearly four years since Japanese video game maker Konami (KNM) first established its mobile division, re-releasing Frogger as its maiden cell-phone-compatible title. Oh, how far things have come since. The company has just taken the wraps off Metal Gear Solid Mobile, in effect proving that mobile gaming need not be a dumping ground for long-forgotten arcade games from the '80s, with their crude graphics intact.

Instead, Metal Gear Solid Mobile is a graphically rich stealth-action game that manages to more or less recreate the experience of the popular console franchise—yes, even on a phone. It's an impressive technical feat that shows how quickly mobile titles are becoming more sophisticated. Konami took a year to develop this game. By comparison, the team behind the company's mobile version of Contra 4, another so-called triple-A title, took about half the time.