According to jeux-france.com, Metal Slug 7 has been announced in the latest Famitsu and will be a Nintendo DS exclusive. Personally I’d like to see another arcade release, but with the decline of the arcades this makes much more financial sense for SNK Playmore. It will be interesting to see how the dual screen setup and DS features affect the series gameplay.
So I have to wonder if this is just another nail in the ever-solidifying coffin of the arcade scene. Metal Slug has always been a favorite of mine to drop a few (handfuls) of quarters into, but with Metal Slug 7 getting a release exclusively on the DS, it probably means we won’t be seeing much more from SNK in arcades. It was bound to happen, I guess.