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Konami confirms Kojima's stealth actioner will join Frogger, Silent Hill, Dance Dance Revolution on Apple's handhelds in 2009.

Last week, a teaser page on Konami's Web site led many to speculate that the Japanese publisher was working on bringing the Metal Gear Solid franchise to the Xbox 360, reviving the Metal Gear Acid brand, or even porting the long-running series to the Wii. However, those predictions have turned out to be off base.

Konami revealed today that Metal Gear Solid Touch will be heading to the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch early in the New Year. According to Konami, the game will drop series protagonist Solid Snake in an all-new adventure that features many of the characters and locales introduced in Konami's recent PlayStation 3 blockbuster Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Konami also noted that the game will be action-oriented and will include eight initial "stages," with additional levels promised at a later date


Metal Gear Solid Touch won't be Solid Snake's first outing on mobile platforms. The stealth action hero was also the subject of Konami's Metal Gear Solid Mobile, a portable action adventure developed by Ideaworks3D that was named winner of the 2007 International Mobile Game Awards.

In addition to the celebrated stealth action series, Konami also confirmed Frogger for the iPhone, calling it "a pixel-perfect conversion of the classic arcade game"; Silent Hill: The Escape; and DanceDanceRevolution S Lite.

Konami plans to augment these Apple offerings in the future, with the publisher's VP of online and mobile Anthony Borquez commenting, "We welcome the iPhone and iPod Touch to our product lineup and look forward to these initial games."

The teaser page on Konami's Web site now links to what appears to be a placeholder page with the Metal Gear Solid Touch logo.







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