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The Real ‘Metal Gear Solid’ Edibles You Should Try on Your ‘Death Stranding’ Binge

While climbing your way across America in ‘Death Stranding’ or ‘Metal Gear Solid,’ you may find yourself a bit famished and in need of resources.

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While climbing your way across the ruins of America as Sam Porter Bridges in Hideo Kojima‘s latest spunky trip Death Stranding you may find yourself a bit famished and in need of resources that can be procured on-site. What better time to fill your appetite during the latest Kojima Production’s release then by testing out some edible products previously featured in the Metal Gear Solid series while on your Death Stranding binge in the coming days.

CalorieMate Blocks

“It is a well-balanced food. Because of that, it’s just perfect for giving your body the nutrition it needs in combat.”

Paramedic, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
“If you wanna survive in the jungle, your going to need one of these.” – Naked Snake

The CalorieMate brand of nutritional Blocks was featured in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater as the very first product placement in the series that was not an advertisement for other Konami games. CalorieMate Blocks are energy supplement cookies that come in various flavors such as plain, maple, and cheese. According to Kojima himself, Naked Snake’s favorite CalorieMate Block is the chocolate-flavored brand.

In the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, the CalorieMate Block’s in-game model had been updated to reflect the latest flavor release at the time, Maple. For those living outside Japan, CalorieMate products can be found in standalone packages and various bundles all across Amazon for a small portion above their standard retail price point.

Regain 24

“Lightning in a black and yellow can! The only drink that can keep Snake going 24 hours a day.”

Drebin’s Shop, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Regain poster advertisement featuring Old Snake.

Regain 24, or simply known as Regain in its home territory, is a Japanese energy drink containing a mix of caffeine and taurin that has quasi-medicinal purposes. It is ideal for those who may suffer bodily fatigue, febrile exhaustion, convalescence, nutritional disorders, loss of appetite, and those who are physically frail. While it may sound like a real-life recovery item, this consumable is just like any other caffeinated energy drink.

Regain bottles can be imported online, but it should be noted that the brand is difficult to find due to production being in limited quantities and the company is focused on selling at brick and mortar stores. Regain products can be commonly found today in chain drugstores located in Japan such as Daikoku.

Instant Noodles

“It’s cheap and can be stored for a long time. And besides, its delicious. Its like a miracle food.”

paramedic, metal gear solid 3: Snake eater
Drebin’s Shop description for Noodles in Guns of The Patriots. Nissin Ippudo brand of food depicted above.

Instant Noodles are not as fast as the title may imply, but it still manages to get the point across. This is a dish containing noodles, vegetables, broth, and sometimes even various meats such as chicken and beef that can quickly be put together in three minutes or less using a microwave and warm water. The Nissin Ippudo brand noodles are often found throughout the series, but the majority of companies selling these dishes contain the same content. A large range of cheap and importable noodles from the company can be found here.

Bon Curry

“The now staple brand name comes from a combination of the French word “Bon” and English word “Curry”, hence the name essentially means “delicious curry.”

Model Viewer, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
‘Spicy Curry’ item featured as a craftable item in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. In the Japanese release, Bon Curry products can be seen in the model viewer.

Bon Curry shares the same vein as Instant Noodles; a packaged curry dish that can be heated in a microwave in under three minutes that contain a wide variety of ingredients. Bon Curry was actually one of the first commercially available foods to be placed in a plastic pouch bag. These are common products that can be found in Japan at just about any local market or convenience store. Woah Japan has a large range of Bon Curries available to import.

Products featured throughout the Metal Gear Solid series may be common in Japan, but for the rest of the world, finding these collectibles and edibles in the wild can be quite difficult without online importing. With Kojima’s recent love for American products, the tables will soon turn with Death Stranding for the world. Until then, enjoy something that will be “pretty tasty” and strap in for Kojima Production’s newest realm of art.

Creative writer, producer, and Games Editor. I have always held a high interest in the fields of professional writing and communications. You can find me with my head deep in the espionage genre or in a kayak upstream. I’ll always be first in line for the next Hideo Kojima or Masahiro Sakurai game.

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Sad News DS Fans: The Nintendo 3DS Has Been Discontinued

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After almost ten years in service, Nintendo’s portable 3DS console has officially been discontinued according to Nintendo’s official website. This applies to all the various models of the console: the 3DS, the 2DS, the New 3DS, the New 2DS, the 3DS XL, the New 3DS XL and the New 2DS XL.

The 3DS was an innovative handheld gaming console upon its release in 2011, combining 3-D technology and gaming without the need for special 3-D glasses. The 3D effect was obtained via an optical illusion with the systems screen- a stereoscopic effect that could be turned on with a slider. I remember the awe I felt the very first time I used the 3DS. It felt like a whole new era of gaming encased in a small and sleek package.

Although not hugely popular when it was first released, sales of the console grew a few years after. Since the release of the Nintendo Switch in 2017, sales of the 3DS have been steadily declining so it is not a huge surprise that Nintendo have made this decision. However, it is still a sad moment for DS fans as it means the end of solely portable consoles for Nintendo. I have a lot of fond memories from my 3DS and my plain old DS. I still remember getting the original DS for my birthday in 2006 and spending the rest of the day playing Nintendogs. Good times.

So raise a glass, bid farewell and press F to pay your respects to the 3DS and the DS console in general. You will be missed, dear friend.  

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The ‘Mass Effect’ Remastered Trilogy Rumours Are Back in Full Swing

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Desperate Mass Effect fans- myself included- have long been hoping for an announcement of a remaster of Bioware’s epic space drama trilogy. Despite no news coming from Bioware themselves or publishers EA, the fandom has been clutching at straws in regards to a remaster. However, there have been a couple of suggestions here and there- such as the listing of a Mass Effect art book coming in March 2021- that point towards a remaster coming our way. The most recent suggestion is possibly the strongest yet so let’s take a look.

A Portuguese retail website recently posted a listing for the Mass Effect Trilogy game, complete with box art and various console versions. The listing showed three different versions of the remaster: A PlayStation 4 version, an Xbox One version and a Nintendo Switch version. Prices were also posted with the retail listing- though they are listed as the euro currency due to the location of the site- with the PS4 and Xbox One versions listed as 59.99 euros and the Switch one down as 49.99 euros. The listing has since been deleted by the retailer site but thanks to Twitter- more specifically the Twitter user Nibel– you can check out the listing below.

This is very encouraging for us Mass Effect fans. It’s not so good for the person responsible for the listing though. Let’s be honest, they are losing their job for sure. The trilogy remaster has been circulating the gaming rumour mill for a while so here’s hoping that we will get some concrete information- and an actual confirmation- sometime soon.

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Square Enix Announces ‘Final Fantasy XVI’ for PlayStation 5

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FINAL FANTASY XVI FOR PLAYSTATION5 ​​​

During today’s PlayStation 5 Showcase event, Square Enix revealed that acclaimed creators Naoki Yoshida (Final Fantasy® Xiv, Dragon Quest X) and Hiroshi Takai (Final Fantasy Xiv, The Last Remnant) are collaborating on an all-new standalone mainline Final Fantasy game, titled Final Fantasy XVI, for the PlayStation 5 system.

The news was revealed via the Final Fantasy XVI“Awakening” trailer which can be viewed below.

Here’s what Producer Naoki Yoshida had to say:

Final Fantasy Xvi producer (that’s right, just producer) Naoki Yoshida here. How did you enjoy the trailer? The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real-time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game. In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay.

Our next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021, so in the meantime, I expect everyone to have fun speculating, as we have a lot in store—not only for Final Fantasy XVI, but for Final Fantasy XIV, too. Needless to say, I’ll be working hard on both!

Final Fantasy XVI

And here is what director Hiroshi Takai had to say:

When Final Fantasy I was released, I was just another player─a young student with big dreams. By the time Final Fantasy V was in the works, I had earned myself a seat at the developers’ table… albeit at the very end. From there, I moved “online” leaving my mark on both Final Fantasy XI and XIV.

And now…XVI.

From the establishment of an all-new development environment, to learning the ins-and-outs of the PS5, the team and I have taken on countless challenges during our journey to bring you the sixteenth chapter in the storied Final Fantasy franchise. And though we’re pouring our hearts and souls into this project each and every day, it may still be some time before we can get it into your hands. However, I promise it will be worth the wait!

Final Fantasy XVI

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