Those who appear are Captain Marco Rossi, Sergeant Eri Kasamoto, Lieutenant Tarma Roving and Sergeant First Class Fiolina "Fio" Germi. It is a work on behalf of urban artist Alexis Godinez Rodriguez (@godinez.alexis). On his Instagram account he shared some details. The mural is in the beautiful port of Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero in Mexico. The painting process can be seen through some pictures.
This Metal Slug mural was made with acrylic vinyl paint, but also used another 100% acrylic paint and even neon orange aerosol to give a light effect. As a precaution, it has transparent sealer, because this protects both the color and the paint. But what motivated Alexis to paint something like this? According to him it is dedicated to both his childhood and that of many of his fellow villagers, especially the happy times he spent playing it.
"I am grateful from the bottom of my heart for giving so much love to this mural," he commented on Instagram. In another publication he noted "truly my words are useless to thank all the support I have towards you". She also added "thank you very much for your words of support and good reviews on my mural". The truth is that it is a very outstanding work by Alexis Godinez Rodriguez and that recalls the good memories left by this game.
The character selection screen of Metal Slug 2 and its successors is something iconic in the franchise. Currently this title is available in several digital stores. Among them the Nintendo Switch eShop, where it was published by Hamster. It is priced at $150.99 pesos in this digital store in Mexico. Last year it was announced that a new title in the series is on its way to this console, only its gameplay is different and more strategic.
Murals are commonplace in Mexico. In addition to those based on video games, artists take other sources of inspiration such as manga and anime. It is not for nothing that there are some based on Dragon Ball, The Knights of the Zodiac or Shingeki no Kyojin. It's an expression that remains very much alive.