• Neo Geo - The Future Is Now

    The Neo Geo system today is a paradox: it is both a
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    1. Brad's Avatar
      Brad -
      Nice read. Is it important to get an NTSC version rather than PAL? I'm assuming, based on the age of the system, that it is.
    1. briareos_kerensky's Avatar
      briareos_kerensky -
      The Neo Geo AES never had an official PAL release; I've heard that consoles with a serial number beginning with 1 have a better video out circuitry, but don't quote me on this.
      I would go for a consolized MVS just for how expensive AES games are...I have a modded AES and I don't play much with it because I can't afford games for the system ;__;
    1. Brad's Avatar
      Brad -
      eBay lies then! Or maybe it's people putting PAL to show that it will work fine on a PAL tv? Right, MVS search then. Avoid the CD system yes?
    1. buster_broon's Avatar
      buster_broon -
      Did he mean ninja masters instead of ninja commando, commando commands a decent enough price but no where near masters

      Im sure I had a pal AES because it came with a 3 pin uk plug and no transformer, plus the usual rf switch for aerial working when that was the standard lol
    1. Jamie's Avatar
      Jamie -
      Yeah, I had a PAL AES once, also a PAL Neo Cd.
    1. _SD_'s Avatar
      _SD_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by FSW View Post
      Nice read. Is it important to get an NTSC version rather than PAL? I'm assuming, based on the age of the system, that it is.
      It's the same as with all retro consoles: the PAL ones run at 50Hz and have nasty black borders. You ideally want a Japanese or US machine, but it's quite simple to make a UK system run at 60Hz. If you add a UniBIOS to the system then it doesn't matter which region the machine was to begin with, as it allows you to change the language and switch blood on or off, etc. And you're most likely going to have to whip the top off anyway because......

      Quote Originally Posted by briareos_kerensky View Post
      The Neo Geo AES never had an official PAL release; I've heard that consoles with a serial number beginning with 1 have a better video out circuitry, but don't quote me on this.
      It's the first 90,000ish units that have decent RGB straight out of the box. But the serial numbers aren't a strict guide in themselves. More than likely you'll end up with a later board revision that will need modding, but once done you'll have perfect RGB output.

      What makes you think that the Neo Geo never had an official UK release? These PAL consoles came straight from SNK themselves for the UK market.

      I'm also dumbfounded by the decision to recommend Magician Lord and NAM over fantastic games like Last Blade 1 & 2, Blazing Star, Neo Turf Masters etc.
    1. briareos_kerensky's Avatar
      briareos_kerensky -
      Quote Originally Posted by _SD_ View Post
      What makes you think that the Neo Geo never had an official UK release? These PAL consoles came straight from SNK themselves for the UK market.
      I tend to merge the whole PAL market of those days with what was officially available here in Italy, the Neo Geo could only be bought via costly import routes and none of the best stores ever stocked a UK machine, so I though the Neo Geo was only released in US and JP.
    1. Baseley09's Avatar
      Baseley09 -
      Blazing Star must have one of the worst colour palettes of all time, it's like the inside of Priscilla Queen of the Desert's wardrobe, that's why it's not on the list.
    1. J0e Musashi's Avatar
      J0e Musashi -
      Deffo were UK PAL models available, they came with official SNK RF units.

      Blazing Star should be on no lists due to continually saying "Bonus".
    1. CMcK's Avatar
      CMcK -
      The AES I had years ago was a PAL model IIRC. I remember modding it for 60Hz output.
    1. Nico87's Avatar
      Nico87 -
      Great read, but I would like to have seen Nam 75 replaced by Shock Troopers or Sengoku 3 on the list.

      Personally have a MVS system and around 15 carts.
    1. moonwhistle's Avatar
      moonwhistle -
      I like Blazing Star's gaudy colours and ridiculous voice samples. It also plays really well. There are far worse shooters on Neo Geo like Ghost pilots, andro dunos, ninja commando etc.
    1. Olly C's Avatar
      Olly C -
      Quote Originally Posted by J0e Musashi View Post
      Blazing Star should be on no lists due to continually saying "Bonus".
      Haha, love this comment.
    1. Colin's Avatar
      Colin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nico87 View Post
      Great read, but I would like to have seen Nam 75 replaced by Shock Troopers or Sengoku 3 on the list.

      Personally have a MVS system and around 15 carts.
      Sengoku 3, from what I remember really pissed me off as it was the same enemies on every level, just a different colour. Main character sprites looked fantastic though. Sengoku 2 was the superior game for me. I'd love it again, but I refuse to pay the silly prices now being asked for it.
    1. Nico87's Avatar
      Nico87 -
      Ah, yes, I obviously meant Sengoku 2, I haven't even played Sengoku 3!

      My top 5 in no order for what it's worth:

      Metal Slug X
      Garou: Mark of the Wolves
      Shock Troopers
      Sengoku 2
      The King of Fighters '99

      Honorable mentions to Pulstar/Blazing Star, Fatal Fury: Real Bout Special, Matrimelee and Breakers Revenge.

      Take it you got an AES, ikobo? I kinda wanted one myself initially, but the prices of the Metal Slug games alone could buy me a new living room including a 52" 3D TV and a surround set.
    1. Colin's Avatar
      Colin -
      I have an AES, yes, it must be the fifth or sixth time i've had one at the least.
    1. buster_broon's Avatar
      buster_broon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nico87 View Post
      Ah, yes, I obviously meant Sengoku 2, I haven't even played Sengoku 3!

      My top 5 in no order for what it's worth:

      Metal Slug X
      Garou: Mark of the Wolves
      Shock Troopers
      Sengoku 2
      The King of Fighters '99

      Honorable mentions to Pulstar/Blazing Star, Fatal Fury: Real Bout Special, Matrimelee and Breakers Revenge.

      Take it you got an AES, ikobo? I kinda wanted one myself initially, but the prices of the Metal Slug games alone could buy me a new living room including a 52" 3D TV and a surround set.
      out of your 5 I'm not a fan of Garou or KOF99 - Sengoku 2 is tremendous

      KOF98 was better and Garou is a decent game but its just not as good as Fatal Fury Special, but graphically is awesome

      but another here that likes Breakers and Breakers revenge
    1. Nu-Eclipse's Avatar
      Nu-Eclipse -
      The Last Blade and The Last Blade 2.

      End of thread!
    1. Colin's Avatar
      Colin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nu-Eclipse View Post
      The Last Blade and The Last Blade 2.

      End of thread!
      Stunning games, I don't know why anyone bothers with Samurai Spirits on the system when these exist.
    1. Atticus's Avatar
      Atticus -
      The Last Blade games are ace but I prefer Samurai Spirits II & IV.

      Never played any of the Sengoku games.