Neo Geo AES

The Neo-Geo AES is the cartridge-based arcade and home video game system released in 1990 by Japanese game company SNK. The system was years ahead of other home systems of its time, offering huge, colorful 2D graphics, and high-quality sound. A major platform for arcade games at the time, the system was also available as a costly home console. The two versions of the system were known as the AES (Advanced Entertainment System) and the MVS (Multi Video System).

Initially, the home system was only available for rent or for use in hotel settings, but SNK quickly began selling the system through stores when customer response indicated that people were willing to spend the money. Compared to the other consoles of the time, the NeoGeo AES was incredibly powerful, thanks to it's high-end graphics and sound chipsets. The home system featured two CPUs: a 16-bit Motorola 68000 main processor running at 12 MHz and a 8-bit ZiLOG Z-80A backup processor running at 4 MHz. The system's main CPU was 50 percent faster than the 68000 processor found in Sega's Genesis console.

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The NeoGeo AES also had the benefit of it's specialized audio and video chipsets. A custom video chipset allowed the system to display a whopping 4,096 colors and 380 individual sprites onscreen simultaneously (compared to 64 simultaneous colors and 80 individual sprites for the Genesis), while the onboard Yamaha 2610 sound chip gave the system 15 channels of CD-quality sound with seven channels reserved specifically for digital sound effects. Surround-Sound was also built into many games for a truly state-of-the-art sound experience.

Nonetheless, this type of power carried a large price tag; the console was planned to debut at $599 USD and included two joystick controllers and a game (either Baseball Stars or NAM-1975). However, this plan was quickly scrapped and when the system had its national launch it debuted at $649.99 with two joysticks, a memory card, and a single pack-in game, Magician Lord (the early Neo Geo boxes had a gold sticker announcing the inclusion of Magician Lord over the initially planned choice of two games), this package was known as the "Gold System". The system was also released in a "Silver System" package, which included one joystick controller and did not include a game or memory card. Other games cost $200 and upwards each. With these "premium" prices though, most gamers weren't able to afford the system and so the console was only accessible to a niche market.

The Neo-Geo was only to be driven further into cult status by changing mainstream tastes which soon demanded flashy, 3D graphics. Yet, the quality of Neo-Geo games kept it alive in arcades, particularly in Japan, where the newest instalment of the flagship King of Fighters was certain to cause a stir with each release.

The last game for the Neo-Geo system, Samurai Spirits Zero Special, was released on October 19, 2004. Originally, there was no form of copy protection on the system's cartridges, though it was later added, and it managed to prevent software piracy for a period of time. One of the major factors bringing an end to the system's longevity came when bootleggers managed to defeat the copy protection, leading to the eventual pirating of the cartridges' ROM data. SNK ceased to manufacture home consoles by the end of 1997, but software for both formats and arcade hardware was produced for many years after. Measured from the introduction of the arcade hardware in 1990 to the release of the last home cartridge in 2004, the Neo-Geo's 14-year span of support from its manufacturer makes it the longest-lived arcade or home systems.

There is a thriving collectors' scene for the Neo-Geo home systems, especially the original AES home console. This is mainly because of the limited runs received by cartridges, the massive arcade library available, and the system's reputation as a 2D powerhouse. It is still common even to this day for both Neo-Geo consoles and cartridges to fetch extremely high prices. Some rare Neo-Geo games can sell for well over £1500. This gives the system an almost cult following, as owners see the system as more of an "investment" rather than an ordinary videogame console. This leads to high resale value on most Neo-Geo systems and games and makes the console a "must-have" for any collector.

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Neo Geo AES Japanese Console Loose

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The Neo Geo AES console. A Quantum leap forward in home video game entertainment. This is the Japanese version of the Neo Geo AES. The console is unboxed with official controller, official Japanese power supply & AV cables, has been tested and works fine. The game is not included and is for illustration purposes only. You will need a step down transformer or an appropriate power supply to use this console in the UK or Europe - we can supply these, please ask if you require one.

Andro Dunos

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Enter a world of vivid colour, imagination, and space fantasy. A mission to deceive enemy guard in this bold new frontier. Pilot the awesome space fighters through the treacherous corridors of space. The newly developed fighter is equipped with multiple armament configurations that can be powered up four times. Three way and lasers are included in this arsenal and is enough to blow the enemies into moon dust.

Super Baseball 2020

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Conventional Baseball no longer exists in the year 2020. The Super Baseball Association has been very profitable over the years with robotic power players up against the strongest of athletes. Due to the secret manipulation of certain robotics team players, abilities have been computer controlled to decide the outcome of certain games to benefit the SBA. Die hard players have discovered the SBA's cheating and have now disconnected several parts of the computers to achieve fair and challenging play...

Robo Army

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In a world full of chaos and destruction, a new dark power ruled the land. The cyber army called Hell Jeed have come within the reach of their final objective... to create cyber cities; robot infested cities where no humans can be found. A hostile takeover... the people were of no match... the masses were slaughtered... their human brains used to equip the new soldiers of the Hell Jeed. The cyber army's invasion struck fear into the population of all the major cities and the few lucky inhabitants fled for their lives. Unprotected and battle scarred, the world seemed doomed and mankind's end was near...

Alpha Mission 2

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The lunar nightmare of a bloody 200 year space war was thought to be over in the original Alpha Mission. But now with the advent of more technically sophisticated weapons of the evil Fulvar and his Seven Star Alliance have returned to destroy all planets that stand in the way of the ultimate target... Earth!

Ninja Commando

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Spider, a merchant of death, plans to involve the future world in a swirling battlefield. Distrubing the past with his time machine. Now ninjas worldwide will unite to protect history from Spiders evil plan.

Thrash Rally

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The World Rally Championship and Paris-Dakar Rally are replayed realistically based on the updated racing data. Tracks of danger and beauty! Skid on by the world’s best drivers with your power drift and slide skills. Can you squeal past the finish line?

Ghost Pilots

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Close to the end of the war, a rumor of 'A huge natural resource found in F Country' was spreading among countries suffering from lack of war supplies. Neutral F Country, with its antiquated military, suddenly became the target of super powers C and D country. They became involved in the war. Exciting shooting game with dive bombing and steep climbs by enemy jetfighters. Rush to the battlefield!

Aggressors of Dark Kombat

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Anything goes to beat up your enemies. No rules, No limitations for the fight! Aerial battle, Provoking, Faking and Throwing. Anything is available! Weapons, Strangleholds, No mercy even to the weakened enemy. Throwing attack? Fist Fight? Try whatever you like!

World Heroes 2 Jet

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In the super cool Arena of the Ages, the World Heroes return with two Neo Challengers. Choose from the sixteen gladiators of the galaxy in the Jihad of Contact Sports games.

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