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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World Heroes

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Who is the greatest hero in the world? You will find out today. A scientist has created a time machine that eight heroes travel through time with to prove who is the greatest fighter of all time.

World Heroes 2

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The heroes are back in their biggest and meanest battle ever! The Heroes return with six new contestants. Travel through time and face the onslaught of opponents in an exciting, bruising battle of the ages.

Super Spy

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Your orders! Stop the terrorism! The terrorist group Zolge King, has the united States in a panic over their life threatening actions. You must destroy the new bomb being built by the terrorists who have taken over the major automakers sky rise headquarters.

Spin Master

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You are an adventurer in search of pieces to a secret treasure map. but beware of the evil Dr. Dokked. He and his henchmen are out to stop you, and will do anything to get to the treasure before you do! Use your yo-yo to put an end to Dr. Dokked's plans.

Super Sidekicks 2

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Choose your favourite team from 48 countries! The path to number one relies on the strength of your team. Build the strongest teams in the world and drink the elixir of victory from the coveted NEO GEO CUP!

Soccer Brawl

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The future is now. what we know today, as the sport of soccer, has evolutionized into what we can now call Soccer Brawl! The Cybernetic players use special kick shots and built-in arm phasers to destroy the other players. make sure your power meter is full when exercising these brutal tactics. Both stadiums, which are magnetically enclosed, enable you to kick or pass. off the wall. there are no fouls in this league, so watch your back or you'll get pulverized by the opposing team!

Sengoku 3

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Punch. A fairly foolproof, speedy method of attack that teaches your opponents the meaning of the word pressure. Slice. Dazzle your enemies with your special weapon of choice. But be on your toes because special weapons vary with each character! Body Slam. Bury your enemy in the turf! A great move to take out the most enemies with the least amount of effort.

Sengoku

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A warlord in the past planned to conquer the world by brutal attack. Now, 400 years later, the 'Demon Castle' suddenly appears in the sky above Washington D.C. The prophecy came true! Only two samurai warriors with the special weapon can sop the revival of this ghost.

Samurai Showdown 2

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They've licked their wounds, improved their techniques and now they're back! The world's 15 fiercest warriors clang steel in a fast and furious fest of fencing festivities. Use new characters and new feints to hack, slice, dice, and Julien fry your way to victory!

Ninja Combat

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Slash through the darkness. Joe and Hayabsa head toward the Nija Tower to destroy the shadow family. Their quest is to bring peace back to the people. They form the Ninja Combat with friends they meet through battle. Sneaking into the fortress, they dodge traps that await them! Fight the dark Ninja with lethal Ninja Majic!

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