Many consoles were sold with the promise that they could bring the arcade experience into your home. SNK’s Neo Geo was the first console to truly live up to this promise. First, the Neo Geo hardware was called “MVS” (Multi Video System). AES (Advanced Entertainment System) was the name of the next home version. It had the same basic specs as the arcade version. They were the same size as arcade boards, and the console came with high-end joysticks when it came out. There were a lot of fights at arcades when the Neo Geo came out. This was shown in its collection of games. SNK made most of the games for the Neo Geo, and there wasn’t much in the way of variety. The console was never meant to break out of its niche market status. In the beginning, it was only available to rent, but there was enough demand for SNK to make it available as a high-end console. The Neo Geo was the most expensive console ever made. It cost $650 in 1990, which was a lot back then.
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1. Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy
You might not have heard of Top Hunter, which is a platform game with a lot to do. The two-player mode helped Top Hunter stand out from other platformers. It almost made the game feel like a side-scrolling beat ’em up, though. Jumping into the background also made Top Hunter stand out and added more depth to the game. Besides that, there’s a lot of depth to the game play. It’s up to the players to kill their enemies. They can jump on their heads, throw them, or shoot them with guns. With this game, players will even be able to run over their enemies with robot cars! One of the most interesting things about the game is that it has special moves that look a lot like moves from Street Fighter. Players can throw fireballs and do other amazing things with the right moves on the joystick or button combinations. If you like platform games, Top Hunter is one of the best on the Neo Geo. When the Neo Geo first came out, platformers were at the top of their game. The console didn’t have a lot of room for the genre, though. It’s a shame, because the hardware was just right for them. There could have been a lot more games like Top Hunter on it.
2. Blazing Star
You can see why I think Blazing Star is the best Neo Geo shoot ’em up game. First of all, the fact that you can play the game with a friend puts it above many other games in the same genre. During the game, another player can join in. I also like that players can choose from a wide range of ships. There are six ships in the game, and each one has its own weapons. Players can switch ships after they finish the game, which makes it easy for them to try new things. As a game, Blazing Star isn’t very “unfair.” People who die don’t have to start over from the beginning. With that said, the game is still very hard. Most of the time, the screen is full of dozens of enemy ships and a lot of bullets. One thing that many people like better than pre-made graphics are hand-drawn sprites. It is hard not to be impressed with how the game looks. Action in Blazing Star is so good that it’s almost unbelievable. Bizarre boss fights and poorly-translated text only make the game even more fun to play.
As you can see, there’s a lot of the same games on this list, but Spinmaster is yet another one. A lot of the game’s style was based on Data East’s own Joe and Mac series, but it didn’t have the same success. Spinmaster is a game that combines traditional platforming gameplay with “run and gun” features. The game has a comical art style, and the characters have a lot of charm. With yo-yos, players don’t shoot their enemies away, but instead, they hit them and they die. As for weapon upgrades, there are a lot of them. Players can also expect to find ninja stars and boxing gloves in the game. If you want to kill your enemies in a typical platforming way, you can also jump on their heads to do it. Spinmaster is a short game, but each level takes the players to a new place. There’s always something new to see and do at each place you go. Spinmaster can be very hard to deal with, and there can be a lot of enemies to deal with at the same time. There are good controls and the game actually gets more fun to play as it gets more difficult. A second player makes the game more fun. Most people think of Metal Slug when they think of fun, side-scrolling action games on the Neo Geo. It’s safe to say that Spinmaster has a lot of the things that made Metal Slug games so fun.
4. SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos
This game is called SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, and it’s a mix of characters from both SNK and Capcom. Capcom had already made their own crossover games (Capcom vs. SNK), but SVC Chaos was made by SNK. SVC Chaos has the same basic four-button setup as most SNK fighting games, but the game added a lot of new moves. “Front Grand Step” lets players jump toward their opponent and cancel into a basic attack. A new multi-leveled Power Gauge lets players cancel their moves more freely. “Front Grand Step” SVC Chaos has a roster of 36 characters from different SNK and Capcom games. Athena, Metal Slug, and Fatal Fury are all on the SNK side of the game. From Darkstalkers to Red Earth to Mega Man X, there are characters from these games on the Capcom side. People who work for Capcom used characters from the Street Fighter series for almost three-quarters of their characters. That’s not a bad thing, though. A lot of people think of the Neo Geo as a 2D fighting game console. The console didn’t get to play the most popular 2D fighting game series ever. The game was right to have so many Street Fighter characters in it. Neo Geo was almost 14 years old when SVC Chaos came out, so it’s a big deal that the game even came out at all.
5. Money Puzzle Exchanger
A lot of people wonder if what they’re seeing is ironic or if the developers put too many poppy seeds on their bagels every morning before they went to work. Our first game is one of those games that makes you think about that.
This 1997 puzzle game was made by Face. It’s a lot like games like Puzzle Bobble or Magical Drop.
But instead of bubbles or colorful spheres, you’re shooting money at the screen.
People who play the game have names like Debtmiser or Eldylabor because it has a weird financial look to it.
6. Neo Drift Out: New Technology
Neo Drift Out, a 1996 game made by Visco Corp., is a good game for something more normal.
When you do this, you get to drive a classic rally car around six different tracks from all over the world.
One of the best things about this game, besides its tight controls and exciting gameplay, is that it lets you choose from a Mitsubishi Lancer, a Toyota Celica, or a Subaru Impreza as your car, and each one has its own unique style.
A lot of the time, it feels like you’re playing a game called Initial D. It’s also very fun.
7. Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory
Neo Geo had a lot of sports-themed games.
And SNK’s “Super” games were some of the best.
The third Super Sidekicks movie came out in 1995, and it’s the best one in the whole series.
It does everything Super Sidekicks 2 did well, but it also changes the presentation, making an already fun game look even better.
This was one of the best soccer games of the decade because it had a lot of different gameplay options, from quick play to regional cups.