Neo•Geo X Is Dead
The abomination know as the Neo•Geo X is dead. This was basically a cheap emulator with an SNK logo slapped on there. SNK-Playmore had nothing to do with this thing other than licensing their IPs to TOMMO. This week, they pulled a Buster Wolf and ordered TOMMO to stop production of the hardware and the software.
The ghetto portable did exceed my expectations in terms of its library, though. I figured it wouldn’t receive any additional support after it launched, but a handful of games were actually released earlier this year.
That doesn’t change the fact that the majority of these games were already available on the SNK Classics Collection for PS2 and Wii.
So why did SNK-P pull the plug? Probably because the thing was a piece of shit. They’ve gone as far as to demand TOMMO to remove any remaining stock from retailers.
To answer the burning question of all two of you Neo•Geo X owners have, no you don’t all of a sudden own a collectible. This thing will be as collectible in 10 years as the N-Gage is now.
So what are your options now? Same as before. Get a PSP, hack it, and load it up with Neo ROMs. It will run better and last longer than the Neo•Geo X anyway. Or if you want a more authentic experience, you could shell out a ton of money for a Neo•Geo CD or CDZ (not recommended), AES, or consolized MVS.
The only good thing to come out of all of this was the USB Neo stick, which is supposed to be a pretty accurate recreation of the original. It’s still available on Amazon if you want to pick it up.
Buy it: Neo•Geo x Arcade Stick

Neo•Geo X Is Dead

The abomination know as the Neo•Geo X is dead. This was basically a cheap emulator with an SNK logo slapped on there. SNK-Playmore had nothing to do with this thing other than licensing their IPs to TOMMO. This week, they pulled a Buster Wolf and ordered TOMMO to stop production of the hardware and the software.

The ghetto portable did exceed my expectations in terms of its library, though. I figured it wouldn’t receive any additional support after it launched, but a handful of games were actually released earlier this year.

That doesn’t change the fact that the majority of these games were already available on the SNK Classics Collection for PS2 and Wii.

So why did SNK-P pull the plug? Probably because the thing was a piece of shit. They’ve gone as far as to demand TOMMO to remove any remaining stock from retailers.

To answer the burning question of all two of you Neo•Geo X owners have, no you don’t all of a sudden own a collectible. This thing will be as collectible in 10 years as the N-Gage is now.

So what are your options now? Same as before. Get a PSP, hack it, and load it up with Neo ROMs. It will run better and last longer than the Neo•Geo X anyway. Or if you want a more authentic experience, you could shell out a ton of money for a Neo•Geo CD or CDZ (not recommended), AES, or consolized MVS.

The only good thing to come out of all of this was the USB Neo stick, which is supposed to be a pretty accurate recreation of the original. It’s still available on Amazon if you want to pick it up.

Buy it: Neo•Geo x Arcade Stick
Neo•Geo X Getting More Games Including Blazing Star
I admit it. I was wrong. I never thought the Neo•Geo X would get any more games. But a big list of games on a new compilation called Neo Geo X Classics Vol I-V has just been released. (It’s unclear if these are sold all together or as different bundles.) Here it is:
Art of Fighting 3
Blazing Star (yes!)
Breakers Revenge (yes!)
Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves (yes!)
Kizuna Encounter (yes!)
King of Fighters ‘96
Last Blade 2
Metal Slug 2
Samurai Showdown 3
Savage Rein
Sengoku
Shock Troopers
Super Sidekicks 3
Top Hunter
World Heroes Jet
There’s still not enough here for me to justify a purchase of the portable. Most of these games are already available as ports, re-releases and compilations. The only one I’m dying to play is Blazing Star (since the iOS port is god awful. Either way, it’s good to see that this thing is actually being supported.

Neo•Geo X Getting More Games Including Blazing Star

I admit it. I was wrong. I never thought the Neo•Geo X would get any more games. But a big list of games on a new compilation called Neo Geo X Classics Vol I-V has just been released. (It’s unclear if these are sold all together or as different bundles.) Here it is:

  • Art of Fighting 3
  • Blazing Star (yes!)
  • Breakers Revenge (yes!)
  • Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves (yes!)
  • Kizuna Encounter (yes!)
  • King of Fighters ‘96
  • Last Blade 2
  • Metal Slug 2
  • Samurai Showdown 3
  • Savage Rein
  • Sengoku
  • Shock Troopers
  • Super Sidekicks 3
  • Top Hunter
  • World Heroes Jet

There’s still not enough here for me to justify a purchase of the portable. Most of these games are already available as ports, re-releases and compilations. The only one I’m dying to play is Blazing Star (since the iOS port is god awful. Either way, it’s good to see that this thing is actually being supported.

This Is What Neo•Geo X Games Look Like
That’s what they look like in Photoshop anyway. Customers who pre-order the Neo•Geo X handheld will get a cart containing Ninja Masters. Presumably more games will come out on these SD cards. The official site says that the cards use special formatting, so it might be tough to get your own ROMs to play on the handheld. I’m still on the fence about this one. Future support still seems iffy and the $200 price tag could just go towards a ROM box, which is basically what the Neo X is anyway.

This Is What Neo•Geo X Games Look Like

That’s what they look like in Photoshop anyway. Customers who pre-order the Neo•Geo X handheld will get a cart containing Ninja Masters. Presumably more games will come out on these SD cards. The official site says that the cards use special formatting, so it might be tough to get your own ROMs to play on the handheld. I’m still on the fence about this one. Future support still seems iffy and the $200 price tag could just go towards a ROM box, which is basically what the Neo X is anyway.

Neo•Geo X Supports 4:3 Aspect Ratio

One of my big concerns about the upcoming Neo•Geo X handheld is that previews had shown games running in a stretched 16:9 aspect ratio rather than the Neo’s native 4:3. According to Gamespot’s video (above) the aspect ratio can be toggled between letterbox and widescreen with a button. Phew!

Some Good and Bad News about Neo Geo X

The SNK licensed portable will be available in just a few months, but I’m still on the fence about buying one. The good news is that the thumbstick is microswitched like the Neo Geo CD controller and the Neo Geo Pocket’s thumbstick (not to mention any arcade stick worth using - sorry HAPP fans). That means super tactile feedback while pulling off quarter circles.

The bad news is that the system stretches the original image. The Neo Geo MVS and AES displayed in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The Neo Geo X uses 16:9. I called this when the thing was first announced, but I hoped I was wrong. Guess I wasn’t. Maybe there’s a letterbox setting somewhere in there.

Source: Tiny Cartridge

Neo•Geo X Drops 12/6/12
The Neo•Geo X has resurfaced with a release date of December 6, 2012 and a price of $200. That’s way better than the rumored $800. The handheld comes with an HDMI dock and a seemingly full-sized arcade stick modeled after the one that came with the Neo•Geo AES console.
However, several questions still remain. The system has a widescreen display, yet all Neo games were in 4:3 aspect ratio. Are we going to get a stretched image or vertical bars? Also, how are users going to get more games than the 20 pre-installed ones? Can they download ROMs or do they have to hope their favorite games are released down the road?
If this thing can’t play ROMs, it’s probably not worth buying. Neo•Geo fans on a budget want to play Sengoku 3 and Rage of the Dragons without paying for the AES or CMVS and - even worse - the carts. And I doubt games of that ilk will be published later on.

Neo•Geo X Drops 12/6/12

The Neo•Geo X has resurfaced with a release date of December 6, 2012 and a price of $200. That’s way better than the rumored $800. The handheld comes with an HDMI dock and a seemingly full-sized arcade stick modeled after the one that came with the Neo•Geo AES console.

However, several questions still remain. The system has a widescreen display, yet all Neo games were in 4:3 aspect ratio. Are we going to get a stretched image or vertical bars? Also, how are users going to get more games than the 20 pre-installed ones? Can they download ROMs or do they have to hope their favorite games are released down the road?

If this thing can’t play ROMs, it’s probably not worth buying. Neo•Geo fans on a budget want to play Sengoku 3 and Rage of the Dragons without paying for the AES or CMVS and - even worse - the carts. And I doubt games of that ilk will be published later on.

A Short History of Video Games & the Compact Disk

I was watching an episode of Modern Marvels the other day. It was the “90’s Tech” episode which outlined those ten magical years of George Foreman Grills, digital cameras, and MiniDisks. With just two minutes left in the show, they finally mentioned videogames, specifically the PlayStation. The fine researchers at Modern Marvels claimed that Sony’s machine was the first console to play CDs. After picking my jaw up off the floor and splashing some cold Surge on my face, I turned to my Furby and said, “LOL wut?” Nothing against Sony - the PS1 and 2 are two of my favorite consoles - but the PS1 was not the first, second, or ninth to use CDs as a game format.

Click through to read about the several consoles that used CDs before the PlayStation’s launch.

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Neo•Geo X to Cost £500? Get Serious!
That sounds like a ridiculous price, but the UK distributors of the officially licensed Neo•Geo X have confirmed a £500 asking price. That’s nearly $800 for a handful of emulated games, most of which you can buy on the Virtual Console. For that kind of money, you could buy a Neo Big Red, 4-slot MVS board, and a box full of great MVS carts.
A few days ago, Blaze denied the prices, chalking it up to a month-old rumor on a forum. However, they’ve already backtracked and confirmed this price (though they were kind enough to state that a price drop isn’t out of the question).
What the hell are these people thinking?

Neo•Geo X to Cost £500? Get Serious!

That sounds like a ridiculous price, but the UK distributors of the officially licensed Neo•Geo X have confirmed a £500 asking price. That’s nearly $800 for a handful of emulated games, most of which you can buy on the Virtual Console. For that kind of money, you could buy a Neo Big Red, 4-slot MVS board, and a box full of great MVS carts.

A few days ago, Blaze denied the prices, chalking it up to a month-old rumor on a forum. However, they’ve already backtracked and confirmed this price (though they were kind enough to state that a price drop isn’t out of the question).

What the hell are these people thinking?

A Little Bit on the Neo-Geo Side: Up for grabs on eBay is an oh-so-close-to-complete collection of the 149-game Neo-Geo MVS library. The lot includes every game except for Mr. Do and comes with shockboxes (homemade MVS cartridge holders and art inserts) as well as mainboards and even some posters. You’ll have to bring your own cab though.

A Little Bit on the Neo-Geo Side: Up for grabs on eBay is an oh-so-close-to-complete collection of the 149-game Neo-Geo MVS library. The lot includes every game except for Mr. Do and comes with shockboxes (homemade MVS cartridge holders and art inserts) as well as mainboards and even some posters. You’ll have to bring your own cab though.

A Little Bit on the Dick Side: Apparently, someone has stumbled upon a prototype of Resident Evil for Gameboy Color. He’s pledging to dump and upload the ROM of the cartridge if he is paid a cumulative $2,000 by interested gamers. Maybe I just come from a community of idealist gamers, but charging to release a proto is plain low.
Just last week, a prototype of a long lost Neo Geo game, The Last Odyssey, was released by a member of the Neo Geo community. What did he ask for in return? Absolutely nothing. And a Neo proto is whole hell of a lot more valuable than a Gameboy Color proto.
I know it’s common practice, but there are plenty of people in the proto-collecting scene that release without asking for anything. Screw these dudes who charge to release a proto. 

A Little Bit on the Dick Side: Apparently, someone has stumbled upon a prototype of Resident Evil for Gameboy Color. He’s pledging to dump and upload the ROM of the cartridge if he is paid a cumulative $2,000 by interested gamers. Maybe I just come from a community of idealist gamers, but charging to release a proto is plain low.

Just last week, a prototype of a long lost Neo Geo game, The Last Odyssey, was released by a member of the Neo Geo community. What did he ask for in return? Absolutely nothing. And a Neo proto is whole hell of a lot more valuable than a Gameboy Color proto.

I know it’s common practice, but there are plenty of people in the proto-collecting scene that release without asking for anything. Screw these dudes who charge to release a proto. 

A Little Bit on the Neo Side: The Neo•Geo Pocket cannot escape rong death. Or can it? Early this morning, news hit that SNK-Playmore were releasing this sleek looking portable. But in reality, SNK-P just licensed their name to be slapped onto it. More digging reveals that the unit is actually being produced by a Chinese company that also makes bootleg SNES and Genesis portables. I’d love for this to be the real deal, but between the widescreen display (all Neo games are 4:3, not 16:9) and the fact that it’s just licensed by SNK-P, this is probably closer to the Gamepark portables, not a new Neo Geo Pocket.

(Source: Engadget)

Albotas Review: The King of Fighters XIII

There’s a misconception that there was a drought in the world of 2D fighting games. Street Fighter IV brought the genre back into the mainstream, and a bunch of games rode the coattails: Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlu, and more. But the King of Fighters series has always been there. Unfortunately, the series gets constantly overlooked, and this will be especially criminal in the case of KoF XIII, which is a particularly great game.
 Creamy gameplay and controls, staggeringly huge and powerful combos, K’ and Mai are back, amazing true 2D graphics, SNK cameos
 Delay at beginning of online matches, ‘98 Iori is on-disk paid DLC, filler story per the usual 

Hit the link for our full review of KoF XIII

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Metal Slug. For Realz.

I can’t think of anything clever to say about this live action video with Metal Slug sprites inserted into the scenes. So you should probably just watch it.

King of Fighters XIII Gets Pre-Order Bonus
Atlus are never ones to skimp on the bonus content. Today they announced their “biggest pre-order offer in Atlus history.” It’s a four-disk CD compilation of KoF background music. I rarely pre-order games these days, mostly because I wait for them to drop to $20 or $30, but this bonus might be too good to resist.

King of Fighters XIII Gets Pre-Order Bonus

Atlus are never ones to skimp on the bonus content. Today they announced their “biggest pre-order offer in Atlus history.” It’s a four-disk CD compilation of KoF background music. I rarely pre-order games these days, mostly because I wait for them to drop to $20 or $30, but this bonus might be too good to resist.

KoF XIII Gets a Less Vague Date

Last month, Atlus announced that they’d be releasing a console port of the latest entry into the King of Fighters franchise - a port we didn’t think we’d end up seeing. The release date at the time was Holiday 2011. Atlus now say the game will be ready in October. Sweet! Also, check out this video. Did you see that Terry combo? Damn!

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