We have been playing Neo Geo occasionally since we got a Neo Geo CD just over a year ago. Because of the long loading times the system suffers from, and also because not all Neo Geo games were released on the NEO Geo CD we played some games on the Wii virtual console and a few on the Nintendo Switch. In fact, the Neo Geo is having it’s renaissance now with most of the system’s games getting releases on the Xbox One, PS4 and the Nintendo Switch. I am loving playing Neo Geo games on the road on my Switch. Those versions have highly customizable settings which is just what these games needed.
The Neo Geo AES was the ultimate arcade home console at the time but the system and the games were too expensive for normal people so they released the more affordable Neo Geo CD which is infamous for long loading times (I find it ok its just an excuse to have a sip of beer/coffee). The system had an extremely long lifespan of more than 10 years ranging from the beginnings of the 16-bit era until the end of the 32-bit era and beyond for a few late titles.
These are arcade games, all of them being co-op or 2 player. The system is most famous for the fighting genre but the Neo Geo has a solid release for all arcade style genres from run and gun to sports games.
Let’s dive into the top 10 games for the Neo Geo!
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Next up in our Neo Geo reviews is Shock Troopers! Shock Troopers was released in 1997 on the MVS but never on the AES or Neo Geo CD systems which is a shame. We played it on the WiiVC which should be accurate to the MVS version. The game was also released with an online feature on Steam but i’ve heard that the port is a bad, choppy emulation.
Shock Troopers is a 2-player co-op run and gun game thatkinda makes you think “what if Ikari Warriors was actually a good game?”. Yes, you have the overhead view and can walk/shoot in 8 directions.
Now lets gun down some bad guys!
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This review marks a breakthrough for the website as in this is our first Neo Geo game review. This means that eventually we will have a “Top 10 Neo Geo games” list and a lot more co-op recommendations because the Neo Geo is essentially an arcade system and the AES and CD home consoles are all arcade games on home consoles.
So yeah i got myself a Neo Geo CD. It has long loading times, not all Neo Geo games were released on the system and most games suffer from the infinite credit syndrome. Still, no one can afford the AES games and for all the games that were not released on the Neo Geo CD and/or if i feel want to have a set number of credits in some games i get the game for the Wii Virtual Console.
Windjammers (Flying Power Disc) was released in 1995 and it is a head to head pong game in a fancy suit. Great fun and a great way to break into the Neo Geo library also because the game is set for release on the PS4 with online functionality.
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