Magician Lord! Blue's Journey! Spinmaster! Art of Fighting!
Hamster has confirmed the next wave of games for its ACA Neo Geo range on the Switch. During a recent livestream, the Japanese company revealed that Magician Lord, Puzzled, Zed Blade, Raguy / Blue's Journey, Spinmaster, and Art of Fighting are all bound for Nintendo's console. Out of that...
No Y2K bug is stopping this brawling
After weeks of football and shmup action, Hamster is set to go back to Neo Geo's most familiar genre next week, with The King of Fighters 2000 arriving on the Switch eShop on 10th August. Following up the previous game the Striker system makes a return, now featuring alternate Striker-only characters from
"Eat my goal! The goalie's got football pie all over his shirt"
Hamster has confirmed that its next Neo Geo title on Switch will be Super Sidekicks. The 1992 classic started a series of soccer titles on the format and is famous for its quick and compelling gameplay, punctuated with high-quality 2D artwork which pops up at key moments during each...
Will be shown at the "ATLUS/SEGA - SNK" booth
SNK's Neo Geo system is one of gaming's true legends, but since it was released the company has been through some real ups and downs. However, things are looking positive for the firm these days; it now has the financial backing of a huge Chinese conglomerate and has recently dropped the
Going on strike
Nintendo UK's site has revealed that The King Of Fighters '99 is the next entry in the popular ACA Neo Geo series. Notable for introducing the "Striker" system - where support characters can leap in to assist your team - the 1999 entry in the long-running series also put new fighter K' in the spotlight. While it's perhaps not...
Over 200,000 arcade classics sold
We've just gotten word from the lovely folks at Hamster Corp. in Japan that the ACA Neo Geo series of games has now sold 200,000 games on Nintendo Switch worldwide. That's a pretty monumental achievement, but then we have seen some excellent games so far, including Metal Slug 3, Samurai Shodown IV, Waku Waku 7 and...
UPDATE: Available now in Europe
Update: The game is available as we speak in Europe. Original story: In a surprise move, Hamster Corp. has revealed that the cult Neo Geo shooter Blazing Star will be hitting the North American Switch eShop today. The game is widely regarded as one of the console's finest blasters, and in its original physical...
The original SNK arcade brawler
We brought you the news that Over Top is headed to the Neo Geo roster on the Switch eShop only this morning, but now the European eShop's Coming Soon page has been refreshed and we can see that Fatal Fury will be the Neo Geo game for next week. It will cost £6.29 and be available for download on the 20th April; the...
A Neo Geo game that's not a fighter!
Hamster is launching Alpha Mission II on the Switch eShop this week as part of its ACA Neo Geo range, it has been revealed. Known as ASO II: The Last Guardian in Japan, this 1991 vertically-scrolling shooter was one of the earliest titles for SNK's console, and served as a sequel to the 1985 arcade original. It...
Hamster's not slowing things down when it comes to Neo Geo titles on the Switch eShop, and the next big release is Samurai Shodown IV, which has been confirmed for European release on April 13th. This weapons-based fighter is considered to be one of the best entries in the long-running Samuari Shodown franchise, and Hamster appears to be...
Switch owners have already sampled the delights of Metal Slug 3 but this week they'll be able to see where the series began by playing the original game. Hamster has just announced that Metal Slug is coming to the ACA Neo Geo range on Nintendo's console, and as you might expect it will be blessed with all the usual enhancements, such...
If you've been enjoying the ACA Neo Geo series from Hamster then you'll be pleased to learn that we're getting another title this week, and it's a doozy. Neo Turf Masters originally launched back in 1996 and, without putting too fine a point on it, is one of the best golf games ever made (in our humble opinion, of course). Its large,...
And Blaster Master Zero, too
UPDATE: As several you have pointed out, this is part of the "Arcade Archives" range which is listed on Nintendo of America's official site. ORIGINAL STORY: Yesterday Nintendo revealed that the Switch Virtual Console won't be active at launch, with more information on the service coming in the future. However, we may...
Say hello to Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter
A team of ex-SNK staffers are working on a one-on-one fighter for the SNES called Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter. Yes, you read that right, the SNES. The project has passed under the radar somewhat, and only came to light thanks to a recent Facebook post regarding the game's playable debut at the...
War has rarely been this much fun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzpmDDrh6xo Metal Slug is unique in the world of gaming as being a hardcore run-and-gun shooter which practically everyone has heard of. Despite the fact that it launched on the super-exclusive Neo Geo system in the mid '90s when the world was going giddy over 3D visuals, the first...
What once was old is new again
SNK Playmore has announced that it is dropping the "Playmore" from its name and will once again be known as SNK. Founded in 1978 as Shin Nihon Kikaku, the company produced arcade hits like Ikari Warriors and Alpha Mission before creating its own coin-op standard in the form of the Neo Geo system. Titles like King of...
$63.5 million paid for 81.25 percent of the gaming veteran
SNK Playmore has been acquired by a a group of Chinese investors, Gameindustry.biz is reporting. Ledo Millennium has paid $63.5 million for 81.25 percent of the company's shares, purchased from former SNK CEO Eikichi Kawasaki and his wife Natsuyo Kawasaki. Chinese companies Oriental...
We still haven't got enough of Smash Bros. yet, but playing the game relentlessly day after day has had us hankering for revisiting old fighting games. Then, a crazy thought entered our brains — what if the cheesy Smash Bros. announcer was replaced with those of other famous brawlers? The result of this incredibly strange train...
Send in the lawyers
Yesterday we reported that SNK had retracted its license and demanded an end to the manufacturing and sale of the Neo Geo X, a portable version of the iconic '90s console. We rather thought that'd be the end of the matter, as the IP holder had issued a rather blunt demand — lesson learned, never underestimate the power of...
And just like that, it's gone
Not so long ago we reviewed the Neo Geo X and Mega Pack Volume 1, a potential low cost option for gamers to own a piece of portable hardware that could run games from the iconic system, ideal if a Wii Virtual Console or pricey Neo Geo system aren't handy. While it had its merits, our conclusion reflected some...
Come on SNK! Less fighting, more shooting!
While it's fairly common knowledge that the Neo Geo system sported a rather sizable library of fighting titles, many people don't realise that the system also featured an extremely impressive assortment of shoot 'em up releases as well. In fact, several of these games rank as some of the best shooters of all time among avid fans of the genre. So why is it..
Frogs, romantic sagas, galactic brawling, shogi, mahjong, monsters and prison breaks next week in Japan
WiiWareFrogger Returns (500pts – Konami) – A Japanese catch-up title that's been out for a few months in North America and just last month in Europe. We thought it was good fun and a nice return to form for a franchise that has spent a lot of time trying to become a platforming game. Virtual..
Featuring the mighty Castlevania Rondo of Blood!
While we speculated on the return of the Hanabi Festival recently, Nintendo were busy putting the finishing touches to the fifth instalment of their import spectacular, due to launch this Friday. Kicking off with the fantastic Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and taking in IronClad, Milon's Secret Castle and, er,
A light download selection next week after this week's mega releases.
This week's update was full to bursting, so it's just as well that next week is a little on the light side with only a few downloads for both Wii and DSi. WiiWarePonjan (1000pts - Tomy) -- The Wii counterpart to the DSiWare release of the kiddy version of mahjong (real mahjong -- not the matching game). Virtual ConsoleKing of..
Japan converges the dates and a long lost Virtual Console system returns from the dead!
Owing to a holiday on Tuesday Nintendo are releasing downloads for both Wii and DSi on Wednesday. Only one WiiWare release and two VC releases appear for the Wii, though Virtual Console fans will be excited to see the first NEO GEO game in ages. 4 DSiWare...