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Hardware Review: Analogue Interactive's Wooden Neo Geo MVS

Posted by Damien McFerran

"Naked" is not a term that one can so easily apply to Analogue’s effort, however. Bedecked in a gorgeous wood casing, this feels more like a piece of expensive Hi-Fi equipment than it does a game console. Everything has been hand-finished, right down to the spring-loaded dust flaps that protect the innards when a cartridge isn’t inserted.

Across the back of the console you’ll discover a plethora of AV outputs – the only one missing is old-fashioned RF, and we can’t imagine many will lament that fact. European gamers will love the inclusion of RGB SCART (which offers fantastic colour and clarity) while those in other parts of the world will be pleased that S-Video makes the cut.

Owners of modern LCD HD televisions will rejoice at the fact that component video is supported, and while we can’t imagine that similar shouts of celebration will accompany the news that composite output is also available, it will at least provide solace to those who cannot use any of the other choices.

A component cable is included with the machine, but if you intend to use any other connection you’ll have to shell out some additional cash for a lead. Analogue Interactive are prepping their own SCART leads, and given the unique nature of the MVS video modification, it’s recommended you don’t use any other variants.

Also inside the box you’ll discover a multi-region power supply, which will work anywhere in the world. It has a two-pin North American connection, so being UK-based we naturally had to pick up a cheap travel adapter to get the ball rolling.

You’re probably wondering by now when controllers are going to mentioned. Sadly, no interface options are included with the Analogue interactive MVS. You’ll need to source your own controllers, but thankfully this isn’t too much of an issue when you have certain online auction sites at your disposal. Pre-owned AES sticks and pads are pretty common (especially the Neo Geo CD variants) and thanks to their rugged design, they’re often as tight and responsive as the day they rolled off the production line. It’s an additional cost you’ll have to shoulder, but if you’re already something of an SNK fan, chances are you may already have an old stick lying around some place anyway.

Another feature worth mentioning is the inclusion of a Unibios 3.0 chip inside the machine. Without wanting to get too technical, this basically allows you to toggle the default configuration of the machine. You can pick between MVS or AES modes; MVS will allow you to rack up credits (just as you would in the arcade) while the domestic (AES) setting will give you a set number of continues, plus other home-related options. You can also pick the region (some games remove blood on the North American setting), listen to music and even enable a cheat mode, depending on the game in question.

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User Comments (19)

DazzaAdmin

#1

Dazza said:

Wow, this is surely a thing of beauty!

When can these guys fashion me a wonderfully chiselled NES? :-p

CorbsAdmin

#3

Corbs said:

That is a beauty. I vote Nintendo's new console should be made of wood. :D

Wheels2050

#7

Wheels2050 said:

I'm a bit worried about these 'history lesions' you mentioned - have you seen the doctor? :P

On topic, this is a very nice-looking piece of kit. I'm not particularly familiar with the hardware so thanks for the write-up! I can't say I'm likely to ever get one, but it's good to know about it!

JamieOStaff

#13

JamieO said:

I think that it is brilliant that Nlife are "one of the first sites on the face of the planet to get our hands on this wonder machine – in fact, in our clammy palms we currently have the only available example in the world."

That's incredible in its own right, this is such a lush bit of kit, I also like the way in which @Damo puts the cost of this wooden Neo Geo MVS into perspective by noting that it works out as an investment for a retro gamer.

I'm loving the depth of these multi-page Nlife articles too, guys.
Great work!

OldBoy

#15

OldBoy said:

:O Oh thats a beaut to be sure!! I'm a huge fan of wood (ooh er ;) ) and find it sad that its rarely used in electronics anymore so I really love this thing. I am one of those thirty somethings that revered the kid with the Neo-Geo at school (rich B*£^&"d!! ) and now I'm just as envious of you guys!! HA! No way could I blow that amout of money on it though, my missus would ,quite literally, kill me :D. Saying that if they ever made a wooden SNES I may consider it :D.
Great article dude.

JebbyDeringer

#17

JebbyDeringer said:

Hmm I would buy one and have the logo laser etched into the wood.

Back in 1998/99 I wanted a Neogeo system pretty badly. They had an AES unit with games at a local pawn shop for $200 or $300 and I was tempted to trade in my computer (which probably wasn't worth a lot). I was still heavily into Negeo up until about 5 years ago but never bought an AES or MVS machine. I had seen some arcade cabinets for as low as $50 but never had the space for one. I even came across a 6 slot machine with Metal Slug 1 & 2 + other games for $250.

JRAPOCALYPSE

#19

JRAPOCALYPSE said:

Mvs housed every single game and the aes did not,and while i have an aes i also built something similar to this that my mvs is in but i used cherry oak,also a 4 slot in cherry oak to transform my mvs 1 slot into a 4 slot,this is pretty too but i prefer mine.My custom cab is also unlike any ever seen.When i get bored i make some pretty cool stuff,just takes a little time and skill.

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