Neo Geo Reviews

Sengoku 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Sengoku 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Third time's the charm

While SNK was far more well known for its one-on-one fighting games, it did toss out a few beat 'em ups along the way. Some of the attempts were better than others: Sengoku 3 is one such example. It basically takes many of the solid gameplay perks of the first two games and amps things up considerably. Toss in a fresh coat of...

The King of Fighters '99 ( / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '99 ( / Neo Geo)

Different, but still impressive

The King of Fighters is a series that's long been a staple of the Neo Geo platform. But with a few new twists and added bells and whistles, the developers have kicked things up a notch. While not as revered as its predecessor, considered by many to be the pinnacle of the series, King of Fighters '99 still adds enough...

Sengoku (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Sengoku (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

An interesting twist on the beat 'em up genre

Given the popularity of arcade titles like Final Fight and Double Dragon, the beat 'em up genre was a big draw in arcades during the late eighties and early nineties. Hoping to cash in on some of this success, SNK created its own unique take on the genre with Sengoku for its Neo Geo system. While the...

NAM-1975 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

NAM-1975 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

War is heaven

Although NAM-1975 was an early Neo Geo release, it's certainly not short on fun. Released in 1990, it took a simple shooting approach and built an interesting war theme around it. Simple mechanics and a level of playability that wasn't too common in the genre made for an amazing gameplay experience. Now SNK Playmore is bringing back...

Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Third time's a charm?

Art of Fighting sprang onto the Neo Geo arcade scene in 1993 and brought with it several innovations that would become a staple of future Neo fighting titles. For one thing the game featured huge character sprites, some spanning nearly the height of the screen. It also introduced the now famous SNK zoom system that would keep...

The King of Fighters '98 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '98 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The best there ever was

For many 2D fighting game fans, The King of Fighters '98 represents the zenith of the series; the crowning glory of the only rival lineage to truly bloody the nose of Capcom’s genre-defining Street Fighter. It’s not hard to see why this is the case; the game looks stunning, has a massive roster of characters and boasts...

World Heroes 2 Jet (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

World Heroes 2 Jet (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Jet setter

Speed upgrades became all of the rage during the early fighting game craze during the early '90s — Capcom practically made a living at it for a while. So when arcade gamers began complaining about the sluggish speed of World Heroes 2, SNK did the logical thing and borrowed a page from Capcom's book. When World Heroes 2 Jet burst onto...

Metal Slug 4 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Metal Slug 4 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Fourth time a charm?

If there's one thing that can be said with any degree of certainty, it's that SNK's Metal Slug series always remained fairly consistent over the course of their releases. The gameplay remained pretty much the same, with little more than a few tweaks here and there for good measure. Metal Slug 4 was developed by Korean firm Mega...

Shock Troopers 2nd Squad (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Shock Troopers 2nd Squad (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Trigger happy

Much like the original Shock Troopers game, 2nd Squad is very much inspired by the early days of arcade gaming, when overhead run-and-gun titles like Capcom's Commando were in vogue. While the game has a very Metal Slug feel to it, the multi-directional scrolling and 360 degree movement and firing make for quite an intense and engaging...

World Heroes 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

World Heroes 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Global gathering

ADK’s World Heroes series is one of the Neo Geo’s lesser-known fighting dynasties, and is usually pushed to one side when people get all nostalgic about the likes of King of Fighters, Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown and Fatal Fury. This is probably because the franchise never really took itself all that seriously; the cast was...

Real Bout Fatal Fury (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Real Bout Fatal Fury (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

In the beginning...

After several releases in the Fatal Fury franchise, SNK decided to create a sub-series with the release of Real Bout Fatal Fury. The game didn't deviate too far from the experience that fans had come to expect, but there was a certain intensity and flair that needed to be explored and perhaps that was the reasoning behind the...

Ninja Master's: Haō Ninpō Chō (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Ninja Master's: Haō Ninpō Chō (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Something old, something new

Not only were there a huge number of fighting games throughout the lifespan of the Neo Geo system, there was also a serious amount of variety in the styles and executions of those games. While most Neo Geo fans will associate developer ADK with its popular World Heroes series, it was its final release for the system,...

Sengoku 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Sengoku 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Transformations and annihilations

SNK may have dedicated a large portion of their efforts to the one-on-one fighting genre, but occasionally they would branch out into other game types, sometimes with rather successful results. The original Sengoku was praised for its unique use of character transformations, but the play controls weren't always the...

Shock Troopers (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Shock Troopers (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Don't think, just shoot!

While the run-and-gun genre generally evolved into the side-scrolling blast-a-thons we all know and love, there were a few titles during the early arcade days that took a more overhead perspective like Capcom's popular Commando arcade release. It was this direction that developer Saurus took when it came time to put together...

The Last Blade 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The Last Blade 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Last Blade Part Deux

When the original Last Blade title was released it took weapons-based fighting in 2D to new heights with its fluid play controls and intense fighting action. Not wanting to rest on its laurels, SNK soon put together a sequel that didn't try to really overhaul anything, but rather stuck to tweaking a few minor aspects of the...

Metal Slug X (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Metal Slug X (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

X hits the spot

While Contra has always been the game by which all run and gun titles have been judged, serious fans of the genre will still flash a wide grin at the mere mention of the Metal Slug series, especially Metal Slug X. There's no denying that Metal Slug 2 had all of the makings of an amazing run and gunner, but the rampant slowdown ended...

Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Special indeed

Generally speaking, the "special" SNK releases are generally used as an upgrade to iron out kinks found in the previous releases of the game. Real Bout Fatal Fury Special is no exception and actually goes quite a long way at upgrading the previous Real Bout Fatal Fury title, even tossing in a bunch of new goodies for fighting game...

World Heroes Perfect (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

World Heroes Perfect (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Not quite perfect

When World Heroes was first released on SNK's Neo Geo arcade and home console system, it was yet another attempt to capture the popularity of Capcom's Street Fighter, this time by developer ADK. While the game featured some unique gameplay and visual features, it was still regarded more as a nice attempt at the genre than any type...

The King of Fighters '96 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '96 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

A step in the right direction

King of the Fighters '96 marks the third release in the popular SNK fighting game series, and while we've already seen KoF releases from both before and after this title, SNK has finally decided to go back and release this pivotal release in the series. With a host of new gameplay additions, many of which help balance...