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2020 Super Baseball (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

2020 Super Baseball (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Step up to the plate

Taking a popular sport and fusing it together with a futuristic theme is certainly nothing new in the world of video games. Atari managed quite a bit of success with its robotic football release Cyberball, so it comes as no surprise that other companies would follow suit. Back in 1991 SNK took a page out of Atari's book and...

The Last Blade (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The Last Blade (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Neo Geo fighting at its finest

There are very few game consoles in existence that can compete with the diverse fighting game library of SNK's Neo Geo system. While some of the earlier efforts came up short of reaching the quality of Capcom's Street Fighter II series, many later efforts ended up being some of the best 2D fighting releases of the era...

Metal Slug 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Metal Slug 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Heavy metal

Due to the bevy of fighting games released for Neo Geo, it's always a refreshing sight to see a game of a different genre from the format re-released on Virtual Console. We've just about hit the jackpot this time — Metal Slug 3 can easily be considered one of the single best games the system ever got. The first and second games in the...

The King of Fighters '97 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '97 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The once and future king

Despite being the fourth in the series, The King of Fighters '97 is only the third to reach the Wii Virtual Console, SNK Playmore having skipped King of Fighters '96 in favour of its bigger, beefier brother. Without '96 to bridge the gap, the jump from King of Fighters '95 to '97 is huge: there are six more characters for a...

Magical Drop III (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Magical Drop III (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The pinnacle of the series

With the recent release of Magical Drop II on the Virtual Console, Wii owners got the chance to experience one of the more enjoyable puzzlers available for the Neo Geo system and a game that's become quite popular among fans of the console over the years. Now SNK-Playmore has decided to up the ante and release the game's sequel Magical Drop III, and despite making use of..

Karnov's Revenge (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Karnov's Revenge (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Karnov should stick to side-scrollers

To say that there were a wealth of Street Fighter 2 clones during its reign of popularity in arcades would be an understatement, but none were quite as blatant as Data East's Karnov's Revenge. In fact, the game was so similar in many respects that it drew the ire of Capcom, not to mention a failed lawsuit...

Magical Drop II (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Magical Drop II (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

As intense as it is addictive

We've seen a wealth of "falling object" puzzlers since Tetris hit the scene in the 80's, some better than others. Data East's Magical Drop introduced a few new tricks to introduce a fun puzzler experience into arcades that turned quite a few heads during the time. As a follow-up, the company created two sequels on SNK's Neo Geo arcade system and the result..

Spin Master (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Spin Master (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Not masterful, but still pretty good

With probably about half of the Neo Geo's library of games consisting of fighting games, it's always nice to see another platformer for the system released on VC. In Spin Master, you take control of either Johnny or Tom as you try to recover five pieces of a lost treasure map and rescue Johnny's girlfriend. It's a pretty straight-forward game, in which you..

Street Hoop (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Street Hoop (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Slam dunk or flagrant foul?

While many of the other consoles of the time were receiving a good variety of basketball offerings, the Neo Geo system was relegated to just one. Data East's Street Hoop passed over the traditional basketball experience in favour of a more playground-esque 3-on-3 style, complete with backboard shaking dunks and a wealth of influences from many of the other arcade hoops..

Samurai Shodown III (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Samurai Shodown III (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

A new spin on the popular fighting series

It's no secret that the Samurai Shodown series played a huge role in vaulting SNK up to the big boy fighting game table. And as popular as the original release was, it was the sequel that would set the standard by which all future titles of the franchise would be judged. Samurai Shodown III would mark the...

The King of Fighters '95 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '95 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

For those who like having their asses handed to them

After having some solid success in arcades with the inaugural game in the series The King of Fighters '94, SNK wanted to try to address some of the complaints players had with the game in the sequel. Two of the biggest complaints were the inability to customise your own team lineups and the...

Fatal Fury Special (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Fatal Fury Special (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Is it really all that special?

There's no question that Fatal Fury 2 was quite a step up in quality from the original, but it seems SNK still wasn't completely satisfied with the game and decided to release an upgrade in the form of Fatal Fury Special. Rather than start from scratch, they basically took Fatal Fury 2, added in the ability to play as...

Ironclad (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Ironclad (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

A rare Neo Geo CD gem comes to the Japanese Virtual Console

You can be forgiven for not having heard of Chotetsu Brikin'ger (often referred to as Ironclad Brikin'ger on the web) as it's one of a handful of Neo Geo CD titles that was never released in MVS cartridge form for arcades or outside of Japan (though according to message boards this VC release is based upon the unreleased MVS ROM). Assuming..

Metal Slug 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Metal Slug 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Wipe out General Morden's newly remobilised Rebellion Army.

Not many games at the time could go toe-to-toe with Konami's Contra series quite like the Metal Slug titles. Not only did they feature the same run-n-gun arcade action of Contra, but they also took things to new levels of intensity and sported some of the largest and most creative boss encounters ever seen in a game of their type. After a..

Samurai Shodown II (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Samurai Shodown II (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

First released in 1994, this fighting game follows 15 samurai in their individual quests.

Let's face it, the majority of SNKs existence is based around their unrelenting quest to come up with a fighting game for their system that could stand toe-to-toe with Capcom's immensely popular Street Fighter II arcade game. Samurai Shodown has the unique distinction of being the fighting game that finally..

Neo Turf Masters (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Neo Turf Masters (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Golf in Neo Geo style.

There are basically two good golf games available for the Neo Geo. Top Player's Golf was released in 1990 and is a solid and playable golf game in and of itself, but Neo Turf Masters, which was released 6 years later, is clearly a much more refined and enjoyable golfing experience. The game features some very playable game play mechanics and features four different golf..

Art of Fighting 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Art of Fighting 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Art of Fighting 2 sees 12 characters compete for the title in the toughest fighting contest of them all: King of Fighters.

The original Art of Fighting may not have threatened Street Fighter II in terms of gameplay but it certainly turned a few heads and stole some of the trade away from Capcom’s seminal 2D fighter. This second game takes the core concept of the first title and gently refines..

Ninja Commando (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Ninja Commando (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Ikari Warriors with ninjas - awesome!

Ninja Commando is often confused for Ninja Combat or even its sequel, but in fact, it's neither. Ninja Commando is basically an overheard run 'n gun game that feels a lot like the arcade classic Ikari Warriors at times, although it doesn't quite have the same level of playability. While the game is an earlier Neo Geo title, it's actually one of the better ones..