Neo Geo Reviews

King of the Monsters (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

King of the Monsters (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

King of the Monsters is an action/fighting game that features city-destroying battles between huge monsters.

King of the Monsters is one of those titles that, despite being a very mediocre game overall, enjoys a fairly strong following around the gaming community. The game takes the classic "giant monster stomping through cities" made famous in the King Kong and Godzilla movies, and..

Fatal Fury 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Fatal Fury 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

In addition to Terry, Andy and Joe, who appeared in the original game, another five distinctive fighters gather from around the world to compete for the championship title.

Although the original Fatal Fury was undoubtedly one of the best challengers to square up to Capcom’s Street Fighter 2, many would argue that SNK’s franchise didn’t really get into its stride until the sequel was released..

Ninja Combat (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Ninja Combat (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Ninja Combat is a scrolling beat 'em up featuring, as the title suggests, ninjas.

One of the first releases for SNK’s Neo Geo console, Ninja Combat is unsurprisingly a little rough around the edges. Graphically it’s not really a massive leap up from the likes of the SNES or Megadrive/Genesis (bear in mind that when this game was first published...

Burning Fight (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Burning Fight (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Burning Fight is a side-scrolling hand-to-hand-combat action game.

In the early days of the Neo-Geo SNK tried its hardest to cover all of the potential money-making bases of arcade and home console gaming. Fatal Fury catered to the one-on-one fighting crowd, NAM 1975 was an Operation Wolf clone with a difference, and Burning Fight clearly looked...

Samurai Shodown (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Samurai Shodown (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Awaken the samurai spirit within and get ready for a new kind of fight.

SNK became something of a fighting game factory in the early ‘90s, releasing titles like Art of Fighting and Fatal Fury to capitalize on public interest in the genre that had been kick started by a certain 2D fighting title from Cacpom. However, Samurai Showdown (or Samurai Spirits, as it was known in Japan) marked a real..

Metal Slug (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Metal Slug (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Overthrow General Morden and win back the stolen weapon, the Metal Slug.

This game might be a bit redundant - seven of the games in the Metal Slug series were already released on the Wii in collective form as Metal Slug Anthology. However, none of the games on that disc allow for classic controller use, so if you desperately want to use it, then you have no choice but to buy it on VC. The Anthology..

Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Take on the role of either Roddy or Cathy, bounty hunters in this side-scrolling action game set far in the future when humans have colonized space.

I'm sure many have played at least one game in SNK's awesome shoot 'em up franchise, Metal Slug. But did you know that SNK also created a game that's similar, yet at the same time quite different? They did, and it's named Top Hunter. You play as the..

Baseball Stars 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Baseball Stars 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Lace up your cleats and step onto the diamond with the pros of Baseball Stars 2.

Are you getting sick of all the sub-par sports games on VC (excluding Kirby's Dream Course, Punch-Out!! and, to some, Ice Hockey)? Yeah? Well, here's Baseball Stars 2 - a game breaks every rule in the book and delivers a completely crazy experience filled to the top with style. The gameplay's pretty much exactly like..

The King of Fighters '94 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '94 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Match warriors from Fatal Fury against favorites from its sister series, Art of Fighting.

Although SNK’s Fatal Fury and Samurai Shodown franchises placed the company on the map as far as 2D fighting games were concerned, it wasn’t until the release of the first King of Fighters game SNK could go toe-to-toe with Capcom’s Street Fighter – and win. For the uninitiated, KOF involves picking a..

Blue's Journey (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Blue's Journey (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The planet of Raguy has been invaded by the Daruma tribe, changing it from a beautiful and peaceful place into one filled with pollution.

The Neo Geo is known primarily for its fighting games and the occasional shoot-em-up, so it’s good to come across a cutesy platformer on the system. If you are familiar with Super Mario Bros 2 on the NES...

Magician Lord (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Magician Lord (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Elta must battle through eight stages, collecting the eight tomes of power that are key to defeating Gul-Agieze and his evil plans.

One of the first games produced for SNK’s arcade system, Magician Lord is a lot like Capcom’s Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts. You play the titular wizard as he battles to defend his homeland from the evil advances of the...

Art of Fighting (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Art of Fighting (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Yuri Sakazaki has been abducted by Mr. Big to punish her father, Takuma, and her brother, Ryo.

What with this, Samurai Showdown, Fatal Fury and World Heroes, the Virtual Console is certainly going to have its fair share of one-on-one fighters! Art of Fighting was another attempt by SNK to usurp Capcom’s Street Fighter 2 from the position of ‘best 2D fighter’ back in the early ‘90s. Again,..

World Heroes (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

World Heroes (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

A fighting game released in 1992 featuring eight characters, including Hanzo, Janne and Rasputin, modeled on historical figures from throughout the ages.

Released when the avalanche of Street Fighter 2 clones hit arcades in the early ‘90s, World Heroes was a minor success that gained a cult following thanks to a combination of impressive graphics, crazy characters and half-decent gameplay. Like..

Fatal Fury (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Fatal Fury (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Released in 1991 and one of the longest-running series in the fighting-game genre, this title introduced players to Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard and Joe Higashi.

When you consider the sheer volume of one-on-one fighters produced by SNK over the past decade or so it’s amazing to think that 1991’s Fatal Fury was the first time they’d attempted such...