Neo Geo - News

June2018

May2018

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Real Bout Fatal Fury Special

    The Real McCoy

    With a name like Real Bout Fatal Fury Special you might think that the game is an update of something else from the series, much like how Fatal Fury Special was the second game with extra bits. This, however, is its own thing, but although it's not an update of either of the other Real Bout games (and Real Bout 2 actually followed...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Samurai Shodown III

    More samurai action on Switch

    The Virtual Console might be dead, but via its Arcade Archives and ACA Neo Geo series, HAMSTER is doing a lot to scratch that retro gaming itch, with a constant stream of re-releases. Like a number of Neo Geo titles (including others from the same series) Samurai Shodown III is a one-on-one fighting game. As always you...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Stakes Winner

    A horse with no name

    Unlike most home versions of horse racing games, Stakes Winner doesn't weigh you down with horse breeding or gambling, which makes sense considering this is first and foremost an arcade game. Unsurprisingly, you play as a jockey, choosing your horse from a varied lot with three different skills (speed, strength and...

  • News SNK Officially Announces The Neo Geo Mini, An Adorable Arcade Throwback

    Yes, THOSE rumours were true

    Last week Nintendo Life reported on a set of rumours that SNK was planning to launch a miniature console with 40 built-in games from its long history. We even had pictures and a list of said games to boot. Well, turns out those rumours were true, with SNK officially announcing the Neo Geo Mini. The firm has yet to...

April2018

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Ghost Pilots

    Eject! Eject!

    SNK may be famous for its fighting games, but in 1991 the Japanese firm decided that it wanted a piece of the 'shmup' pie that Capcom had been munching all to itself thanks its superb 194X series of WW2-themed shooters. Using a 4:3 ratio and replacing the more classic WW2 propeller planes with generic seaplanes, Ghost Pilots...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Sengoku 3

    Third time's a charm

    SNK’s first two Sengoku games put players in control of a sword-swinging hero, with the neat ability to switch to a different character during play should they wish. Coupled with a variety of enemies to bash they were not essential titles, but could still provide some decent fighting fun. The second game built on the first,...

  • News Neo Geo Shooter Ghost Pilots Touches Down On Switch Next Week

    Haunting the skies

    HAMSTER has once again broken up its prolific Neo Geo fighting game streak with some shmup action next week as Ghost Pilots soars down onto the eShop on April 26th. This 1991 vertical scrolling shooter was very much a case of SNK going "Look, we can do it too!" at Capcom's 194X series and served as a truly effective hardware...

  • News SNK Is Releasing A "Neo Geo Classic Edition" To Mark Its 40th Anniversary

    More competition for Nintendo's micro-consoles?

    SNK has announced today that it will be jumping on the "Classic Edition" bandwagon with its own new system, which will come pre-loaded with beloved Neo Geo titles. For those who don't know, the Neo Geo was SNK's high-end home system from the '90s, which delivered arcade-quality gaming at eye-watering...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Gururin

    Hell is other people

    Neo Geo fans never had to look far when feeling the need to get on some puzzle action in order to take a break from all the fighting, thanks to many an excellent offering from Taito and Data East. But even nowadays, Gururin remains the odd puzzler out. So why did Face’s 1994 offering leave no mark in MVS history? At its...

  • News The Garment-Matching Madness Of Gururin Is Next Week's ACA Neo Geo Release

    Shuffling people around

    After some intense fighting and shmuping retro weeks, a change of pace is in order: a match-three puzzle game is on the menu for next week's HAMSTER Neo Geo release. Developed by Face, and published in 1994, Gururin sees you trying your best to match at least three people wearing the same colour vestments with a literal...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review World Heroes 2 Jet

    Woo-oo-oo oo-oo-ooo

    Unsurprisingly, World Heroes 2 Jet is a lot like the regular World Heroes 2. Utilising the same two-button setup (one punch, one kick; hold for a stronger attack), the same 14 playable characters return along with two newcomers: the clawed Jack and halberd-wielding Ryofu. There’s also been a speed bump and the addition of...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Aero Fighters 3

    Another fun shmup for Switch

    Having recently announced it will be adding Video System titles to its Arcade Archives series, it seems likely that HAMSTER will make the original Aero Fighters available on Switch at some point. Before then we have Aero Fighters 3, offering similar shooting action to the excellent (and already available) second title...

March2018

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Real Bout Fatal Fury

    Keeping it real

    The third Fatal Fury game may have been subtitled 'Road To The Final Victory' but the Legend of the Hungry Wolf was far from over. The first game to follow that third instalment (released in the same year, in fact) was Real Bout Fatal Fury, a game that feels in part like an upgraded Fatal Fury 3. Using the same three-plane fighting...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Sengoku 2

    Test your might

    You fight of waves of attackers, warp somewhere to fight some more, then back again where of course you find yet more people trying to end your existence. Along with the nifty ability to switch between characters during play, Sengoku 2 offers similar gameplay to the first title, but some tweaks have been made to offer a more...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Magical Drop III

    Simple, frantic fun with balloons

    The lineup of retro offerings on Switch may largely be comprised of fighting games and shmups, but other genres feature too, such as platformers, sports titles and - in the case of Magical Drop III - a highly enjoyable puzzle games. With the second game in the series already receiving the ACA Neo Geo treatment,...

  • News Aero Fighters 3 Flying High Next Week On Switch

    The power of dolphin strikes back

    Shmup fans rejoice because next week HAMSTER is bringing Video System's Aero Fighters 3 (Sonic Wings 3 outside the US) to the switch eShop on 15th March under the ACA label for the price of $7.99/€6.99/£6.29. Both fresh and old faces (worry not, Spanky the Dolphin is back) are up for grabs on the player...

  • News HAMSTER Drops Next Batch Of ACA Neo Geo Titles (And The Mic)

    SNK: The future is the past

    Warning: Spoilers ahead! If you want to be surprised every week with upcoming Arcade Archives Neo Geo titles you should click onto the next article. If you're okay to living a life without weekly eShop surprises, read on. Coinciding with Nintendo Switch's very first anniversary, HAMSTER has revealed the upcoming ACA Neo...

February2018

  • News Sengoku 2 Arrives Next Week, Marking A Year's Worth of Neo Geo Ports On Switch

    Severe cases of split personality ahead

    Next week a rather unique feat will be accomplished by HAMSTER: the company has managed to release a Neo Geo game every single week for an entire year! You read that correctly, Nintendo Switch's first anniversary is coming up fast and there will be no less than 56 Neo Geo games available on the system! If you...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Fatal Fury 3: Road To The Final Victory

    Similar, but a bit different fighting thrills

    Nintendo Switch is not short of one-on-one fighting games, but here’s another ACA Neo Geo release anyway. Fatal Fury 3: Road To The Final Victory again provides the typical best of three rounds fighting action as you beat up a variety of people en route to an ending. Compared to previous instalment...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review 2020 Super Baseball

    Baseball with a twist

    The Neo Geo sports games that have so far appeared on Switch offer up simple quick-to-play arcade experiences, but 2020 Super Baseball is a bit different. It’s not because it’s predicting some radical rule changes in a couple of years time (we’ve already had futuristic takes on football and volleyball), but because games...

  • News Two New Hamster ACA Titles Dropping Next Week On Switch eShop

    Magical Drop III and Heroic Episode demand your coins

    Data East's love affair with the Nintendo Switch is set to continue next week thanks to Hamster's Arcade Archives label. Magical Drop III drops onto the eShop giving puzzle lovers who keep wandering why Taito's Puzzle Bobble is still a no show on the system something to look forward to. This...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Samurai Shodown II

    Sensational samurai

    With its weapon-based combat and gameplay that often rewarded patience, Samurai Shodown was a different type of fighting game, but a very good one. SNK thought they could do better however, so went away and came up with Samurai Shodown II, a game similar to its predecessor but with some additions to the lineup and gameplay...

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    Switch eShop

    Review World Heroes 2

    An improvement over the first game, but it's not Perfect

    Of the many one-on-one fighters released on Neo Geo (and now filling up the Switch eShop), World Heroes was far from top of the pile. It could still entertain however, and its colourful cast of characters inspired by historical figures helped it stand out. World Heroes 2 provides the same best...

January2018

  • News Get Ready To Batter Up, 2020 Super Baseball Is Coming To Switch Next Week

    Home plate or land mine? Only one way to find out!

    Hey batter, batter, batter... please swing and miss my face! Baseball fans (with very, very loose regulations) rejoice for Hamster is bringing SNK's classic 2020 Super Baseball to Switch next week under the Arcade Archives label. Going for the futuristic sports trifecta along with Soccer Brawl...

  • News Retro Rules As Nintendo Switch's ACA Neo Geo Library Hits 1 Million Sales

    One happy HAMSTER

    HAMSTER's ACA Neo Geo ports have been a part of Nintendo Switch's digital library since the day it launched in March 2017, and that commitment to the platform has finally paid off with the announcement that the collective sales of all its Neo Geo titles have exceeded 1 million. That's a lot of retro love right there. The...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Power Spikes II

    Underpowered volleyball action

    In among the Neo Geo library of games there are a number of titles (some already on Switch) that take a sport and rework it into a simple, quick-to-play arcade experience. The latest arrival on the eShop is Video System’s Power Spikes II, a volleyball game that gives you a choice of eight four-person teams and then...

  • News Samurai Shodown II Slashes Its Way To The Switch eShop Next Week

    February with a slice of 1789 swordplay

    Hamster is bringing SNK's 1994 title Samurai Shodown II to the Switch eShop. If the first game was revolutionary this first sequel somehow managed to surpass expectations thanks to gameplay refinements such as the very welcomed inclusion of rolling and ducking which enable you to safely dodge...

  • News World Heroes 2 Brings The Pain Next Week On Switch

    If at first you don't succeed...

    Fighting is once again in the cards next week as Hamster is adding ADK's 1993 World Heroes 2 to the Nintendo Switch eShop. As per sequel mandates, this second entry in the series features six all new characters (Captain Kidd, Ryoko Izumo, Mudman, Erick, Shura Nai Khanomtom, Johnny Maximum and all new boss Dio) and a...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Art Of Fighting 2

    Like before, but a bit better

    After bringing the first Art Of Fighting game to Switch, HAMSTER made the typically HAMSTER move of skipping ahead to Art Of Fighting 3: The Path Of The Warrior. That instalment offered a different, but more accomplished fighting experience and now the gap between those two is plugged with Art Of Fighting 2 which...

  • News Power Spikes II Is Serving Up Futuristic Volleyball On Switch Next Week

    Net foul or top spin service?

    Hamster is taking a break from fighting games next week to bring to the Switch a game of volleyball. If you have worn out the ARMS volleyball mini-game, Video System's (of Aero Fighters fame) 1994 Power Spikes II might just be up your court.  This sequel brings several features from the Super Nintendo Hyper...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review King Of The Monsters

    Fun for a few rounds

    Thanks to HAMSTER’s ACA Neo Geo series there are plenty of options for Switch owners looking to engage in some virtual fisticuffs. SNK’s King Of The Monsters offers something a bit different to the other choices however, as it is essentially a wrestling game, albeit a wrestling game with giant monsters duking it out and...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review The King Of Fighters '96

    Or, the one with Geese Howard

    Much like the first two instalments, The King Of Fighters '96 gives you a diverse roster of 2D fighters to pick from as you assemble a team of three to punch, kick, throw and brag your way to victory. The third instalment in the series also sees the sprites of old discarded for an instantly familiar hand-drawn...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Pulstar

    Not just a pretty face

    The lush pre-rendered visuals of Donkey Kong Country certainly impressed in 1994, so it seemed inevitable that other companies would employ the technique in an attempt to draw admiring glances. So it was that Aicom released Pulstar the following year on Neo Geo. The end results was both visually impressive and lots of fun...

  • Feature Neo Geo's First Flash Cart Is Here, So What Now For Switch-Owning SNK Fans?

    Hands on with the NeoSD flash cart

    As the gaming public's appetite for retro gaming has grown over the past few years, so too has the market for associated items which make the process of playing vintage games that bit easier. Modern systems are packed with downloadable retro titles that have been lovingly emulated for a new generation to enjoy, and...

  • News Become The King Of The Monsters This Week On Switch

    We did not meant to kick that bullet train... maybe...

    Kaiju and/or wrestling fans rejoice because Hamster is kicking off 2018 with quite the monster bash. SNK's 1992 The King Of The Monsters will bring pixelated city wide destruction this on 4th January to the Switch eShop. Take control of a giant reptile not named Godzilla, a gigantic ape not...

December2017

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review The Last Blade

    The king of fighters?

    Kaede is fighting Yuki and weapons slash quickly as the two leap about the screen. Quick strikes from both, the action is fast as each looks to string together a series of moves to end the battle. Another day, another fight between Kaede and Yuki, but this time things are playing out differently. This time the combatants have...

  • News King Of Fighters '96 To Flex Its ACA Neo Geo Muscles on Switch

    Violent fighting to come again this December

    Hamster is giving the ACA Neo Geo series a 2017 sendoff with none other than The King of Fighters '96 hitting Nintendo Switch on 28th December. The third entry in SNK lead fighting series saw some major improvements, namely the ability to fake smaller jumps, a perfect way to trick your opponents and...

  • News The Next Batch Of ACA Neo Geo Titles For Switch Has Been Revealed

    Kaiju wrestling, baseball and some fighting

    Warning: Spoilers ahead! If you want to be surprised every week with upcoming Arcade Archives Neo Geo titles you should click onto the next article. If you're OK to living a life without surprises, read on. Hamster has revealed the next batch of up and coming Neo Geo re-releases under the ACA label on the...

  • News Pulstar Is Your Next Neo Geo ACA Release On Switch

    But R you my Type?

    Nintendo Life shmup heads rejoice, for next week Hamster is bringing the forerunner to Blazing Star to the eShop! It has been long rumoured (but never confirmed) that developer Aicom was a set up by ex-Jaleco and Irem staffers, so if you happen to feel that Pulstar feels a little bit too close to R-Type, it might not be a...

  • News The Last Blade Is Your Next Neo Geo ACA Release On Switch

    Japanese Bakumatsu era sensation slashing to eShop

    If Samurai Showdown and Garou: Mark of the Wolves had a beautiful son, they would call it The Last Blade. A dream combination of the first armed combat and the animation of the second, The Last Blade brings along a unique feature that turns what might be just another button mashing contest int

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Soccer Brawl

    Super violent kicks

    Playing SNK’s Soccer Brawl feels a lot like playing SNK’s Super Sidekicks (also available on the eShop). Both take the game of football (soccer, if you prefer) and tweak it into a simple quick pick-up-and-play arcade experience that ditches the likes of formations, squad selections, half time and injury time. Soccer Brawl...

November2017

  • News Top Hunter Is Your Next Neo Geo ACA Release On Switch

    Grab it, attack it.

    Looks like Hamster is starting of December in a big way with SNK's 1994 delightful (and somehow still sadly overlooked) dual plane grab'em up Top Hunter: Cathy & Roddy as they try to "grab" (arf!) our hard earned eShop funds on December 7th. Taking control of the titular bounty hunters, it is your mission to take on the evil...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Karnov's Revenge

    Yes it's another Neo Geo one-on-one fighter...

    Hamster has done a good job of providing a variety of genres with its ACA Neo Geo series, but SNK's machine had a lot of one-on-one brawlers and consequently Switch owners are not exactly short of options when browsing the eShop. Here's another one, this time from the Fighter's History series...

  • News World Heroes Is Your Next Neo Geo ACA Release On Switch

    Historically inaccurate rumble

    After a brief break from one-on-one fighting games it looks like Hamster is closing up November with the return of the beloved Neo Geo genre, courtesy of ADK's World Heroes.  If you ever fancied beating up Rasputin with Janne D'Arc (that's not a typo by the way) this is the historical fighting game you are...

  • News Soccer Brawl Is Your Next Neo Geo Game For Switch

    Get ready to brawl

    Long before Mario and the gang got violent on the soccer pitch in Super Mario Strikers there was Soccer Brawl on the Neo Geo. This futuristic footy game was released in arcades in 1992 and will be the next Neo Geo game headed to the Switch on 23rd November. In Soccer Brawl you play as either cyborgs or...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Street Hoop

    Short on options, big on fun

    While some of the games have not been strictly necessary (being outclassed by later updates/instalments in their series) and there’s been the odd dud, but HAMSTER’s ACA Neo Geo series has been a continued source of classic arcade thrills on the Switch, almost making up for the lack of a Virtual Console on the system...

  • News Karnov Will Have His Revenge On The Switch eShop This Week

    Data East's Neo Geo brawler coming soon

    Data East's Neo Geo fighting game Karnov’s Revenge is coming to the Switch eShop this week, it has been revealed. Released in 1994, the title showcases 13 different fighters - including the titular Karnov, who previously starred in his own 1987 arcade action title. In some regions it went under the...

  • News Get Ready To Slam Dunk With The Next Neo Geo Game For Switch, Street Hoop

    Double Dribble

    We all love a bit of basketball action here at Nintendo Life, so we were delighted to hear that the Data East's classic Neo Geo game Street Hoop is heading it's way to the Switch tomorrow courtesy of Hamster.  We reviewed this back in 2010 when it landed on the Wii Virtual Console it netted an impressive 8/10. Here's what we had...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Mutation Nation

    Rad dudes

    The Neo Geo was not exactly short on choice for fighting games, with many-a-series of one-on-one brawlers available; though they were not as numerous, there were also some sidescrolling beat ‘em ups to pick from too. Several have already arrived on the Switch’s eShop and now HAMSTER brings another in the form of Mutation Nation. Like...

  • Book Review Neo Geo: A Visual History

    The future is now

    We'll spare you the traditional spiel about how the Neo Geo was the pinnacle of gaming back in the '90s – if you own a Switch then chances are you're already intimately familiar with the amazing library of this beast, thanks to the fact that Japanese firm Hamster has been pumping out a stream of Neo Geo titles on the Switch eShop...

October2017

  • News Art of Fighting 3 Is Your Next HAMSTER ACA Release on Switch

    Skiping AoF2 and straight to the finishing line

    Further evidence that HAMSTER simply does not care about continuity, next week the Switch eShop will be graced with none other than the final episode of Ryūko no Ken, better know among us westerners as Art of Fighting. We assume we will see Art of Fighting 2 somewhere in 2018. Despite the cast...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Robo Army

    Little known, but lots of fun

    Neo-Detroit has been invaded by a legion of robots; their leader instructs them to seize the population and use their brains to clone themselves. Wait, what? Use their knowledge to build more of their number perhaps? Maybe the human brains are being scooped out for use in the robots? Whatever’s going on, it isn’t...

  • News Mutation Nation Is Your Next HAMSTER ACA Release on Switch

    No turtles here

    Side scrolling beat' em up fans can rejoice, because when it rains (Wulverblade, Robo Army), it pours. Next week HAMSTER is re-releasing Mutation Nation on the Switch through the ACA series, a tale of mutation and madness set in the now not-too-distant year of 2050. As if we ever really needed any sort of plot to put down some...

  • News Neo Geo Brawler Robo Army Is Invading Your Switch This Week

    Do the robot

    Side-scrolling fighting fans have been well-served recently on Switch thanks to the excellent Wulverblade, but if you fancy a bit more walk-punch-walk-punch action then you'll be pleased to know that Hamster is bringing Robo Army to the Switch eShop this week. Originally released in 1991, it's a very early Neo Geo release but boasts...

  • News The King Of Fighters '95 Is Your Next HAMSTER ACA Release on Switch

    "Break a spine, R..."

    HAMSTER's strange and random time-hopping will return in the coming week when The King of Fighters '95 joins the Switch eShop line-up on 12th October. The second game in the series brings a rather welcome option that would go to become a series staple: You are not confined to pre-determined teams, so you can pick any...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Burning Fight

    A dying flame

    Scrolling beat ‘em ups are simple games that provide a lot of fun as you (sometimes with the help of a friend) wander through a number of stages giving gangs of reprobates a good kicking, before facing off against a more powerful end of stage thug; rinse and repeat. Burning Fight comes courtesy of SNK and whilst Sengoku (another...

September2017

  • News Burning Fight Is This Week's Neo Geo Classic For Switch

    SNK's answer to Final Fight

    HAMSTER hasn't taken a week off from bringing us Neo Geo classics for the Switch eShop. This week's Neo Geo game is SNK's answer to Final Fight, which they affectionately called Burning Fight. It will be available tomorrow for £6.29 / €6.99 / $7.99. The game is set in a fictional version of Osaka...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Art of Fighting

    Pretty but poor

    Street Fighter II took the arcades by storm in 1991, leading to a slew of one-on-one brawlers in the months and years that followed. SNK would develop a number of fighting series in the hope of tempting players away from Capcom’s game, samples of which have already arrived on Switch via HAMSTER’s ACA Neo Geo series. Now Art of...

  • News Art of Fighting is Scrapping Its Way to the Switch eShop

    Oh yes, there's always another Neo Geo fighting game

    As you may have noticed, the Neo Geo had a few fighting games - oh alright, it had loads of them. That makes sense, of course, as it was the 'arcade at home' that well-off kids owned, and many of us would gravitate to the genre when visiting the arcades. It looks like another is on the way in...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Blue's Journey

    Unremarkable trip

    Pollution caused by the Daruma tribe is causing great harm to the planet Raguy and it’s up to you as Blue to partake in a platforming adventure to defeat this menace and save the Princess Fa. There was no shortage of platformers in the 1990s, but one appearing on the Neo Geo was unusual and with its leaf-stun mechanic and ability...

  • News Neo Geo Action Platformer Spinmaster Rotates Elegantly Onto Switch Next Week

    It's a miracle (adventure)!

    Sorry fight fans, there's no Neo Geo one-on-one fighting game from SNK next week as Hamster is instead choosing to bring to the Switch eShop the very first game Data East developed for MVS hardware. 1993's Spinmaster (known as Miracle Adventure in Japan) lets you take control of Johnny and Tom in their...

August2017

  • News Blue's Journey Takes Him To Switch Next Week

    Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa...

    Better know as "Raguy" in the Land of the Rising Sun, 1991's Blue's Journey is your next HAMSTER Neo Geo  title to be re-released on the Switch eShop, due on 7th September. Opening the month of September with a two player cooperative platformer is a rather nice change of pace...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Super Sidekicks

    International so-so Soccer

    Although primarily known for its fighters, the Neo Geo did host games in a number of other genres and indeed Hamster’s ACA releases have included puzzlers, run and gun titles, shooters and a golf game. Now they bring us football (or "soccer" if you're reading this in North America) simulator Super Sidekicks. The aim of...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Puzzled

    Blocking our enjoyment

    Not all Neo Geo games are created equal. Although the majority of titles on SNK’s system offer great blasts of arcade goodness, there were also a number of Neo Geo games back in the day that didn’t quite meet the high standards set by other gems like The King Of Fighters or Metal Slug. Puzzled, sadly, is a perfect example...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Aero Fighters 2

    Awesome Shmup action

    Aliens are causing trouble all over the world and it’s up to you to stop them. There’s a variety of colourful characters for you to pick from including a baby, a head-in-a-Jar and a dolphin (no, really) as you take to the skies to save the day. With frantic play, some great music and a dose of the quirky, Video System’s...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Shock Troopers 2nd Squad

    Shock and slightly less awe

    There are few games that enjoy the sort of cult status Shock Troopers does. As one of the few Neo Geo games that was only released in arcades and not the Neo Geo console as well, the original Shock Troopers wasn’t as widely played as the likes of Metal Slug and SNK’s various fighting games. Those who did manage to...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Samurai Shodown

    Weapon-based wonder

    Pick from one of twelve characters, fight one-on-one against the others (and your clone) en-route to a ridiculously-dressed final boss character. Sounds standard fare for a '90s fighting game, but with its 18th century Japan setting and the combatant's use of weapons, Samurai Shodown offered something quite different. If playing...

  • News Zed Blade Brings Shmup Action to the Switch eShop Next Week

    We hope your neighbours love '90s rave music

    Shmup fans can rejoice, as the end of August brings along NMK's 1994 title Zed Blade (better know in Japan as Operation Ragnarok) to the Switch eShop. In this frenetic horizontal shmup you have the choice of three craft with different speeds along with customizable weaponry. After your choices have been...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Magician Lord

    Casts ‘impedimentia’ too often

    It’s funny how over the years some big titles can fade completely into obscurity. There’s a good chance most modern gamers will never have heard of Magician Lord, but back in the early ‘90s it was actually quite a well-known title. That’s because in the early days of the Neo Geo, Magician Lord was one of...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Fatal Fury 2

    Not quite Special enough

    Back in the day, the power of the Neo Geo meant that SNK was the first publisher to release home console games that were over 100 Mb in size (that’s megabits, so around 12.5 MB). It commemorated this by launching the 100-Mega Shock series, which basically involved slapping a lovely splash screen at the start of any game...

  • News Joy Joy Kid - Also Known as 'Puzzled' - Arrives on the Switch This Week

    It's not a joy con

    If you're not a fan of Neo Geo fighting games (and why not, dare we ask) this week's new Arcade Archives (ACA) release might be your thing. Hamster is bringing Puzzled to the Switch eShop on 24th August, known in Japan by the much funnier title Joy Joy Kid. At first glance this 1990 release looks like a general Tetris clone, with...

  • News Neo Geo Classic Magician Lord Casts A Spell On The Switch eShop Today

    Save the world from the fiendish Gal-Agiese

    For those of our readers who have been enjoying the ACA Neo Geo releases on the Switch eShop, it's been revealed that later today Magician Lord will be available to download for the usual price of £6.29 / $7.99.  Developed by Alpha Denshi and released in 1990 as a launch title on the Neo Geo,...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review The King of Fighters '99

    Enjoyable, skip-able fighting fun

    Since its beginning the three-vs-three Team-Battling shenanigans of SNK’s The King of Fighters series provided enjoyable fighting action. Each instalment added and tweaked things, culminating in the superb “Dream Match” ’98 edition. This was followed unsurprisingly by The King of Fighters ’99, which...

  • News The King Of Fighters Goes Millennial Next Week on Switch

    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

July2017

June2017

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Magical Drop II

    Just Magical

    Although SNK’s Neo Geo is perhaps best known for its dreamy array of one-on-one fighters, beat-‘em-ups, and shooters, the arcade marvel also played host to an impressive parade of puzzle games, from classics like Puzzle Bobble to deep cuts like the oddly addicting currency-converter Money Idol Exchanger. If there’s a series that...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Galaxy Fight: Universal Warriors

    In space, no one can hear you yawn

    When the one-on-one fighting game gold rush took place in the '90s it seemed that practically every developer or publisher had their own take on the genre, and as you might expect, not all of these efforts turned out to be classics. Sunsoft fared better than most - Waku Waku 7 remains one of the most unique...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Last Resort

    It's the shooter Morrissey would play

    Given how popular "shmups" were during the late '80s and early '90s it's odd that the Neo Geo didn't have more of them, but the few it did play host to were generally amazing. Blazing Star and Pulstar instantly spring to mind when talking about the genre on SNK's system, but there are many fans who hold a candle...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Sengoku

    Hacked off

    Hamster Corp's dedication to mining the back catalogue of the Neo Geo on Switch is commendable, but it does throw up some issues - namely that as time goes on the company is going to have to dig deeper and deeper into the library of the system, and that means having to endure some less-than-classic titles. While we wouldn't say that...

  • News Bitmap Books Announces Officially Licensed NEOGEO: A Visual History

    400 pages celebrating the Rolls Royce of game consoles

    UK publisher Bitmap Books - previously responsible for The Unofficial NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium and Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection - has announced that its next project is NEOGEO: A Visual History, an officially licensed publication celebrating one of the most iconic gaming...

  • News Modular Retro Console Polymega's Mystery CD-ROM Format Is Revealed

    Clue: it's a bit of a MEGA SHOCK

    Polymega - the modular retro gaming system formerly known as RetroBlox - is shaping up to be an incredibly interesting piece of kit. It supports various retro systems via modules which come with cartridge slots and controller ports for that particular console, and these bolt onto the base unit which also

  • News Shock Troopers 2nd Squad Storms Onto The Switch eShop This Week

    Neo Geo run & gun fun

    We've just got word that the Neo Geo classic Shock Troopers 2nd Squad will be popping up on the Switch eShop tomorrow for $7.99 / £6.29.  Following on from Shock Troopers, the action once again takes the form of a overhead run-and-gun title, much like Capcom's Commando. The team mode has been dropped this...

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  • News Check Out Last Resort, the Latest Release in the ACA Neo Geo Series

    ‘Cuz I’m losing my sight, losing my mind…

    The early Nintendo Switch library has been characterized by an impressively diverse array of games, but by far the most prevalent games on the eShop are those that belong to the ACA Neo Geo series. Essentially a third party virtual console, the ACA Neo Geo series endeavors to preserve the many...

  • News King Of Fighters '99 Is Your Next Neo Geo Title On Switch

    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...

  • News Galaxy Fight Is Your Next ACA Neo Geo Game For Switch

    Eight warriors fight to defeat "Velden" which dominates the dark!

    Another week, another Neo Geo classic pops up on the Switch eShop. Later today you'll be able to sample the delights of Galaxy Fight: Universal Warriors which is (unsurprisingly) another fighting game.  Released in 1995 by Sunsoft, the game sees you take on the mantel of...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Garou: Mark of the Wolves

    Only winners And losers here

    Out of all the critically-acclaimed one-on-one fighting games produced by SNK over the decades, Garou: Mark of the Wolves has to rank as one of the most beloved and revered. Released at time when 3D visuals were taking the industry by a storm, it was seen by some as a companion piece to Capcom's equally gorgeous Street...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Blazing Star

    Get it more!

    Whenever horizontally-scrolling Neo Geo shooters are discussed, two names inevitably dominate the conversation: Pulstar and Blazing Star. Both were developed by the same core team (Aicom, which then became Yumekobo) and both rely heavily on pre-rendered sprites rather than hand-drawn visuals. Neither title was ported around the time of...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Over Top

    Let's go next stage!!

    The Neo Geo was famous for its staggering selection of fighting games, but it was less blessed when it came to racing titles. Only a handful were ever released during the console's lengthy lifespan - hardly a massive shock when you consider that the 2D nature of the console made realistic driving games tricky - and of that...

  • News Garou: Mark of the Wolves Punches Its Way to the Switch eShop Soon

    Hungry like the wolf

    In the recent Nintendo Direct we got a brief glimpse into some of the upcoming games in the ACA NeoGeo series for the Switch eShop. We were delighted to see the excellent Garou: Mark of the Wolves pop up in that short trailer as it's easily one of SNK's most polished and highly-acclaimed fighting games of all time. Thought of...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review World Heroes Perfect

    Ra Ra Rasputin, lover of the Russian queen

    The one-on-one fighting gold rush started by Capcom's Street Fighter II inspired many famous series, including Fatal Fury, King of Fighters, Virtua Fighter and Samurai Shodown, but there were just as many - if not more - also-ran challengers which achieved moderate success at the time but have since faded...

  • News The ACA Neo Geo Series Has Gobbled Up Plenty Of Loose Change On The Switch eShop

    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...

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