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...
"I think you can call it a spiritual successor to Gals Fighters"
Of all the titles announced in January’s Nintendo Direct, one of the biggest surprises was SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. An all-female fighter featuring 2-vs-2 action and a cast of some of SNK’s best-loved characters, wrapped up in over-the-top costumes and candy-coated style, SNK...
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...
Now with added Nakoruru from Samurai Shodown
SNK has published a new trailer for its upcoming fighting title SNK Heroines to coincide with EVO Japan 2018, and the level of fan service on display is off the chart. As well as showing plenty of gleefully bouncing flesh, the trailer also details how you can customise your fighter and gives a little bit...
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...
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...
A dream finish
SNK is bringing some of its most famous female characters to Switch in the two-on-two fighter SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. Expected to launch this summer, SNK Heroines is the spiritual successor to SNK Gals' Fighters, a title which appeared on the Neo Geo Pocket Color way back when. Players will be able to activate a variety...
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...
Get the salt ready
Any of you who have taken the time to browse the Switch eShop have no doubt taken notice of the staggering amount of Neo Geo games which have been re-released for the platform. SNK—the original company behind the Neo Geo—may no longer be the force they once were, but the company still maintains a dedicated following and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
"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...
Will be shown at the "ATLUS/SEGA - SNK" booth
SNK's Neo Geo system is one of gaming's true legends, but since it was released the company has been through some real ups and downs. However, things are looking positive for the firm these days; it now has the financial backing of a huge Chinese conglomerate and has recently dropped the
Say hello to Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter
A team of ex-SNK staffers are working on a one-on-one fighter for the SNES called Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter. Yes, you read that right, the SNES. The project has passed under the radar somewhat, and only came to light thanks to a recent Facebook post regarding the game's playable debut at the...
The future is now (even more expensive)
The SNES and Mega Drive / Genesis may have dominated the console landscape in the early '90s, but they were by no means the most powerful machines of their era. That distinction goes to SNK's Neo Geo AES, often described as the "Rolls-Royce" of game consoles. It's a good analogy to make, as the machine was...
What once was old is new again
SNK Playmore has announced that it is dropping the "Playmore" from its name and will once again be known as SNK. Founded in 1978 as Shin Nihon Kikaku, the company produced arcade hits like Ikari Warriors and Alpha Mission before creating its own coin-op standard in the form of the Neo Geo system. Titles like King of...
$63.5 million paid for 81.25 percent of the gaming veteran
SNK Playmore has been acquired by a a group of Chinese investors, Gameindustry.biz is reporting. Ledo Millennium has paid $63.5 million for 81.25 percent of the company's shares, purchased from former SNK CEO Eikichi Kawasaki and his wife Natsuyo Kawasaki. Chinese companies Oriental...
I'm not boy
As the '90s drew to a close Nintendo's massively popular Game Boy handheld — which was almost a decade old and had already seen away more powerful rivals like the Atari Lynx and Sega Game Gear — was about to face a fresh wave of competition. The Bandai WonderSwan was perhaps the most interesting challenger — on paper, at least...
The Rolls Royce of games consoles goes portable
Gamers of a certain age will have fond memories of the Neo Geo, even if they didn't get chance to own one all those years ago. Considering the small number of consoles sold, the system had an incredible influence and impact on the gaming scene in the early '90s. Launched at a time when the 16-bit...
Unsheathe your sword
Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge will slice up Wii's Virtual Console next week. The Neo Geo fighter launches on 8th March for the usual 900 Nintendo Points. It's most notable for introducing brothers Kazuki and Sougetsu Kazama, as well as alternative endings based on clearance time and an overhauled combo and Rage system...
Slice of the action
The Australian classifications board has rated Neo Geo scrapper Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge for Wii's Virtual Console service. Amakusa's Revenge introduced brothers Sogetsu and Kazuki Kazama, an "honorable death" move and even featured fatalities under certain conditions. We've already got Samurai Shodown, Samurai Shodown II and Samurai Shodown III on Virtual..
NG:DEV.TEAM has yet more SNK goodness on the way
As you're probably already aware, we love SNK's Neo Geo. For so long a tantalising glimpse of how the other half lived, this powerhouse of a machine remains a status symbol amongst hardcore gamers - despite the fact that it's now possible to enjoy many classic titles from its library for fraction of...
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