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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • News Aero Fighters 2 Joins The ACA Neo Geo Lineup On Switch Next Week

    Pew pew pew

    Hamster has revealed that Video System's 1994 shooter Aero Fighters 2 is next week's ACA Neo Geo title on the Switch eShop. It's a neat change from the usual raft of fighting titles, and is one of the Neo Geo's more enjoyable blasters. While the game contains plenty of outlandish bosses and enemies, all of the player-controlled planes...

  • News Super Sidekicks Shoots And Scores On The Switch eShop Next Week

    "Eat my goal! The goalie's got football pie all over his shirt"

    Hamster has confirmed that its next Neo Geo title on Switch will be Super Sidekicks. The 1992 classic started a series of soccer titles on the format and is famous for its quick and compelling gameplay, punctuated with high-quality 2D artwork which pops up at key moments during each...

  • News SNK Teases "New Classic NEO GEO Project" To Be Revealed During EVO 2017

    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

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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...

  • 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...

  • News Classic Neo Geo Shooter Blazing Star Hits The North American Switch eShop Today

    UPDATE: Available now in Europe

    Update: The game is available as we speak in Europe. Original story: In a surprise move, Hamster Corp. has revealed that the cult Neo Geo shooter Blazing Star will be hitting the North American Switch eShop today. The game is widely regarded as one of the console's finest blasters, and in its original physical...

  • News Fatal Fury Punches Onto The Switch eShop Next Week

    The original SNK arcade brawler

    We brought you the news that Over Top is headed to the Neo Geo roster on the Switch eShop only this morning, but now the European eShop's Coming Soon page has been refreshed and we can see that Fatal Fury will be the Neo Geo game for next week. It will cost £6.29 and be available for download on the 20th April; the...

  • News Classic Neo Geo Racer 'Over Top' Speeds Into View

    Coming to Switch eShop soon

    The lovely folks over at HAMSTER have been treating us to some Neo Geo classics on the Nintendo Switch eShop while we await Nintendo's own reboot of the Virtual Console. One of the lesser known games in the Neo Geo library, called Over Top, will be coming out on 27th April in Europe priced at £6.29 - according to the...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Alpha Mission II

    Vertically challenging

    As one of the earliest titles for the Neo Geo, Alpha Mission II doesn't exactly dazzle in terms of presentation. Smooth scrolling and some catchy tunes aside, it looks like a relic of the 1980s rather than an example of how SNK's Neo Geo hardware revolutionised the arcade and home console arena in the '90s. However, beyond the...

  • News Neo Geo Shooter Alpha Mission II Joins The Switch eShop Ranks This Week

    A Neo Geo game that's not a fighter!

    Hamster is launching Alpha Mission II on the Switch eShop this week as part of its ACA Neo Geo range, it has been revealed. Known as ASO II: The Last Guardian in Japan, this 1991 vertically-scrolling shooter was one of the earliest titles for SNK's console, and served as a sequel to the 1985 arcade original. It...

  • News Samurai Shodown IV Will Be Hacking And Slashing At The Euro Switch eShop Next Week


    Hamster's not slowing things down when it comes to Neo Geo titles on the Switch eShop, and the next big release is Samurai Shodown IV, which has been confirmed for European release on April 13th. This weapons-based fighter is considered to be one of the best entries in the long-running Samuari Shodown franchise, and Hamster appears to be...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review The King of Fighters '94

    Retro royalty

    Hamster is doing a great job of populating the Nintendo Switch eShop with classic Neo Geo titles but the order of release is a little puzzling. Metal Slug 3 has arrived before the original, and King of Fighters '98 was available at launch, only for King of Fighters '94 to arrive slightly later. Given the refinements that occurred...