Let's say theoretically, I wanted to buy a neo geo.
Tell me absolutely everything I would need to know about the console itself, the games, controllers, etc...
Because that's a shitload of money to spend on a toy.
Step 1: Avoid the AES completely
Step 2: Buy a Neo-Geo CD, or a consolized MVS
Step 3: Buy a MVS Multi-cart
You get access to almost the entire library of Neo-Geo for less than the price of an AES Metal Slug.
I'd love to own a Neo Geo, but I just don't want to go down that rabbit hole. You know all the games are balls-to-the-wall expensive, so you just say "okay, I'm buying the system and just this one game". But then you get that feel of everything you're missing out on from this system you already own. You'd probably be sadder than had you never even bought one at all.
Luckily I'm okay with ports and emulators
I was really looking forward to pic related. Absolutely gutted when it turned out to be an absolute bag of shite. Would've been the perfect middle ground. Anyone know if the sticks are at least usb?
But I'm wondering if you can do a DIY replacement along those lines, or if you HAVE to get the one from japan (CDZ, right?) if you want decent loads.
And even then, the load times are still pretty bad.
The controllers are rugged with cherry switches
Come with a memory card that looks like a credit card for saving games at home or in the arcade.
Necessary games: Crossed Swords
Jap version of Last Resort
Metal Slug 3
Samurai Shodown 2
Baseball Stars 2
Mark of the Wolf
Avoid the Neo Geo CD
Neo Geo AES was the Rolls Royce of gaming in the early 90s. Despite having one as a kid, it didn't get me extra pussy.
Only a handful of games don't work as far as I can tell.
Pop 'n Bounce
Shock Troopers 2
The Irritating Maze
Pochi & Nya
It's mostly used for saving progress, but a couple of games save your high score to it.
prepare to spend $200 and upwards (some games go for $20 000 no really) for games just because you like the shiny box. Pic and a 161 in 1 would be a much better option
This guy's right, no game is worth that price tag. A consolised MVS might be your best option. You can even get one that looks like an AES but made of walnut.
IF you get an AES then get a NA one unless you want to install the US bios or unibios into a Japanese one. It doesn't matter which region the games you buy are from because they will play in English or Japanese based on the bios in the console.
I know it's superficial but I like the AES itself. it's not about the games, but owning the console and cartridges.
I could emulate most, if not all neo geo games and get better results anyhow. it's not like I'm dying to play Metal Slug X. it's really just about playing Metal Slug X on an AES.
I'd like to know the specs, dos and donts. I already know they're region free and that I should get unibios. what I don't know is stuff like any AES above 85.000 having poorer image quality.
Neo-Geo Flashcarts exist.
They just have the same compatibility issues as multi-carts.
So you won't be playing Windjammers and shit on it.
Theres a reason the flashcart never took off for the neo-geo, it's just more economical for the multi-carts.
As I said, you can get an consolised MVS that looks essentially exactly like the AES and get shockboxes for MVS carts with artwork inserts so it will look exactly the same on your shelf
No one makes them because the multi-carts exist.
Just buy a fucking multi-cart.
>Japanese version of game
>shock box + insert
No one gives a shit because the BBC's are just that, Big black carts. The MVS is completely region free.
I can understand wanting English labels if you didn't have shockboxes, but if you're buying shockboxes then the japanese or even better, label-less version are significantly cheaper because dingus' don't even know.
You can get consolized MVS' that look like the AES. I agree the AES is a nice looking system, but unless you're a millionaire I'd just go with the MVS instead.
Hell, buy a cab. Cabinet is fucking great and fun to play on.
It's just a knocked off version of FBalpha that emulates the games that come as ROMs, with all the problems that come with inaccurate emulation. The docking station is a sick joke, the handheld has an HDMI out itself and the dock just opens up and leads the signal through a 3.5 jack port.
Would be ok for maybe 50 bucks.
>So you won't be playing Windjammers
>tfw Windjammers got a Wii VC port (exclusive to Japan)
>it got pulled out in 2010 and there's no dump of the official wad only injects
At least, I found an official wad of Waku Waku 7
i have one of these, and it's really not as bad as all the reviews, especially after the update, the ashens review is what started the downfall of the system.
though it isn't perfect, it's still fun, which is the point.
because they are unreliable trash and the versions of the games are gimped.
no one has done it because there are hardware bottlenecks beyond the drive/lens assembly.
because the games are smaller in quantity and higher in price. most MVS versions of games sell for like 1/10th the cost of the AES version.
It's coming, Darksoft is working on it.
a-cho would disagree with you on this
flashcarts don't exist for neo geo. unless you're talking about the old-ass MGD, which isn't a flashcart.
multicarts do exist, however.
he really shouldn't do that, because dedicated neo-geo forums are full of autistic manchildren.
multis work just fine on AES & MVS.
source: I have both and a multi
I'm just echoing the other guys ITT and saying avoid the AES unless you're willing to spend thousands and thousands of dollars.
There's a lot more information to absorb, but I'd also recommend doing your homework and doing the consolization yourself.
The research is honestly the hard part. If you get the right board, you can do it without any soldering (or very minimal soldering can save you some money).
If you treat it like a hobby project and plan properly, shop carefully, and are patient.. you can do it for ~$400 for everything including one of those 161-in-1 multicarts that going to have 95% of anything you'd ever want to play on it.
If you're not comfortable with Ebay, I know you can get them from DHgate as well.
fyi, it's 161 in 1 (which will be important for searching). I've also seen a 131 in 1 but they seem way less common.
The 161 in 1 is ~$100 shipped
Still the better experience. Because when you collected some games and start playing, you realize that most of the good games have an OK-ish to Good port on another system... And there are loads of lame titles for Neo Geo.
I bought an AES system from eBay some years back, and only have two games for it. Where can I get a multicart for it, and which one is best. Until now, I thought that the multicarts were only for MVS systems. Thanks for all your help.
sorry bro but I don't think that guy you quoted knows what he's talking about. You need a ~400 adapter to use any mvs cart on an aes and apparently even then multicarts don't always work properly :(
I own one beat em up and it came with my machine: Sengoku 3.
I like the puzzle games, I like the run and guns like Metal slug and shock troopers, it's also got some fun sports games like neo drift out, neo turf masters, windjammers and some unique games like Crossed Swords already mentioned itt.
I will eventually pick up a couple fighters, but I genuinely don't enjoy the genre.
I do know what I am talking about
the multis work on AES with an adapter, which I didn't mention. The adapters _don't_ cost 400, they cost around 200.
I realize this listing says they don't work, but they do. I have a 100-in-1 and a 131-in-1 and they both work fine. The 131 bugs out sometimes on certain games (mostly hacks), but is generally usable.
They don't really make the 100in-1 anymore but Excellentcom seems to have it:
Also note that compatibility can vary based on your console SN (lower # is better) and whether or not you're using a PSU with the converter (use one).
Best of luck to you
Thank you so much, for once again taking the time to help me. I have included a picture of the serial on the bottom of my Neo Geo. Can you glean any info from it? Are the compatibility issues you mentioned for the AES to MVC adaptor, or for the multicarts? Do you think my system will be okay? Thanks again!
This... generally isn't true. Most of the Saturn ports use either a ROM cart or a RAM cart and are closer to the AES/MVS than the Neo CD
91-92K isn't too high, but you might run into issues. the problems are with both the converter (china shit) and the multis (china shit).
System should be fine but I can't really promise anything. Best advice I can give it try to use a factory power supply, or if you have to use aftermarket, get one that outputs at least 1.5-2A (more is better, since the converter will increase power draw/load).
the only drawback for the neogeo cd is loadtime + cd rather than board generated sound (whether this is bad is debatable). The saturn ports are graphically inferior (though is some cases really close) to the mvs whilst the NGCD is the same except it takes a while to load/the music is prerecorded.
>>multis work just fine on AES & MVS.
>>source: I have both and a multi
>confusing a multicart with all multicarts
yeah no, there are a number of compatibility issues that need addressing for different carts and unless you're going to explain them to someone, don't go claiming they work 'just fine'.