Type Console Developer SNK
Release Date 1990-Jan-31 Region(s) Japan, North America
Initial Price $649 USD Games Released 117
     by Dark Watcher
SNK (Shin Nihon Kikaku, translated as "New Japanese Project"), a small third party software developer for the Nintendo NES, decided to try their hand in the arcade market in 1989.  It seemed like a bad business decision since gamers no longer flocked to arcades.  Nonetheless SNK released the MVS (Multi-Video System).  The MVS allowed the arcade operator to house many different video games in a single cabinet.
The MVS's strengths lay in the design of its hardware.  Its brain was composed of a 16-bit microprocessor (68000) and an 8-bit microprocessor (Z80).  They were plentiful, cheap, and quite powerful for the time.  Using them kept production costs down and made coding much easier.  Both the 68000 and the Z80 were in common use at the time (Sega's Genesis had the same CPU combination, for example).
The real magic of the MVS lay in its custom graphics chipset and its ability to hold up to four games at once while switching between them at will.  While this multi-game concept had been tried before (one example being Nintendo's Playchoice system), SNK's hardware was far superior to any of the multi-game systems currently available and its vast ROM storage capacity allowed for detailed graphics.

SNK took another gamble and created a home version of the MVS in 1990.  The NEO GEO AES was released at a high cost of $650, and came with either Baseball Stars Professional or NAM 1975.  Other game cartridges came at a cost as high as $200 a piece.  These cartridges played the exact same software as its MVS counterpart, but were quite expensive due to the game's high ROM capacity requirements and large PCM boards.
At first SNK marketed the Neo Geo falsely by calling it a "24-Bit System" (due to its combination of a 16-bit and 8-bit processor).  After the initial advertising campaign, SNK decided not to advertise their home system anymore, since games could be seen in nearly every arcade (advertising themselves).  SNK's gamble of entering the arcade / home game markets eventually paid off.  In 1992, a game called Street Fighter 2 brought gamers back to the arcades.  SNK took advantage of this by releasing similar arcade games such as Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting.  The games were quite successful and many more were spawned.
SNK also created an innovative accessory that would become quite popular later.  The Neo Geo 'memory card' could reportedly hold from 19 to 27 save game positions and worked on both the home and arcade systems.  So a gamer could save their place in the arcade and take it home, and vice versa.

The Neo Geo was a phenomenal machine, but the high price tag catered to the hardcore arcade lovers only.  Nonetheless it was an amazing machine that stood the test of time.  The MVS alone managed to last over eight years in the demanding arcade environment and its hardware has out-lived every other arcade hardware.  Walk into any arcade and you're bound to see a Neo Geo MVS.

  "330 Meg Pro-Gear Spec" always seemed to appear in Neo Geo game intros and was the ROM addressing technology of the Neo Geo.  Truth is that the machine has no such limit.  Back in 1990, SNK had to give a certain Megabit count as their maximum, and so 330 was used.  However, Neo Geo titles eventually surpassed this 330 megabit standard.  For example the game King of Fighters 2001 was 892 megabits in size.  Neo Geo was also the first console to make use of memory cards to save game progress.
     Officially licensed releases
Neo Geo AES
Neo Geo AES (Japan)
Neo Geo AES Gold System

Neo Geo AES Technical Pictures
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Courtesy of Charles Lee
     Non-licensed hardware releases
No clones were released for this system.
     by Marriott_Guy
Consoles are rated based upon the available technology at the time of its release.  A 10 point scale is utilized, with 10 being excellent.

Console Design 10 Even with the no-nonsense functional design of the AES, the sleek console is pure sexy.  All ports are easily accessible, though I do wish S-Video would have been included in addition to the standard Composite jacks.  The Neo Geo was also the first console to utilize memory cards for game saves.
Console Durability 08 Though lightweight, the AES is very durable and well constructed.
Controllers 09 The old school arcade joystick is extremely responsive and easy to use.  The large buttons enable excellent control even during heated gaming sessions.
Graphics 09 Most games for the AES are pure eye candy, featuring large sprites rendered with rich, vibrant colors.  Nothing else for the time period even came close when it came to graphical capabilities and delivery.
Audio 09 Titles feature rich, clear sound effects delivered through 15 sound channels, which was quite impressive for the era.
Media 10 The Neo Geo AES carts are MASSIVE, easily the most impressive cartridge that has ever been created.  Packing in a huge amount of memory\chips, the girth alone feels like you truly have something extraordinary.
Gamer Value 07 Though many of the titles are quite expensive, the AES provides the ultimate arcade experience.  The library could be more diverse, but overall there is plenty to enjoy for gamers of all ages.
Collector Value 09 The Neo Geo AES, though not uncommon, is an expensive system to acquire.  However, the unique gaming experience makes it a must-have for both the casual gamer and collector alike.

     Interesting facts on software for this system
Software for the Neo Geo AES was distributed on massive cartridges that truly dwarf any media format that has ever been utilized for a home video game console.  These beasts were packaged in a monstrous clamshell style casing that was constructed of hard plastics.  Most titles proudly featured the size (in MB) of the cartridge along the spine and front of the game box.  A SNK Quality Seal was also present on the spine, either in the Dog-Tag format (used for early US game releases) or the standard Neo Geo logo version.  Trust me when I tell you this - there is truly nothing more satisfying that slapping your paws around a boxed AES game.  You just feel like you are getting an excellent bang for your buck.  Speaking of which, collecting for the Neo Geo AES can be an expensive venture.

Due to the limited production run for many of the games (especially the English versions), titles within the AES library routinely command top dollar.  Over one third of the entire AES library routinely sells for over $250 USD.  Metal Slug, Ninja Masters, Last Hope, Blazing Star and Neo Turf Masters are among the top prizes for Neo Geo AES collectors.  A title released specifically for the AES might be 2-3 times (if not more) more expensive than its MVS arcade cabinet counterpart.

applemctom's Games that Defined Compiliation
An alternative approach that has gained popularity in recent years is the use of the MVS to AES Converter.  Though this unofficial adapter is rather pricey (around $250 USD), this accessory will quickly pay for itself in the long run.  Another savings opportunity exists with the Neo Geo CD.  If you have this system, many of the games can be purchased at a fraction of the price of their respective AES counterparts.  Though cost effective, I would not recommend this course of action due to the severe loading times you will experience with these Neo Geo CD ports.

Nice Collection of Neo Geo AES Games

     Captured in-game images
Alpha Mission II
Alpha Mission II Screenshot
Andro Dunos
Andro Dunos Screenshot
Art of Fighting
Art of Fighting Screenshot
Baseball Stars 2
Baseball Stars 2 Screenshot
Blazing Star
Blue's Journey
Blue's Journey Screenshot
Breakers Revenge
Crossed Swords
Fatal Fury 2
Fatal Fury 2 Screenshot
Football Frenzy
King of Fights 98
King of Fights 98 Screenshot
King of Monsters 2
League Bowling
Magical Drop 3
Magician's Lord
Magician's Lord Screenshot
Metal Slug
Metal Slug Screenshot
NAM 1975
NAM 1975 Screenshot
Neo Drift Out
Neo Turf Masters
Neo Turf Masters Screenshot
Ninja Combat
Riding Hero
Riding Hero Screenshot
Robo Army
Ryuuko no Ken Gaiden
Samurai Shodown
Shock Troopers
Shock Troopers Screenshot
Stakes Winner
Street Hoops
Street Hoops Screenshot
Super Baseball 2020
Super Baseball 2020 Screenshot
Super Sidekicks 2
Super Sidekicks 2 Screenshot
Super Spy
Super Spy Screenshot
Top Hunter
World Heroes
World Heroes Screenshot
     First and third party system emulators

NeorageX is a great emulator for DOS that should work well on most PC's.
There are others out there that may be better, but this one is simple and user friendly.
     For the hardware enthusiasts out there - all the detail you\we love.
Processor Type  Processor Speed  Other Processor Information RAM \ Video RAM
16-bit Motorola 68000
& 8-bit Zilog-80A
12 MHz \ 4 MHz None 64 Kb + 2Kb (sound) \ 68 KB
Screen Resolution Color Palette Polygons \ Sprites Audio
320 x 224 65,536 \ 4,096 On Screen N\A \ 380 Yamaha YM2610 15 Sound Channels. 7 Digital, 4 FM synthesis, 3 PSG, and 1 Noise Channel
Media Format Media Capacity Games Released Other Supported Formats
Cartridge 716 MB 117 None
Internal Storage External \ Removable Storage Game Controllers Other Game \ Peripheral Devices
None Optional Memory Card (2 KB) Arcade-style Joystick MVS to AES Converter
Controller Ports Network Ports Other Ports Audio \ Video
Two (2) None Headphone Jack RF, Composite
Power Supply - External Other Outputs  Other Details \ Notes
Input: 120V, 60 Hz, 22W
Output: DC 9V, 3A
None None
Neo Geo AES Owners Manual (USA)(PDF) - 1.40 MB
Neo Geo AES Owners Manual (Japan)(PDF) - 44.50 MB
Neo Geo MVS Owners Manual (PDF) - 5.83 MB

     Peripherals, Promotions, Commercials, Brochures, Etc.
Neo Geo Television Commercials (Japan)

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