SNK Neo Geo CD \ CDZ
Type Console Developer SNK
Release Date 1994 Region(s) Japan, North America, Europe
Initial Price $599 USD Games Released 97 (13 exclusive)
     by Dark Watcher
Through the 1990s SNK was ruling the arcades.  Their cartridge based Neo Geo AES made their arcade hits playable at home, but the high price tag kept it out of the hands of many gamers.  With other consoles switching game formats, SNK saw an opportunity to also use the large storage capacity of the CD to make their hit carts cheaper to manufacture.  Of course this would make games more affordable to the general gaming public.

In 1994 SNK released the Neo Geo CD in Japan and shortly after in the U.S.  The Neo Geo CD did the job of making SNK titles affordable and the cheaper storage medium allowed new features to be added to existing titles such as improved music, art galleries, hidden goodies and new play modes.

Even with the cheaper cost, the console was plagued with unbearable load times.  The Neo Geo CD sported a single speed CD-ROM that had trouble loading larger game titles.  This hurt console sales severely.  SNK attempted to reduce game sizes and load times by removing some game frames, but in doing so also reduced the games overall quality.  In 1996 SNK took steps to speed up the console by adding a double speed CD-ROM.  The redesigned unit called Neo Geo CDZ was released in limited quantities in Japan only.  The console did speed games up somewhat, but had a design flaw that caused the console to overheat after limited game play.
Nep Geo CDZ system
Eventually SNK would find the newer consoles better capable of handling ports of their games.  Support for the console was dropped soon after with the company later filing for bankruptcy.

The Neo Geo CD would have done better if released sooner.  The console did however see a few exclusives never released in their arcade cabinets.  One such game called Samurai Spirits RPG took characters from their hit fighting title and placed them in turn based RPG combat.

FACT:  SNK's first Neo Geo CD designs was a front loading model.  Only 25,000 units were distributed throughout Japan.  It is a hot rarity that is still being sought after by importing collectors.
     Officially licensed releases
Neo Geo CD - Front Loader
Neo Geo CD - Front Loader (picture credit unknown)
Neo Geo CD - Top Loader
Neo Geo CD - Top Loader (picture credit unknown)
Neo Geo CDZ
Neo Geo CDZ (picture credit unknown)

Neo Geo CDZ Tech Pictures
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Courtesy of Charles Lee
     Non-licensed hardware releases
No clones were released for this system.
     Interesting facts on software for this system
Software for the Neo Geo CD was distributed in the standard jewel case.  There were only seven unique games released for this system, with an additional title containing bonus content not found on other systems (Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits Bushidō Retsuden).  An additional five console exclusive ports from the Neo Geo MVS arcade platform were also available.  All of the other titles for this system were conversions of existing Neo Geo AES games.  Screenshots for each of these games are provided below.

Neo Geo CD games are considerably less expensive than their Neo Geo AES counterparts - this was one of the main reasons that drove the creation of this system.  Graphically, the CD based games have a very slight advantage over their respective AES cartridge version in terms of graphical output.

The unfortunate thing is that the price of this minor upgrade is quite severe - extremely long and frequent loading times.  Pricey AES ports for the Neo Geo CD console include Breakers, Magical Drop 2, Metal Slug 2, Ninja Masters and OverTop.

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Neo Geo CD Game Boxes - Exclusive Releases

     Captured in-game images
The eight (8) exclusive games for the Neo Geo CD
ADK World
ADK World Screenshot
Chotetsu Brikin'ger
Chotetsu Brikin'ger Screenshot
Crossed Swords II
Crossed Swords 2 Screenshot
Idol Mahjong: Final Romance II
Idol Mahjong: Final Romance II Screenshot
King of Fighters 96 Collection
King of Fighters 96 Collection Screenshot
Neo Geo CD Special
Neo Geo CD Special Screenshot
Oshidashi Zentrix
Oshidashi Zentrix Screenshot
Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits Bushidō Retsuden
Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits Bushidō Retsuden Screenshot

The five (5) exclusive Neo Geo MVS ports for the Neo Geo CD
Futsal - 5-on-5 Mini Soccer
Futsal - 5-on-5 Mini Soccer
Janshin Densetsu
Janshin Densetsu
Neo Drift Out
Neo Drift Out Screenshot
Power Spike 2
Power Spike 2
Puzzle Bobble
Puzzle Bobble
     First and third party system emulators

Great Neo Geo CD emulator for Windows or Linux based systems.
     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 Z80
12 MHz \ 4 MHz None 2 MB Program \ 4 MB Graphics \
1 MB Sound \ 512 KB VRAM
Screen Resolution Color Palette Polygons \ Sprites Audio
320 x 224 65,536 \ 4,096 On Screen 380 sprites Yamaha YM2610 (13 Channels)
Media Format Media Capacity Games Released Other Supported Formats
CD-ROM (1x) 700 MB 97 (13 exclusive) Audio CD
Internal Storage External \ Removable Storage Game Controllers Other Game \ Peripheral Devices
56 Mbits None D-Pad + 6-button Control Pad None
Controller Ports Network Ports Other Ports Audio \ Video
Two (2) None None Composite, S-Video
Power Supply - External Other Outputs  Other Details \ Notes
Input: AC 100V 50\60Hz
Output: DC 5V 1A   DC 10V 1A
None The PAL version has a switchable 100\240V power supply
SNK Neo Geo CD (Front Loader) Owners Manual (PDF) - 17.9 MB
SNK Neo Geo CD (Top Loader) Owners Manual (PDF) - 3.8 MB
SNK Neo Geo CDZ Owners Manual (PDF) - 0.4 MB

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

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