Neo Geo Portable Collection Wishlist
Capcom pulled it off successfully, so now it's SNK's turn. We want a PSP Neo Geo collection! We've prepared a list of demands...
Metal Slug Anthology has hit shelves for the PSP, giving many nostalgic gamers all the more reason to snag Sony's handheld system. But SNK may have just tapped into another goldmine for themselves- a handheld collection for the Neo-Geo console. Their arcade/home hybrid system created a few waves with its debut in the early 90's, despite the high price tag and the utter demand for superior quality. So who wouldn't dig into their wallets to have several Neo-Geo classics for a much more affordable price?
I'd like to go ahead and throw out the idea for Neo-Geo Collection for SNK. Guys, go ahead and delve into your classic collection and whip out a few of these babies for an all new release. Here's some suggestions as to what you can include, and why they would work in a portable collection. As always, readers, if you have one that you think we missed, feel free to add your own suggestions...
Aero Fighters series (Video Systems)- These shooters may not be anything bold or original, but damn it, are they fun. And where else can people select a dolphin amongst their respective pilots? This top-down shooting series offers thrills aplenty, with lots of gunfire to avoid and plenty of power-ups to snag along the way. Gotta love that dolphin, too. He probably wants to hunt down some whalers and a few oil spillers. Can't say I blame him.
Baseball Stars Professional (SNK)- Real! Dynamic! Baseball Stars Professional really did wonders for the series on the Neo-Geo, after a good start on the NES. The graphics were far more detailed, and the baseball action never got old, even if everything wasn't covered on the same screen at once. The gameplay's the star here, something players shouldn't miss out on.
Blue's Journey (SNK)- This cute, over-the-top platformer doesn't really have the same kind of magic that the Mario games possess, but it works on its own fascinating little level. Players work their way through a magical forest as cute little gnome-like creatures, taking out nature's most devastating enemies in an attempt to take back their little homeworld from evil hands. Great fun.
Crossed Swords (ADK)- Think of Capcom's old-school beat-em-ups, but with a second-person perspective. That's how Crossed Swords works. Players fight against an armada of evil soldiers and enemies, slashing at them with swords and special attacks while having a behind-the-back view from the knights themselves. Either this game or its rare sequel, Crossed Swords 2, would hit the spot.
Cyber-Lip (SNK)- This Contra-esque space shooter delivered the goods where it needed to, pitting two lone soldiers against an invading alien armada. The game features many memorable moments, especially during the boss battles and inventive power-ups.
Eight Man (SNK)- A unique kind of superhero action game, where players control Eight Man (or Eight Men, rather- it's two player) through stage after stage, battling a growing number of threats to the planet. Fast=paced and good fun, Eight Man kicks ass.
Fatal Fury series (SNK)- "Okay!" SNK's answer to Capcom's Street Fighter II series came in the form of this rompin', stompin' beat-em-up, where players selected from a number of great fighting characters. This included the flame-bursting Terry, his high-kicking brother Andy, and other characters. The first game only features a few characters to choose from, but the second game improved upon that- by adding the lovely Mai Shiranui.
King of the Monsters (SNK)- Big, rubbery monsters duke it out for control over various cities in this fun, Rampage-inspired brawling game. It's a great feeling to pick up a classic structure and beat people over the head with it.
Last Resort (SNK)- SNK's homage to the R-Type series definitely hit the spot, having players fight through a city torn apart by invading enemy forces. The game features stylish graphics (reminiscent of Akira), a cool soundtrack, and fast-paced shooting action galore. If this is the Last Resort, it's hardly something not worth turning to.
League Bowling (SNK)- A fun, diverse bowling game featuring a number of cartoonish characters throwing the ball down the lane in the hopes of scoring the all-important strikes. Seeing as how the Neo-Geo didn't have that many sports games, this was welcomed with open arms.
Magician Lord (ADK)- This entertaining side-scrolling platformer throws players into the role of a magician that can change form with the help of magical orbs. He'll need to as well, as he's up against vicious enemies powered by a rival warlord. Beautiful graphics and sound brought out the best in the Neo-Geo, and the gameplay never gets old. Gotta love that dragon power-up.
NAM 1975 (SNK)- "Do I have to go through this hell again?" NAM 1975 borrows from the Cabal formula, letting players control a soldier and his aimable icon on-screen as enemy soldiers come out of the woodwork to finish him off. The game features solid two-player interaction, along with several stages filled with enemies to take out. Quick, entetaining shooting fun.
The Samurai Shodown series (SNK)- It's time for this fighting series to be given handheld justice, for the first time since Samurai debuted on the Game Gear years ago. Shodown happens to be SNK's best fighting game series to date, jam-packed with sword-slashing goodness and many memorable characters, including Gen-An and Earthquake. Yeah, the third game kinda sucked, but the rest of the games didn't miss a beat when it came to authentic, brutal sword-swinging excitement. Gotta love when you slice an enemy in half, too.
Spinmaster (Data East)- This Dashin' Desperadoes semi-sequel features two cowboys moving from level to level, beating up bad guys with yo-yos and other power-ups while attempting to rescue a damsel in distress. Good, quick fun for those who love a platformer.
Super Baseball 2020 (SNK)- This alternate take on SNK baseball games didn't miss a beat upon its release. Players choose from different super-human (and not-so-human) teams, making ideal catches and getting the all-important home runs to give their teams the win. It doesn't hurt that the beautiful ladies in the game have ideal...outfits. Cleavage indeed.
The Super Spy (SNK)- First-person fighting throughout a complex? Is this possible? SNK certainly made it that way with the release of The Super Spy. Players fight off all kinds of terrorists through the eyes of a lone soldier, punching, stabbing and shooting whatever comes his way. The game looks primitive nowadays, but it may have just introduced a standard that we all know and love in first-person games. With that, we should give Super Spy its due.
Top Hunter (SNK)- Trailblazing side-scrolling action game where two soldiers fight against different enemies across two planes, which can be switched over at any time. The game came out during SNK's "fighting fix", when every game that the company released simply fell into the fighting game rut. So you can bet that many people got into it with its release. Now it's time to give it some respect again.
Top Players Golf (SNK)- Not the best golf game out there, and certainly not as detailed as something like Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07. However, Top Players Golf has a classic feeling to it that can't be easily shaken, and those who don't mind a simplified, easygoing golf game should find something worthwhile here.
Viewpoint (Sammy)- Last but not least, we have one of the Neo-Geo's finest moments, an isometric shooter that kicks ass and takes names with each stage introduced. This game really set the standard for the system, with fancy visual effects, a meaty challenge, and some creative power-ups. This better show up in perfect condition, too- we don't need a "reimagined" version of the game like EA gave us on the PlayStation in 1995. Yeesh.
[i]Many thanks to Digilander for the images.[/i]