Huh? It's already been more than a month? Yup, and it's about time for another actual Neo Geo title for this GOTM. With Neo XYX the probably most succesful indie / homebrew developer for the system NGDEV broke out in a slightly new direction. This time they followed the footsteps of the cult-studio Toaplan and paid a homage to the golden years of vertical shoot 'em ups.
What's your view on this homebrew title? Does it do justice to a fully-licensed vertical Shmup from the 90's or is it rather a bland effort to remind us of the better days? You be the judge in this month's thread. Expect lots of pewpew.
What? A Game of the Month that has nothing directly to do with SNK or our Neo Geo? Blasphemy! Although, I advise you sceptics to hold your horses - in fact In The Hunt by Irem is strongly related to one of our favorite franchises on the Neo Geo. Experience a first class horizontal Shmup full of pixelated details, crazy bosses and screen-filling explosions!
Find out in our monthly GOTM thread why this game has some strong links to SNK - if you never played this game you would be surprised how familiar In The Hunt looks and plays like. And speaking of playing - why not bringing our traditional High Score Challenge back to life?...
Who doesn't know that blue robot guy from SNK's biggest rival Capcom (at least they were back in the 90's)? Of course we're talking of Mega Man, better known as Rockman in Japan. While the Neo Geo AES/MVS wasn't that popular for having a third-party dev support, its smaller brother the Neo Geo Pocket definitely was. In fact Rockman Battle & Fighters was pretty one of the very titles few that Capcom directly developed for SNK's handheld console.
How do you like this one? Are you guys rather disappointed or delighted by this arena fighting game? Since it never came out of Japan, not too many western NGPC owners got their hands on it. Please discuss this and more in our monthly GOTM thread - and note that the game also has a regular score system. *wink wink*
Is it the series' broken, ugly duckling? Or rather the hidden gem...? Be that as is it may, not much is known or heard about The King of Fighters Neowave, first released for Sammy's Atomiswave in 2004. One year before SNK Playmore released with The King of Fighters 2003 the last installment on the traditional Neo Geo Hardware and bid farewell to a long love story that endured from 1994 to 2003. But did that rather forgotten Dream Match from 2004 do any justice to that history?...
With only a limited release on PS2 and XBOX Neowave not really created a stir. Please be so free to put in your two cents if you've gotten your hands on it - or if you want to start a HSC (wink wink)! Strangely enough in Northern America this game was only released on XBOX, leaving PS2 owners in the rain.
Beast Busters: Second Nightmare - Game of the Month
The Game of the Month goes into the second round! This time we cast a glance at a rather obscure title on SNK's short-lived Hyper Neo Geo 64 hardware. Beast Busters: Second Nightmare is SNK's second installment of the Light Gun trilogy, which took its beginnings in 1989 and even got its own spin-off RPG for the Neo Geo Pocket.
The Beast Busters series was indeed one of SNK's rather unremarkable achievements. Although they were absolutely solid games for their time, they totally remained overshadowed by the similar House of the Dead series. How does the second Beast Busters title hold up to Sega's rivaling counterparts? Discuss this and much more in our monthly discussion thread!
Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000 - Game of the Month
Let's celebrate the return of our now monthly presented GOTW (that makes it a GOTM actually) with a rather remarkable crossover title which was released on the Sega Naomi hardware and eventually found its way to the Dreamcast and PSX. At the time of its release, Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000 used to be the wet dream materialization of many SNK and Capcom fans who always wanted to see characters from both franchises beating the crap of each other.
Does this game justice to Capcom and SNK fanboys? Does it even beat the awesomeness that the prior released SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium was on the NGPC? Let's discuss this and more in our finally resurrected GOTW/GOTM thread! Don't forget that HSC requests are always more than welcome.
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