Virtual Console Gets Neo Geo Games

King of Fighters, Metal Slug and more on the way

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Itís true. Wiiís Virtual Console is to be blessed with Neo Geo classics later this summer, according to SNK president, Ben Herman.

Herman told ign this week that, "We're aiming for a worldwide release, so that it's available for all regions at once. As far as the date, we're looking to start releasing games around mid-summer of this year.

"We don't want it to be sporadic with one game here, and two or three over the next few months. We really want to have a flow where there are a couple of games available each month, and we'll keep adding to the library that way," he explained.

So, weíll soon be seeing King of Fighters, the Metal Slug series and loads more Neo Geo classics popping up on our Virtual Console each Friday. This news has reassured us that everything is okay with the world today.

The games will set you back a little bit more than VCís Super NES games, which cost 800 Wii Points (£6) the equivalent of two pints of cooking lager.

And if you haven't yet shelled out for the awesome Metal Slug Anthology - (pictured) out now - then shame on you.

Comments

Svend Joscelyne 18 Apr 2007 12:23
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I've been thinking about the Wii Anthology, but keep hearing mixed things about it.

Meh, downside of video games journalism (and dipping into it) is you lose that innocence you had in buying any buggering game on the shelf and realising for yourself whether it's crap or not. I need to take a few more chances like that really. It's the only reason I got Shining Force II on Mega Drive when I was a kid (and subsequently got introduced to RPGs). Good job I looked past the crappy box art for that one eh?

Anyone played MSA on Wii? Any good? I mean, the addition of MS6 is almost enough for me. :)
Joji 18 Apr 2007 13:01
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Dunno about the Wii version, but if its anything like the PSP version I have (which it is) its worth every penny. Seven games on a Wii DVD for a reasonable price too. These are games that you'll actually conquer and go back for more.

Despite these games being 2D, they are a damn lot of fun for a quick or long gaming fix and arcade classic too. I pray that Ignition/SNK will bring us more of these gems. These are games that you'll actually conquer and go back for more.

Oh look, they are! How cool is that? Bring on those KoF games and more importantly, Last Blade 1 and 2 and the superb Rage of Dragons (all never released in u.k/eu before).
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tyrion 18 Apr 2007 13:12
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Svend Joscelyne wrote:
Meh, downside of video games journalism (and dipping into it) is you lose that innocence you had in buying any buggering game on the shelf and realising for yourself whether it's crap or not.

Tell me about it! Used to buy games on spec, now I wait for them to come in to the office as a "try before you buy" type thing. Then I end up playing them to completion on the office copy and not buying them. I feel guilty over Shadow of the Colossus and Okami.
BlackSpy 18 Apr 2007 13:38
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LB1 and 2 both got Euro arcade releases, couldn't comment on the home cart.
zoydwheeler 18 Apr 2007 13:38
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Svend Joscelyne wrote:
Anyone played MSA on Wii? Any good? I mean, the addition of MS6 is almost enough for me. :)


Me. Yes. Worth every penny!
ozfunghi 18 Apr 2007 14:24
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I got MSA for Wii. I like the obvious control scheme the best, where you just chuck the wiimote to toss a grenade, and use the analog stick for moving around. You can also just use a GCN controller if you want.

At a "budget" price for 7 games, i'd say it's a pretty good buy.
soanso 18 Apr 2007 17:22
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I never liked the sound of those controls. Even the GC controller isn't ideal for that sort of game.

I've been looking at the Wii games out right now. Most don't interest me.The VC games don't interest me either. I've already got them, I'm not paying for them again.
but Neo Geo games!!!! Fantastic. They need to release the controller. Will these games run perfectly on Wii? I can't remember if neogeo carts had any special extra chips in there that might cause problems in emulation.
The Absinthe Review Network 18 Apr 2007 18:30
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I have MSA Wii and the GC controller works fine. And yes, this game IS WORTH THE MONEY. Like I said in the prevous Anthology article you must keep in mind that these games originally cost HUNDREDS of dollars EACH on the AES system! I don't know about Europe, but inm the US, we never got these games in any other form, period, so it was $300+ a pop or nothing at all. But even cost aside, if you love fast-paced shooters like Contra, this IS your game!

As for the Neo Geo titles on VC: $8 a pop is as insane deal! I imported KOF 2000 for japanese DC for about $80 after shipping! I paid TEN TIMES the price that it is now! And the classic controller is much better suited than the DC for these type of games, so it will only make it that much sweeter...

...VERY excited for this.
RiseFromYourGrave 18 Apr 2007 18:42
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Rage of the Dragons is great. but id like to see Power Instinct 4 Matrimelee (made by the same team as ROTD) and Garou first.

and of course, my Neo Geo guilty pleasure, Breakers.. :)
Joji 18 Apr 2007 20:35
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I'm sure Wii shouldn't have any emu problems. Besides, when the arcade was on its last legs, I got used to using Kawaks emu on my PC, and my PC is way under the GC/Wii spec.

Its a shame not as many people realise, the arcades were once really good, with many of the games we love disappearing into the ether of time, under the hasty feet of tech progress. Glad SNK are showing us some love, as these games deserve to be remembered and enjoyed.

Last Blade 1 and 2 did get a U.S DC release, but never reached us across the mighty pond. A damn big shame, hopefully SNK will sort us out soon. Wii might just become a beat em up/shoot em up paradise. Good thing since recent Nintendo formats have always lacked in this area (minus SNES).
soanso 19 Apr 2007 11:55
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I remember using the snes emus. They always had problems with the SuperFX games. They worked but were glitchy in places.
Just wondered if Neoe Geo also had some funky custom chuips in the carts that might cause similar problems.

I never got a hold of any NeoGeo games on the pc but the capcom ones were great. Darkstalkers, X-men SF II and so on.
They all worked perfectly, apart from using one of those goddamn Microsoft controllers with them. Every time I did the dragon punch move my thumb caught the edge of the d-pad bit and always got bruised right in the join.
Grrrrr.
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