“Most of the time there's room for just one more on top...”
Neo Geo is a console released in 1990 by the video gaming company known as SNK. It was designed to bring the arcade experience home, and to make lots of monies!
Release of the "Advanced Entertainment System"
Initially you could only rent the "advanced entertainment system" (the prototypical name of the Neo Geo) at bars, hotels, and strip clubs. After testing the waters with their rental schemes, the brilliant Zionist minds at SNK saw that people were willing to pay $600.00 of their daddy's jewgold for the video game console. Resultingly, the system was released to the public in 1990. Its launch price was slated to be $599.00 at release, but was later changed to $649.00 so they could make more money. Many memorable games such as "Madden Commentary Simulator '91", Metal Banana Slug, and "Cul de Sac Combatant" were released alongside the Neo Geo. When the console hit the shelves, it bore the title "Neo Geo Gold Edition," as if another version existed. Eventually the Silver Edition came out in 1992 (carrying a price tag of $299.99) with one controller and no game. The final version of the system was the Special Edition (priced at $299.56), which included no controllers, a helmet, and water wings. The Gold release came with two controllers, a copy of "Generic Overhead Shooter," and a lucky strike. Sales failed greatly due to the fact that most people in the early 90's preferred paying hundreds of dollars less for better systems, be they the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, or Philips CD-i. The games went for close to $100.00, so to play a game at home that you could otherwise pay 25 cents to play in the arcade, you had to be rollin' in the g's or whatever the festive colored folks of the time called it.
The Neo Geo did not have the Power Glove. The Neo Geo did not have a light gun. The Neo Geo did not have wireless controllers. The Neo Geo did not have an apocalypse button. The Neo Geo did not have a white pad upon which fat people could stand. The Neo Geo did not have a Sega logo on it. The Neo Geo did not have a camera. The Neo Geo did not have 151 cute and fuzzy creatures that one could use for fighting or pleasure. The Neo Geo did have two controller ports though!
So SNK felt that they should troll people by selling them not only a relatively expensive piece of equipment (the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis both released at $200.00), but a relatively expensive piece of equipment that struggled to fit in a normal entertainment center. The system itself was not too large and able to fit on a shelf, but the cartridges were far larger in size than the average early '90s game cart. One could only fit three of those on a shelf before having to use another one according to gallup polls.
The game library
The games were received well by critics, but people were hesitant to purchase them seeing as they all could be played for a mere quarter at the local arcade. There were a relatively fair amount fighting games and overhead shooter games in comparison with its competitors. Despite the vast quantity of fighting games released for the system, a notable mash-up of SNK fighting game characters and Capcom characters was released. Even with their best efforts, nobody cared after playing a critically acclaimed fighting game on their Super Nintendos and Sega Genesises known as Super "Street Fighter II Omega Ultra Turbo: the Newest Warriors." Other games worth mention include "OJ Simpson's Slash-Out," "Waterworld," and "E.T. pt. 2" (published by Atari).
Due to the fact that very few people purchased a Neo Geo, the games became quite rare after the console's production termination in 1996. For example, Rareware released a port of the smash-hit "Battletoads," but only managed to create five copies due to the fact that creating any more would overload the planet with awesome. One of these copies surfaced on Ebay for slightly over $9,000.00, but no other reports of finding this elusive title exist. However it is still possible that a copy may turn up at a Gamestop, so one may find it beneficisl to call persistently and demand "Battletoads."
Public reception of the Neo Geo
People did not pay much attention to the system's existence, for they were tied up with "Sonic the Hedgehog" and "Super Mushroom-Tripping Plumber World." Those who cared enough to make the purchase were eventually disappointed when 3d-capable games and systems, thus rendering their investment obsolete. The Neo Geo could not handle advanced technologies such as 3-d graphics despite its title as the "advanced entertainment system." Though the Neo Geo could not perform the aforementioned task, the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo both did so in games such as Lunar Lupine and Sonic 3D Bonanza. Due to this inability to advance, the Neo Geo died in 1996 of old age.