The Neo Geo was truly a beast in 1990, but that came with a price tag: $650 for the AES console and past $200 for each game. The Neo Geo CD was released four years later, to offer the same games at a much lower cost. Well, you get what you pay for: it was plagued with annoying loading times (say, up to a minute between each round of a fighting game), and it came with a gamepad instead of the badass Neo Geo arcade-style controller. Still, its main problem was the bad timing: the 5th generation had already begun, and it was clear that a pure 2D console could not compete for much longer.

While it was technically almost identical to the Neo Geo, and most of its titles were ports, all of those had rearranged CD-based soundtracks; it also had a handful of exclusives, as well as some MVS ports that the original AES didn't get.

The listEdit

Box Art Title Genre Description
150px Ironclad
(Chōtetsu Brikin'ger)
shooter A very good, very rare, very expensive, Japan-only, CD-exclusive, side-scrolling shmup. Also on the Wii Virtual Console.

(Warning: any MVS or AES cart you may find will be an unofficial repro from the VC's ROM).

150px Metal Slug Run n' Gun First title of a one of the best Run n' Gun series. Hand drawn animation, cruel humor & a lot of hostages to save. Must have for all Neo Geo fans. Also ported to a lot of plaforms, including Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Playstation Portable, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii etc.
150px Puzzle Bobble puzzle Yep, on almost every system ever but not the AES. This is the better version because it's on CD so better quality music!
150px Samurai Shodown RPG
(Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits: Bushidō Retsudan)
RPG Due to the huge popularity of RPGs SNK decided they needed their own, and here it is. Plays like a standard RPG and it's the only one on the Neo Geo. Also on Saturn and PS1. Sadly, all versions are Japanese-only.