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Neo Geo AES

Published: August 3, 2021
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The Neo Geo AES is a cartridge-based arcade and home video game system introduces in 1990 by Japanese game company SNK. The hardware featured comparatively colorful 2D graphics and high-quality sound. The MVS (Multi Video System), as the Neo Geo was known to the coin-op industry, offered arcade operators the ability to put up to 6 different arcade titles into a single cabinet, a key economic consideration for operators with limited floorspace. With its games stored on self-contained cartridges, a game-cabinet could be exchanged for a different game-title by swapping the game's ROM-cartridge and cabinet artwork.

Neo Geo AES

Several popular franchise-series, including Fatal Fury, The King of Fighters, Metal Slug and Samurai Shodown, were released for the platform. In the United States, the console was planned to debut at US $599 USD, around US $1250 in today's money (2021) and included two joystick controllers and a game (either Baseball Stars Professional or NAM-1975). However, this plan was quickly scrapped and when the system had its American launch, it debuted at $649.99 with two joysticks, and either Baseball Stars Professional or Nam-1975. This package was known as the 'Gold System.' Later, the 'Gold System' was bundled with Magician Lord and Fatal Fury. The system was also released in a 'Silver System' package for $399.99, which included one joystick controller and did not include a game. Other games were priced at about $200 (and up). With these 'premium' prices, though, most gamers weren't able to afford the system, so the console was only accessible to a niche market.

The Neo Geo system was also marketed as as a very costly home console, commonly referred to today as the AES (Advanced Entertainment System.) The Neo Geo was marketed as 24-bit, though it was technically a 16-bit parallel-processing system.

Popular games for the AES console

  • Shock Troopers
  • Cyber-Lip
  • Crossed Swords
  • Twinkle Star Sprites
  • Magician Lord
  • Waku Waku 7
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  • Metal Slug 3

Neo Geo AES documents

Instructions & manuals

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Neo Geo AES value and price guide

What's your Neo Geo AES worth in 2022? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
SNK REAL BOUT 2 NEWCOMERS NEO GEO REAL BOUT 2 NEWCOMERS NEO GEO AES 11/2021 $6950
SNK Neo Geo SNK MAGICAL DROP III Neo Geo SNK MAGICAL DROP III Neogeo AES 11/2021 $5000
SNK Sengoku denshou 2001 SENGOKU 3 Sengoku Denshou 2001 SENGOKU 3 Neo Geo 11/2021 $4000
SNK Metal Slug 3 For Neo Geo AES Metal Slug 3 For Neo Geo AES SNK Genuine 10/2021 $3631
SNK Metal slug 4 aes snk playmore Metal Slug 4 Aes Snk Playmore Original 12/2021 $2654
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Brad - October 15, 2021
I’m interested in buying some different Neo Geo Aes games.
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