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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

Instructions & manuals

Looking for the instructions?
Download here the Neo Geo AES manual (PDF).

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Neo Geo AES value and price guide

What's your Neo Geo AES worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
SNK Genuine Neo Turf masters For Genuine Neo Turf Masters For Neo Geo 07/2021 $ 45 796.62
SNK METAL SLUG X Neo Geo SNK for METAL SLUG X Neo Geo SNK For Neogeo ROM 06/2021 $ 8 203.29
SNK Neo Geo SNK MAGICAL DROP III Neo Geo SNK MAGICAL DROP III Neogeo AES 08/2021 $ 5 273.54
SNK Pulstar snk neo geo aes japan Pulstar Snk Neo Geo Aes Japan 09/2021 $ 5 120.34
SNK Metal Slug 2 Neo Geo AES Metal Slug 2 Neo Geo AES RARE… 08/2021 $ 5 107.88
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