In an effort to reduce manufacturing costs, SNK released the Neo Geo CD shortly after the Neo Geo AES, its cartridge-based equivalent. The system was first unveiled at the 1994 Tokyo Toy Show, and uses the same CPU set-up as the arcade and cartridge-based Neo Geo systems. SNK planned to release Neo Geo CD versions of every Neo Geo game still in the arcades. The unit's 1X CD-ROM drive was quite slow, making loading times very long with the system loading up to 56Mbits of data between loads. Despite this setback, SNK reported that they had sold the Neo Geo CD's entire initial shipment of 50,000 units approximately one month after launch.
At introduction, the console was originally priced at US$399, roughly US$730 in today's money (2021). Neo Geo CD game prices were lowered to a reasonable $50 as opposed to the usual cost for MVS game cartridges, sometimes upwards of $300. The system could be used to play Audio CD's.
The Neo Geo CD comes with a control pad instead of the joystick that is in other Neo Geo systems. This made the controls more stiff and caused some difficulty in play if one was used to the joystick.
A few popular games for the Neo Geo CD include:
The system was also capable of Red Book audio (Red Book specifies the physical parameters and properties of the CD) as seen in many of the game's soundtracks. This is possibly the only advantage the CD system had over the cartridge system apart from the cheaper storage medium. In addition to the multi-AV port, all NGCD models had straight up composite RCA A/V and S-Video out jacks right on the rear of the console. The S-Video out on the console is highly recommended to use over the standard composite video.
What's your Neo Geo CD worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.
|Metal Slug 1 Neo Geo CD NEW SEALED US||08/2021||$ 3 533.58|
|Windjammers NEO GEO CD USA SEALED||08/2021||$ 1 465.75|
|Chotetsu Brikinger Ironclad Complete Box||09/2021||$ 1 323.36|
|OVERTOP NEO GEO CD CDZ SNK NEOGEO NCD||06/2021||$ 1 172.59|
|SNK Neo Geo CDZ Console Japan Import||09/2021||$ 938.07|
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