Neo Geo CD

Published: August 4, 2021
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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.

Neo Geo CD

Original price

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.

Control pad vs joystick

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.

Neo Geo CD models

  • A front-loading version, only distributed in Japan (25,000 units built)
  • A top-loading version, marketed worldwide (most common model)
  • Neo Geo CDZ (upgraded, faster-loading version, Japan only)

Best Neo Geo CD games

A few popular games for the Neo Geo CD include:

  • Metal Slug
  • Pulstar
  • Last Resort
  • Samurai Showdown
  • The King of Fighters
  • Aero Fighters aka Sonic Wings
  • Viewpoint
  • Ghost Pilots
  • Magician Lord
  • The Last Blade
  • Fatal Fury
  • Sengoku
  • Spinmaster
  • Shock Troopers
  • Aero Fighters 2
  • Top Hunter

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.


  • Main Processor: Motorola 68000 running at 12 MHz
  • Colors On Screen: 4,096
  • Colors Available: 65,536
  • Resolution: 304 x 224
  • Max Sprites: 380
  • Max Sprite Size: 16 x 512
  • Number of Planes: 3
  • 68000 Program Memory: 2Mbytes
  • Fix Layer Memory: 128Kbyte
  • Graphics Memory: 4Mbytes
  • Sound Sample Memory: 1Mbytes
  • Z80 Program Memory: 64Kbytes
  • VRAM: 512Kb (For graphics attributes)
  • SRAM: 2KB (For high scores / general save data)


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Neo Geo CD value and price guide

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

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