28 posts tagged snk
Farewell, Neo Geo X ⊟
It wasn’t the perfect throwback portable/console hybrid people hoped for, but the Neo Geo X sure looked slick in these GIFs I made 10 months ago. These animations took me forever to make (it was one of the first GIF photosets I put together), so I thought I’d trot them out one more time since the system won’t be around for much longer.
If you haven’t heard, SNK terminated its license agreement wih Neo Geo X’s maker Tommo, which means the latter company can no longer manufacture, market, distribute, or do pretty much anything else with this licensed product. I wouldn’t be surprised if this odd kit became a highly-sought collector’s item, something like the Game Boy Micro, years from now. Amazon currently has it for $170.
BUY Neo Geo x Gold, Neo Geo X games, and upcoming games
The Neo Geo X handheld, console, and arcade stick bundle (as shown in this photo taken by Ryuichiro Ban) is now available with a 25 percent discount, making it only slightly more expensive than the $130 that the handheld by itself will go for starting April.
Neo Geo X, you’re the one
This starts shipping out today, and since I don’t have the cash to splurge on this throwback handheld x console combo bundle, I’m making GIFs of it instead.
Just gonna stare at these for the next couple hours, sighing every few minutes while listening to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas”.
BUY Neo Geo x Gold
Neo Geo x Gold, I need you in my life
You know that artwork of Jake the Dog enamored with his Everything Burrito? That’s me with the Neo Geo x Gold, limbs all stretching to hug the console.
BUY Neo Geo x Gold (releases tomorrow!)
"I Left My Heart In 1995"/Mai Shiranui shirt (click for a larger image). If you have a particular fondness for The King of Fighters ‘95 — or just 1995 in general* — Cospa will happily sell this black tee to you at its Tokyo Game Show booth for ¥3,045, or around $35.56.
Cospa is selling a lot of other merchandise for Fatal Fury, Phantasy Star, and Lain (in 2010?!). They’ll also have these Neo Geo/”100 Mega Shock” goods I recently wrote about at my other gig, which are neat but not quite as ballin’ as this old 100Mega Shock shirt:
I can imagine a Tiny Cartridge tee with a similar style…
See also: More King of Fighters posts
*It was a pretty great year! Well, at least as far as rap goes — you had Liquid Swords, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, E 1999 Eternal, and Me Against the World all released that year and all classics!
You could also pick up SNK Arcade Classics on your system of choice for dirt cheap, or some Neo Geo games on Virtual Console for… not so cheap. Consider it a donation to SNK. You can even run Neo Geo games on the DS!
And in case you didn’t notice: thanks to Eric’s hard work, we’re sporting our own 100 Mega Shocking Neo Geo tribute art in the header today!
[Image by Masao, addition by me]
Oh? What’s that? You want more versions of the Psycho Soldier theme song? Why, of course! Here’s an arranged version from a cassette that was packed in with the Famicom version of Athena:
Athena is a sort-of spinoff to Psycho Soldier: while Psycho Soldier starred the psychic teen Athena Asamiya, who would go on to be featured in the King of Fighters series, Athena's heroine is a different Athena, some kind of celestial princess or something. While I have an irrational affection for that terrible game, the focus of today’s post is still Psycho Soldier and its rad fully-voiced theme song — the first vocal theme to be used in a video game.
Here’s the version from King of Fighters ‘96:
And an arranged vocal version from a KOF ‘96 soundtrack:
From KOF 2002:
And a cover by Keith Burgun:
This is by no means exhaustive. We can listen to the Psycho Soldier theme some more if you want. And for more info about Psycho Soldier and Athena, check out Nicola Nomali’s wonderful writeup from GameSpite Quarterly #3.
"KOF" by Masao. We do wind allegories right.
"Kaze no Allegory," from King of Fighters ‘97 Arrange Sound Trax. Thinking about Takenobu Mitsuyoshi’s Street Fighter tribute set my mind to another of my favorite slightly goofy fighting-game related tracks, one that, to me, is synonymous with KOF.
I love that it’s a meditative, sort of melancholy acoustic number … sung in character (with appropriately deep voice) by a fighting game character, in this case Iori Yagami, voiced by Kunihiko Yasui. That seems like the kind of thing that would only make sense in KOF.
If you want to sing along, and know what you’re singing, lyrics in both English and Japanese can be found here.
Today, Jeremy Parish posted a Retronauts article celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Neo Geo Pocket Color, a wonderful handheld I should have purchased when it was new, or when it was reissued in super-cheap six-game bundles, or when I worked at a used game shop and stared at one from behind the counter for like six months.
There’s a lot to love about the system: weird color schemes (including clear and blue camo), the great D-pad/stick thing, the Dreamcast connection. But what I love most about the NGPC (on a superficial level) is the aesthetic of those wonderful fighting games: all high-contrast, blocky sprites on pastel, outline-free backgrounds. Nothing else looks like that!
[Image via HG101]
Nanicon Magazine, from Doki Majo Plus. Apparently the young Renge Oda isn’t just obsessed with the fictional Star Radish, she’s something of a prodigy at the shmup, being referred to on the cover as “Renge Meijin.”
Great, now I want a visual novel about a kid who loves fake Famicom games, instead of a minor subplot about it in a creepy moe game.
Preorder Import: Doki Majo Plus
See also: More Doki Majo stuff