Oh man, what a place to start in the 16-bit era. SNK’s Neo Geo AVS MAX 330 MEGA PRO-GEAR SPEC home console system. Hot damn I get excited just saying the name! It was revolutionary at the time for bringing arcade quality graphics to the home, and novelty gigantic cartridges to boot. It was a console of extremes; Bigger games! Bigger cartridges! Bigger controllers! The arcade experience right at home, an expensive dream that only the Neo Geo could fulfil, after it emptied your wallet.
I used to love the old arcade scene; particularly when it came to one-on-one fighting games. You’d have people huddled around a machine, watching a digital, pugilist chess game. It was tense, and frantic – but when you, as the victor, stayed in place while the loser went to the back of the queue, the feeling was immeasurable. Ad agency McKinney wants to bring that back – only instead of rewarding you with the glow of victory, they’re rewarding you with beer.
I grew up in that era where arcade games were at the forefront of gaming technology. Armed with a pocket-full of shiny 20c coins, I spent pretty much all of my time at the local arcade, enjoying the very best in video games. And Altered Beast. I have such a reverence for arcades that when I saw a stack of them at rAge, surrounded by people playing great games from an age long past, my heart quite literally skipped a beat.
Midway is dead. Warner Bros. picked up its festering barely re-animated corpse, along with most of its intellectual property (Braaaaaaaaains!). One licence that they didnâ€™t acquire though is a particular favourite of mine, and if the rumours are right is one that we may see again â€“ courtesy of EA Sports.
According to ESPN, EA sports have been tasked with bringing the NBA Jam series back to life, under the helm of Mark Turmell â€“ the series original creator â€“ who now works for EA.
Good news for fans of classic side-scrolling beat â€˜em ups. Capcom is porting two of their most classic to PSN and XBLA; the seminal Final Fight, and the equally awesome Magic Sword. Even better is that theyâ€™ll be bundled together and billed as â€œFinal Fight: Double Impactâ€
Ufortunately unlike other Capcom classics like Super Street Fighter 2 and Puzzle fighter they will not be getting a graphical overhaul, instead being emulated versions of the original arcade games. They will include graphical filters though, Like Marvel vs Capcom 2 did as well as a mode that keeps the aspect ratio of the original games, but adds a border that looks like an arcade cabinet, keeping the nostalgia aspect in place.
The best part? Online drop-in/drop-out co-op. Hell yeah!
If you canâ€™t wait to destroy a car, or destroy stuff as Guy or Cody in Super Street fighter IV, perhaps destroying one in Final Fight in the meantime.
Source : IGN