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Last update: 03/23/03
[Editor's Note: The first 4 definitions are the foundational terms, the
rest are listed in alphabetical order, followed by a list of common
Common short hand for the Neo Geo Advanced
Entertainment System. Originally created in 1990 by SNK.
It began as a rental-only, arcade-exact system (see AES) in Japan
before its huge popularity prompted SNK to release it for purchase.
From its inception, SNK planned an arcade version (See MVS) to
promote the home system in arcades. Much to the surprise of
SNK, the arcade version was a historic success while the AES version
fizzled into a cult following. The system (home and arcade) is
the longest supported system (by a parent company) in video game
history, surpassing the Game Boy/Game Boy Color. It is why
this site and this community exists. Also referred to as the
Term describing cartridges for the Neo Geo home
system (also known as home carts).
Stands for Advanced Entertainment System.
The term originally described the system itself: the English
language logo for the Neo Geo had “Advanced Entertainment System”
stamped between the Neo and Geo -fulfilling the Japanese love for
adding superlatives to their product descriptions.
The term has now become a popular short hand for describing a
Home Cartridge (i.e. “I traded my Robo Army CD for his Metal Slug 3
AES.”). AES carts are
not compatible with the arcade (MVS) system (except by conversion).
Alternatively described as "NGH" games.
Term describing cartridges for the Neo Geo arcade
system. Stands for
Multi Video System. The
term is actually part of the name of the arcade system: the Neo Geo
Multi Video System (See
Neo Geo MVS). Although they contain the same “guts” (ROM
chips and such), they are not compatible with the home system
(different size outputs).
They manufacturer did this to prevent arcade operators from
buying the then cheaper home carts (MVS carts debut in the
$500-$1200+ range, home carts in the $180-$300 range).
Company that created the Neo Geo.
Stands for Shin Nihon Kikaku (New
Operated from 1978-2001.
Began creating arcade games in the late ‘70s, created a
number of popular series (like Ikari Warriors) in the early ‘80s and
ported many of them onto computers and the venerable NES.
In 1989, SNK entered the home system market with the Neo Geo,
the first ‘premium’ home system.
Hit with a series of growing financial problems starting in
the late ‘90s, SNK finally closed on Oct. 22, 2001.
Gamers everywhere mourned. Fortunately, SNK's
intellectual property rights (and more importantly its spirit) were
carried on by Playmore Corp. starting in late 2001. In 2003,
Playmore officially changed its name to SNK-Playmore (SNK-P).
See Playmore and SNK-P.
1, 2, 4, 6-slot
The number of games allowed on a Neo Geo MVS
arcade unit. Since the
games game in separate cartridges to lower costs (and promote the
home system), MVS boards were designed with slots for the
cartridges. More 4-slot
cabinets were produced than any other.
6-slots are very large boards, and sometimes cannot fit in
all cabinets. 6-slots
have been known to have reliability issues, but this can be averted
through proper care.
Alpha Denshi Corp.
Development team within SNK.
Created several notable games, including the World Heroes
series. Previously known as "Alpha" and Alpha Team.
ADK, the developer, created a game called
"Aggressors of Dark Kombat" (borrowing the alternate spelling of
combat from "Mortal Kombat"), a play on their own initials. See ADK
Advanced Entertainment Game.
This is stamped on some internal boards. Term very rarely
Some early games by the Alpha Team (ADK) used
the "ALH" designation instead of NGH. See Alpha Team
Development team under SNK, later changed to
become ADK. See ADK(1)
Apple Photo Systems
Amusement machine company based in New York that
officially distributed SNK arcade MVS and photo-machine systems
after SNK USA closed. Ceased its operations on behalf of SNK
once SNK Japan closed. After Playmore bought SNK's
intellectual property rights, it opened SNK Neo Geo USA to handle US
distribution. See Playmore and SNK Neo Geo USA.
Independent game store that specializes in
converting MVS carts into home carts and doing small home releases
of games that were “MVS-only.” Has a forum.
Corp. is Japanese corporation specializing in pachinko games
(Japanese gambling machines played on a vertical pinball machine)
and other gambling ventures. In an attempt to broaden its
holdings, Aruze bought the financially strapped SNK in its final
years and put it under its Aruze Group. Other than releasing
gambling simulators for the NGPC and MVS, it did very little to help
SNK -leaving it out in the cold when it went bankrupt in 2001.
After the bankruptcy it no longer possessed the SNK intellectual
copyrights. Aruze tried to hold onto the SNK name within the
Japanese market, but upon Playmore's (the successor to SNK) move to
Japan, Playmore was able to win title back the the SNK name.
plastic bag that contains the instruction booklet in new Neo Geo
home cartridges. These are considered a component of a “complete”
cartridge and are valued by some collectors.
The family that managed SNK USA in its final
years, headquartered in San Jose, CA. Following the Japanese
business tradition of trusting families to run a business, SNK Japan
hired the Barone family to control SNK USA. This proved
another disaster for SNK Japan. Under their misguided
leadership, the Barone family ignored the niche US home cart market,
completely botched the launch of the Neo Geo Pocket Color, and did
nothing to further arcade sales of the MVS or SNK Photo Systems
(which were both awarded to Apple Photo Systems after SNK USA's
demise). SNK USA was closed in 2000. The Barone family
will forever hold a place of infamy in the history of the Neo Geo.
See Debug modification.
Something that has been made without the
permission of the original copyright owner. Since these items
are created illegally for quick profit, they are almost always
inferior in some way to the originals. Buyer beware. To
reemphasize, these are illegal and grounds for legal action.
Playmore (the current holder of all SNK copyrights) has demonstrated
its willingness to take to court anyone who violates its copyrights
with bootlegs. See Counterfeits.
Former corporation based in Osaka. Strong
corporate roots originating from SNK. Developed the Crystal
System (See Crystal System). It was a division of
Playmore until Playmore dissolved it when it moved to Japan.
Other than their apparent spelling problem, this
North Carolina based video game retailer sells Neo Geo games, but is
known for lousy customer service.
Term for the smaller, more space efficient
Japanese arcade cabinets popular in arcades throughout the Pacific
Rim. They are usually undedicated (not produced for a specific
game), although many MVS candy cabs are specially adapted for the
MVS marquee. See Converted Cab and Dedicated Cab.
The original Japanese release home cartridges
came in paper boxes (similar to the paper used in NES boxes, only
much larger). The box contained a molded plastic tray that
held the cartridge and manual.
home cartridge cases were thin and had a clear cover for placement
of the insert. They
were the size of large books and closed snugly in a clam-shell
manner. Inside they
contained a molded plastic tray to hold the cartridge and manual.
They were replaced by new-style snap-cases in 1995.
A game that was only released in the Neo Geo CD
home format. These were
created as incentive for buying the Neo Geo CD.
The Neo Geo CDZ is the second CD system made by
SNK. It has been
falsely claimed that it has a double speed drive.
Actually, it has a larger cache for holding loaded
information, and has a more efficient CD drive.
Still does not eliminate the notorious CD load times on later
titles. Has been said
to be less reliable than the original CD system.
Self proclaimed "Big-Tymer", Mr. Ray (AKA ChrisR)
is being sued (with business partner Dion Dakis) by Playmore
(parent company of the Neo Geo) for copyright infringement.
His antics have defrauded multiple collectors. He has sullied
his own reputation with multiple bad deals and lying to both fellow
fans and SNK itself. His close business associate is Dion
Dakis and their company is NeoGeo Freak/NGF. Of the two, Mr.
Ray is known for being the technical mind. Buyers should
definitely beware. See NeoGeo Freak/NGF
Coin-Operated. Refers to an
arcade machine. The Neo Geo MVS is a coin-op.
The scale by which the wear-and-tear (damage) to
a cart is assessed. Helps buyers and sellers understand the
condition of a product. These can vary from person to person,
but should be understood by parties before a transaction.
Here is an
example of a condition scale.
Controller, New Style
See Pro Controller.
Controller, Old Style
Original pack-in joystick by SNK. Could
also be bought separately. Large rectangular base, black, and
surprisingly light for how sturdy they are. The most popular
Neo Geo controller.
The procedure that takes an MVS cart and converts
it into an AES cart playable on the home system. This involves
the use of a sacrificial cartridge (sac cart) as a host for the new
converted cart. The chips in the sac cart are removed (if done
properly, (1) the sac cart can be restored or (2) the sac chips can
be transferred to the MVS cart). Controversial method:
Converting a cartridge for personal use is probably legal, selling a
converted cartridge is probably illegal. Beware.
An arcade cabinet that was originally designed
for one game, but now houses another. Their aesthetic
quality depends on the skills of the person converting the cabinet
and can vary greatly. See Candy Cab and Dedicated Cab.
A game that has been created by conversion of an
MVS cart. Legally touchy subject. See Conversion.
Cosmic Amusement Machine Company. Cheap
seller of MVS games out of Hong Kong.
Many of their games are bootlegs.
Great prices, stellar service, very reliable.
Games (either home or arcade) that are changed or
copied without permission and then sold again. These are
illegal and grounds for legal action. They are also less
desirable than originals on the collectors market and can sometimes
have inferior technical aspects that may affect gameplay.
Control Panel Overlay.
The decorated overlay that goes over/around the joysticks and
buttons of an arcade machine. Common reference among arcade
dealers and enthusiasts.
A new, separate JAMMA compatible arcade board by
BrezzaSoft that uses cartridges like the Neo Geo MVS.
Capcom vs. SNK (also: CvS Pro,
CvS2). This was the version made by Capcom. The
SNK version of this match-up begins with SNK (vs. Capcom).
An arcade cabinet specially designed to house a
specific game, almost always by the game's distributor (Candy cabs
hold some exceptions). See Candy Cab and Converted Cab.
Modification that allows the Neo Geo home system
to open up the debug/BIOS menu that arcade operators use (since the
MVS and AES carts are the same program).
Requires the installation of a special add-on chip to change
the regular AES BIOS chip into the arcade chip.
Neo-Geo DHP Mailing List: The original Neo Geo
mailing list is still going after 9 years. Piecemeal archives
can be accessed on the main DHP website (the pre-1997 archives are
very incomplete). Great way to look into the past. Has
been nicknamed the Neo Geo Holy Scrolls by some. Instructions
on how to subscribe can be found in the Link's section of this site.
Self proclaimed "Big-Tymer", Mr. Dakis (AKA
"Dion" or "Crazy Dion") is being sued by Playmore (AKA "parent
company and legal copyright holder of SNK and the Neo Geo") for
copyright infringement. His antics have defrauded multiple
collectors. He also possesses one of the largest Neo Geo
collections on the planet, but he has sullied his own reputation
with multiple bad deals, ridiculous and hateful banter, and lying to
both fellow fans and SNK itself. His close business associate
is Chris Ray, his company is NeoGeo Freak/NGF. Of the two, Mr.
Dakis is known for being the salesman. Buyers should
definitely beware. See NeoGeo Freak/NGF
A special Neo-Geo “Seal of Quality” that was
added to the spine of early US Neo Geo carts by SNK USA (seals of
quality were a popular trend started with the NES).
The logo’s prominent feature was a rabid dog (taken from a
magazine commercial), hence the term dog-tag.
This was later replaced by the standard “Neo-Geo” symbol with
“Advanced Entertainment System” written in the middle.
Early European carts never used the Dog-Tag and instead used
the AES symbol. See Euro-Tag.
To view a Dog-Tag, click
DolphinLord's Neo Geo Domain
Yahoo Club that grew to be the largest Neo-related site on Yahoo and
the center of the Neo Geo community from 1999-2000. Its
single-thread format became cumbersome with so many members and it
transitioned into the Forums at Neo-Geo.com. The Domain still
exists and there are a number of interesting posts to be
discovered by the person with the time and patience to dig through
nearly 14000 messages. It was also tied to a
photo gallery club.
Korean software developer involved with the
design of the King of Fighters 2001 and other Neo Geo games.
Once thought to be the heir to SNK, is actually a developer.
designed to simulate a home video game console on the computer.
Illegal to use on commercial games, even if you own the original
game. See Nintendo's excellent
FAQ on the
subject. See ROM (2).
A memory chip whose contents can be erased by a
mechanism using ultraviolet light and reprogrammed for other
purposes. Bootleg MVS
carts contain EPROMs that have been copied from the original ROMs of
another game. These
copies are known for frequent technical problems (from the transfer
process) and potential failure.
Also known as a PROM.
Stands for Programmable Read-Only Memory.
While the early US versions of Home Carts used a
special “dog-tag,” the rest of early English carts (collectively
known as Euro-carts) were stamped with the standard Neo-Geo/AES
symbol that became the standard outside-Japan Neo-Geo symbol.
Developer of Neo Geo games. Based in
Mexico. First game for Neo Geo was Rage of the Dragons.
Also develops for the Crystal Hardware.
(also: FF2, FFS, FF3, FFWA [Wild Ambition])
Games that have been damaged by NeoGeo Freak (a
fictitious company created by Dion Dakis and Chris Ray).
"Freaking" includes (but is not limited to) several possibilities
such as counterfeiting inserts to replace originals; changing
official inserts into unofficial inserts and then selling them
(without permission of the original copyright holder); illegally
converting cartridges; replacing cartridge boxes; and/or stamping
void stickers all over manuals, inserts, cartridges, etc. See
Self proclaimed “largest video game store in the
universe.” This may
well be true.
Warehouse-size store is located in North Hollywood, CA.
Deals with all home and portable Neo Geo formats.
Has been known to get good games from time to time.
Also buys used games.
Uses notorious void stickers. See void stickers.
When SNK released the Neo Geo Gold System it
included the AES system, 2 old-style controllers, a memory card, and
a pack-in game. Originally the purchaser had the choice of
Baseball Stars Pro or NAM-1975 (the first two games released).
By the time it was wide released in the US, it came with Magician
Lord as the pack-in game. Many Gold System boxes have a gold
sticker stating "Includes Magician Lord" placed over the original
GW/Great Western Trading
Great Western Trading Co. is a large arcade
dealer that sells its own version of a Super Gun, the HGA (Home
Game Arcade system). Also sells MVS carts.
See Super Gun.
See GW/Great Western Trading
Games and accessories that have been created by
See Neo Geo Hotel Unit.
See Neo Geo Hyper 64.
Each game for the Neo Geo has an individual
insert printed with the front cover graphics, the spine, and the
back cover description. They are printed on large pieces of
high quality paper that are then placed inside the clear plastic
cover of both new and old style cases. Beware of forgeries, it
is very hard to match the exact paper grade/quality.
For a primer, check
The international standard connection used for
arcade boards (PCBs) since 1986.
Created to make changing games and converting cabinets easier
for arcade operators.
JAMMA stands for Japanese Amusement Machine
The Neo Geo MVS is JAMMA compatible.
JAMMA Test Rig
While some think Test rigs are the same as Super
Briggs notes the differences: "A Super Gun has an RGB
converter so you can output a PCB to a TV screen. A JAMMA Test
Rig has an isolation transformer so you can output to an arcade
monitor. Other than that, they are pretty much the same,
although a Super Gun is usually a lot more polished."
Joystick, Old Style
See Controller, Old Style.
The Killer List Of Video
Games, a very useful arcade resource website at klov.com
The King Of Fighters,
usually followed by the year (i.e. KOF’94 – ‘01)
Officially produced English cartridges that were
produced in Korea.
Several of the early Neo Geo AES releases
featured a socket on top of the home cartridge that allowed two home
systems with the same cartridge to be linked together for up to
4-player action. For a long
time there was a belief that no such cables were made, however a
number were created in included beneath the trays of at least
some link-up games (Riding Hero is the confirmed game, see
The three games were League Bowling, Riding Hero, and Thrash Rally.
For an extended discussion about the Link-Up Feature, please see
SNK made controller specifically designed for
mahjong games (Mahjong is a game of Chinese origin for four
resembling rummy and played with tiles). Since all Neo Geo
mahjong games play in Japanese-only, the controller was never
released outside the country. They were not produced in large
numbers and are consequently hard to find. They cannot be used
for any other game as the control scheme is completely
Unlike other arcade marquees, MVS games come with
special semi-transparent cards that display the game title (and
sometimes basic instructions) on the lighted MVS marquee.
These are sometimes called mini-marquees to prevent confusion with
the few large scale marquees that SNK created for some of their
larger hits. Sometimes photocopied with very mixed
Big, solid arcade-quality joysticks made by MAS
systems. They can come
in one or two player units (two player units are the same size and
dimension as an arcade console.
Very popular among arcade enthusiasts.
Multi Arcade Systems.
US-based arcade company. Creates MAS joysticks, Supernovas,
and does conversions.
Mega Enterprise Co: Korean software developer,
developed Metal Slug 4.
The Neo Geo was the first major home system to offer this
feature, which also allowed players to save games at the arcade
(fully interchangeable with both formats).
The Neo Geo memory card holds 2kb of info.
There is a Panasonic card that is also compatible with the
Neo Geo that holds 1MB (more than you’ll ever need).
They are PCMCIA cards.
A modded system is a home console that has been
modified with added and/or enhanced features like added S-Video,
Debug chip, etc. See separate entries for different
Garou: Mark of the Wolves (latest sequel of FF
series, FF was called Garou Densetsu in JPN).
Metal Slug (also: MS2, MSX, MS3,
Specially created red cases that were produced to
hold MVS cartridges. These clam-shell style cases include a
clear cover to hold marquees or homebrew inserts. See Shock Box.
A game that was never released on the home market
on either AES cartridge or CD.
The reasons for their non-release range from poor game
quality to perceived lack of interest.
National Console Support.
Import specialists operating out of New York, US.
Very reputable company.
NeoAlec's Unofficial Neo Geo Page was a center of
the Neo Geo community until 1998. Formerly at NeoAlec.com, the
site is no longer updated. Home of the humorous "Signs you've
been playing too much Neo Geo."
The informal, colorful, and rather anarchic group
of gamers and collectors world-wide who share an interest in SNK's
Neo Geo and its progeny. They are known for their passion and
Neo Geo means "New World"
Neo Geo CD System
Produced in 1993, the Neo Geo CD system was
SNK's attempt to bring down the astronomical cost of home games in
order to broaden its market. The original Neo Geo CD is
available in a limited edition front-loader and then a much more
common top-loader. A second, faster system (the CDZ) was
released in its final years. For several years games were
released on both AES and CD. The CD system's fatal flaw was
its long load times. SNK attempted to increase its popularity
by releasing many "CD Only" releases (like the extremely popular
"Bust-a-Move" and others like "Crossed Swords 2" and "Ironclad"
-many of these exclusive titles are rare). The system had
limited success and was scrapped by the late 90s.
Neo Geo Gold System
See Gold System.
Neo Geo Hotel Unit
Special MVS unit designed to be connected to a TV. Very sturdy
construction allows a TV to be placed on top of the stand-like unit.
Contains an MVS unit that used home system controllers (can fit one
old-style joystick inside cabinet). Uses a coin-slot.
Was most likely designed for a hotel room.
Neo Geo Hyper 64
Neo Geo Hyper 64 was a failed attempt by SNK to
create a 64-bit arcade system to follow the immense success of the
Neo Geo MVS. It also
used a similar interchangeable-cart system.
Few games were made.
Neo Geo MVS
Arcade PCB created by SNK that used easy to swap
cheaper game cartridges (See MVS carts) instead of replacing
the entire board. Came in several sizes (See 1-6 Slots).
Format proved to be exceptionally popular, keeping the system
alive from its inception (1989) until the present.
Neo Geo Silver System
See Silver System
Neo Geo World
SNK themed mini-theme parks in Japan.
Had more than one location, main location in Tokyo Bay
(complete with Ferris Wheel).
Closed with the demise of SNK in 2001.
Independent game store dedicated to the Neo Geo.
Large Neo Geo website with forums, reviews, and
international membership. Home of the Neo Geo Master List.
Neo-Geo.com opened forums in August 2000 and rose to become a center
of the Neo Geo community by late 2000. Official distributor of
new English Neo Geo Home Cartridges (AES) since the release of Metal
Neo Geo CD # are serial numbers written on the
Neo Geo CDs. Before adapting country code numbers like NGH
games (NGH#), English printed Neo Geo CD games had an "E"
after the number.
NeoGeoFreak/NGF-USA (commonly known as NGF): A
controversial company that took its name from the Japanese fan
magazine. Formed by
Dion Dakis and Chris Ray, two very big Neo Geo collectors.
Their business tactics and honesty have been challenged on
more than several occasions, including their release of KOF2k US.
NGF and its founders Dion and Chris are currently being sued by
Playmore (the legal owner of SNK's intellectual property rights) for
multiple reasons. Here is the original press release from
2003. NGF products are considered counterfeit and frowned
upon in the Neo Geo Community. Avoid, avoid, avoid!
Neo Geo Home. NGH is used alternatively
with AES in describing home cartridge games. See AES.
Neo Geo Home #: Numbers designating the
order of when a Neo Geo game was produced.
They are used on home carts (AES). All official Neo Geo
games until recently included an NGH number.
By 1997, the three digit NGH# was followed by a fourth number
representing the country code. The NGH numbers do not
always go in exact sequential order, leaving gaps accounting for
games never completed/produced.
Neo Geo Pocket (released
Oct.’98). The original,
Black & White Neo Geo Pocket that was only released in
Japan. SNK release the
NGPColor a year later.
Neo Geo Pocket Color,
the second and most popular portable system by SNK.
Debuted in 1999. It could link with the Sega Dreamcast.
Near-Mint. Somewhat relative
term used to describe the condition of an item. As a general
rule, something called Near Mint should be only have a few
cosmetic problems. This is very important to collectors.
See Condition Scale.
Developer of Neo Geo games. Based in
Japan. First game was Sengoku 3 for the original SNK Corp
(SNK's last official title). Now a part of Playmore Corp.
New Old Stock.
Original items that were never sold. May or may not have been
Orochinagi.com: fansite devoted to the KOF series
on Neo Geo. Merged with Neo-Geo.com briefly and unsuccessfully
in early 2001 after its original server shut down.
Printed Circuit Board.
In terms of arcade games, a PCB refers to the arcade board: the part
that contains that game in an arcade machine (it looks like large
circuit board). The Neo
Geo MVS is a PCB.
An MVS-to-AES converter that allows home system
owners to play cheaper MVS carts.
There is a debate on its reliability, here is one
Playmore Corporation. Official successor to
SNK. Originated in S. Korea, now located in Japan. Owns
all intellectual property rights held by the former company and
develops and distributes games for its Neo Geo systems as well as
for other popular systems. It owns Sun Amusement Corp.
(Japan); Noise Factory (Developer); SNK NeoGeo USA Corp. (USA); SNK
NeoGeo H.K. Co., Ltd. (Hong Kong); SNK NeoGeo Korea Co. Ltd. (S.
Korea). Founded in 2001, the company changed its name to
SNK-Playmore after winning a lawsuit in Japan for the "SNK" title
(Aruze attempted to hold onto the SNK name within the Japanese
market). By starting under the new name "Playmore", the
company was able to move back into the Japanese market without
immediately getting into a legal battle with the much larger
Private Message; can be sent in the
A game that originated from another system.
If a game originated on one video game system (i.e. Neo Geo),
subsequent versions created for other systems (i.e. SNES, Dreamcast)
are considered ports.
The Pro Controller was the second joystick
released by SNK. It is not as big as the original controller,
and is shaped like a kidney bean. Some players consider the
See Pro Controller.
Games that were either not released for a certain
format or never officially released for the Neo Geo on any format in
any territory, but have, in some way or other, been “rediscovered.”
Real Bout Fatal Fury
(also: RBFFS, RBFF2)
Special connection that delivers video in three
separate feeds (Red, Green, Blue) for superior
visual quality. Also
known as Component Video.
You must have a special scart compatible monitor/television.
SNK produced an official RGB cable.
An original MVS cartridge will contain ROM chips.
ROM stands for Read-Only
Memory. One of two basic types of memory. ROM contains only
permanent information put there by the manufacturer; information in
ROM cannot be altered, nor can the memory be dynamically allocated
by the computer or its operator.
The ROM chips in an original MVS game will be stamped by the
The nickname for a video game file on computer.
ROMs are played on emulators.
Unless it is a homebrew, it is illegal to possess a ROM under
any circumstances (See Nintendo's excellent FAQ on the subject
The usage of the term has
little to do with the actual definition. See Emulator, homebrew,
and ROM (1).
Modification for the Neo Geo home system that
adds the ability to use S-Video for S-Video compatible Televisions.
Sacrificial cartridge. Key component for
conversion. See Conversion.
Seal of Approval
Special tag created by SNK USA in 1991. See
MVS-specific cartridges cases created. It's website includes
fan created inserts. See MVS-Case.
released the Neo Geo Silver System it included the Neo Geo AES
system, one old-style controller, no game, no memory card. It
was not widely released in the United States.
started producing these sturdier cases in 1995.
Made of hard plastic, these clam-shell cases closed and were
‘locked-shut’ by a special flap.
Other than the clear plastic-insert cover, the case was a
one-piece mold and fit both the cartridge and manual inside.
The interior bears the marking “SNK” which can damage a
manual if incorrectly placed (rare, but confirmed occurrence).
Very slightly bigger than the already large old-style cases.
A Neo Geo item that was completely created by
SNK, either through in-house manufacture or official licensing
SNK NeoGeo H.K. Co., Ltd.
Handles Playmore affairs in Hong Kong. See
SNK NeoGeo Korea Co., Ltd.
Handles Playmore affairs in South Korea.
SNK NeoGeo USA Corp.
Official Division of Playmore Corp. for North
America based in Orange, CA. Handles MVS distribution and
promotion in North America. See Playmore.
Website founded by devoted SNK/Capcom fan Trieu.
Includes a forum.
The common abbreviation of SNK-Playmore, the
successor company to the original SNK. It was founded by
executive from the former SNK after their former company bankrupted
under the ownership of Aruze. Originally called "Playmore",
the company was able to add "SNK" upon winning a Japanese court case
to wrest the name from Aruze.
Shoryuken.com, Capcom dedicated site.
Shodown (also: SS2, SS3, SS4, SS-RPG [Role Playing Game])
English Neo Geo carts that have the Neo Geo logo
have stripes that go above the logo on the spine and to the right of
the logo on the front cover.
There was an idea by SNK to make the color of the stripe
representative of the game’s genre: Red for fighting games, blue for
shooters, and green for sports titles; but SNK never kept this
uniform, and on many release simply reverted to the red stripes.
Thus, nearly all official SNK produced carts were made with
red stripes. There have
been attempts to “correct” inserts to match SNK’s attempts by
independent collectors and producers, but these are not authentic
SNK creations. There was never an official orange stripe.
A Super Gun is a mini-arcade system, usually used
for home use on a television (like a home console system).
Essentially, a Super Gun contains the insides of a standard arcade
videogame cabinet shoved into one neat little box. There are
several different "brand name" Super Guns out there, including the
MAS SuperNova, and the GW HGA (see separate listings).
People with technical expertise have created their own Super Guns.
Essentially it plugs in a JAMMA board and some controllers and gives
the user the ability to plug it into a TV. An option for a
person who wants the cheaper games via MVS, but does not want to
spring for a full-size cabinet. Also known as a 'JAMMA Test
A fully modded Neo Geo Home System. See
An special home-system (Super Gun) by MAS Systems
designed to play arcade boards on TVs.
Can be cumbersome.
See Super Gun.
Supersellers of Japan was a very popular Neo Geo
seller out of Japan that offered great selection, great prices, and
notoriously odd communication.
Sadly, it is no longer in operation.
SNK vs. Capcom. This was the
version made by SNK. The Capcom version of this
match-up begins with Capcom (vs. SNK).
A Korean made Home Cart system.
Officially licensed by SNK.
Has “VIC” written on the console.
Much lighter than the standard console.
These stickers were designed to prevent a person
from tampering with a game and then returning it (originally
designed for rental outlets and resellers like Game Dude).
They are placed on the cartridge seams so that they leave
very, very difficult to remove “void” stickers on the cart if
removed, voiding any warranty agreement.
These have been known to be a hassle to collectors and gamers
alike. They can be
removed off of plastic with proper cleaners (like Goo Gone).
They cannot be removed from paper without severe damage.
Used by Game Dude (on cartridges and CD cases only) and NGF
(on carts, inserts, and manuals).
created as a
Yahoo Club for sorting out disputes and flame wars, a version of
the War Room was also created on the Neo-Geo.com forums. This
forum has developed into its own, umm, unique community (for
better or for worse) that's only loosely related to the Neo Geo.
(also: WH2, WHJ [Jet], WHP [Perfect]).
User selected pictures used on forums.
Members can select pictures from an existing gallery, or submit a
small picture (64x64 pixels, .gif or .jpeg format) to the admin for
"By The Way" –common
When someone posts in a thread just to put it
back at the top of the forum. Not to be confused with Spam.
“For Sale” –common internet
“For Trade” –common internet
“In My Opinion” –common
“In My Honest/Humble
Opinion” –common internet shorthand.
“Laugh My Ass Off”
–common internet shorthand; has been overdone as ROFLMAO “Rolling
On Floor, Laughing My Ass Off.”
“Laugh Out Loud” –common
To visit and read a BBS or forum without
registering or posting.
Internet term for someone new to a hobby.
Also known as noob or n00b.
“Off Topic” –common internet
A post that adds nothing to a conversation other
than to fill space. Spam posts and spamming (the action
of creating spam posts) are frowned upon in internet BBS and forums.
The name comes from the infamous meat-based product made famous by
such comedy groups as Monty Python.
“What The F—k” –common