Back in the earliest of early nineties, the most advanced games available were to be found in the arcade. If you wanted gaming that good at home, you would have to wait a few more years for the hardware to improve. Nowadays we take all this high tech gaming for granted, but back then, a port of an arcade game on your SNES or Mega Drive would never look or play as good as the real thing. People came close, but it still wasn't perfect.
|The size of a Neo Geo AES cartridge in comparison to a SNES and NES cartridge.|
Most consoles become cheaper over time. That expensive Xbox 360 or PS3 that you've got your eyes on will be worth bugger all if you just wait a few years. But the Neo Geo AES is an exception. This console is probably more expensive now than it was back when it was released. Why? Because it has developed a phenomenal cult following and some passionate gamers would even cut off their legs (I would say hands, but they would need those to play the games) to get hold of Neo Geo (AES or MVS) hardware and games. An AES copy of Metal Slug can demand up to 3 grand, while an AES copy of Aero Fighters 3 (of which 3 US copies are known to exist) just got sold to somebody for $30,000. Holy shit!!!
Perhaps the high price tags make this console and its games almost like a challenge for collectors. It is indeed a shame that your average gamer cannot pick up this awesome piece of kit on the cheap, like most other retro consoles. But then the Neo Geo X happened!!!
The device runs the same games that ran on the original Neo Geo AES/MVS hardware and comes with 20 original Neo Geo games pre-installed. Additional titles are to be made available on memory cards. The console is to be released in December 2012 as part of a bundle called the Neo-Geo X Gold package, which includes a docking station modelled after the original Neo Geo AES console and a replica of the Neo Geo AES joystick that can be used as a controller for the handheld.