Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Arcade Project 11: Game: Neo Geo MVS

Obligatory Arcade Purchasing Paragraph
Admittedly the choice of what arcades to get is a personal taste.  If you look at refurbished and well taken care of arcades, you will find that they cost well over $1000.  If you go to reputable websites that specialize in selling arcades, you will find them very much expensive.  Ebay and Craigslist are a crap shoot.  Sometimes people will try and give you junk for $2000, and sometimes little old ladies want to clear rooms and sell you pristine Pacmans for $200.  Its the risk you take for the rewards.  My choice in games is my own and will be different from yours.

Neo Geo MVS

I feel like I have to explain a few things before someone new to arcades will understand this.  You see, the Neo Geo arcade was basically a "console" in an arcade cabinet.  In fact, later they would release a home console version that was literally the same insides of a Neo Geo.  If you see the old Neo Geo cabinets, they never added new upgrades or chips throughout the years they existed, all the games ran on the same hardware.  Inside the arcade cabinet was a cartridge slot just like what you would find in a Super Nintendo.

The arcades came with 1, 2, and 4 slot arcades for most of its life time.  While at home you can expect to pay $300-$500 for most games that will work on the home version, the kinds that work in the arcades are actually more numerous and less rare.  You can get top games for under $30.  You simply plug them in and you're ready to go.

So for the $700 it costs to buy the average 2 slot machine, you get a multi-game cabinet.  For $100 you can get several games depending on what's on EBay at the time.  Right now I can get Metal Slug 5, Samurai Shodown 2, and Bust-a-move all together for under $100.  If you are looking for the arcade games, you need to look for "MVS" cartridges.  The home versions are called "AES" and you can typically find them due to the high prices.  If you find MVS cartridges for AES prices, then you're trying to be duped by someone.  MVS's are cheap and much more abundant.

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