Other Systems: Apr.-Jun. 1990

The Neo-Geo's announcement and first ads

I've been on a little Neo-Geo kick lately, so I thought I'd scan some of the first ads for the NG arcade and home units, starting way back in April 1990. I have a real soft spot for the early Neo games too, before fighting contests took over the whole damn system.

SNK efforts like Nam 1975, Baseball Stars, and Cyber-Lip were full of gratuitous voice samples, Motley Crue guitar licks, and inexperience with the new hardware, while Alpha Denshi products like Magician Lord and Crossed Swords had great, moody music and gobs of giant, rainbow-coloured sprites.

Enjoy the first look at a game platform that quite accurately dubbed itself 'the system of the '90s!'