The Neo Geo is the greatest 16 bit machine of all time. From early titles like Magician Lord to the late era triumphs in pushing sprites and pre-rendered CG, Pulstar and Blazing Star shmups, the Neo was king. I remember the days when the home console with $200+ carts was spoken of in hushed tones of awe among kids who had to be content with an NES.
i'm inclined to agree. i never could afford a neo geo. it wasn't until i picked up a jaguar many years later that i felt like i had a decent console.
the neo geo stands well even today.
I wouldn't call the amount of fighters on the Neo Geo a downside, especially since most of these were SNK fighters, only Capcom came close.
Still it would have been nice if they could have squeezed Magician Lord 2 in there somewhere. ML is a beautiful platformer, with atmosphere forever and a sequel was rumored. First played that game on a 2 slot MVS cab in one of those tiny Walmart arcades back in the late 90s - my first time playing a game on legendary N E O ⚫ G E O hardware - and the lush parallax of the first stage and everything is a cool memory.
> it wasn't until i picked up a jaguar many years later that i felt like i had a decent console.
Please check Neo Drift Out, now forgotten 2d racing game with a helicopter view. It is a lot of fun.
The price was high because the Neo Geo games use a lot of memory, and memory was freakishly cheap back then.