Retro Gaming 00’s- Neo Geo Coliseum: (2005)

Neo Geo Battle Coliseum was a 2D fighting game that was initially released back in ’05 for the Atomiswave arcade system; before coming the PS2 between ’05-’07. Neo Geo Coliseum Battle was one of those game that looked like it should have been released a lot sooner than it was since the graphics and gameplay looked outdated in the year 2005. It was also a bit surprising that Neo Geo Battle Coloseum received an arcade release considering the fact most people in general turned more to online gaming during the mid 00’s. While Neo Geo Battle Coliseum was an enjoyable 2D arcade fighting game that looked like it belonged in the 90′; the game was heavily criticized for its lack of storyline elements. It should be noted that during the mid 00’s onwards more people were impressed with 3D graphics and visuals opposed to 2D visuals which SNK has been well known for since the early 90’s. The roster of playable characters in Neo Geo Coliseum was stacked and included popular names from the KOF, Art Of Fighting, Samurai Showdown and Fatal Fury series such as: Terry Bogard, Geese Howard, Kyo Kusanagi, Mai Sharanui, Ryo Sakazaki, Lori Yagami, Haohmaru and more.

The single player for Neo Geo Coliseum was fascinating because it had a concept that you hardly in any other fighting game. In the single player mode players were able to choose two characters and defeat as many people as they could in the time span of 300 seconds. After 300 seconds players had to battle the final boss Mizuchi where they could win by knockout or if time runs out. The survival battles in the arcade mode consisted of three rounds where players were only required to defeat only one opponent. Despite, the arcade mode for Neo Geo Battle Coliseum being somewhat creative it was quite possibly this title’s only strong aside from its gameplay. Neo Geo Coliseum was a game that could have included 3 on 3 battles in addition to more game modes. SNK could have made the survival aspect of the single player mode its own separate thing. Also, by the time we got to the mid 00’s online multiplayer gameplay was starting to become popular and SNK could have easily have used that to their advantage. Neo Geo Coliseum definitely could have been a big hit in arcade centers during the late 90’s but not necessarily to the same extent as the likes of King Of Fighters ’98.

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