Neo Geo AES- Most underrated game system of the 90’s?

When we think about high profile video game consoles from the 90’s we think about systems such as: Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast and even Game Boy. But one of the few consoles that was often overlooked during that decade was the Neo Geo AES which was released back in 1990. The Neo Geo AES was SNK’s first main game system and it had arcade quality gameplay and graphics which were in 2D without limitations unlike the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. While the Neo Geo AES featured classics like Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting along with KOF ’94. Neo Geo AES was basically the home console version of the Neo Geo MVS and was probably the first and only 24-bit game console ever made. The Z80 corprocessor SNK used for the Neo Geo AES/MVS also improved the quality of the console along with 24 bit GPU that it had. While the Neo Geo AES looked impressive the console itself was very expensive and averaged around $649 following its initial release. If the release price of the Neo Geo AES was cut in half following its release during the early 90’s the console could of been a commercial success. But at the same time each Neo Geo game system from the 90’s was highly lacking in high profile third party games which Nintendo and Sony had more access to during the 90’s. While Neo Geo AES was one of most expensive game consoles to have emerged from the 90’s it does not detract from its overall quality. There is no question that the Neo Geo AES is one of the most underrated and overlooked game systems of the 90’s.

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