It doesn’t matter if it was done on purpose or by accident, it looks like Neo Geo was perfectly designed for playing older video games. Some people label it as, and we quote, the best of a device that will provide all that’s needed for an average fan of old-generation video games. With this device, you can re-live some moments from your youth. More precisely, you are going to be able to play some of your favorite video games once again. The younger generation is probably not aware of how many titles in the past earned their popularity through their great gameplay and, in some cases, graphics. These games are something worthy enough to re-live once again. Therefore, the older generation of gamers will surely recognize the quality.
At the same time, we cannot help ourselves but rejoice the moment when all of the titles for Neo Geo are transferred to Nintendo Switch. Now, we are going to be able to experience all of our favorite games once again. The reason is, let’s face it, not many people preserved their Neo Geo in a mint condition since so much time has passed. Today, we can see that a plethora of popular games have been transferred into Nintendo Switch. Also, we will have the pleasure of enjoying something that was probably out of our reach when it was at its peak of popularity. This was the reason we’ve decided to compile an article on the best Neo Geo games you can play once again on Nintendo Switch in 2023. Without wasting too much of your precious time, let us begin.
It would be strange to start our list with any other game than Nam-1975. This was the first game released for this console back in 1990. Back in the day, this game was so popular that we can compare its popularity with The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. We are not overreacting, this really happened. This is the game that took major inspiration from games like Contra, which was highly popular back in the 1980s. This is a game that puts you in the role of a US soldier who is taking down the waves of Vietnamese soldiers. The ultimate task is to defeat the main villain called Dr. R Muckley. At the time, this game was considered insane, mainly due to increased difficulty in the latter stages of the game.
2. Mutation Nation
Beating bad guys up is something that never truly gets old. We can see that this genre of games was highly popular back in the day on the example of games like Streets of Rage and Final Fight. The title that heavily popularized this genre was Mutation Nation, which was released back in 1992. The players are put in the role of good guys who are about to kick some serious ass to the scientist that created a horde of mutants. Battling through a horde of mutants hasn’t been as fun as it is in this game. If you are a fan of this genre, you will see that this game provides all of the essential elements for a proper fighting arcade game. At the same time, different from many games of the same genre it presents a challenge that is not so easy to overcome.
3. Metal Slug
Oh boy, how many hours we’ve spent playing titles from the Metal Slug franchise. This is a highly addictive video game that puts in the role of one of four main characters who have the task of battling against Nazi-looking soldiers, strange animals, and in some cases, aliens. This game is as crazy as it can be, believe us. We would overestimate it if we said that this is one hell of a game and that every title in this franchise is one hell of a ride. As we said, we’ve spent countless hours playing these games. However, if you ask us, we would say that the first installment was the best one in the franchise. This doesn’t mean other ones are bad, but the first one sets the narrative for all other games.
4. Garou: Mark of the Wolves
If you are a fan of fighting arcade games, look no further than Garou: Mark of the Wolves. This is not your average fighting arcade game, even if it could seem like one. Also, we feel obliged to say that, even though there are a plethora of fighting arcade games like Street Fighter, we would easily choose this one over them. The reason is this game was the one that served as a major inspiration for all of the fighting games that were made later, like the Tekken franchise for example. It should be said that this game is the ninth title in the Fatal Fight franchise. Even though this is not something that happens most of the time, this is the best of all of them. Check it out most definitely.
5. Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is a video game that literally was the best game of its time. Its popularity was so high that we can see that it still has a lot of players even today. The game puts in the role of one of four main characters who have the task of defeating a mad scientist that conducted research with the goal of turning people into mutants. Sounds familiar? Well, if there is one thing that can be marked as a downside of this game, it’s the story that can’t be described as the most original. That doesn’t mean that you will not have a plethora of fun while playing it. What sets this game apart from many other games in the genre are the characters that are loveable even though they don’t have any memorable lines. However, the game makes you rely on their unique skills to defeat all of the enemies that you’ll face.
As we told earlier in the article, now we have the possibility of playing old arcade and Neo Geo games on a new console called Nintendo Switch. Here we presented you with some of the best titles you can play and experience once again. We are certain that old-school gamers are going to appreciate it.