Final NeoGeo game to be released in July

Samurai Spirits Zero Special will be the final game for the venerable arcade format.

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TOKYO--According to retailers in Japan, SNK NeoGeo will release its final two home cartridge games for the NeoGeo in the upcoming months. The King of Fighters 2003 will be released on May 14, followed by Samurai Spirits Zero Special on July 15. Both cartridges will retail for 41,790 yen ($385) and will be produced only in a limited run, so retailers recommend that customers preorder the games.

The King of Fighters 2003 has been operating in arcades since last December. The game includes a new tag-team system and a new storyline featuring a main character that fights by using green flames. Samurai Spirits Zero Special is based on Samurai Spirits Zero, with a number of minor adjustments and the addition of historical bosses as playable characters. Samurai Spirits Zero Special is scheduled to hit arcades in Japan on April 22.

After Samurai Spirits Zero Special, SNK NeoGeo will release its arcade games on Sammy’s Atomiswave platform. Just as SNK NeoGeo released home cartridges a few months after their launch in arcades, games released on the Atomiswave will be ported to home consoles after a similar delay.

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