NeoGeo games coming to US Wii

SNK Playmore confirms Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, and World Heroes for the Virtual Console, with more to follow in coming months.

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Earlier this year, Nintendo of Japan signaled its intention to host classic SNK NeoGeo games on the Wii's Virtual Console downloadable gaming service. However, there was no word on whether or not such offerings would be made available internationally until now.

Largely unsung: World Heroes.

SNK Playmore today announced that it would indeed be bringing NeoGeo games to the North American Virtual Console, beginning with a trio of the system's earliest fighting games. Fatal Fury is the first installment in the brawling Bogard brothers' saga, which has recently seen a rash of rereleases with Fatal Fury Battle Archives on the PlayStation 2 and Fatal Fury Special on the Xbox 360's Live Arcade.

The other two announced games--Art of Fighting and World Heroes--are a little less frequently revisited. Art of Fighting was included in the PS2 Art of Fighting Anthology earlier this year, but apart from that hasn't seen the light of day in more than a decade. World Heroes was included in a similar PS2 collection in Japan, but the franchise has been dormant in North America for about a dozen years.

Tokyo-based D4Enterprise will manage the release of the games onto the Virtual Console, but SNK Playmore said more titles will definitely follow "in the coming months." An SNK Playmore representative told GameSpot the first titles will appear by the end of the year, and they are expected to sell for 900 Wii points ($9) each.

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dragonsama
dragonsama

The Future is Now! SNK Neo Geo lives again on the VC!!! Hopefully we will see Samurai Showdown RPG on the VC someday!

ninjasam
ninjasam

wow thats sick! To bad nintendo controls are TERRIBLE for fighting games.

miraimike
miraimike

I wonder if SNK will eventually release 2001 and 2002, since they're Eolith titles.

nikefreak
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getoconnection
getoconnection

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wwonka666
wwonka666

Oh yeah and if they don't put Samurai Shodown on Wii as one of the first releases, I'm going to be pissed because I already have the Art of Fighting Anthology and the Fatal Fury Battle Archives and I want my Samurai Shodown again, that is the all time greatest Neo Geo game.

wwonka666
wwonka666

While $9.00 (900 points) is certainly reasonable compared to their original pricing, I believe Nintendo is being bullish in their pricing of VC games in general. If we can get a souped up version of Fatal Fury Special (one of the all time great Neo Geo games) for $5.00 (400 points) from Microsoft, Nintendo must be saying screw you were loading our pockets with cash because we are number one now and we will do what the hell we want. I hope 360 rebounds and takes the number one posistion in this generation because Microsoft has shown that they care about the gamers with their retroactive warranty (granted it shouldn't have had to come to that) but they at least did what was right. If Wii's all across the world start breaking I dont see Nintendo doing something similar. And I have a couple of friends who have had to already send their Wii back so it's not unthinkable.

nikefreak
nikefreak

getoconnection: "You would be infringing on copyrights by seeking "other means...that don't cost a dime" meaning "YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY" according to the previous post. I don't know how else to explain my posture to you. You are rationalizing, like i said. You go on the assumption that someone owns said systems when clearly that was not a variable in the original statement, otherwise "you would have to pay a dime." And you go on the assumption that someone doesnt. I myself explained that to you in a message, after which you still refused to remove my name from a post that encourages illegal use of said technology, specifically what I said in another message I do NOT condone. And once again, it proves nothing other than you expect because of the faults of one, that many be punished. I use my own emulators to play games that I own, on a system other than which it was orig. designed to run on. Does that make me a pirate? No. Does that mean I am doing anything illegal? No. But you instead still group me into the same category as "illegal emulator user" because SOME people use it for that purpose. I will not argue this further, as your side of the argument is clearly flawed. I will instead leave you with a thought to ponder. Because some kid decided to kill his classmates, after he played GTA, does that mean it shouldnt be sold anymore? No. Because some person was drinking and driving, does that mean that Alchohol should be illegal to everyone? No. Because someone was pirating music illegally, does that mean I shouldnt be allowed to rip my songs to put onto my MP3 player? No. You cant group me into the same category as a pirate, because I say emulation isnt illegal, when it simply isnt. As I said before, case in point, look at the Wii, as its "Virtual Console" is nothing more than emulation at its finest. Yes, you can use it for wrong, the same way a Police officer can use a gun to stop bad people, but those bad people can also use guns to kill police officers. GG

thaflu
thaflu

This makes me want a Wii even more! I didn't think this would happen.

SOL333
SOL333

Garou: Mark of the Wolves. Now.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

These are some very cool Neo Geo titles. I remember watching them with amazment on Gamesworld and Games Master, when I was a kid.

c_bass
c_bass

900 points is too much...

peacebringer
peacebringer

Neo Geo OMG overpriced Super Huge Cartridge, Overated Fighting games Batman

zcds
zcds

900 points?dang they over charged the games back then and they are over charging them now, but good news some arcaide like games would be cool on the wii

bigglikeint
bigglikeint

Samuraii 4 ONLINE for the love of a gaming god where is the online support . i love the wii but i also love online gaming the idea of playing a fps like metroid online with the great control scheme is why i bought a wii in the 1st place, WAKE UP NINTENDO 2007 console no online and selling in the millions who would have thought. If u feel the same and have bought a wii CHIP IT NOW get some worth out of it 30 pounds for a wii game is a bit of a rip HACK THE WII HACK THE PLANET.

GrimBee
GrimBee

For £179.99 - you get the wii, wii sports (and sometimes another game included in the price depending on the store) - you get weather channel, photo channel, create your own mii, browse the net for free, play games from older consoles, play gamecube games and use the controllers and memorycards from that... and now you can play the great NeoGeo stuff. Who needs movies when you got an amazing choice of games! This is what a games machine is all about for me :D

amin915
amin915

Thats Awesome I was A huge neo Geo Fan...Bring on the Super Sidekicks and King of fighters. And how Bout some Kabuki Clash!!

Zoryuken
Zoryuken

This is truly awesome news. I love SNK.

VanStrummer99
VanStrummer99

Dude - Hook me up with some Top Hunter! Playing it on GameTap sucks.

Hawk456
Hawk456

Nam 1968... bring it on

c_rakestraw
c_rakestraw moderator moderator

Awesome. Now all we need is a harddrive for the Wii and we're all set!

motang
motang

Sweet, now bring out USB mass storage support.

Robio_basic
Robio_basic

Now if we can just get a harddrive for the Wii. . . .

Kcube
Kcube

I hope Ninja Combat is released on Wii,that game reminds me of Killer Instinct only less combos.

EcksBocks360
EcksBocks360

I already have Metal Slug Anthology, and those are the only NeoGeo games that interest me. But oh well, the more the merrier I guess.

fighterguard
fighterguard

Yeah!!!! The King of Fighters on Wii!!!!!! rocks!!!! I love SNK!!!! Metal Slug, Samurai Shodown, Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, World Heroes, Rival Schools (oops, that last one isn't SNK's ^_^). By the way, wouldn't you like to see Capcom's CPS' games on the Wii? just imagine!!! Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes, Rival Schools (this time for real!!). Post your opinions here!!

LordelX
LordelX

Awesome. Neo Geo games still stand up to this day...the lost 24-bit generation. The Wii just keeps getting better and better. Now, bring on the Sega Saturn games!

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Where's Samurai Shodown? Come on!

CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

Give me the Neo Geo version of Baseball Stars & let me build up my dream team...

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

Meh. I never like fighting games but there's a handfull of other Neo Geo titles I wanted to try like Magician Lord and a few of the shoot em ups.

anyjabroni
anyjabroni

9 dollars?! Thats way better than their original price of 200 dollars. SOLD!

sieg6529
sieg6529

Sweet, I only ever got to play NeoGeo games in restaurants and arcades.

NWA_31
NWA_31

Meh...im personally more interested in Nintendo games.... but the more, the better, I guess :)

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

The annoying thing about virtual console games is that they outnumber the regular Wii games. Since Gamespot has no way to filter them out, there's no easy way to look at a list of , say reviews, for normal games.

Brother_Boney
Brother_Boney

Dualmask "I'm a little confused by a lot of folks' posts... $8 is fine for a 16-bit game for the SNES or Genesis, but one dollar more is too much for a Neo Geo game?" It think it is because when people think about SNES-games, classics like Mario World, Zelda and Metroid come to their mind where as NeoGeo-games probably bring only vague memories of a game system that was published and since forgotten some time long ago. At least to me this is the case. I am still looking forward to NeoGeo-stuff being released in Euro VC. Here the price would be around $15 so I would definitely have to consider before buying anything, though.

lesotheron
lesotheron

$9 for a NeoGeo game? That beats the hell out of what they originally cost. I'll take Samurai Showdown 3 (best of the series) and Fatal Fury Special and consider it $18 well spent. I wonder if they'll release a NeoGeo controller addon for the Wii.

Dualmask
Dualmask

I'm a little confused by a lot of folks' posts... $8 is fine for a 16-bit game for the SNES or Genesis, but one dollar more is too much for a Neo Geo game?

SuperH75mil
SuperH75mil

Dude, I will laugh SO HARD if they put Kizuna Encounter for the Neo-Geo on the Wii at some point. And then I will celebrate by purchasing it. And then I will laugh again.

DrCLos
DrCLos

Great news. Looks like the Wii is building one of the best classic gaming libraries around. Especially with arcade games like the ones from SNK.

Dualmask
Dualmask

KoF...Fatal Fury Special...Samurai Shodown...possibly on the VC... I think I'm actually going to shed a tear. On a slightly related note, I'm not a big fan of online gaming, but i really think Nintendo needs to make VC games possible to play online, for free or for extremely low cost (no more than $5 per month). I've played emulators that have the functionality. That would make the Wii an even more enticing system than it is now.

kenesu96
kenesu96

9 bucks fo game that was once 200. sounds good

MARIOJAY450
MARIOJAY450

i would like to see sega saturn games on the vc