Of the countless fighting games that graced the Neo Geo there are only a handful the get mentioned time after time as being the greatest. King of Fighters ’98 is often mentioned, as are Samurai Shodown 2 and 4. Another is Garou: Mark of the Wolves, often considered to be Fatal Fury 4.
While the Neo Geo wasn’t blessed with many genres outside of fighting games, the next popular genre would probably be shooters, and following on from the release of Alpha Mission 2, HAMSTER have given us another in the form of Blazing Star. Unlike Alpha Mission 2 however, Blazing Star is a horizontal shooter as opposed to vertical.
Over Top is possibly one of the more obscure Neo Geo titles, often out-remembered by the other title of the genre, Neo Drift Out. Developed by ADK, this isometric racing game is quite a unique experience for the system.
Tetris and Puyo Puyo are two of the most successful puzzle games in the world. Sure, Puyo Puyo barely makes it way out of its homeland of Japan these days, but gamers will have played it in some form or another since it’s conception in 1991. With Sega now responsible for the Puyo Puyo series they called in the Tetris licence to smash the two franchises together. The result is a crazy, bizarre puzzle mashup bursting with personality.