Monday, January 24, 2011

The Neo Geo MVS

MVS Loaded with Viewpoint

The Neo Geo (Multi Video System) MVS has the honor of being the longest running arcade system in history (1989-2011). It allows arcade operators the ability to put up to 6 different arcade titles into a single cabinet depending on the type of Neo Geo MVS Motherboard that is used.

MVS games can be played on the Neo Geo AES (the home system) using a converter such as the Phantom 2 or the Super MVS Convertor II. The first four games for NEo Geo MVS was NAM-1975, Baseball Stars Professional, Top Player's Golf, and Magician Lord. Two new MVS games will be released this year (2011), Last Hope Pink Bullets and Gun Lord both by developer NG:DEV Team.

Here are the specs for the Neo Geo MVS Arcade Hardware:

Main CPU: MC68000 @ 12MHz
Sound CPU: Z80 @ 4MHz
Sound hardware: YM2610 @ 8MHz
Sound Capability: Stereo up to 56KHz, 4 channels FM (4 operators + LFO) + 3 PSG + 1 noise + 7 4-bit ADPCM
Video hardware: 2 palette banks with 4096 (15-bit) colours each. Simple (4-bit) tile layer + 380 zoomable, linkable sprite-strips. Sprite-strips consist of upto 32 16x16 (4-bit) tiles each.
Resolution: 320x224.
Main RAM: 64KB
Sound RAM: 2KB
Video RAM: 128KB (only 68KB is used)
Main ROM: 128KB on-board (BIOS) + upto 8MB on cartridges
Sound ROM: 128KB on-board (only less then 32KB used) + upto 512KB on cartridges
Sprite ROM: up to 64MB
Tile ROM: 128KB on-board + 128KB on cartridges, later cartridges use a portion of sprite ROM that can be larger.
Sound ROM: up to 16MB
Backup RAM: 64KB
Clock/calender: NEC uPD4990a
Memory Cards: JEIDA 3.0 compliant.

PCB Configuration : Available in 1 Slot, 2 Slot, 4 Slot and 6-slot variants. Some later games also came on dedicated boards.

Revisons : There are 6 revisions of the 1 slot board, MV-1, MV-1A, MV-1B, MV-1C, MV-1F, MV-1FZ. If you have a choice, the MV-1 and MV-1F boards are the ones to pick, having stereo support and joystick ports, the MV-1 board is also the only 1 slot board to support for the MV-IC memory board.
The multislot PCBs are MV-2F, MV-4F and MV-6F and have most if not all features. The 6 slot board is notoriously unreliable, but then it's more complicated and a lot larger than the rest.

Game List:

2020 Super Baseball
3 Count Bout / Fire Suplex
Aero Fighters 2 / Sonic Wings 2
Aero Fighters 3 / Sonic Wings 3
Aggressors of Dark Kombat / Tsukai Gan Gan Koshinkyoku
Alpha Mission II / ASO II : Last Guardian
Andro Dunos
Art of Fighting / Ryuuko no Ken
Art of Fighting 2 / Ryuuko no Ken 2
Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior / Art of Fighting: Ryuuko no Ken Gaiden
Bang Bang Busters
Bang Bead
Baseball Stars 2
Baseball Stars Professional
Blazing Star *
Blue's Journey / Raguy
Breakers / Crystal Legacy
Breakers Revenge *
Burning Fight
Captain Tomaday
Chibi Marukochan Deluxe Quiz
Crossed Swords
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2003
Cyber-Lip *
Dance RhythMIX
Double Dragon *
Dunk Star
Eight Man
Fast Striker (2010) *
Far East of Eden: Kabuki Klash / Tengai Makyou: Shin Den *
Fatal Fury 2 / Garou Densetsu 2: Arata-Naru Tatakai
Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory / Garou Densetsu 3: Haruka-Naru Tatakai
Fatal Fury Special / Garou Densetsu Special *
Fatal Fury: King of Fighters / Garou Densetsu: Shukumei No Tatakai
Fight Fever / Wang Jung Wang
Flip Shot
Football Frenzy
Fun Fun Bros.
Galaxy Fight
Ganryu / Musashi Ganryuki
Garou: Mark of the Wolves *
Ghost Pilots
Ghostlop *
Goal! Goal! Goal!
GunLord (2011)
Hebereke's Pair Pair Wars
Ironclad / Chotetsu Bri'kinger
Jockey GP
Karate Ninja Sho
Karnov's Revenge / Fighters History Dynamite
King of the Monsters
King of the Monsters 2
Kizuna Encounter: Super Tag Battle / Fu'un Super Tag Battle *
Kizuna Encounter: Super Tag Battle 4 Way Battle Version / Fu'un Super Tag Battle Special Version
Last Odyssey
Last Hope Pink Bullets (2010)
Last Resort
League Bowling
Legend of Success Joe / Ashita no Joe Densetsu
Magical Drop 2
Magical Drop 3
Magician Lord
Mahjong Bakatonosama Manyuki
Mahjong Kyoretsuden
Master of Syougi / Shogi no Tatsujin
Metal Slug *
Metal Slug 2 *
Metal Slug 3 *
Metal Slug 4
Metal Slug 5
Metal Slug X *
Minnasano Okagesamadesu
Money Puzzle Exchanger / Money Idol Exchanger
Mutation Nation / Dreamover
Mystic Wand
NAM 1975
Neo Bomber Man
Neo Drift Out
Neo Mr. Do!
Neo Turf Masters / Big Tournament Golf
Neogeo Cup '98
Nightmare in the Dark
Ninja Combat
Ninja Commando
Ninja Master's *
Over Top
Panic Bomber
Pleasuregoal 5on5 mini Soccer / Futsal
Pocchitto Nyaa / Pochi and Nyaa
Pop 'N Bounce / Gapporin
Power Instinct Matrimelee / Shin Gouketsuzi Ichizoku - Toukon
Power Spikes II / Super Volley '94
Prehistoric Isle 2
Pulstar / Reaction
Puzzle Bobble / Bust A Move *
Puzzle Bobble 2 / Bust A Move Again
Puzzle De Pon
Puzzle De Pon R
Puzzled / Joy Joy Kid
Quest of Jong Master / Mahjong Janshin Densetsu
Quiz Daisousa Sen
Quiz King of Fighters
Quiz Meitantei Neo & Geo : Quiz Daisousa Sen part 2
Rage of the Dragons
Ragnagard / Shinoken
Real Bout Fatal Fury / Real Bout Garou Densetsu
Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers / Real Bout Garou Densetsu 2: The Newcomers
Real Bout Fatal Fury Special / Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special
Riding Hero
Robo Army
Samurai Shodown / Samurai Spirits *
Samurai Shodown 2 / Shin Samurai Spirits: Haohmaru jigokuhen *
Samurai Shodown 3: Blades of Blood / Samurai Spirits: Zankurou Musouken / Fighters Swords
Samurai Shodown 4: Amakusa's Revenge / Samurai Spirits: Amakusa Kourin
Samurai Shodown 5 / Samurai Spirits Zero
Samurai Shodown 5 Special / Samurai Spirits Zero Special
Savage Reign / Fu'un Mokujiroku
Sengoku / Sengoku Denshou
Sengoku 2 / Sengoku Denshou 2
Sengoku 3 / Sengoku Legends 2001
Shock Troopers
Shock Troopers 2nd Squad *
Soccer Brawl
Spinmaster / Miracle Adventure
Stakes Winner / Stakes Winner: GI kinzen seihae no michi
Stakes Winner 2
Street Hoop / Street Slam / Dunk Dream
Strikers 1945 Plus
Sun Shine / Block Paradise
Super Dodge Ball / Kunio no Nekketsu Toukyuu Densetsu
Super Sidekicks / Tokuten Ou
Super Sidekicks 2 - The World Championship / Tokuten Ou 2: Real Fight Football
Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory / Tokuten Ou 3: Eikoue No Michi
SVC Chaos: SNK Vs. Capcom *
Tecmo World Soccer '96
The Eye of Typhoon
The Irritating Maze / Ultra Denryuu Iararabou
The King of Fighters '94 *
The King of Fighters '95
The King of Fighters '96
The King of Fighters '97
The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest / King of Fighters '98: Dream Match Never Ends *
The King of Fighters '99: Millennium Battle *
The King of Fighters 10th Anniversary
The King of Fighters 2000
The King of Fighters 2001
The King of Fighters 2002
The King of Fighters 2003
The Last Blade / The Last Soldier / Bakumatsu Roman: Gekka no Kenshi *
The Last Blade 2 / Bakumatsu Roman: Dai Ni Maku Gekka no Kenshi *
The Super Spy
The Ultimate 11: The SNK Football Championship / Tokuten Ou: Honoo No Libero
Thrash Rally
Top Hunter
Top Player's Golf
Twinkle Star Sprites *
V Liner
Viewpoint *
Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer / Chojin Gakuen Gowcaizer
Waku Waku 7
Warlocks of the Fates / Shinryu Senki
Windjammers / Flying Power Disk
World Heroes
World Heroes 2
World Heroes 2 Jet
World Heroes Perfect *
Zed Blade / Operation Ragnarok
Zintrick / Oshidashi Zentrix / Droppers

* - Denotes game in my collection.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


The IGS PGM (Poly Game Master) was released in 1996 to compete with the Neo Geo MVS. The PGM is a jamma based arcade system that has a good selection of games. The games that are most known on the PGM are Demon Front and Martial Masters. The system displays games in 15k mode and is slightly more powerful than the Neo Geo MVS. Also of note is that some PGM games were made on a single pcb and not in a cartridge format and some games were made in both formats. The PGM cartridges are a little longer than the Neo Geo MVS cartridges. Displayed above is the PGM with the Spectral Vs. Generation cartridge loaded.

Here is a list of games released on the IGS PGM:

China Dragon 2 / Dragon World 2 / Chuugoku Ryuu 2
China Dragon 3 / Dragon World 3 / Chuugoku Ryuu 3
China Dragon 3 Special / Dragon World 3 Special / Chuugoku Ryuu 3 Special
China Dragon 4 / Dragon World 2001 / Chuugoku Ryuu 4
Demon Front *
Do Donpachi 2 : Bee Storm
Do Donpachi Dai-Ou-Jou
Do Donpachi Dai-ou-jou Black Label
Ketsui Kizuna Jigoku Tachi
Killing Blade / Gouken Kyoutou
Knights Of Valor / Sangoku Senki
Knights Of Valor 2 / Sangoku Senki 2
Knights Of Valor 2 : Nine Dragons / Sangoku Senki 2 : Nine Dragons
Knights Of Valor Super Heroes
Knights Of Valour Plus / Knights Of Valour In Three Kingdoms
Martial Masters *
Oriental Legend / Xi Yo Gi Shi Re Zuang
Oriental Legend Special / Oriental Legend Super
Photo Y2K / Real and Fake
Photo Y2K 2 / Real and Fake 2
Puzzle Star
Puzzli 2 Super
Shin Li Chen
Spectral Vs. Generation *
The Gladiator / The Road Of Sword

*Denotes game is in my Collection.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Tatio Type X2

The Tatio Type X2 is current leader for arcade hardware right now. New games such as Super Street Fighter 4 AE and King Of Fighters 13 run on the X2. The Tatio Type X2 is computer that runs windows XP embedded with a custom JVS connector.

Here is a youtube video that I created for the Tatio Type X2:

Tatio Type X2

Here are the specs for the X2:

OS: Microsoft Windows XP Embedded
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400/Pentium 4 651/Celeron D 352 (up to latest Core 2 CPUs supported by the chipset)
Chipset: Intel Q965 + ICH8
Monitor: 720p/1080p/1440p HD LCD Monitor
RAM: DDR2 667/800MHz (512MB/1GB, up to 4GB)
GPU: PCI Express x16-based graphics. Support cards include ATI RADEON X1600Pro/X1300LE or nVIDIA GeForce 7900GS/7600GS/7300GS, up to latest graphic cards (Radeon HD 3800 or Geforce 9800 series)
Sound: Onboard Realtek HD 7.1 channel Sound (supports add-in sound cards)
LAN: 10/100/1000 BASE-T
I/O ports: 1x JVS, 4x USB 2.0 (up to 8), 1x serial (max 2), 1x parallel port, 2x PS/2, 2x SATA
Audio inputs: AKG C535EB Stage Microphone, line-in (Surround 7.1)
Audio outputs: 7.1, SPDI/FX
Expansion Slots: 1x PCI Express x16 (used by video card), 1x PCI Express x4, 2x PCI
Storage: 2x 80 GB 10k RPM SATA Hard Drives
Media: 80 GB 10000 rpm Hard Drive

Here are the list of games that run on the Tatio Type X2:

Battle Fantasia *
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger *
Chase H.Q. 2
D1 Professional Drift Grand Prix
Half Life 2: Survivor Ver. 2.0
KOF Maximum Impact: Regulation A *
Samurai Spirits Sen *
Street Fighter IV *
Super Street Fighter IV AE*
The King of Fighters XII *
The King of Fighters XIII *
Wacky Races

Side Note

The Tatio Type X2 can play Type X games if a skilled programmer patches the games to work on the Tatio Type X2 hardware.

Here is a video that is embedded on the hard drive for some Tatio Type X games:

Here is a list of Tatio Type X games:

Chaos Breaker *
Datacarddass Dragon Ball Z
Dinoking III
Dragon Quest Monster: Battle Road
Gigawing Generations *
Harakari Professional Baseball
Homura *
King Of Jurassic
Raiden III *
Raiden IV
Power Instinct 5 *
Shikigami No Shiro III / The Castle of Shikigami III *
Spica Adventure *
Taisen Hot Gimmick 5
Taisen Hot Gimmick Mix Party
Tetris The Grand Master 3 : Terror Instinct
The King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match *
Trouble Witches *
Usagi Online
Zoids Card Colosseum
Zoids Infinity EX
Zoids Infinity EX Plus
* Denotes games that are in my Collection.