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.

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