Retro Console Collecting - Part VIII (The Neo-Geo)
Wow. I should have been a used car salesman. Or a Three-Ring Circus Master. What's that you say? You think I escaped from the circus? Well, it would explain my deep-seated fear of clowns...
...but enough of that. Today I'd like to discuss a console that has for a long time been my Unicorn (or Eleanor if you were a fan of the movie Gone in 60 Seconds)
But that wasn't all.
The games for this console were absolutely MASSIVE at the time. Originally specified for a maximum size of 330 megabit, this was later raised in the consoles life cycle to a whopping 716 megabits! That comes out to almost 90 megabytes, which doesn't sound so impressive today considering you can have a Micro SD card that can hold over 32 gigabytes of data, but back in the mid-90's this is an insanely high number. Consequently, this resulted in the other big drawback for this system.
The game were insanely expensive. Typically cartridges started at $200 (almost $300 adjusted for inflation) and went up from there. Can you picture dumping $300 on just one game? Heck, you can buy a new Xbox 360 and have change left over for some games for that amount.
So it is no wonder that this console didn't fare so well. If you haven't figured it out already (or read the title of this blog), the console I speak of is this the Neo-Geo AES (Advanced Entertainment System):
(and if the youtube link doesn't work up there, try clicking here)
So what does this mean for me? Well, I'm going to pay almost as much for a Neo-Geo AES via ebay as they went for when they were brand new. Some of the more rare cartridges sell for astronomical prices. This isn't something that is as easy to pick up as your typical NES cartridge.
...which is all the more reason why I want it. Granted, I can't afford it, but it is still my unicorn.