Excerpt: SNK have been good supporters of the Wii’s Virtual Console, bringing many of their Neo Geo games to the download service. However, this disk brings together sixteen of them (including four that have yet to be made available to download) on a single disk. Is it good value for money?
Excerpt: If you look back nostalgically on your childhood years spent dropping coins in the arcade, SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1 might be worth a punt. Sixteen titles from the early-to-mid nineties for a budget a price is an appealing proposition, but a fair few of them you might not remember (or care to...
Conclusion: Every title here exudes arcade-authenticity, with the constant flashing of ‘Free Play’ in the corner serving as a reminder of the amount of money you would be pumping into the cabinet to enjoy these games.
Excerpt: Anyone of a certain age will have fond memories of the Neo Geo. Not actually playing a home console version of course, since even if you managed to afford the ridiculously overpriced console unit itself, you’d then have to fork over £100+ for each of the games.
Summary: SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 may have a lot of games, but it's missing some of the Neo Geo's best titles. Perhaps these games will be represented in Vol. 2 or 3, but for now it's a shame that we have to put up with yet more ports of Art of Fighting instead of the infinitely better Wind Jammers.
Summary: The NeoGeo lives on in SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1. This new collection for the Nintendo Wii features 16 classic arcade games of uneven quality for an affordable price. If you spent any amount of time in arcades as a kid or a teen, this game will take you back.
Pros: Metal Slug is a great game, Several classic SNK fighters
Cons: Most of the selections are middling to bad, None of the Wii control options are well suited to fighting games, You should not have to unlock moves lists