Omega Neo-Geo MVS Replacement Cartridge Shells
Replacement cartridge shells for the Neo-Geo MVS in the style of home version AES Games.
A Platform Revived
The Neo-Geo MVS platform was never intended to be a gaming solution to be played at home. SNK had a separate market for that called the AES. The two formats were functionally the same but electrically incompatible. This was intended to keep arcade operators from buying less expensive (at the time) AES games and running them in their coin-op MVS cabinets. After the glory charge ended, AES cartridges became a highly collectible commodity while MVS cartridges suffered from planned obsolescence.
While the AES stock market continued it's bull run, the low cost of MVS cartridges became a tantalizing proposition to gamers but they still needed a mechanism to play them on the comfort of their own couch. Console modders turned their attention into creating a consolized MVS (CMVS) that retrofitted MVS motherboards into what was effectively a home version of the MVS platform. This included adding controller ports, a video encoder, and power supply.
As the design of CMVS systems began to mirror that of a home console, the MVS format became a more attractive gateway for new gamers to enjoy non-emulation Neo-Geo.
Time to suit up!
MVS cartridges have always gotten the short end of the stick in the aesthetic department compared to their AES brethren. Not without good reason though. These diamonds in the rough were always hidden away in the confines of a arcade cabinet. Simplicity and an easy to read label were the friends of arcade operators looking to quickly identify and replace titles. A fancy label and cartridge design would have gone unnoticed for years to come. Inevitably these games would also go through many years of abuse making the rounds between pizza shops and bowling alleys. The results were cartridges getting scratched and/or broken.
The Omega cartridge shells attempt to solve both problems by not only providing a source of new shells to replace broken and damaged ones but also give them a little style. The shells will be constructed from brand new ABS plastic meaning that quality construction and durability are top priorities. MVS cartridges no longer have to settle for second place in the Neo-Geo beauty pageants. An even larger front facing label will give AES cartridges the quivers.
One of the issues with MVS cartridges is the prevalence of bootleg cartridges. Bootlegs of the more popular titles like Metal Slug and Puzzle Bubble have been known to rear their ugly faces and checking authenticity of the games is a must. The only sure fire way to guarantee authenticity is to open them up and compare the boards and roms against known verified originals like those at www.mvs-scans.com.
Opening the cartridge without damaging the spine label provided it's own set of challenges. The spine label was affixed to both halves of the shell so opening the cartridge introduced the risk of creasing or tearing the label. The Omega cartridge was designed so that the label is fully on one-half of the cartridge shell. The design features a notched tab large enough to have more than 50% coverage on the spine. The worries of creasing or tearing the label have been completely eliminated.
Different Glove, Same Fit
A great deal of care was used to make sure that the design of the Omega cartridge shells had the same profile as original MVS cartridges. For gamers that go the extra mile in displaying their MVS cartridges on their shelves, these new replacements still fit inside the venerable shockbox.
That's right. As with all Arcade Works products, Omega cartridge shells will be MADE IN AMERICA. Everything from engineering work to plastic construction has been sourced to businesses local to the Los Angeles area. What does this mean? Shorter lead times, more progress transparency, and of course supporting the community.
Visit our website www.arcadeworks.net and come vote on the poll. The top vote getters will be included as part of the color selection when reach goals are met.
$25,000 - The choice with the most votes will be included in the color selection
$27,500 - The top two vote getters will see their colors come to fruition
$30,000 - Three more colors added to the mix for a total of 4!
Because all the new shells will be injection molded from the same mold, completely transparent colors will not be possible. The final shells will have a textured surface like the black and red ones. The texturing reduces some of the transparency of clear materials and will result in a more frosted appearance. Solid colors like red, blue, and green won't have these limitations.
Join the discussion!
Feel free to stop by the Neo-Geo forums and throw in your 25 cents. You'll be able to read how the entire saga unfolded from concept model to first run prototypes to the present day.
Risks and challenges
As with all injection mold projects, a great deal of attention to detail is needed to make sure that all the extricate design features made the transfer from the 3D-model into the metal cavities that form the mold. It is a 6-10 week process that includes first article production, detail assessment, and final approval for mass production. After which, emails will be sent out with shipping information. The first batches will go out as soon as a week after of approval of the final product.
Several of the benefits of using the Made in USA business model is that communications issues due to language barriers are virtually eliminated. Shipment delays due to customs and overseas travel are minimized. Products can literally be produced one day and shipped out the next.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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