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THE NEO·GEO SYSTEM

Neo·Geo. This mythical name is still synonymous with pleasure, happiness and quality to all those who fell in love with it, as well as frustration to all those not lucky enough to have owned one, back in the day. Having first appeared more than 25 years ago, the "Cadillac of Console Gaming" aroused more lustful feelings than any other, still haunting many a gamer's soul to this very day... It embodied a concept. It brought a dream to life, one that, at the time, seemed unattainable. The dream of taking the arcade home with you.

NEO·GEO ANTHOLOGY

To celebrate this console that a whole generation of gamers will forever hold dear, Franck Latour and Geeks-Line are proud to present the Neo·Geo Anthology, a unique work of reference. Over its 400-plus pages, the author retraces SNK's incredible history through their first arcade machines; breaking down the brand's triumphs and failures, the console's first baby steps, and every single game ever released in any country, as well as all the collectibles sought after today. On top of all that, Franck scrupulously dissects the machine itself to find out what made it tick, and interviews those involved with the franchise about its glorious past, as frankly as possible.

CONTENTS

HISTORY

To fully understand the Neo·Geo phenomenon, it's important to know about its genesis, the context in which its development took place, the marketing conditions, but, above all, SNK's foundations, as a company known for its arcade machines between 1970 and 1990. Throughout almost 200 richly illustrated pages, the author takes an in-depth look at the video game giant's journey, its technology, "Game Centers", games, consoles, victories, shortcomings, strengths and weaknesses. 

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Table Of Contents Of The History Section: 

Neo·Geo: Origins (1971-1989)

  • The Arcade Revolution (1971-1982)
  • The Fruits of Labor (1983-1986)
  • The Beginning of an Era (1987-1989)

The Home Arcade (1990-1997)

  • The Future Is Now! (1990-1991)
  • An Offensive on All Fronts (1992-1993)
  • The Tech Race (1994-1997) 

Decline and Downfall (1998-2001)

  • Swansong (1998-1999)
  • False Hope (2000-2001) 

Rebirth (2001-2004)

Legacy (2004-2016)

  • Change Within Continuity (2004-2006)
  • Resurrection (2006-2016)
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COMPLETE GAMES LIBRARY

Over 150 pages are dedicated to the impressive catalog of games and Neo·Geo systems (AES, MVS, CD, Hyper Neo·Geo 64 and Neo·Geo Pocket), official and unofficial alike. A given amount of page space is dedicated to each game based on its quality and reputation. For example, The King Of Fighter has earned itself a full page, whereas titles of lesser renown will be covered on a half-page. The author delves deep into each game, offering up detailed info and anecdotes, many of which have never before been published. This book presents every single published game on every system released (AES, MVS, CD, Hyper Neo·Geo 64, Neo·Geo Pocket), with detailed information including their release date, developer, publisher, genre, rarity index, NGH number, and a rating out of five.

INTERVIEWS

To fully grasp the situation, the market, and the story, it's important to hear from those who experienced this epic from the inside. Geeks-Line interviewed the men that helped build the legend that is the Neo·Geo.

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HARDWARE

In this section, we take a look at the core of Neo·Geo systems: the various reworkings, models, accessories, packaging, cartridges, cases... We also find out what made SNK's console the most powerful on the market at the time through simple, effective explanations. 

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COLLECTIBLE GAMES AND OBJECTS

The notoriety of Neo·Geo games was such that numerous by-products were produced, some of which are quite rare today. In this section, the author worked tirelessly to showcase all the collectible games as well as the most surprising, memorable and sought-after merchandise; a collector's holy grail.

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PROTOTYPES, UNRELEASED AND HOMEBREWS

Discover the machine's prototypes, the games that never made it onto shelves and the various Homebrews, important aspects of any console's life, even more so for the Neo·Geo.

HYPER NEO·GEO 64

With MVS being the most common arcade system in 1996, SNK decided to follow in its rival's footsteps, joining the 3D race with a brand-new system: The Hyper Neo·Geo 64. Though it was quickly revealed to be a mistake from the company’s standpoint, with its late marketing and lack of games from which to choose (a total of seven), the new technology was abandoned after only two years. A commercial and financial failure, but does it deserve all the harsh criticism it received when it was released? That's what we're here to find out.

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NEO·GEO POCKET

In 1998, with the Hyper Neo·Geo 64 arcade system falling short of the success SNK had hoped for it, the company tried its hand at making handheld consoles. History may remember this console as a money pit for its creator, in no small part due to the release of the Game Boy Color a week earlier, but it often leaves out its many qualities and almost faultless game library. A look back at a console that could have been – and should have been –a benchmark...

2 EDITIONS: "PRO-GEAR" EDITION AND "NEO" EDITION

"PRO-GEAR" EDITION:

This Pro-Gear edition includes the Neo·Geo Anthology and Box Art supplement, which compiles the cases of every version of every game released for the Neo·Geo AES and Neo·Geo CD.
528 pages of pure pleasure!  

120-page Box Art Supplement (included in the Pro-Gear Edition)

An extra 120 pages containing all the Neo·Geo CD and AES game box designs. That’s over 159 illustrations by the Osaka-based brand’s most talented artists.

The Box Art edition comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by both the author and the Publisher.

The "Pro-Gear" edition includes:  

• Neo·Geo Anthology Neo Edition
• 120-page Box Art Supplement
• A Deluxe Dust Cover
• Publisher’s Certificate of Authenticity
• Hard Cover

The "Neo" Edition includes:

• Neo·Geo Anthology
• Hard Cover
• Total of 408 Pages 

The "Neo" Edition
The "Neo" Edition

SHIPPING

Shipping To Europe
All European deliveries (outside Switzerland and Norway) will be carried out by Amazon, so as to guarantee optimal service in terms of delivery dates and packaging. For Switzerland and Norway, all deliveries will be made by respective national post services.

Shipping To The USA
Orders within the USA will be processed by a USA-based company specializing in the distribution of books. This minimizes any issues that occasionally arise with Kickstarter fulfillment. We will be working with the printers to devise the best packaging solution.

Shipping To The Rest Of The World
For all orders shipping outside of Europe or the USA (Canada, South America, Oceania, Asia), the postage fees involved (FedEx, UPS, USPS, national postal services, etc.) will be unavoidably expensive. Unfortunately, our books are too bulky to allow us to negotiate special postage rates. We would like to apologize in advance for this additional expense.  

All orders are shipped with a tracking number that will become available as soon as your package is sent out.

Geeks-Line, A Guarantee Of Quality

Geeks-Line can be trusted to deliver on their promises and produce a product of the highest possible quality. Here are some of testimonials and comments about the Nintendo 64 Anthology book.

Cristopher A:
You guys definitely have a long-term buyer if future books are of this quality.
Nikki C:
Glad I backed this. Great work.
Jose M:
I just received my book: It's awesome.
Mike L:
Hey! I just received my book! Thank you! It looks amazing, I cannot wait to read it.
Andrew B
Awesome book guys, thanks!

Please, visit us at: www.geeksline-publishing.com

Our Partners:

Established in 2008, retrogamescollector.com has grown into a popular and highly regarded source of news and information regarding retro gaming and retro gaming culture. Regular features include 'Show us Your Collection' where gamers from around the globe show off their vintage consoles, computers and games. We are proud to be supporting Geeks-Line with their campaign for an English version of the excellent Neo·Geo Anthology.

Retro Video Gamer or RVG as we call ourselves aims to be a one stop retro hub covering, reviews, previews, homebrew news, guides a popular forum and much more. Come and see us at: www.retrovideogamer.co.uk

Note: This book is not authorized nor endorsed by SNK. All registered trademarks, game art, and game screenshots used are the property of their respective holders, subject to copyright, and are utilized here under fair use. Books will be shipped in June 2017. We hope you will support our campaign. Thank you.

Risks and challenges

This book is an adaptation of the “Neo·Geo Anthologie” already published in France. It has been reworked and rewritten in order to meet the specific requirements of the American and British markets. It is currently 98% complete. The only risk of it not being published is by not reaching the Kickstarter goal.

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