NeoGeo Classics Set for PSN
Fatal Fury, Samurai Showdown, Magician Lord and more on the way for downloadable play.
Add one more platform to PSN's growing archive lineup. Next up following PlayStation and PC Engine games are NeoGeo titles courtesy of SNK Playmore's new "NeoGeo Station" service.
SNK Playmore's take on the retro gaming thing appears to be a bit different from Sony and Hudson, though. NeoGeo Station games will be available for both PS3 and PSP. However, different from the PC Engine and PlayStation libraries, SNK Playmore is selling separate versions for each platform.
The PS3 versions are being priced a couple of hundred yen above the PSP versions. Other differences include full online play and friend list support for the PS3 versions. The PSP versions will support ad-hoc multiplayer play.
The new downloadable versions will feature updates from their original releases. You'll be able to save button layouts, screen size, volume adjustments, startup menu skip and other options. Each game will also have a music playback feature and a replay mode (store up to 8 replays per game).
The games will also have "state save." Press select, and the pause menu will open up. From here, you can select to save your state to restart later.
These are digital releases, so they obviously won't come with manuals. To make up for this, SNK Playmore is including digital in-game manuals. These can be viewed from the information menu before the start of the game and from the pause menu. Fighting games will also have a readily viewable command list.
The initial lineup of titles hits on December 22 and will include:
- Fatal Fury (Garoudensetsu)
- Metal Slug
- The King of Fighters '94
- Samurai Spirits
- Super Sidekicks (Tokuten-o)
- Art of Fighting (Ryuuko no Ken)
- ASO II Last Guardian
- League Bowling
- Baseball Stars Professional
- Magician Lord
Prices for these titles are around 900 yen for PS3 and 700 yen for PSP.
You can see details and videos of these games off the Neo Geo Station lineup page.
For international players, the official site has links to (currently inactive) US and European sites, so expect overseas announcements to follow shortly.
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