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King of Fighters '98, Metal Slug 3 and More Neo Geo Games Coming To Switch

Hamster Corp is bring those arcade classics to Nintendo's hybrid platform.

News by Mike Williams, .

We already knew that The Arcade Archive collection from Japanese publisher Hamster Corp was bringing SNK Neo Geo games to the Nintendo Switch. The only problem was we didn't know which Neo Geo titles would be making the transition to the new platform.

According to Famitsu, the initial line-up of games includes The King of Fighters '98, WakuWaku 7, ShockTroopers, World Heroes Perfect, and Metal Slug 3. The given price is 823 yen ($7.21), which will likely come out to $7.99 on our shores. Given the Arcade Archive releases on PlayStation 4, that's the per game price, not for the entire collection.

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On the PlayStation 4 releases, players can choose to play the games in their original Japanese or localized English versions. The ACA releases also include a save state and screen filters to add scan lines and mimic CRT televisions. The Switch releases will have similar options.

The Japanese release of the Arcade Archives collection will be coming to Switch in March. Nintendo of America's official site lists the North America release as "TBD".

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  • Avatar for riderkicker #1 riderkicker 9 months ago
    On the go local multiplayer Metal Slug? Excellent.
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  • Avatar for Sturat #2 Sturat 9 months ago
    Waku Waku 7 and Shock Troopers are both great games. I wonder how easy it will be to use joysticks with the Switch...
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  • Avatar for yuberus #3 yuberus 9 months ago
    World Heroes Perfect is criminally underrated. It's a legit great fighting game that really deserves more play.
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  • Avatar for ping33 #4 ping33 9 months ago
    No Windjammers? Boo! that would be FANTASTIC on the ad-hoc switch.
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  • Avatar for bigbadboaz #5 bigbadboaz 9 months ago
    Great! Classic 2D titles on a system that doesn't include an actual D-pad!!

    Nintendo's "innovative" thinking just keeps on giving! No, a $70 Pro Controller is not the answer..
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  • Avatar for daverhodus #6 daverhodus 9 months ago
    I'd love to buy a game card of the whole collection. I still don't have confidence in Nintendo's drm solution for eShop games.
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  • Avatar for Spectreman #7 Spectreman 9 months ago
    You wanna pay 8 bucks for an old game? Sure, let's put on the Switch. If is 8 bucks. That old SF2 360 arcade port they are charging $ 40...
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  • Avatar for jimgamer #8 jimgamer 9 months ago
    @bigbadboaz great point. This must be only the second time they have released a console with no d-pad (the GameCube was the first - it sucked for 2D games). They invented the d-pad and yet it seems only Sony understands its continued importance with 2D/indie games. They have to release a Joy-con with a SNES d-pad.
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  • Avatar for Patrick-C #9 Patrick-C 9 months ago
    @bigbadboaz and@jimgsmer, Yeah, even if the four buttons on the left Joycon constitute a halfway decent d-pad (a big if), it'd still be in the wrong place on the controller to be comfortable, kinda like how the 3DS's d-pad is. Distressingly, this is also the case even on the pro controller, which I wish used the Dual Shock rather than the Xbox layout. It seems obvious that Nintendo could release a retro-friendly Joycon with a proper d-pad, which means they almost certainly won't do it, Because Nintendo.

    I guess maybe the HD rumble could possibly emulate the Neo Geo pad's clicky thumbstick? Maybe? Possibly?

    At any rate, controller frustration aside this is still good news. The more Neo Geo games stay in circulation the happier we should all be. And they're very portable-friendly experiences in particular.
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #10 donkeyintheforest 9 months ago
    @Sturat there are images of a Hori joystick for the switch floating around
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  • Avatar for IPA #11 IPA 9 months ago
    Metal Slug 3 [heart eyes emoji]Edited January 2017 by IPA
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  • Avatar for meta-mark #12 meta-mark 9 months ago
    @jimgamer This must be only the second time they have released a console with no d-pad (the GameCube was the first - it sucked for 2D games).

    The GameCube had a d-pad, albeit a small one, it was the same size as the GBA.
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  • Avatar for jimgamer #13 jimgamer 9 months ago
    @meta-mark I know, I know. It was a joke. The Cube controller is my all time favorite, but the d-pad is horrible. Stiff, small, in the wrong place etc. Just try playing mario world through the game boy player. Explains why Hori released their glorious digital GameCube controller.
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  • Avatar for meta-mark #14 meta-mark 9 months ago
    @jimgamer

    Ahh, ok. Yeah, it is pretty terrible. I tried using it for playing Gameboy games with my Gameboy player and it makes the games unplayable.

    I bought a GameCube to SNES adapter and that works pretty well. Plus it's significantly cheaper than the Hori controller ;)
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  • Avatar for drdoctor #15 drdoctor 9 months ago
    Oh wow. Waku Waku 7? That is an amazing game, lost in the footnotes of NeoGeo history.
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #16 SIGGYZtar 9 months ago
    @donkeyintheforest And there's a wired Pro Controller as well. How are they going to connect it to the one USB-C port in the dock?
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #17 SIGGYZtar 9 months ago
    @daverhodus Yeah, the PS2/Wii era was awesome with all those compilations of arcade games.
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #18 donkeyintheforest 9 months ago
    @SIGGYZtar It looks like there are a couple ports on the the other side, but I don't know because they're obv still holding stuff back about the switch! Also USB hubs could be a thing pretty easily.
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