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Neo Geo MVS Setup Help
« on: April 08, 2012, 23:16:55 PM »
I have decided to build myself a MVS system..

What i need to know is how and what will i need. Below is a quote from tomwaits in another thread on here.

Do i need a certain version and so on and what kind of money will this set me back?

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The Neo Geo is an amazing system... not just for fighters but also some great exclusive puzzle games, shmups, arcade style sports, and other genres. If you decide to get one I'd definitely suggest an MVS (arcade) mobo, cheap supergun (Vogatek?), and maybe an MVS multicart to start out. All of the pieces are pretty cheap, esp. in the UK where you can run SCART RGB straight from the supergun.

AES (home console) games are overpriced collector's items and the library is a small subset of the MVS library. There's nothing that's AES exclusive so if you just want to play the games MVS is the best option.
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Re: Neo Geo MVS Setup Help
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2012, 00:26:48 AM »
Watch out, I love rambling about the Neo Geo... :)

There are two options for an MVS setup:
The first is a consolized MVS. Basically taking an arcade mobo and hardwiring all of the I/O to make it into a console. It takes some effort, esp. if you want to fit it into a fancy shell. Pre-built CMVS units usually cost $250-$400+ US depending on the A/V options and cosmetics.

The cheaper method is to use a basic supergun like the Vogatek. You need a 1-slot MVS mobo ($50-$70 US depending on the version), a Vogatek Mk.IV supergun (25 GBP posted within UK... I can refer a reliable seller), an ATX PC power supply, passive speakers, and Neo Geo controller(s). I attached a pic of the Vogatek Mk.4 for reference. Just slip it onto the MVS' JAMMA connector (or any JAMMA PCB) and plug in the power, SCART, speakers, controller(s). SCART is for video only so you have to use stand-alone speakers. It's not pretty, but it works perfectly. You could mount everything on a small piece of wood or build an enclosure if you care about the appearance.
   
Common MVS games are really cheap ($10 or less) and you can find most of the popular titles for under $50 if you're patient.

There are several MVS multicarts available. None of them have the complete library, and  many have unique/exclusive games that aren't on other multicarts. I've got both a 100-in-1 and a 60-in-1. The counts are inflated by hacks and variants but about 2/3 are the official games. The latest multicarts are 161-in-1 and cost about $100. I prefer collecting original carts, but the multicarts are a great way to sample before buying.

Beware though... getting a supergun leads to the major temptation of JAMMA PCBs. So many great games that never had home versions or had poor ports. It's like a whole new world of gaming.

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Re: Neo Geo MVS Setup Help
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2012, 00:00:29 AM »
OK thats what i needed.

Will be a slow process, bit by bit. As long as i know what i need i will be aiming for bargains. 8)
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