Around 2005, SNK-Playmore had released this interesting game. In a sense, this is pretty much a crossover. However, it was not really a full crossover in a sense. So far, it seems that it was in SNK’s best interests to partake in crossover series. Such crossovers were “Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Battle 2000,” “Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001,” and “SNK vs. Capcom: SvC Chaos.” These games pretty much brought forth various characters from the Capcom and SNK games.
The Capcom vs. SNK series were quite successful. In 2005, SNK-Playmore ended up developing and publishing this one game called Neo Geo Battle Coliseum. This game is remarkable for the most part in which it brings forth characters from all sorts of different SNK games. So far, I found this one an interesting game. The game was ported to the arcade and then would get ported to the PlayStation 2 at least a year or two later. However, I found the arcade version to be a bit more appealing for the most part.
So far, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum does have an interesting storyline from what I have seen and read. So far, it shows that there is a world called the “NEOGEO World.” The story takes place around 2017 in which this corporation called WAREZ is trying to take over the world and it hosts a tournament. So far, the name is supposed to jab at the community that creates all sorts of arcade game emulators. While the storyline is interesting enough, the idea is mediocre. Most fighting games have some sort of organization that is trying to take over the world.
I have to admire the characters. They brought back a whole bunch of old characters to participate in this tournament. So far, the main characters are newcomers Yuki and Ai. Yuki and Ai are government agents out to stop WAREZ. Interestingly enough, they are amalgamations of different Neo-Geo games. Their special moves are based off of the old Neo-Geo games.
Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami, K’, and Shermie from “King of Fighters” join the cast. Terry Bogard, Mai Shiranui, Kim Haphwan, Geese Howard, Tung Fu Rue, Jin Chonshu, Jin Chonrei, Rock Howard, and Hotaru Futaba from “Fatal Fury” join the cast. Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia, Mr. Big, and Lee Pai Long from “Art of Fighting” join the cast. Hoahmaru, Nakoruru, Genjuro Kibagami, Shiki, and Asura from “Samurai Shodown” join the cast. Awakened Kaede, Moriya Minakata, Akari Ichigo, and Keichiro Washizuka from the “Last Blade” series join the cast. Hanzo, Fuuma, Mudman, and Kisarah Westfield from “World Heroes” and “Aggressors of Dark Kombat” join the cast. Cyberwoo from “King of the Monsters 2” joins the cast. Marco Rossi and Mars People from “Metal Slug” join the cast. Athena from “Athena” joins the cast. King Lion from “Kizuna Encounter” and Neo Dio from World Heroes are two of the four bosses. Two new bosses are Mizuchi (a clone of Orochi) and Goodman (the head of WAREZ).
The graphics did look all right for the most part. However, it would seem that SNK-Playmore could have done better. But, I saw it as a major plus to see many old characters come back redesigned. Some examples would be the redesigning of Hanzo and Fuuma from World Heroes. They look smoother compared to their old counterparts. The game sprites were definitely a step up. However, it seemed to be more of a King of Fighters clone with new characters and stages.
Game Play: B
The game play is pretty much two characters going up against two characters. You can do just about any combination. The tag-team system is similar to systems used by “X-Men vs. Street Fighter.” However, you do not have to beat both members of the opposing team. You simply need to beat up one of them. In a sense, it feels like somewhat of a survival mode. In addition, you have something called a D-Assault in which partners on one team can execute a double attack.
Neo Geo Battle Coliseum is an interesting game. If you like those old SNK games, this is one game you may want to check out. This is a game that brings back memories. It is hard to find this game at arcades since they are near obsolete. But, you can always buy a copy for your PlayStation 2.