Metal Slug: 2nd Mission
Over the weekend, Torture whipped out the current issue of Neo Geo Freak magazine and grabbed some scans of the Metal Slug: 2nd Mission Level Path chart and Character Rank chart, so have a look: [Path chart] [Rank chart]
Hardshells have RETURNED!
Today NCS made a rather noteworthy addition to their inventory - Asian versions of Cotton and Coolboarders Pocket. Not only have the titles been virtually impossible to find in the US until now, but these are actually packed in hard cases, proving that SNK has not completely done away with the luxurious black plastic we all know and love.
The spine of the March 1999 issue of Neo Geo Freak was once again broken over the scanner to capture the glory of the "I'm Not Boy" launch campaign. Click Here to check it out!
Care to see what SNK's E3 booth was like this year? Kent Keltner has provided two shots from the floor -   - nifty...though eerily unpopulated.
Old Ads Revisited
substance J was able to dig up the original "Not Boy" NGPC launch ad in an old issue of Neo Geo Freak magaine, and has scanned it for the Omake section. You can also check out the goofiness by simply clicking Here
The Links section has been updated a few backlogged link additions, such as NGP World and Neo Geo Pocket Power.
Finally some more news (of sorts) out of E3. Check out the links below for scans of some documents and promotional items from SNK's booth. A huge thanks go out to Kent Keltner, who hauled these and other wonderful goodies back for us to scan, since SJ was unable to attend the show this year (and on a side note, Kent says that SNK's booth was far better this year than last).
MP3 Player - Fall 2000 - The size of a standard cartridge for the
NeoGeo Pocket Color, SNK’s MP3 player will allow users to download their
favorite songs off the Internet. Then they can take a break from Pocket
gaming to plug in their headphones and listen to their favorite sounds in
Dynamite Slugger - May 2000 - "Dynamite Slugger" brings America’s favorite pastime onto the world stage as 28 international teams vie for global baseball supremacy. Players can choose their country, name their players and customize their lineup in their quest to become the world’s best.
The Last Blade - Beyond the Destiny - June 2000 - Since ancient times, the portal between good and evil has been sealed by four deities. Now, the seal is about to be broken. Choose your hero and fight to stop impending doom in this conversion of the popular arcade game, complete with one player story and survival modes, head-to-head battles and mini-games such as "Home Run Derby."
Faselei - June 2000 - "Faselei," the new adventure RPG for the NeoGeo Pocket Color, is set 100 years in the future. At this time, wars are fought by a new breed of foot soldier. These mechanized destroyers, known as Toy Soldiers, are used both to create and thwart revolutions. Instead of turn-based attacks, players use "computer chips" to program their Toy Soldier’s next few moves, anticipating what the enemy will do next.
Neo Baccarat - Summer 2000 - The next installment in SNK’s casino series, this title puts a Baccarat table right in your hands.
Pocket Reversi - Summer 2000 - Similar to "Othello," "Pocket Reversi" tests your problem solving skills and ability to think ahead.
Picture Puzzle - Summer 2000 - Utilize the clues surrounding the grid to know which squares to fill in, and which to leave blank. This puzzle game will feature more than 200 levels for portable artists to shade in.
Cotton - Fall 2000 - SNK is bringing the portable version of the classic Japanese series to the NGPC. This side-scrolling shooter features a witch on a broomstick using her magic spells to destroy a myriad of enemies.
Evolution - Fall 2000 - Licensed from Ubi Soft, SNK is creating an all new installment of the popular RPG series for the NeoGeo Pocket Color later this year.
US Wrestling - Fall 2000 - The squared circle comes to your fingertips when SNK releases this grappler.
Cool Boarders Pocket - Fall 2000 - Choose from either of two "Cool Boarders" to shred down the slopes in SNK’s answer to the dog days of summer. "Cool Boarders" uses an isometric perspective to allow the characters to catch some "phat" air as they make their way downhill.
Cool Cool Jam - Fall 2000 - This hip-hop dance adventure will be based on SNK’s anticipated Dreamcast release, "Cool Cool Toon," and plans to make use of the NGPC/DC link cable.
Biomotor Unitron 2 - Fall 2000 - "Biomotor Unitron" was SNK’s answer to Pokemon, challenging players to build up their Unitron robots and take the battles to the arena to achieve the title of Master of Masters. "Biomotor Unitron 2" offers more worlds to explore, with more levels, and new arms and materials to use for Unitron upgrades in a quest to rule the planet of Tardiss.
The Coming Soon and Software Info pages have both been updated to reflect recent (and not so recent) releases and so forth. Though we're not listing them, SNK of Japan is re-launching older games for a new "NGP Best Collection" (ala KOF R-2). Titles in this budget line include Fatal Fury: First Contact, Samurai Spirits! 2, and Metal Slug: 1st Mission. All 3 will be released on July 20th for ¥2500 (about $23) a pop.
Thanks to Kent Keltner for the info.
The News from the month of April has been lovingly archived for later viewing. Speaking of News...there certainly hasn't been much lately. Hopefully things will pick up after E3, and Faselei will make it out soon. Good thing we've all (hopefully) got Dive Alert to last us.