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Review: NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol. 1

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INTRO – A group of 10 Classic NeoGeo Games

One of the games included is. . . Big Tournament Golf?!

The NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol 1. released on the Nintendo Switch Eshop this past March 2021. It contains 10 NeoGeo games, which consist of the following 10 games:

  • SNK Gals’ Fighters
  • Samurai Shodown! 2
  • King of Fighters R-2
  • The Last Blade: Beyond the Destiny
  • Fatal Fury First Contact
  • SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium
  • Metal Slug 1st Mission
  • Metal Slug 2nd Mission
  • Dark Arms
  • Big Tournament Golf

Do these games make the collection worthwhile, or is this collection a miss? Let’s find out!

GAMES – A Major Compilation Issue…?

Now, one complaint with similar compilations in the past is that they are, or were, skewed towards fighting games. The new addition of Sports title Big Tournament Golf, RPG Dark Arms, Action-shooters Metal Slug 1st Mission, and Metal Slug 2nd Mission – all new to this compilation, by the way – all help to skew the balance towards a slightly more neutral-sounding compilation.

I covered SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium before on this site as a seperate review. it’s a good game. The Last Blade: Beyond The Destiny is also enjoyable. I used to enjoy the Mario Golf games growing up, so I will probably enjoy this Big Championship Golf.

I have not played the other games in this compilation at this time. However, the fighting games do have similar controls as each other, and getting the better endings in The Last Blade: Beyond The Destiny’s amazing story modes (one story route for each character) requires playing on the harder difficulties. (I think). I feel as though figuring it out through guesswork has outgrown its’ welcome.

FINAL THOUGHTS – An Enjoyable Package

Overall, I am enjoying the package. I’d probably enjoy the package as a whole a heck of a lot more, if not for the impromptu arrival Pac-Man 99 for the Switch.

On that note, if you’re looking for a good compilation of NeoGeo games, this one is for you.

Now, with that taken care of, I’ll see you next time with a review of potentially either Pac-Man 99, or Outriders. I’ll let this image conclude things for me. Hehehe…

SUMMARY

NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol 1 is a impressive compilation of 10 NeoGeo Pocket color titles. The predominance of fighting games compared to other genres (6-4) makes this compilation a little lopsided towards Fighting. If you can look past that, you're in for a very good time.
Bryan Applegate
I am a game reviewer who also loves theatre acting. My email for sending review codes is [email protected]

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