The Neo Geo MVS is undoubtedly one of the most important arcade hardware platforms created to this day. The system had support for over a decade and in that time it built up an amazing library of games, some of which still attract attention in arcades today(for example, Metal Slug 5 was listed on the Top 10 Best Video Software titles in Replay Magazine last month). It certainly helped that the games were so easy to swap out and stack up with in multi-slot cabinets. Twenty years after the hardware was released, SNK hasn’t forgot about the platform which brought them success and brand name recognition and so they are celebrating the event. Not with a new game (unfortunately) but with some NeoGeo merchandise – a T-Shirt, a hoodie and an insulated cup. It’s nothing terribly impressive but at least it’s something. If you want a new NG game then you’ll have to look to the homebrew scene for that. [Neo Geo 20th Anniversary - Dengeki Online]
If you feel underwhelmed by that then the Stinger also pointed us to these Asteroids, Centipede and Pong wall decals by Think Geek. Come to think of it, Pong’s 40th anniversary is approaching in 2012. It’s doubtful that Atari would celebrate that with a return of a new Pong in arcades that offers some sort of crazy twist on the original but I suppose we could dream. That or maybe we’ll get some T-shirts out of it.