The Nintendo Switch has been out for a few months now and one of the most wanted things is the Virtual Console. Nintendo hasn't mentioned much about it at the moment, however, HAMSTER Corporation has been giving retro fans plenty to play with Arcade Archives.
Arcade Archives isn't something new and has been on many systems over the years, covering various retro games from Contra to Solomon's Key.
For the Switch, Arcade Archives is slightly different to what's on some other systems as there is no Contra for instance. What is on the Switch is Arcade Archives Neo Geo a selection of classic games from SNKs Neo Geo MVS/AES.
I've owned a lot of consoles over the years including a Neo Geo CD where a lot of Neo Geo MVS/AES games where ported to as a cheaper option and a Neo Geo Pocket Colour which had its own unique library along with a few ports.
Due to its small presence and arcade nature lot of the Neo Geo and high costs, a lot of games from the very start in 1990 right up to now (Breakers just been released on Dreamcast) have been coming to other systems almost right away, meaning you can find games on Mega Drive to Xbox and everything in betweens.
Even though I owned a Neo Geo CD due to costs a lot of the Neo Geo games I've played have been on other systems be it Fatal Fury on Mega CD, King of Fighter 95 on Saturn or SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos on Xbox.
I personally think ACA Neo Geo has been one of the best things on the Switch giving people the opportunity to play Metal Slug, King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, Samurai Shodown etc.
Most people even though they may not have played these classic series know about them. I'm in the position that I have, that even though I think having Neo Geo games on the Switch at a decent price is great, I'm yet to actually buy any as I can play King of Fighters 99 on my Dreamcast and not all the games I do want to go back to.
With this in mind, I did some research on the 148 game library of the Neo Geo MVS on what isn't the likes of King of Fighters and what titles have been brought over by HAMSTER, so far they've been from SNK, DATA East or Sunsoft.
I went to the Neo Geo fans, looked up reviews to find the very best of the best of what should be the ten games we should be asking for Switch that isn't just King of Fighters 99 as we've had the rest.
We start the ten games of with Aggressors of Dark Kombat, a one-on-one fighting game from 1994.
Next up is a sports game but if you've played Neo Turf Masters then you will know that SNK were one of the best in arcade sports genre with Baseball Stars 2 from 1992 is one of those.
As Double Dragon is unlikely to make an appearance as a Neo Geo game on Switch then the next best option is 1991's Burning Fight.
How can you have Samurai Shodown on Switch but not the 1997 spiritual successor The Last Blade?
So far we've had mainly what SNK and Neo Geo are known for that having an action platformer would be cool right? Then what about 1990's Magician Lord.
The Neo Geo has arguably the best version of Puzzle Bobble (Bust-A-Move) but due licencing etc that seems unlike however the Neo Geo had another series called Magical Drop on the systems, with 1997's Magical Drop III being the best of the bunch.
If Burning Fight isn't your thing and you want a more Sci-Fi setting then 1992's Mutation Nation might be for you.
I brought this one up briefly as a game that came to Xbox but it was first released in 2003 for the Neo Geo and that is one of the many Versus titles available.
If baseball isn't your thing but you want a sports game then look no further then 1994's Street Hoop.
I've left the best to last, the most talked about Neo Geo game with a slight issue as it seems it is coming to PS4 soon with all new bells and whistles but that hopefully doesn't mean the original can't come to Switch where local multiplayer would shine. Yes I'm talking about 1994's
Those were just 10 games that the Neo Geo community told me that we should be wanting on Switch but what about the Nintendo community? The answer I mainly got was I don't know much about Neo Geo but more games are always great. Some did give me a few titles with those being Metal Slug 2 or X, Viewpoint, Idol Money Exchanger, Sengoku 3, Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy, Neo Geo Cup '98 and Spinmaster.
If all these games come to the Switch then Nintendo will have some catching up to.