I thought yesterday's offering from Bundle Stars represented good value for money at just under $7. And it still does. But it's not quite on the par with the NEOGEO 25th Anniversary offering, which has some bang-on classics that everyone will be able to enjoy.
But the best part of the bundle? You can try any of these games for 2 minutes, without restrictions, in your browser.
Many of you might still remember the day when some of these classics came out: Metal Slug. Fatal Fury. Shock Troopers. Sengoku. Baseball Stars. Some of you might have gotten on the SNK/NEOGEO much later, thanks to emulators and the increasing ease of use with which you can build your own arcade machines/cabinets.
If you haven't hopped on board that train, however, now might be the perfect time. Humble Bundle, for the next 12 days, are selling a package of at least 16 excellent NEOGEO titles, the majority of which you can play in your browser.
Some of the games in the first tier are already available on Steam, but the prospect of getting them for US$1 is worth it on its own. King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition. Metal Slug. Metal Slug 3. Cracking games.
Here's the full list — and I'll be surprised if more than few of you aren't excited by what follows:
First tier — pay what you want:
- ART OF FIGHTING 2
- FATAL FURY SPECIAL
- KING OF THE MONSTERS
- METAL SLUG 2
- SAMURAI SHODOWN II
- SENGOKU 3
- THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2000
- BASEBALL STARS 2
- THE LAST BLADE
- METAL SLUG
- METAL SLUG 3
- SHOCK TROOPERS
- NEO TURF MASTERS
- THE KING OF FIGHTERS '98 ULTIMATE MATCH FINAL EDITION
- TWINKLE STAR SPRITES
- NEOGEO 25th Anniversary Soundtrack
More games will be added to the first tier in the coming days as well, but there's plenty in that list to keep you going over the holidays. Christ, the amount of local co-op offerings in there alone should make any Christmas gathering instantly better.
But the second tier, which you have to pay US$10/$13.83 (at the time of writing) or more for, isn't bad either.
Second tier — pay more than US$10:
- SHOCK TROOPERS: 2nd SQUAD
- SAMURAI SHODOWN V SPECIAL
- GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES
- METAL SLUG X
- THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2002 UNLIMITED MATCH
The third tier will set you back more than US$40, but for that you get a limited edition Metal Slug SV-001 t-shirt, exclusive for the console's 25th anniversary. It's being made by Fangamer, although you can't purchase the shirt directly — yet — through their site if that's all you want.
All in all, this is an excellent, excellent deal. You can comfortably smash through Christmas evening with your brother/sister/family just knocking out one or two of these old games, and I know quite a few people who could go for hours on just one of the King of Fighters games alone.
I dropped US$11 myself, and that feels a little cheap considering what I'm getting (even factoring in the few games, like Metal Slug X). The only thing that I'm disappointed about is that Windjammers isn't in this bundle as well — can you imagine what a deal that would have been. But hey, what's on offer is pretty damn good already. Have at it; you've got over a week and a half to get on board.