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16 games in one. Would be good if all of them were actually great titles. I prefer old(er) games myself but you have to draw a line between loving old school classic games of Mario, Sonic, Pacman, Double Dragon, Altered Beast, etc and then games you have never heard of for a good reason. If you ever owned a Neo Geo console in the first place, it would completely defeat the purpose of this package. The only additional thing are the unneccessary unlockables and there is nothing there (like an extra mini SNK bonus game or anything) worthy of buying this. The games play out in the exact same way they used to. And the thing is, the best game in this entire collection is Metal Slug. You know how much I love that game, right? Well, they include the first one in this package. It is reasonably redundant since they released the entire anthology in another package for the Wii. So, why bother with this? Well, you have other classic titles which are quite good, don’t get me wrong: Art of Fighting and Fatal Fury, Shock Troopers, Samurai Showdown and King of Fighters 94. And Samurai Showdown and KOF have their own releases of the entire series for the Wii as well. So if you want a taste of everything without delving into anything serious, this would be a great option. If you only bought this for KOF, Metal Slug or Samurai Showdown, you have just wasted your money. Baseball Stars 2, Burning Fight, King of the Monsters, Last Resort, Magician Lord, Neo Turf Masters, Sengoku, Super Sidekicks 3, Top Hunter and World Heroes are all at best ok. But mostly crap with a hint of shit. You might get an hour out of each one. And some of them might be an hour of laughter. On the basis you have never played this games before. Unless you paid full price for this bad boy, then you probably won’t want to milk each game for long. If you loved these games when they first came out, nothing has changed and you will still get your boner.

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VICTOLY! SNK had a fuckload of games just ready to be ported over to under-powered consoles like the Wii. And if that wasn’t the case, it certainly felt like it. The menu system is meh. I am not so worried about the menu system as I am the actual games. Using a WiiRemote in a “classic” format, is close enough to 100% as you can get. Graphics and gameplay have not changed during the port over. If you have not played these games before, they are simply 1-on-1 fighting games with interesting characters. Over the course of each of the games available, the fighting system changes quite a bit between the first and the last game. The games do progress and they get harder to control. More dedicated you are, the bigger the pay off with SamSho6. If you are a casual gamer, I don’t know why you would even think about trying to play these kinds of game. This entire series may have started out as a fighting game that is pretty easy to get into but as this anthology shows, they started to narrow their audience with each game. Improving on everything along the way with more characters, but making the combos harder than pressing kick repeatedly like Eddie Gordo in Tekken. It gives games like this more depth. The only thing that makes this game good is the fact that you get the entire series of Samurai Shodown (including IV which I have read was NOT released in the US) which makes me hard. This package offers very little in anything additional apart from the series. That should be enough though, shouldn’t it?

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Read the Samurai Shodown Anthology review. +1. Except Orochi Saga lets gamers choose between King of Fighters ‘94, ‘95, ‘96, ‘97 and ‘98. Oh, and the menus are better in KOF than Samurai Showdown Anthology. The fighting geometrics change in each game like SamSho as well but don’t get me wrong: they are not the same fighting engine/style. I prefer the arcade style of fighter like KOF to SamSho but regardless, they are both top fighting games. The amount of characters in each given game is phenominal. A few of them feel and play the same but ultimately, it still retains the diversity between the characters.