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Old-school gamer. I started gaming with the Atari 2600. I became an addict with the arcade release of Street Fighter II at my college. The SNES release pushed me into buying that system and a lame arcade stick. I haven't looked back since then. I still consider the 16-bit to be the Golden Age of gaming. The current generation is keeping me pretty happy, especially with the fighting game renaissance that's happening lately. And, yes, I'm old.

Proud owner of: Kiwi Gameboy Color, Purple GBA, GBA SP, GBA Micro, PSP 3000, Clear NeoGeo Pocket, purple SwanCrystal, SNES, Genesis, N64, purple Gamecube, slim PS2, Dreamcast, Wii, PS3, Red 3DS LL,Blue 3DS XL and Wii U.

Favorite Games: Last Blade, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Mark of the Wolves, Zelda: A Link to the Past, Zelda: Minish Cap, King of Fighters Ikaruga, Macross: Do You Remember Love, Raiden Trad, Valkyria Chronicles, Professor Layton, Killer7

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10:28 PM on 12.04.2012

A little over 2 years ago, I left Destructoid to focus on http://www.dreamcancel.com. DC seriously exceeded my expectations. As my time became more restrictive and, since I had achieved my goals with the site, I decided to pass it on and left the site. This has freed up some time for me to return to the Dtoid community.

I'm a sucker for the Neo Geo. I was never able to own one due to its price but I've spent countless hours in arcades playing games on the system and tons of hours playing ports on other systems. When the Neo Geo X was announced, I was interested but sceptical. I eventually gave in and decided to preorder the system despite it having a questionable future. I figured that, worst case, the system runs Linux and would be heavily hacked.

As cool as the NGX is, I really just want an honest way to play Neo Geo games. I want to pay SNKP to play the classics. I was sure the PS3's Neo Geo Station was the answer to my prayers. The netcode is great but the flow of games stopped just before the release of King of Fighters XIII. None of the classics were ever released and this is the greatest tragedy of this generation.

The only other option is the Wii. I sold my Wii a few years ago due to my lack of interest in the games being released for it. In that time, tons of Neo Geo games have been released on the Virtual Console. Most of the classics (Last Blade, LB2, Real Bout Fatal Fury 2, Metal Slug X, Samurai Shodown II, SSIV and Magical Drop III) are all available on the VC service. The Wii would be the perfect solution if only Mark of the Wolves, KOF 98 and KOF 2002 were released on the system. As it stands, the Wii is the system most likely to get MotW as every other Fatal Fury game is on the system.

I al leaning toward buying a new Wii. It has a great library of classic games on the Virtual Console service, both Neo Geo and other classic retro systems and I have more faith in Nintendo hardware than Tommo hardware.

Still, it's a tough choice.



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