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The AES was prohibitively expensive (around $700 or so) when it came out. Fortunately I was able to buy a used set that came with Magician Lord and Nam.
These days a used set can be had for around US$200. Amazingly, the games STILL cost just as much, particularly the fight games and the more rare titles. The fact that used games still cost so much makes it pointless to own.
There are really only 4 ways to experience the “100-mega shock” (the incomprehensible SNK slogan at the time): 1) spend about $10,000 to collect all the cartridge games for the AES, 2) download the ROMs illegally and play them on a PC (with some cheapo USB controller, argh!), 3) Neo Geo CD, which is affordable, as are its games. But the system suffers from excruciatingly slow load-time, 4) Wii Virtual Console with the Neo Geo Stick 2, which is an exact replica of the original (available in play-asia.com but is always sold out).
It's too bad that there isn't some kind of SNK clone available, like the Genesis clones that come with the best titles built-in. For now, option 4 seems the most feasible since most people already own a Wii (and is probably sick of Wii Sports).
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