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This review is from: NEOGEO X Mega Pack Vol 1 (Video Game)The Neo Geo X, love it or hate it, is still being supported by Tommo, which is nice to see. Honestly I expected the 20 included games with the system to be the last time we saw anything from Tommo. The Mega Pack of games, being labeled as Volume 1, gives me some hope that the device will be supported moving forward which is good.
The first thing you have to do in order to get the games to work on this is to update the firmware. I've read the horror stories of failed updates bricking a Neo Geo X. I am happy to report that I do NOT have this issue and the firmware process, while needlessly complicated, worked on my device with no problem at all.
The firmware update, to be clear, is VERY annoying. First, you hold the start button on your NGX, then you have to connect the included "rocket pack" to the USB port on the NGX, plug the power supply from your AES home base station into that and when it powers up, the update process should begin. Oh, wait, don't forget to toggle the switch on the "rocket pack" to X so the firmware update will work.
Another note about the firmware update. If you are one of the people using the... memory card workaround to play more games than what was included in the original system, this firmware update WILL break this process. Since you already "own" all the games for the Neo Geo, I'm not sure you will care. The better audio is tempered by still having the Vsync issues for me.
Once updated, the audio from the NGX is the first thing I've noticed that is improved. Very, very nice and high quality audio is coming from the speakers, headphones and out of my surround receiver when using the NGX as a home console.
The one thing I wanted the firmware to address was screen tearing. On the hand held, screen tearing is non-existent, or so difficult to notice that it goes unnoticed unless I focus on it. On the TV, however, the screen tearing is HORRENDOUS still. This has NOT been corrected at all, though it hasn't gotten any worse either. Given the power of the hand held (a Dingoo in disguise), we know it's capable of Vsync, which would kill the tearing, yet Tommo hasn't included it in this update. I guess we can hope they get it right with Mega Pack 2?
And that's one other thing that burns me up. If I want the better firmware, can I get it without having to shell out the money for either a single release or the Mega Pack? NO, you cannot. You MUST have the "rocket pack" to update the firmware. This is NOT cool at all, especially for those that are happy with the 20 games included with it originally. Not cool Tommo.
Enhancements with the new firmware include the games now remember whether you want full screen or widescreen, MUCH better audio support and save capability (Magician Lord thanks you!).
The other additions to the firmware are silly and superfluous, such as the ability to speed up games. Useless.
One thing I would love to see is the ability configure the controls. I would love to be able to assign multiple button presses to the shoulder buttons.
As for the games, there are some really great titles included here. Last Blade? OH YES! Best game on the NGX by far. Then you get Garou? I need to wipe the drool from my mouth. Metal Slug 2? Top Hunter? WOW.
I think that's the nice part with this collection. It doesn't include a ton of games that were available on say, the Xbox Live, Virtual Console or PSN. Several titles, both with the original system and this collection, are ONLY available here, or via the Neo Geo home or arcade setup (or emulation).
The titles included are:
Art of Fighting 3
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Metal Slug 2
Samurai Shodown 3
Super Sidekicks 3
World Heroes Jet 2
Overall, is this worth the money? For me, yes, as now I can play Neo Geo games on the go with a decent gamepad without having to drag one along with my laptop. For those already playing emulated versions on your computers, or those that already hacked their NGX, this is definitely not worth the money.
Recommended with caveats.