1. Metal Slug 3
It’s impossible to talk about the Neo Geo without bringing up Metal Slug. And with good reason, as SNK and Nazca’s Contra-killer is one of the most ridiculously over-the-top and entertaining series out there. Out of all of the numerous entries in the series since its inception in back in 1996, none is more noteworthy than Metal Slug 3. The third numbered entry in the series (and fourth game in the franchise to be released on the Neo Geo), Slug 3 is something of a swan song for the franchise. It’s the last entry in the series developed by SNK proper before the company went bankrupt and were purchased by Playmore. That said, it’s only fitting that the game feels like a final farewell, as SNK turned the dial to 11, delivering an epic shooter experience that takes players from the depths of ancient tombs to the cosmos and everywhere in-between. You’ll dive into deep waters in the Slug Sub, soar in a jet pack into enemy airspace as you dogfight Morden’s airborne troops, and even hurtle through space in a vertical shooter sequence that could have been ripped out of a game in the Aero Fighters series.
While we’ve seen a slew of entries in the series since Metal Slug 3 on everything from the Atomiswave arcade hardware to the Nintendo DS, none of these successors has quite managed to reach the quality of Metal Slug 3. It’s a shining example of SNK’s talent and ingenuity, and it simply can’t be beat. I mean just look at that monster my son is battling in the picture above. He’s a masterpiece!
Metal Slug 3 is available on everything from your mobile phone and PS4 to your toaster. If you don’t own it, get off your butt and do so. Marco’s orders.
So, our dear readers, what are some of your favorite games for the Neo Geo? Did we leave out your favorite game in the system’s library? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.