Neo Geo Advance Entertainment System (AES) (NEO-AEC)
SNK hit the American market in 1990 with their Advanced Entertainment System (AES), the only 24 bit system on the market for $399.99 USD. That system was labeled the 'gold' system at first and for that price, you got the system, two joysticks, either Baseball Stars or NAM 1975 cartridge, a set of AV cables, the RF switch, and the power cord. The Magician Lord cartridge would become the pack in after a period of time. Later the silver system came out and only contained the system, one joystick, AV cables, and the power cord.The AES was a home arcade system that played large cartridges that were arcade quality of some of the same games that SNK had out on the market with their MVS arcade machine. SNK did make the cartridges different sizes to discourage arcade owners from purchasing the cheaper (at the time) AES games.
The system had 64Kb working RAM and 68Kb VRAM with a palette of 65,536 colors. Memory cards could be purchased for the system and taken to the arcade to continue you game there. It was a compact IC card and lasted for about five years average. To reset the memory card data: while the system is on, hold A,B,C,D and push reset to copy or erase data. Also taken from the Neo Geo Manual: "Besides the official Neo Geo memory card, only an IC unification card which is over Ver.3 (Jeida) with 68 pins can be used." The memory unit had 68 metal pins with a 16 bit output.
Today you can find a Phantom 1 Convertor that will allow you to play MVS on your AES and even purchase a "almost complete arcade unit" from GW Trading or MAS systems. Please click here to read more about it.
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