If you are a Neo Geo MVS owner with an insatiable appetite for new content then today is the day where the lifespan of the MVS gets another bump. The German based NG Dev Team has announced that today is the day their newest MVS effort, a shooter by the name of NEO XYX begins shipping. This is their 3rd scrolling shooting game for the platform and 4th overall MVS release. Thanks to the hardware this means that arcades can enjoy some new MVS content and not just collectors; NG Dev Team has been pretty consistent at offering their releases for other platforms too, such as the AES and the Dreamcast. They also plan on supporting the 3DS and the WiiU in the future.
As to what makes NEO XYX so special in a world full of flying shooter games, it is the first and only true vertical scrolling shooter for the MVS, the rest were designed to use the horizontally oriented screens of stock MVS cabs. So if you want to physically rotate the tube for NEO XYX, it supports that.
It has been a while since any video media was released on NEO XYX (to my knowledge), this trailer from 8 months ago giving you a pretty good idea of what the game is like:
Here is a shot of the final game running on an Egret 2 cabinet (source):
I imagine new videos will be popping up any time now. They are shipping out orders in the order they received them and it looks like for the moment orders are closed on the game, aside from some limited reprints that will be available in January 2014.
As the company looks to expand their development horizons to new consoles, here’s hoping they still manage to keep arcades in mind, whether that support is through the MVS or some other arcade platform. It’s too bad that it seems that porting from Dreamcast to a platform like NAOMI or Atomiswave isn’t easier. There have been a lot of homebrew developments for the DC where some of those games would be nice fits for a limited arcade release (such as Strumwind or The Ghost Blade). In addition to more split-stream content, I like seeing hardware get pushed to the limits and not too many arcade boards have ever been afforded such a luxury.