This past April we first heard about a new game for the NeoGeo MVS called Fast Striker by NG:DEV.TEAM in Germany. Now some months later the developers have had a chance to test the game out in a few arcades and now the game is available as a full MVS kit for 600EUR (around $830USD with today’s exchange rate), which includes plenty of artwork as well as the MVS cart. It’s exciting to see someone resurrect the MVS like this with a professional quality release. Development on systems which have been abandoned by the primary company is often a difficult task with little promise of a monetary payback, especially if dev kits are scarce or a key needs to be used to get past the anti-piracy mechanisms the hardware has in place. Hopefully NG:DEV.TEAM will have some other MVS projects in the works (or take on another cart based system).
If you are unfamiliar with Fast Striker then the trailer below should get you up to speed rather quickly. It has already been picked up by a few locations according to the developer, including the Try Tower in Japan. For those with a working Dreamcast they can also look forward to the game as NG:DEV.TEAM has announced a version for that console as well, which has seen several shmups come along for it on the homebrew scene.