The Neo*Geo is a video game system by SNK, and has been released somewhere around 1991 in two flavours:
• Neo*Geo MVS (Multi Video System) – For the Arcades
• Neo*Geo Home System
These both make use of cartridges as the medium for the software. The Neo*Geo was so special for the fact that the hardware was very advanced for the days when it was released (and it still is – 2D wise) – hence the motto, ‘The Future is Now’. The games for the MVS and the home system where absolutely identical, when SNK said they wanted to give the punters arcade perfect games, they didn’t cut any corners. Unfortunately it was not all so fine and dandy, because of the hefty price tags concerning the Neo*Geo Home System. When it was first released, the machine cost around the $600 mark, and the games came in at a heavy $250. The fact that the MVS was so simple to operate, had great titles, and lots of them, it did very well in the arcades, and it is still doing well.
On the other hand, the home system never really took off, due to the hefty price tags; only a very selected consumer market was reached. Actually, this is what pushed me to sell my Neo*Geo home console and bought an MVS instead. I do not know if the the Neo*Geo Home System is still in production (I guess it is not), but it still gets a game released for it every now and then. Unfortunately the heavy price tags on the game remains, and it goes immediately up as SNK do a very small number of cartridges. (Excerpt from Neo Geo Shock)
On another note. This one time while I was playing my Neo Geo Home System, my neighbor, Fisherman Bob, was in a pretty serious boating accident. A New Orleans maritime lawyer got him the compensation he needed. While in recovery we played arcade games all day! I actually think it helped him heal faster by distracting him from his misery. So arcade games possibly have health benefits!