Neo Geo Emulators

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Matt James

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The Neo Geo was a console that was massively out of reach for the average gamer with the console launching at $649.99 in the US. The real issue though was the price of games, typically costing $200 – $300 each! If only this list of Neo Geo emulators existed back then!

Neo Geo emulation has always been quite tricky due to set-up due to the set up process involving BIOS files and getting the correct ROM sets, but we can certainly recommend some Neo Geo emulators.

Neo Geo Emulator For PC, Mac & Linux

Of all the Neo Geo emulators for PC, Mac & Linux, FinalBurn Neo is the winner.

FinalBurn Neo is a development fork from FinalBurn Alpha, so FinalBurn Neo is the version you will want to make sure you get. It is designed to function primarily on desktop computers and is the best way to run Neo Geo games on Windows PC, Mac & Linux devices.

Neo Geo Emulator For PC, Mac & Linux
Neo Geo Emulator For PC – FinalBurn Neo

FinalBurn Neo is a multiple arcade emulator alternative to MAME. It is performance optimised and emulates a range of dedicated arcade hardware/games (such as CPS1, CPS2, CPS3, Konami), other systems (including ColecoVision, NES, TurboGrafx-16) as well as of course, Neo Geo games.

it is important to note that you will need to use the ROM set build to match your version of Final Burn Neo. For example, if you are using FinalBurn Neo v1.0.0.02, you will need to obtain the correct ROM set build to match this version of the emulator.

Other Recommended Neo Geo Emulators

MAME – Available for PC, Mac & Linux

MAME has become the standard for emulating Arcade games and quite rightly so. However, it’s not for everybody as there can be a small learning curve with regards to setting up and accessing games. Just make download a good MAME frontend, then this will make life a lot easier for you.

RetroArch (FinalBurn Neo Core) – Available For PC, Mac & Linux

RetroArch utilises a few Neo Geo cores, but the recommended choice for RetroArch Neo Geo emulation would be the FinalBurn Neo core. This is the most up-to-date and maintained Neo Geo core.

OpenEmu – Available For Mac

The experimental version of OpenEmu currently offers Arcade/Neo Geo emulation, so is definitely one of the better options for playing Neo Geo games on a Mac.

Neo Geo Emulator For Android?

A great way to emulator the Neo Geo on Android is the MAME 3003 core using RetroArch.

RetroArch is the leading way to play multiple systems on your Android device, so when it comes to Android, RetroArch is the a great way to play Neo Geo games.

In this case, I have chosen the MAME 2003 core, purely because it’s one of the easiest to get hold of compatible arcade ROMs for. The FinalBurn Neo core is great, and probably better for lower-end Android devices, but getting hold of the latest compatible ROM set can be a bit tricky.

Neo Geo Emulator For Android
Neo Geo Emulator For Android – RetroArch MAME 2003 Core

Of course with the MAME 2003 core on RetroArch, you can also download hundreds of classic arcade games too, which makes this an excellent all-around arcade emulator for Android.

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