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Neo Geo Battle Coliseum (ネオジオバトルコロシアム), also abbreviated as NGBC, is a 2-on-2 tag team fighting game for the Atomiswave arcade board. A four-volume manhua for this game was also released.


The official story, as given by SNK Playmre, is as follows:

"In February, 2017 of the new Japanese era there is a man trying to rule the NEOGEO World. "I will topple NeoGeo's most powerful warriors and put myself on the throne!" We knew that if he managed to obtain NeoGeo world's awesome power, world domination would not be far from his reach. This man, who sat at the heart of "The Warez Conglomerate" with overwhelming financial power behind him, had already set out on his ambitious path to gain NeoGeo World's power. Those who knew the truth of his intentions were already trembling with fear... As NeoGeo World drew closer to the verge of disaster, a Warez sponsored fighting competition was announced. This event is called "NEOGEO BATTLE COLISEUM". The Federal Government is worried about the situation, and has secretly dispatched its two best secret agents, Yuki and Ai. A world on the verge of eternal darkness… The future of NEOGEO World is now in the hands of the warriors."


The game system of the arcade NGBC, as previously mentioned, is a 2 vs 2 tag battle, regardless to how many players are playing. While the 2-player game system is similar to most tag-team systems of other games, the single player system is unusual.

The game's single play is more like a survival battle, where the player must beat enemies after enemies as long as possible. However, the game gives the player 300 seconds, and when time-out occurs, instead of win or lose, the player will face the boss (depending on how well they perform). Only at this point of time is when time out will determine the victor.

During a single-play, the rule is to defeat ANY member of the team, not both team members. That is, unlike most tag-team systems, but similar to Kizuna Encounter or Bandai Namco's w:c:tekken:Tekken Tag Tournament, where all opposition must be beaten in order to win, in NGBC, the player only needs to beat up one member of the team to win, without the need to fight the other member if the former is defeated.

The survival battles are divided into rounds of 3 battles, and after a player manages to clear 3 opponent teams, they are given a chance to use one of the three game services provided:

  • The first is to gain more time. Extra time helps the player to beat more teams, which is so because the game records the number of teams defeated in the hi-score table.
  • The second is to gain full power gauge. This is simply to blow the opposition away as soon as the next battle starts.
  • The third is adding more life. Self-explanatory, especially due to the winning condition mentioned earlier.
  • The fourth is to not use any of the three game services provided above.

In terms of control layout, every character uses a control scheme that is akin to The King of Fighters in terms of button layout, cancels and movement options, only with a few functions scrapped.

Playable Characters

The game features characters from the following titles:

This game is also noticeable for the introduction of several original characters developed for this game, who are the following:

Yuki, an agent of the Federative Government of New Japan, in the NEOGEO World. He is something of a pseudo-hero, and thinks high of himself, but his personality is kind of goofy sometimes, and also thinks is the best mechanical fighter in NEOGEO World.
Ai, other agent of the Federative Government of New Japan. She is a cheerful girl that loves to play the Neo Geo and (especially) the Neo Geo Pocket, and also is the type of person that will ignore her job to play the newest Neo Geo Pocket game.

Original Characters





Characters from SNK Playmore series

From The King of Fighters


Kyo Kusanagi


Iori Yagami





From Fatal Fury/Garou: Mark of the Wolves


Terry Bogard


Rock Howard


Geese Howard


Mai Shiranui


Kim Kaphwan


Jin Chonshu


Jin Chonrei


Tung Fu Rue


Hotaru Futaba

From Art of Fighting


Robert Garcia


Lee Pai Long

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Mr. Big

From Buriki One


Mr. Karate II (Ryo Sakazaki in his Buriki One persona)

From Samurai Shodown




Genjuro Kibagami







From World Heroes






Fuuma Kotaro

From Metal Slug


Marco Rossi


Mars People

From The Last Blade


Kaede (in his Awakened form)


Moriya Minakata


Akari Ichijou


Keiichiro Washizuka

From Athena



From King of the Monsters


Cyber Woo

From Aggressors of Dark Kombat


Kisarah Westfield

From Savage Reign


King Lion/Shishioh (hidden character because King Leo is his palette swap and is a unique NPC boss, hence the different name)





Neo Dio


King Leo/Shin Shishioh



Cameo Characters

Within Characters

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Yuki transform into Duke Edwards from Burning Fight during his Submarine Screw attack.


Yuki and Ai transform into Atomic Guy from King of the Monsters during their double assault.

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Marco summons Hyakutaro Ichimonji and a SV-001 during some of his special attacks. His teammates Eri Kasamoto, Tarma Roving and Fio Germi all appear in one of his victory animations.


Akari summons Youkai Kusaregedo, Gandara, Earthquake and Nicotine Caffeine from Samurai Shodown, Ryuhaku Todoh and Honki ni Natta Mr. Karate from Art of Fighting, Sokaku Mochizuki from Fatal Fury and Orochi Iori from The King of Fighters during her special attack.

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Kisarah summons Joe Kusanagi from Aggressors of Dark Kombat during her special attack.


Neo Dio summons Geegus from World Heroes during his special attack.

Stage Cameos

The King of Fighters series

Fatal Fury/MOTW series

Art of Fighting series

Samurai Shodown series

King of Monsters series

Ikari Warriors series

Savage Reign series

Other Games

  • Spica (Cool Cool Town)
  • Amp (Cool Cool Town)
  • Yusa (Cool Cool Town)
  • Roddy (Top Hunter)
  • Cathy (Top Hunter)
  • Rocky (Robo Army)




  • Most of its assets and gameplay, particularly for Hotaru, Tung Fu Rue, Geese Howard, Robert Garcia and Mr. Big were reused for their appearances in console versions of The King of Fighters XI.
  • While not directly implied, WAREZ may pertain to the real-life software piracy term that became partially responsible for the downfall of the NEO-GEO console platform.

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