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They're all here - warriors from the greatest fighting video games of all time. Only one shall emerge victorious. Let the battle begin!
-Arcade Tagline

Neo Geo Battle Coliseum (ネオジオバトルコロシアム), 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.

Story[]

The official story, as given by SNK Playmore, 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."

Gameplay[]

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 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-ngbc
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-ngbc
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[]

Yukingbc-sprite1

Yuki

Ai-sprite1

Ai

Characters from SNK Playmore series[]

From The King of Fighters series[]

Kyongbc

Kyo Kusanagi

Ioringbc

Iori Yagami

K-sprite2

K'

Shermie-sprite3

Shermie

From Fatal Fury/Garou: Mark of the Wolves series[]

Terry2003

Terry Bogard

Rock-sprite2

Rock Howard

Geesengbc

Geese Howard

Maingbc

Mai Shiranui

KimXI

Kim Kaphwan

Chonshu-sprite2

Jin Chonshu

Chonrei-sprite2

Jin Chonrei

Tung-sprite2

Tung Fu Rue

Hotaru-sprite2

Hotaru Futaba

From Art of Fighting series[]

Robertngbc

Robert Garcia

Lee-pai-sprite3

Lee Pai Long

Mr Big ngbc

Mr. Big

From Buriki One[]

Karate-sprite1

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

From Samurai Shodown series[]

Haohmarungbc

Haohmaru

Genjurongbc

Genjuro Kibagami

Nakorurungbc

Nakoruru

Shikingbc

Shiki

Azrabc

Asura

From World Heroes series[]

Hanzongbc-sprite1

Hanzo

Mudman-sprite1

Mudman

Fuumangbc-sprite1

Fuuma Kotaro

From Metal Slug series[]

Marcongbc

Marco Rossi

Marspeoplengbc

Mars People

From The Last Blade series[]

Kaede-sprite3

Kaede (in his Awakened form)

Moriya-sprite2

Moriya Minakata

Akaringbc

Akari Ichijou

Keiichiro-sprite2

Keiichiro Washizuka

From Athena[]

Athenangbc

Athena

From King of the Monsters series[]

Cyberwoo-sprite1

Cyber Woo

From Aggressors of Dark Kombat[]

Kisarahbc

Kisarah Westfield

From Savage Reign series[]

Kinglionngbc

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

Bosses[]

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Mizuchi

Neodio-sprite1

Neo Dio

Kingleongbc

King Leo/Shin Shishioh

Goodman-sprite1

Goodman

Cameo Characters[]

Within Characters[]

Yuki 771

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

Yukingbc-sprite2

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

HyakutarongbcMarco winpose

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

Akari-juzo-assist

Akari summons Youkai Kusaregedo, Gandara, Earthquake and Nicotine Caffeine from Samurai Shodown, Juzoh Kanzaki from The Last Blade, 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 attacks.

Joe kusanagi ngbc

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

Ngbcgeegus

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)

Stages[]

Note: Each stage has two versions, and some stages are homages to classic Neo Geo games.
Stage
Stage Name
Description
Notes
Ngbcantenna1bg

Ngbcantenna2bg

Antenna
A balcony next to an antenna station in a snowny place (possibly North Pole). Can be seen some structures, a mirrored floor, balloons with the inscriptions SNK PLAYMORE and a cameraman (in the day version). In the night version, pulsating lights appear.
None.
Ngbccastle1bg

Ngbccastle2bg

Castle
The Himeji Castle, located in the city of same name. The fight takes place in on the balconies of the castle. Can be seen plaques with Kanji symbols, paintings made possibly during the Edo period and pulsating lamps, besides a ladder in the left.
None.
Ngbccave1bg

Ngbccave2bg

Cave
Ngbccoolcooltown1bg

Ngbccoolcooltown2bg

Cool Cool Town
Ngbckotm1bg

Ngbckotm2bg

King of the Monsters
Ngbclastresort1bg

Ngbclastresort2bg

Last Resort
Ngbcsnkplanet1bg

Ngbcsnkplanet2bg

SNK Planet
Ngbcstatue1bg

Ngbcstatue2bg

Statue

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • 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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