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Magical Drop Pocket

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To be honest, this is probably one of the few games I’ll review for the NGPC that does have a background on the NeoGeo MVS system that I haven’t played before taking a crack at its portable equivalent. Seriously, I’ve never played any of the arcade versions of MD, period, though I have played Money Puzzle Exchanger, which brought about a company’s demise due to being a MD rip-off. Magical Drop Pocket’s a fun game, but even if it is an indicator of the arcade versions, it’ll never take MPE’s place…in my heart.

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SNK VS Capcom: Card Fighters’ Clash

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Back when the Neo Geo Pocket Color was new (if you had it), you had to have two games to recognize its greatness: SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium & SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters’ Clash. This game stands out from most NGPC titles, mainly because it isn’t a fighter. But, don’t be fooled, it’s just as fast-paced as its relative, MoTM. Perhaps, even more so.

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SNK VS Capcom: Match Of The Millennium

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For many, SVC:MotM was the reason to buy a NGPC. For many others, this game was the reason they’re hitting themselves for not getting a NGPC. For the many of you in the latter category, have no fear as both the NGPC and this game have been re-released in some stores (Namely Electronics Boutique). Even so, they’re still remarkably hard to find.

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Biomotor Unitron

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There’s a common stereotype when it comes to the NGPC, that it’s got nothing good besides 2D fighters on it. That’s a fair exaggeration in regards to the system’s library; at most, only half of the Neo Geo Pocket’s games were fighting games. Of course, several genres made appearances on SNK’s handheld: board games (King of Fighters: Battle de Paradise), shoot-‘em-ups (Cotton), even a few sports titles (Pocket Tennis, Neo Turf Masters, Baseball Stars), but there are two in particular that could be called the NGPC’s unsung genres: puzzle games and RPGs. Of course, the latter isn’t completely forgotten; Card Fighters’ Clash is one of the two games most commonly associated with the Neo Geo Pocket, but many of the NGPC’s RPGs never left Japan. There were a few exceptions however, and fortunately, this is one of them. Biomotor Unitron can be best described as a Pokémon clone, only with giant robots instead of super-powered mutant animals. All the same, BMU is hands down the second-best RPG for the NGPC.

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