section contains information about Emulators which allow you to
play NeoGeo games on a variety of other systems including PC &
Mac and even consoles such as Dreamcast & Xbox.
All these emulators are given a rating out of 20 and are listed
in rank from highest score to lowest, The rating simply indicates
which emulators I recommend and prefer. Some ratings of the older
emulators may seem quite low, but remember, whilst they may have
been state of the art a few years ago the newer emulators leave
them far behind. I would encourage everyone to try as many as
you can for yourselves and make up our own mind, the authors deserve
your support for their hard work.
All these emulators require that you have the NeoGeo MVS Bios
(called 'NeoGeo.zip') and/or the NeoGeo CD Bios (called 'NeoCD.bin')
in their 'roms' folder in order to work. These files can usually
be found on sites hosting game roms.
by many to be one of the best neogeo emulators, this program features
an excellent interface, and is capable of running almost all NeoGeo
and NeoGeo CD Games, as well as CPS1 & CPS2 Roms, plus a selection
of Konami, PolyGameMaster and even Sega Model 2 Roms.
It also has a range of excellent image enhancements to improve
the games appearance such as Interpolation, Scanlines, 2xSAI,
Eagle and many more.
My personal favourite...
features an easy to use interface in a similar mould to that of
Nebula and Calice32, It runs almost all NeoGeo, CPS1 & CPS2
roms with near perfect precision and like nebula, features image
excellent emulator with an easy to use interface. This emu is
also capable of running almost all NeoGeo Roms plus, CPS1, CPS2,
ZN1, ZN2, and System16/18 roms. It currently lacks the range of
image enhancements which Kawaks & Nebula have, and also requires
that you run your desktop in 16-bit colour rather than 32-bit,
but theyre only minor criticisms.
of the most famous emulators around, it is capable of running
almost all NeoGeo Roms, plus literally thousands of other games.
Being an open-source emulator there are versions of MAME is available
for Windows, MacOS, Unix, Linux, Amiga, and even consoles such
as Dreamcast & Xbox.
There are also enhanced versions such as MAME32 for windows; which
features an excellent Interface, and system specific versions
such as NeoMAME which is optimised to run only NeoGeo Games.
Technically MAME is superb, my only real criticism is that it's
not as easy to use as some other emulators.
was the first 'fully working' NeoGeo Emulator for Windows. It
was created by the authors of 'Rage' and was Immediately seen
as the best NeoGeo emulator of the time. It has the advantage
that it will attempt to run any NeoGeo romset you place in your
Roms folder, the filenames and checksums dont necessarily need
to be exact as there are no specific game drivers as with MAME
and some of the other emus, this can make it easier to get games
to run, as not all romsets are 100% correct.
Despite the popularity of NeoRageX it has not been updated for
a long time and whilst it is still worth downloading, it has now
been surpassed by the newer emulators and does suffer from compatibility
problems with some games and also newer versions of windows
(note: an unofficial patch allowing NeoRageX to work under WinXP
can be found by searching the web). There is also a version
for MS-DOS which also has good compatibility but lacks sound and
a user interface.
appears to be a very promising emulator but is not as complete
as some of the others. It is capable of running a selection of
NeoGeo, CPS1, CPS2, and System16/18 Roms, however the project
appears to have been discontinued after the author suffered a
harddisk crash and lost the latest source code.
Emulator was created by NJ who was responsible for the super optimised
NeoGeo driver for MAME. This is a japanese emulator for the NeoGeo
CD Console and as such there is very little english info about
it, however I have translated thelatest
readme file (with some assistance from a translation site)
and found out some more info. The translation is not perfect but
I recommend you read it if you're thinking of trying this emu.
This emulator is very accurate and works almost exactly like a
real NeoGeoCD, it is very compatible and is arguably of higher
quality than NeoCD but it's lack of documentation makes it tricky
Note: The author has coded this emu so it will only run 'Real'
NeoGeo CD's (not copies) so you will need to buy official cd's
to use it.
This is definitely the most accurate 'stand-alone' NeoGeoCD emulator,
so if you have a collection of official NeoGeo CD games this is
the emulator to go for, otherwise try 'NeoCD' below, or 'Nebula'
above; (the best all round NeoGeo / NeoGeoCD Emulator).
The KickAss NeoGeo CD Emulator- MS-DOS/ Windows
is another emulator for the NeoGeoCD console, it does not run
MVS arcade Roms, only Real NeoGeo CD's directly from your CD-Rom
Drive. Its compatibility is quite high and it does emulate most
games accurately. The two different versions both have advantages
The DOS version features a good interface and documentation, but
as it's a dos based program the sound support is tricky to use,
in fact it refused to work at all on my soundcard. Note: full
sound is only available in the 'special' version 'v0.80s'. Also
the dos version does not appear to be compatible with WindowsXP.
The windows version, NeoCD(SDL) seems to be exactly the opposite,
it has good sound support and image enhancement (Scanlines/2xSai/Eagle)
but no interface and hardly any instructions to get it working.
Despite it's flaws, if you can get it to run this is a decent
'stand-alone' NeoGeo CD emulator.
Here are a few tips to get the windows version working... 1: You need to run the 'strip.exe' utility from the dos
version to modify the bios (neocd.bin) and then copy the modified
bios into the folder for the windows version. 2: Put your NeoGeo game cd into your cd-rom drive *before*
starting the emulator. 3: All the emulators controls *are* listed in the file
'neosdl.txt' which comes with the emulator, theyre just mixed
up amongst all the different version names and descriptions making
them difficult to find. 4: If the emulator quits without any explanation, it generates
a text file in its folder containing an error message.
was developed shortly after NeoRage for DOS and operated in a
very similar way, it was also one of the first emus to feature
(limited) sound support. However it was not very compatible and
was prone to crashes. NeoGem for DOS was discontinued fairly early
in its development and a Windows version was rumoured but never
UNGR Rating 7/20 - Official site unavailable. Download
appeared around the same time as NeoGem, and likewise runs in
MS-DOS. It does feature limited sound support, but It's compatibility
is very low and it requires that you convert your game roms into
a different format before running them.
UNGR Rating 5/20 -Official site unavailable. Download
Is another NeoGeo CD emulator, it has very limited features and
was only released as an experimental test. It has not been updated
UNGR Rating 4/20 - Official site unavailable. Download
was the very first NeoGeo emulator which is an achievement in
itself. It was released as a test demo and only ran one game;
Nam 1975, although it was possible to get some other games to
work by renaming the roms. NeoGekko was said to have been developed
into a fully functional product, but was never updated or released
Also, I seem to remember the authors asking that the demo be removed
from all download pages. It is still available on the web but
can be tricky to find.