Neo Geo Battle Coliseum

STORY:  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. (FUN FACT: The name of the organization that hosts the tournament, WAREZ, is an obvious jab at the emulation community. SNK Playmore blamed software piracy as one of the contributing factors to the company's bankruptcy and eventual closing in 2001).

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.

TONS of cameos in this game... sup Ikari Warriors?

Neo Geo Battle Coliseum is a "dream match" of sorts... basically an epic fan service for longtime SNK fighting game fans. Bringing together characters from all over the SNK universe for some good old fashioned 2D fighting, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum includes fighters from a wide variety of franchises, including: The Last Blade, World Heroes, Savage Reign, Metal Slug, Samurai Shodownn, Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury, and of course, King of Fighters. A couple newcomers are also introduced, those being Ai and Yuki (whom seem to be looselye inspired by the main protagonists of Card Fighters Clash). A new SNK boss known only as "Goodman" also makes his debut.

Last Blade VS King of Fighters! Woooo!

Neo Geo Battle Coliseum's gameplay feels most similar to the King of Fighters series, overlooking the exclusion of evasive rolls. The fights are 2 VS 2 tag team style, meaning players can swap their characters on the spot, and even perform a cool-looking team up combo. Certain character combinations also have "special" team up attacks, many of which looking nothing short of badass. Most characters have all of their trademark moves, and even some brand new ones in most cases. Overall, every character in NGBC is well-represented, although a few of the sprites do look a bit "old" by today's standards. Also worth mentioning is that NGBC is more "combo friendly" than KOF, arguably making it a bit more accessible than SNK's classic franchise.


Battle Coliseum's graphics certainly aren't revolutionary, but aren't too bad for a "current-gen" 2D fighter. The backgrounds are 3D-ish... some utilizing polygons, others using pretty impressive high-res 2D graphics which allow the environments to stand out. Some may say that Battle Coliseum still looks like "old school KOF", but many of the character sprites are actually redrawn specifically for this game (from scratch), and are some of SNK's best in recent times. The sprites mesh well against the sharp backdrops, and there are even a plethora of character cameos in many of the backgrounds, offering plenty of eye candy besides the fast-paced fighting itself. The character selection artwork and victory artwork also define Battle Coliseum's visual style, and look superb all around. (On that note, please enjoy TFG's NeoGeo Battle Coliseum artwork galleries)!

Along with the frantic gameplay sound effects, the soundtrack is original and suits the game rather well. Character voices are also as good as you'd expect, and thankfully the iconic characters sound just as they should! The home version includes unlockable art, some decent options, and even a fun Color Edit Mode where you can create 2 of your own custom colors for each character (if you have any creative skill that is). NGBC is definitely a must have for any SNK fan... and if you're a fan of 2D fighters in general, you'll most likely find something (or possibly a lot) to like about the game.

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Page Updated: December 11th, 2018
Developer(s): SNK Playmore
Publisher(s): SNK Playmore / Ignition ()
Artwork by: Eisuke Ogura
Platform(s): Arcade, PlayStation 2, PSN, Xbox, XBLA
Release Date(s): July 27th, 2005          ( Arcade)
Dec. 22nd, 2005
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Nov. 24th, 2006
         ( PS2)
Dec. 11th, 2007
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June 9th, 2010
Feb. 18th, 2015         ( PSN)
Characters Yuki, Ai, Cyber Woo, Kisarah Westfield, Terry Bogard, Rock Howard, Kyo, Iori, K', Mai, Geese, Kim, Haohmaru, Genjuro Kibagami, Shiki, Asura, Nakoruru, Kaede, Moriya Minakata, Washizuka, Akari, Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia, Lee Pai Long, Mr. Big, Shermie, Hotaru Futaba, Chonrei, Chonshu, Tung Fu Ru, Hanzou, Fuuma, Mudman, Athena, Marco Rossi, Mars People, Mizuchi, Shishioh, Shin Shishioh, Neo Dio, Goodman

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Related Games: King of Fighters XI, Last Blade 2, Samurai Shodown 4, SNK VS Capcom Chaos, Card Fighters Clash, Capcom Fighting Evolution

Gameplay Engine  8.0 / 10
Story / Theme  9.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  7.5 / 10
Animation  7.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  7.0 / 10
Innovation  7.5 / 10
Art Direction  9.0 / 10
Customization  9.0 / 10
Options / Extras  8.5 / 10
Intro / Presentation  8.5 / 10
Replayability / Fun  8.0 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  7.5 / 10
Characters  9.0 / 10

 8.5 / 10

 Review based on PS2 version


Final Words:

NeoGeo Battle Coliseum is a straight-forward and impressive 2D fighter overall. The gameplay is different enough from SNK's other franchises to make it stand out in the genre, and the diversity of the roster is truly something to behold... although, there are quite a few more characters I would've loved to see in this game. On that note, a proper NGBC sequel would've been great... but sadly that didn't happen.

Also worth mentioning, I think the theme of this game (being a mock of the emulation community) is a pretty damn clever move by SNK. Even though some people "ripped off SNK" by emulating their games for all these years, for some people, it was the only way to play those games... and I'd like to think that most of them have become SNK fans at heart. That said, I'm glad SNK fighting games are much more accessible nowadays.
~TFG Webmaster


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