Neo Geo CD Support Added! (System #51)

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November 15 2023, 12:01am, edited November 15 2023, 3:15am

RetroAchievements is proud to announce support for its 51st console, the Neo Geo CD!

Neo Geo CD supports the NeoCD core. In order to access this core in RALibretro, you may need to remove the
"platforms": "none"
line from NeoCD section of your cores.json to have the proper core show up. This will be turned on by default in a future release of RALibretro.
Note: The Universe BIOS (unibios) is NOT supported by the achievement sets due to its built in cheat engine. The sets are designed to disable achievements when this bios is detected.

Introduced by SNK as its second home console, the Neo Geo CD aimed to bring the allure of their popular arcade games to the home gaming experience. The console was released in late 1994 in Japan and Europe but did not reach North America until early 1996, when player preferences were already starting to shift towards 3D graphics.

The Neo Geo CD library primarily consists of ports from the cartridge-based Neo Geo AES, known for its hefty price tags for games, with some cartridges reaching up to $300. The shift to the CD-ROM format allowed games on the Neo Geo CD to sell for a much more reasonable $50. Despite this affordability, the console struggled to gain traction, selling only around 570,000 units. This was attributed to various issues, including a lackluster marketing campaign and the drawback of a 1x read CD-ROM drive, resulting in long loading times.

Fortunately, with the power of emulation, these loading times are no longer an issue, so let’s dive in and see what’s available to play!

Thanks to the following rollout team members for their efforts managing the launch: Snow, televandalist, AuburnRDM, and TheMysticalOne. The Neo Geo CD icon was made by oddgoo.

Twenty-three achievement sets are ready to be played today, including:
Crossed Swords (Neo Geo CD) Crossed Swords (Neo Geo CD)         by Snow
~Unlicensed~ Bang² Busters (Neo Geo CD) Bang² Busters (Neo Geo CD)                        Unlicensed                 by DoctorV
King of Fighters '97, The (Neo Geo CD) King of Fighters '97, The (Neo Geo CD)         by clymax
Pleasure Goal: 5 on 5 Mini Soccer | Futsal: 5 on 5 Mini Soccer (Neo Geo CD) Pleasure Goal: 5 on 5 Mini Soccer | Futsal: 5 on 5 Mini Soccer (Neo Geo CD)         by Excessiveiser
World Heroes Perfect (Neo Geo CD) World Heroes Perfect (Neo Geo CD)         by Hexadigital
Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory | Tokuten-ou 3: Eikou e no Chousen (Neo Geo CD) Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory | Tokuten-ou 3: Eikou e no Chousen (Neo Geo CD)         by Chr0x
Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory [Subset - Post '98 Champions] (Neo Geo CD) Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory (Neo Geo CD)                            Subset                        Post '98 Champions             by Chr0x
Pulstar (Neo Geo CD) Pulstar (Neo Geo CD)         by tomojin
Neo Drift Out: New Technology (Neo Geo CD) Neo Drift Out: New Technology (Neo Geo CD)         by Amir96lx & DarkyAndreas
Far East of Eden: Tengai Makyou Shinden | Far East of Eden: Kabuki Klash (Neo Geo CD) Far East of Eden: Tengai Makyou Shinden | Far East of Eden: Kabuki Klash (Neo Geo CD)         by Schengo
ADK World (Neo Geo CD) ADK World (Neo Geo CD)         by Bl4h8L4hBl4h
Savage Reign | Fu'un Mokushiroku: Kakutou Sousei (Neo Geo CD) Savage Reign | Fu'un Mokushiroku: Kakutou Sousei (Neo Geo CD)         by LordAndrew
Puzzle Bobble ~ Bust-A-Move (Neo Geo CD) Puzzle Bobble ~ Bust-A-Move (Neo Geo CD)         by MaddieKittyTV
Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy (Neo Geo CD) Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy (Neo Geo CD)         by TheJediSonic
Mutation Nation (Neo Geo CD) Mutation Nation (Neo Geo CD)         by TheMysticalOne
Mutation Nation [Subset - Multi] (Neo Geo CD) Mutation Nation (Neo Geo CD)                            Subset                        Multi             by TheMysticalOne
Double Dragon (Neo Geo CD) Double Dragon (Neo Geo CD)         by siouxerskate
Ironclad: Tesshou Rusha | Choutetsu Brikin'ger (Neo Geo CD) Ironclad: Tesshou Rusha | Choutetsu Brikin'ger (Neo Geo CD)         by ThatAmericanSlacker
~Homebrew~ Xeno Crisis (Neo Geo CD) Xeno Crisis (Neo Geo CD)                        Homebrew                 by Sutarion
Crossed Swords II (Neo Geo CD) Crossed Swords II (Neo Geo CD)         by LogicalFallacy
Twinkle Star Sprites (Neo Geo CD) Twinkle Star Sprites (Neo Geo CD)         by ladynadiad
Neo Turf Masters | Big Tournament Golf (Neo Geo CD) Neo Turf Masters | Big Tournament Golf (Neo Geo CD)         by Sines
Rally Chase | Thrash Rally (Neo Geo CD) Rally Chase | Thrash Rally (Neo Geo CD)         by BoomEX & ZamArch


... and more are on the way!

2023 Launch Pipeline
✔️ Nintendo DSi
✔️ Jaguar CD
✔️ Interton VC 4000 | ✔️ Elektor TV Games Computer | ✔️ Arcadia 2001
✔️ Uzebox
👀 NeoGeo CD ⬅️ You are here

2024 Launch Pipeline
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Writeup by Sutarion.

Joined Aug 28, 2020

November 15 2023, 12:15am

Oh yeah, I saw a video from Sega Lord X about the Neo Geo CD, and the long load times were especially bad for the later fighting games, like the aforementioned KoF '97. Earlier games, like Magician Lord and Blue's Journey, just needed to load once, then it was like playing the cartridge versions.

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November 15 2023, 12:15am

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November 15 2023, 12:25am, edited November 15 2023, 12:26am

Great job! That's a pretty cool system! I still haven't finished playing all the uzebox games that I wanted to play, I'm so far behind!

Did we skip the TI-83 system then? Whatever that was?

Then, is it still Commodore 64 the next one or is that one being skiped as well? I mean, which one is the next one? :v

Joined May 18, 2023

November 15 2023, 12:59am

Awesome! I can picture so many good multi sets with all the beat-em-ups and games like Crossed Swords.

I am a little confused though with getting it to work. I updated and have been loading some games into Retroarch with the NeoCD core but nothing seems to be recognized. Is there a specific bios that needs to be used? My only other guess is that I have them everything in .chd format instead of bin/iso but usually that isn't an issue.

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November 15 2023, 1:04am

TI-83 has some hashing issues we need to work out before we can do that one.

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Joined Jul 11, 2022

November 15 2023, 1:06am

I think you need .cue/.bin format with NeoCD. I just tried a .chd and it didn't work for me either.

Joined Nov 21, 2015

November 15 2023, 1:32am

What emulator do we use to play Neo-Geo CD games?

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Joined Jul 11, 2022

November 15 2023, 1:56am

You can use the NeoCD core in RetroArch. I don't think BizHawk supports Neo Geo CD.

Joined Feb 18, 2023

November 15 2023, 2:03am

Niiiiiiiceeee i can't wait for play kof games for NGCD

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November 15 2023, 2:18am, edited November 15 2023, 2:30am

I have a problem. I can get the BIOS to show and the games to run, but they show up as "Unknown Game" in the Achievements menu. What am I doing wrong? I am using version 1.12.0. Is my version too old? Thanks!

Edit: Nevermind. My version was too old. Booted up the achievements for Neo Drift Out right away on Retroarch 1.1.6. Thanks again!

Joined Nov 21, 2015

November 15 2023, 2:32am, edited November 15 2023, 2:35am

What core to use for RALibRetro? I prefer to use RALibRetro.

EDIT: Found out, you use FinalBurn Neo

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Joined Aug 31, 2022

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November 15 2023, 2:46am

Please note that the Universe BIOS (unibios) is NOT supported by the achievement sets due to its built in cheat engine. The sets are designed to disable achievements when this bios is detected.

Joined Mar 23, 2022

November 15 2023, 2:50am

Great job! i wanna play King of fighters

Joined Nov 21, 2015

November 15 2023, 3:11am

So what Neo Geo CD Bios do we use?
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