if some other company made systems, altho illegal, i wouldnt complain so much. but fuck, pirateing the games?? thats just wrong.
and SNK is not dead or gone as you may think. PLAYMORE not only owns all the IP's, (except the snk logo because it has HUGE debt attached to it) but they ARE SNK (under a new name)
as far as cheap neogeo goes...you are going to want to go with MVS carts. most mvs games dont break the 100 mark. kof2002 is allready $250 something i think.
there are three ways you can go about doing this.
1. get a neogeo home system (can be had for $150) and an arcade convertor ($250) and never spend outrageous prices on home carts again.
2. you could buy/build a supergun. the bect one you can buy is the one from www.massystems.com
which'll run you $300 to buy or about $200 to build. plus you will need a neogeo MCS board, available in many different flavors (tons of 1 slots, and all the way up to 6 slot...more infor can be found at www.hardmvs.com
) shouldnt cost more than 100 for a 1 slot or 200 for a 6.
3. you could go all the way (which can be the cheapest AND most rewarding. get a cabinet. find an arcade auction or an ebay auction near you (so you can pick it up) and just go that way if you have the room. i payed 400 for mine with 12 games and a 1 slot and 19 monitor (and i actually over payed, but i didnt know better) basically you wont have to spend more than 200 at most (for a 19) if you look hard enough.
so there you have it, the complete run down. if you have any questions drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
and yes, im from neo-geo.com. but im originally from here WAYY back when. (remember freedrives? thats how long ago)