SNK's Neo29 is a
dedicated Neo-geo Japanese cabinet. I'd have to say this is one of the
last of the square style candy cabs. Most of SNK's early work has been
even more boxy than this one, if you can believe that. One thing that
really draws me to this cabinet is the bright color scheme of the
sideart and equally as nice is the control panel art. Equipped with
Seimitsu sticks as the factory default they work wonders. They are
especially nice for Neo games, which need very tight controls.
SNK got a lot of
things right on this cabinet. I can sum up the cabinet in three
words..."easy to access". If you ever need to get to the monitor, the
bezel area flips right up and is just a treat. Also they left tons of
room inside for your boards. Since a 4-slot is a fairly large PCB,
there will be no trouble fitting anything inside of here. Seriously, I
could probably fit inside of there! The placement of the power supply
is fantastic, right near the coin door area. Power On/Off, Degauss and
Test Switch all come standard on this model.
Hitachi is the
monitor of choice in the Neo29. I believe SNK made the right decision
on this monitor. It gives the games a very very sharp, scanlined
image. This is compared to the Nanao in my New Astro City, which has a
softer look to it.
The Neo29 is a great
cab, but since it's older, it's heavier. The cabinet is mostly made of
metal and not plastic like most new cabinets. Also it's a discontinued
model, so that means locating replacement parts will be far and few.
If your a owner of a Neo29 series cabinet, be very proud. It's one of
the more rare Japanese cabinets out there.