Initially, the AES home system was only available for rent to commercial establishments, such as hotel chains, bars and restaurants, and other venues.When customer response indicated that some gamers were willing to buy a console, SNK expanded sales and marketing into the home console market in 1991.The Neo Geo MVS was a success during the 1990s, due to the cabinet's low cost, six ROM slots and compact size.Several successful video game series were released for the platform, such as Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown, The King of Fighters and Metal Slug.Furthermore, since the AES was identical to its arcade counterpart, the MVS, arcade titles released for the home market are perfect translations.Although its high price tag kept it out of the mainstream gaming market, it outlasted the market lifespan of its more popular Nintendo and Sega rivals, and also made a unique niche market for it.
The MVS and AES hardware can execute identical machine code.
Neo Geo's graphics and sound are largely superior to other contemporary home consoles, arcades, and even computers such as the Sharp X68000.
The MVS was one of the most powerful arcade units at the time.
Owners can move EPROMs from one type to the other, and the game will still run.
The program specifics for both MVS and AES game options are contained on every game ROM, whether the cartridge is intended for home or arcade use.