US Release AES games question

myblackamex

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I am doing research on the Neo Geo AES games released in the US cataloging UPC numbers and other related items. Since there is not a lot of information on what games were in the US at retail, I wanted to confirm using UPC numbers for earlier games that would have been sold in US retail stores such as Babbage's, Comp USA, KB toys, The Wiz, Lionel Kiddie City, Toys R Us and Electronics Boutique. What I found is some games based on the release date should have had UPC codes but do not so it makes me wonder how could they be sold in retail stores. It's believe some games were only released via mail-order shops like Die Hard and Japan Video Games thus no need for UPC because they went thru different distribution channels.

I have found some games have multiple bar codes (printed and sticker) and traced some of the information down. For example the first 11 releases had printed bar codes that started with the UPC code 0 218176 which is not register to SNK and never was. It's registered to Regency Developers Corp. out of Houston, TX. It appears then SNK printed a number then realize they had to have a registered code and filed for a separate US UPC number starting 7 24678 which shows registered to SNK Home Entertainment, Inc. and placed stickers on those titles to cover the other ones.

**UPDATE May 6th**

I have recently purchased an SNK Price Sheet for the August 2015 pricing period and once received I will update the list. It appears to be what was provided as an order sheet to stores.

117 Total AES releases

89 US/North American Releases of which there are 21 Dog Tag Games. (5 exclusive Dog Tag)

***Dog Tag Exclusive (5)***

2020 Super Baseball - Printed on insert 7 24678 24585 2
Alpha Mission 2 - Printed on insert 7 24678 24580 7
Burning Fight - Printed on insert 7 24678 24579 1
Eightman - Printed on insert 7 24678 24586 9
King of Monsters - Printed on insert 7 24678 24575 3

***Dog Tag with alternate EURO inserts and manuals(16)***

Art of Fighting - Printed on insert 7 24678 24601 9
Baseball Stars 2 - Printed on insert 7 24678 24594 4
Fatal Fury - Printed on insert 7 24678 24590 6
Fatal Fury 2 - Printed on insert 7 24678 24603 3
Football Frenzy - Printed on insert 7 24678 24589 0
Ghost Pilots - Printed on insert 7 24678 24581 4
King of Monsters 2 - Printed on insert 7 24678 24598 2
Last Resort - Printed on insert 7 24678 24591 1
League Bowling - Printed on insert 7 24678 24576 0
Mutation Nation - Printed on insert 7 24678 24588 3
Ninja Commando - Printed on insert 7 24678 24995 1
Robo Army - Printed on insert 7 24678 24585 2
Samurai Shodown II - Printed on insert 7 25678 24701 6
Soccer Brawl - Printed on insert 7 24678 24592 0
World Heroes 2 - Printed on insert 7 24678 24606 4
World Heroes 2 Jet - Sticker on insert 7 24678 2417 2

***US Standard Releases (68)***

3 Count Bout - NONE
Aero Fighters 2 - NONE
Aggressors of Dark Kombat - Printed on insert 7 24678 24713 9
Andro Dunos - NONE
Art of Fighting 2 - NONE
Art of Fighting 3 - NONE
Baseball Stars Professional - (multiple bar codes) US is sticker 7 24678 24570 8 Printed on insert 0 21876 00201 1
Blue's Journey - (multiple bar codes) US is sticker 7 24678 24578 4 Printed on insert 0 21876 00211 0
Crossed Swords - Printed on insert 7 24678 24586 9
Cyber-lip - (multiple bar codes) US is sticker (need to locate) Printed on insert 0 21876 00206 6
Fatal Fury Special - Printed on insert 7 24678 24611 8
Fatal Fury 3 - Stick on insert 7 24678 24784 7
Galaxy Fight - Printed on insert 7 24678 24722 1
Karnov's Revenge
King of Fighters, The '94 - NONE
King of Fighters, The '95 - Sticker on insert 7 24678 24726 9
King of Fighters, The '96
King of Fighters, The '97
King of Fighters, The '98
King of Fighters, The '99
King of Fighters, The 2001 - NONE
King of Fighters, The 2002 - NONE
King of Fighters, The 2003 - NONE
Last Blade
Last Blade 2
Magician Lord - (multiple bar codes) US is sticker 7 24678 24567 Printed on insert 0 21876 00203 5
Mark of the Wolves
Matrimelee - NONE
Metal Slug
Metal Slug 2
Metal Slug X
Metal Slug 3 - NONE
Metal Slug 4 - NONE
Metal Slug 5 - NONE
NAM-1975 - (multiple bar codes) US is sticker 7 24678 24569 2 Printed on insert 0 21876 00200 6
Neo Turfmasters
Ninja Combat - (multiple bar codes) US is sticker 7 24678 24572 2 Printed on insert 0 21876 00205 9
Ninja Master's
Rage of the Dragons - NONE
Real Bout Fatal Fury
Real Bout Fatal Fury Special
Real Bout Fatal Fury 2
Riding Hero - (multiple bar codes) US is sticker 7 24678 24568 5 Printed on insert 0 21876 00204 2
Samurai Shodown - Printed on insert 7 24678 24605 7
Samurai Shodown III
Samurai Shodown IV - NONE
Samurai Shodown V - NONE
Samurai Shodown V Special
Savage Reign - Sticker on case 7 24678 24720 7
Sengoku - (multiple bar codes) US is sticker 7 24678 24582 3 Printed on insert 0 21876 00214 1
Sengoku 2
Sengoku 3
Spin Master - NONE
Stakes Winner - NONE
Street Hoop
Super Sidekicks - NONE
Super Sidekicks 2 -
Super Sidekicks 3 - 7 24678 24721 4
SVC Chaos - NONE
The Super Spy (multiple bar codes) US is sticker 7 24678 24574 6 Printed on insert 0 21876 00207 3
Thrash Rally (This has printed code T 4964808 100408) not sure if this was released in US as this would not have met US bar code standards. This is a Japanese bar code
Top Hunter - NONE
Top Players Golf - (multiple bar codes) US is sticker (need to locate) Printed on insert 0 21876 00202 8
View Point - Printed on insert 7 24678 24596 8
Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer
Windjammers - NONE
World Heroes - NONE
World Heroes Perfect

**Information for non US releases**

There are 88 European Releases; which includes the 68 standard releases listed about (6 have alternate names), 16 Euro alternates to the dog tags that were not exclusives and 4 European Exclusive Releases not released in the US (although they were released in Japan)

- Double Dragon - NONE
- Kizuna Encounter - NONE
- Puzzled - Printed on the insert 0 21876 00208 0
- Ultimate 11 - NONE

There are also an 24 Japanese Exclusive Releases

Ashita no Joe Densetsu
Blazing Star
Breakers
Chibi Marukochan Deluxe Quiz
King of Fighters 2000 - controversial and your personal decision in what group to place :)
Magical Drop 2
Magical Drop III
Mahjong Bakatonosama Manyuki
Mahjong Kyoretsuden
Minnasano Okagesamadesu
Neo Geo Cup '98: The Road to the Victory
Overtop
Pulstar
Quiz Daisousa Sen
Quiz King of Fighters
Quiz Meitantei Neo & Geo: Quiz Daisousa Sen Part 2
Shinoken
Shock Troopers 2nd Squad
Shogi no Tatsujin
Sonic Wings 3
Stakes Winner 2
Tengai Makyo Shinden
Twinkle Star Sprites
Waku Waku 7

Thanks again

P.S. if there is nothing next to the title it means I am still researching. If you have the game and would like to pass along it will be much appreciated.
 
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Why not post your findings, we can try to help you further, if we can. It's easier to see it all out in front, then just a few brief statements on a post. Thanks.
 

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Kizuna, Ultimate 11, and Double Dragon were all released in Japan, they aren't "European exclusives".
 

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Why not post your findings, we can try to help you further, if we can. It's easier to see it all out in front, then just a few brief statements on a post. Thanks.

Thank you, I posted some findings. I have a few more to gather and seeing what was possibly in Babbages SKU system back then.
 

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The original and best. Thanks John and Billy! :)

No doubt the best list going however, it does not clearly separate EURO releases from US releases. They are kind of lumped together as English. I think I have a grasp on what was released where just wanted to check off with the community to be 100%. Thanks for the replies.......... oh and wyo_vr4 shout out to the Bay Area :)
 

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No doubt the best list going however, it does not clearly separate EURO releases from US releases. They are kind of lumped together as English. I think I have a grasp on what was released where just wanted to check off with the community to be 100%. Thanks for the replies.......... oh and wyo_vr4 shout out to the Bay Area :)

I have no idea about barcode differences but your list otherwise appears accurate :) although i believe puzzled may have been euro only
 

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I have no idea about barcode differences but your list otherwise appears accurate :) although i believe puzzled may have been euro only

I read a few years back that Puzzled was Euro only some place but wasn't sure. I will look deeper into it
 

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I have no idea about barcode differences but your list otherwise appears accurate :) although i believe puzzled may have been euro only

I would be surprised if you couldn't have called up SNK USA to get this.
 

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There is also an 24 Japanese Exclusive Releases

Let's have them listed here, too...

Mahjong Kyoretsuden
Minnasano Okagesamadesu
Ashita no Joe Densetsu
Quiz Daisousa Sen
Mahjong Bakatonosama Manyuki
Quiz Meitantei Neo & Geo: Quiz Daisousa Sen Part 2
Sonic Wings 3
Tengai Makyo Shinden
Pulstar
Quiz King of Fighters
Chibi Marukochan Deluxe Quiz
Shogi no Tatsujin
Shinoken
Magical Drop 2
Twinkle Star Sprites
Stakes Winner 2
Waku Waku 7
Breakers
Overtop
Magical Drop III
Shock Troopers 2nd Squad
Blazing Star
Neo Geo Cup '98: The Road to the Victory
King of Fighters 2000 (controversial ;)
 

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I would be surprised if you couldn't have called up SNK USA to get this.

No.
And without question.
SNK was very low key with regards to this game because of the lawsuits flying between Bullet Proof Software, Atari, & Nintendo. Tetris caused a complete mess, and Puzzled was way too similar to it. You could order Joy Joy Kid from dozens of mail order houses, but Puzzled was nowhere to be found.
In fact, I never even knew it existed until the mid 90's.
 

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No.
And without question.
SNK was very low key with regards to this game because of the lawsuits flying between Bullet Proof Software, Atari, & Nintendo. Tetris caused a complete mess, and Puzzled was way too similar to it. You could order Joy Joy Kid from dozens of mail order houses, but Puzzled was nowhere to be found.
In fact, I never even knew it existed until the mid 90's.


Awesome! Thank you for this information. I updated the list.
 
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