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Beast Busters : Second Nightmare - SNK's bonkers entry into the zombie genre on the Hyper Neo Geo 64!

VGEsoterica

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This is one of "those games" for me...the one's you play once and remember forever. When I was out at the U.S. Freeskiing Open in Vail, Colorado in 2005 the hotel I was staying at had a cabinet in the game room, and I figured "why not. I'll give it a shot"...having never heard of the Hyper Neo Geo 64 before that.

One credit and I was absolutely hooked. It had everything I'd want in a game. Fast paced action, solid gameplay, some legit good gore, and unlike The House of the Dead (which I do love) the overall theme of the game took away all the campiness of the rest of the zombie shooting genre and replaced it with way more of a straight horror aesthetic.

It was made by SNK and ADK, so it's the only game out of the seven on the Hyper Neo Geo that SNK didn't make exclusively, so perhaps that's why it feels different. But to this day I maintain it's one of the arcades best hidden gems to never get a home port. I will say however getting it to run at home is a bit of a nightmare. You need to make a custom JAMMA edge adapter for it AND rewire an X/Y DB15 flight stick for controls. The OG guns were MASSIVE cabinet mounted deals. Even if you can find one in working order, dealing with it would be it's own special nightmare.

But its an absolutely awesome game that more people should check out if given the opportunity. I wish SNK would revisit the franchise outside of a weird mobile game from a few years back.
 

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So you know what it looks like if you ever see one
 
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I think my town had a lot of House of the Dead machines. I ran into a lot of SNK machines over the years. This is interesting because SEGA stole that spotlight for the longest time, especially zombies. Its super interesting to see this. I would definitely give it a try if I could.

As I look back, Time Crisis (Crisis Zone) and House of the Dead were the top shooters. I saw T2 a lot at Aladdin's Castle, but Aladdin's Castle is/was owned by Namco, so of course you had way more Namco games than anything else.

SNK machines were mostly the multi-game cabinets. I rarely saw anything except maybe a handful running on the Neo Geo hardware. This would have been cool.
 
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The big problem is I never saw any of the hyper 64 stuff, it looks awesome, but never played it, shame snk never collects any of it, though aren't we over due for another neo geo collection featuring fatal fury, art of fighting, world heroes and maybe king of fighters 94 again?
 

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I think my town had a lot of House of the Dead machines. I ran into a lot of SNK machines over the years. This is interesting because SEGA stole that spotlight for the longest time, especially zombies. Its super interesting to see this. I would definitely give it a try if I could.

As I look back, Time Crisis (Crisis Zone) and House of the Dead were the top shooters. I saw T2 a lot at Aladdin's Castle, but Aladdin's Castle is/was owned by Namco, so of course you had way more Namco games than anything else.

SNK machines were mostly the multi-game cabinets. I rarely saw anything except maybe a handful running on the Neo Geo hardware. This would have been cool.

Every arcade always had a few Big Red 4 Slots, but the Hyper barely got any floor space compared to Capcom/Sega/Namco
 

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Looks like a blast.
I played House of the Dead any time I set foot in an arcade. So I would have loved that if I ever saw it.

Wish that genre would come back. Maybe VR will refine itself into a platform for modern light gun shooters.
 

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Looks like a blast.
I played House of the Dead any time I set foot in an arcade. So I would have loved that if I ever saw it.

Wish that genre would come back. Maybe VR will refine itself into a platform for modern light gun shooters.

Right? I guess nothing could compete against the juggernaut that was The House of the Dead. 1 would have been on floors for 2 years at that point, and 2 released in the same year as Beast Busters. Games like Beast Busters : Second Nightmare (and Evil Night...another arcade light gun fav of mine) didn't stand a chance against SEGA and HotD

That's always the dream with VR. Until Dawn : Rush of Blood is a decent VR "light gun" experience if you get the chance. Not on the level of something like this but it's a good time
 

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That's the JAMMA conversion build. Took a bit to get it all sorted out but in the end I was happy with the work minus the power section since I was unable to find the correct JST housing for 5V and Ground. Sold out when I built it
 
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Lol during my nightly FB "crap I dont need to buy but look anyway" arcade hunt I found this. Not mine, but its cheap and if anyone wants it...now you know where it is :messenger_tears_of_joy: (for reference I paid $250 for mine last year so it's a fair deal working)