In parallel to working on a limited release run of the STARFORCE PI, I decided to explore the possibility of building a Neo Geo MVS into the smallest and lightest form factor possible. This was to compare actual Neo Geo games on original hardware with the more budget friendly emulated experience of the SFP. After roughly 4 months of working, tinkering, cutting, thinking and cursing I finished a fully functional mini Neo Geo MVS system: The STARFORCE NEO All-in-One System.
Built inside a converted 1982 Minitel 1 case, the system features an original SNK MV-1B motherboard which means the games aren’t emulated, authentic Seimitsu buttons and joystick for single player action, two additional Neo Geo compatible controller input ports at the back and all of the same features as SNK’s classic Neo Geo arcade cabinets.
The internal monitor is a crisp 8″ LCD screen with 4:3 aspect ratio behind a glossy protective window. The system pumps its SCART signal via a scanline generator and shoots 480p resolution sprites onto the internal display. Additionally, an HDMI-out port is hidden on the bottom for external head-to-head arcade combat on the big screen!
Inside the matte two-tone Stormtrooper exterior lies a 1.2Watt dual stereo speaker system by Logitech, delivering an impressive deep sound, with the option to connect external audio capture devices or headphones through the 3.5mm audio jack.
Neo Geo MVS cartridges simply slot in the back, and by placing the power input port & player 2 controller input port to the sides, games can be changed without having to unplug the system.
The STARFORCE NEO All-in-One system comes with an original Neo Geo Gamepad for two-player action and the SFNeo MVS MultiCart in AES shell, which features 97 classic original Neo Geo titles. The entire build cost around €600, using original and premium components, with a further €150 euro for the extra controller and multicart.
It turned out quite spectacular, but it was a hell of a job to get right, and pretty expensive. I had to sell about half of my completed Neo Geo Pocket Color collection to finance it, but ultimately, it was totally worth it.
Marcel J. de Haan
SFP Development Team
- Authentic SNK Neo Geo MV-1B hardware
- Neo Geo MVS Cartridge Compatible
- 2x Neo Geo Controller Inputs (Player 1 & 2)
- Integrated SEIMITSU Joystick & 6 buttons (Player 1)
- Integrated 8” 480p LCD Screen (4:3) + HDMI Output
- SmallCab SuperGun SCART-to-HDMI
- SGL3000 Scanline Generator
- Logitech Z120 Internal 1.2Watt Stereo Speakers
- 3.5mm Headphone Stereo Jack
- BeQuiet! Silent PSU SFW Power 2 400W
- Vintage 1982 Minitel 1 Converted Case
- Dimensions: 23 x 25 x 26 cm, Weight: 10kg (22lbs, without cart)