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Welcome to the NeoGeo Development Wiki

This wiki is about every technical aspect of the SNK NeoGeo hardware and software (AES, MVS, CD and CDZ).

Its aim is to provide the most detailed, accurate and up to date information to help homebrew development and repairs.
The wiki has 443 pages. Contributors list. Hosting provided by ElBarto.
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Recent changes (minor edits hidden)

26 November 2015

N    00:07  Nam1975‎ (diff | hist) . . (+22). . Freem (Talk | contribs) (another ROM short name -> game page redirect. probably going to be doing more of these; sorry for cluttering up the recent changes, as there's no way to mark these as minor)

25 November 2015

N    23:25  Viewpoin‎ (diff | hist) . . (+23). . Freem (Talk | contribs) (it's only off by one letter anyways.)
N    23:24  Neo no Panepon‎ (diff | hist) . . (+196). . Freem (Talk | contribs) (Created page with "Screenshot of gameplay Neo no Panepon is a homebrew puzzle game made by User:Blastar. It is the prequel to Neo Puzzle League...")

24 November 2015

N    00:56  Category:Sound Tools‎ (diff | hist) . . (+74). . Freem (Talk | contribs) (create sound tools category)


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What's common to every NeoGeo systems: main architecture, data formats, BIOS functions...

Last edits:
Alpha68k00:12, 29 October 2015
68k memory map10:36, 28 October 2015
SNK Patents10:35, 28 October 2015

Pages in category: 32

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How graphics are handled and displayed, from bitplanes and colors to the video output.

Last edits:
VRAM20:59, 10 November 2015
Software rendering06:36, 28 October 2015
Sprites19:24, 31 January 2015

Pages in category: 20

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Everything related to music and sound effects: The Z80 subsystem, synthesized and sampled sound, CDDA playback...

Last edits:
CDDA23:12, 21 November 2015
68k/Z80 communication10:36, 28 October 2015
Boot music07:09, 28 October 2015

Pages in category: 17

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Troubleshooting dead or glitchy MVS boards, CD laser assemblies, cartridges...

Last edits:
Error screens10:24, 23 November 2015
System ROM error01:15, 28 October 2015
Graphic glitches07:54, 1 March 2014

Pages in category: 9

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Particularities of the AES and MVS systems: ROM types, memory cards, cab I/O, data security... Also cartridge boards information.

Last edits:
Trackball10:26, 23 November 2015
MV1B10:25, 23 November 2015
MVS cartridge pinout10:25, 23 November 2015

Pages in category: 59

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NeoGeo CD and CDZ specificities: Differences and limitations, new memory functions, CDDA...

Last edits:
SYS file00:08, 23 November 2015
CDDA23:12, 21 November 2015
Loading time12:48, 2 November 2015

Pages in category: 37

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Code snippets, register definitions, guides on how to display stuff, use BIOS functions, play music and sounds, read user input...

Last edits:
Hello world tutorial10:23, 23 November 2015
Development tools00:11, 22 November 2015
Reading CDDA sound levels07:40, 28 October 2015

Pages in category: 46

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What makes everything work (or not), physically. Schematics, chip pinouts and functions, troubleshooting hardware issues...

Last edits:
Signal names10:25, 23 November 2015
NEO-G010:23, 23 November 2015
MVS hardware10:22, 23 November 2015

Pages in category: 98

Remarquable games for some of their technical aspects: special effects, unusual hardware use, hidden features...

Last edits:
Neo no Panepon23:24, 25 November 2015
The Irritating Maze10:25, 23 November 2015
Twinkle Star Sprites12:15, 18 August 2015
Pages in category: 229

How to edit, guidelines, available templates, suggestions: The wiki


  • See wanted pages, old pages, short pages, and Todo/Mysteries.
  • Publish asm highlighter for ConTEXT
  • Make subcategories, move/merge "BIOS calls"
  • More schematics, chip details/pinouts
  • Troubleshooting tips
  • Make a downloadable offline capture every few months ?