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The NeoGeo Development Wiki

This wiki is about every technical aspects of the SNK NeoGeo hardware and software (AES, MVS, CD and CDZ).
Our aim is to provide the most detailed, accurate and up to date information for preservation, homebrew development and repairs.

What's common to every NeoGeo system: main architecture, data formats...

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Memory speed11:31, 3 June 2019
Watchdog22:16, 9 May 2019
Memory mapped registers04:38, 23 April 2019
44 pages

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

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Graphics pipeline18:03, 22 April 2019
Timer interrupt10:24, 24 March 2019
Palette rotation02:55, 8 March 2019
36 pages

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

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YM2610 registers22:03, 12 June 2019
ADPCM codecs19:11, 22 April 2019
Z8020:22, 19 February 2019
30 pages

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

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Memory speed11:31, 3 June 2019
System ROM mapping circuit00:55, 9 May 2019
Click of death00:20, 9 May 2019
42 pages

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

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Bankswitching16:12, 10 June 2019
MV400:12, 9 May 2019
MV600:12, 9 May 2019
104 pages

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

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CD drive commands01:13, 21 April 2019
CD drive00:48, 21 April 2019
PAT file18:27, 6 November 2018
46 pages

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

Last edits
YM2610 registers22:03, 12 June 2019
Watchdog22:16, 9 May 2019
Memory mapped registers04:38, 23 April 2019
60 pages

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

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L0 ROM23:50, 10 June 2019
Bankswitching16:12, 10 June 2019
NEO-E016:57, 7 June 2019
104 pages

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

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Super Sidekicks18:17, 10 June 2019
Ghostlop (prototype)14:09, 4 April 2019
Puzzle Bobble02:59, 22 January 2019
239 pages

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About this 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 ?