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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 mapped registers02:15, 20 April 2019
Timer interrupt10:24, 24 March 2019
Z8020:22, 19 February 2019
44 pages

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

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Timer interrupt10:24, 24 March 2019
Palette rotation02:55, 8 March 2019
Fix bankswitching04:39, 24 February 2019
36 pages

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

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Z8020:22, 19 February 2019
NEO-ZMC11:08, 14 January 2019
SM118:02, 10 November 2018
31 pages

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

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Repair help22:53, 31 January 2019
List of ROM chips22:34, 21 January 2019
Signals06:46, 28 December 2018
41 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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MVS board types14:16, 13 April 2019
Cartridges19:29, 11 April 2019
SLOT4F10:47, 23 March 2019
104 pages

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

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CD drive commands03:43, 20 April 2019
PAT file18:27, 6 November 2018
CDDA18:21, 13 September 2018
46 pages

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

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Memory mapped registers02:15, 20 April 2019
Palette rotation02:55, 8 March 2019
Eyecatcher19:56, 27 December 2018
61 pages

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

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Cartridges19:29, 11 April 2019
NEO-G014:05, 24 March 2019
NEO-24414:00, 24 March 2019
104 pages

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

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Ghostlop (prototype)14:09, 4 April 2019
Puzzle Bobble02:59, 22 January 2019
Fatal Fury 212:55, 22 October 2018
239 pages

Recent changes (minor edits hidden)

13 April 2019

     14:08  MVS board types‎ (diff | hist) . . (+285). . Rom1 (talk | contribs) (Board naming scheme)

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 ?