Excerpts From The Neo-Geo Development Manual

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Neo-Geo.com has posted a digitized development manual from SNK’s old system and Gamasutra have posted an article that highlights some of the more interesting portions of it. Here’s a section on development guidelines:

 

Another section outlines the flow of a game after you boot it up. Yet another after that provides instructions for how to handle situations related to Continue screens:

 

The full development manual is over 200 pages in length, covering everything from guidelines to technical specifications. You can find it via the articles linked to above.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.