There are many ways to describe something as the best. It could be amazing because it is simply phenomenal. Perhaps it is the best because it dares to be different. NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol 2 is an unexpected collection of games, pulling from both major triumphs and some of the weirder titles for the system. I mean, we have SNK vs Capcom: Card Fighters Clash and Mega Man Battle & Fighters alongside Ganbare Neo Poke-Kun.
Oh, and there are a lot of sports games.
Anyways, this is about saluting the “best” games in this compilation. Enjoy!
The Best Stand-Out Games in NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol 2
SNK vs Capcom: Card Fighters Clash
Let’s be real for a moment: SNK vs Capcom: Card Fighters Clash is the best one of the games in NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol 2. It is a fantastic CCG. It pays tribute to incredible and memorable Capcom and SNK characters. It features a Code Mystics update that lets you trade and battle using the saves on your system, so you can get every card. It is very well-thought out and, whether you get it in this collection or buy it piecemeal for $7.99, it is well worth your time.
Biomotor Unitron is another NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol. 2 game available piecemeal or in this collection. It’s an interesting turn-RPG about mech building and battling that adds a bit more variety to SNK’s NGPC Switch ports. Now, this isn’t a Final Fantasy-level epic. Even so, it offers an insightful look back and ensures this compilation is diverse. This is the “unexpected” collection, compared to the first one filled with fighters, and including an RPG helps switch things up.
Mega Man: Battle & Fighters
While we got spin-offs like Mega Man Soccer worldwide, we didn’t Rockman Battle & Fighters worldwide. Mega Man: Battle & Fighters remedies that. There’s no English localization, but it’s fairly simple to understand. Especially since there’s an English manual people can turn to at any time while playing. This is a fighting game with characters like Mega Man, Proto Man, Bass, and an array of Robot Masters. It’s fascinating to get functional demakes of the Mega Man: The Power Battle games and be able to play them. Especially since they’re pretty fun and involve a degree of skill! It’s available in the collection or alone.
The Best Weird Games in NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol 2
Yeah, gnawing on a door would depress me too. pic.twitter.com/psg9azKdyH
— Jenni Lada (@JMariye) November 12, 2022
Ganbare Neo Poke-Kun
I’m not entirely convinced Poke-kun isn’t a cockroach. The antennae. The tendency to eat food off the floor. The gnawing on doors like a wild animal. Surviving things like devastating floods and massive head trauma.
That said, this is an interesting import addition that isn’t hurt by the lack of a translation! It takes some time and patience. You’re essentially waiting for things to happen and prompting certain stimuli to keep Poke-kun pleased and working on the minigames. Granted, it can take hours before everything is unlocked. But it is fascinating nonetheless.
Puzzle Link 2
Even though Puzzle Link is a fairly straightforward puzzle game, I feel like this NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol 2’s primary mechanic helps it settle in the “weird” section. That’s because while you’re matching colored shapes, you’re doing so with pipes. You can only place them certain ways, making you think about the connections to eliminate pieces. Plus you don’t “clear” a stage until you find a way to connect the two C blocks when they appear. It definitely gets tactical. It just approaches the matching puzzle mechanic in an unexpected way.
NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection 2 is available for the Nintendo Switch and PC.