Post by starscream on Sept 18, 2015 9:32:07 GMT -5
You can speed things up under emulation of course, though it may depend on the program that's used. Other emulators with CD-support that haven't been mentioned yet are Nebula and XE, though I think both are dead and the latter not easy to use for NeoGeo.
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2015 9:36:05 GMT -5 by starscream
I think it's definitely worth checking out as the CD versions often have really good CD soundtracks along with extra features. In Last Blade 1 as example, most of the sprite is a palette swap but you can actually play as the brother that Sanada Kojiro is avenging and secretly disguised as in Last Blade 2. Metal Slug as the combat school game mode, etc.
Also check out Neo Geo CD Special. It's a collection of horribly early and bad demos of upcoming Neo CD games and the interface is built around an early 90s CG talking Athena Asamiya.
If you've played SNK ports on the PSX and Saturn, those are actually ported from the Neo CD releases of the games if you want an example of the inferior voice sample quality (done to cut down on load times). Also to save on loading, on some of the Neo CD versions of the fighting games the character sprites will be SLIGHTLY smaller (like 95%) and some voice samples will be missing completely.
As far as the soundtracks go, it can't be said definitely which is better or not. To me some like King of Fighters '99 and Pulstar lose the impact and what is clearly an intended rawness of the original chiptunes. Others like KoF '94/'95/'96, Fatal Fury 3, and Art of Fighting 3 have legit excellent music in them. It's worth listening to them all to decide.
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2015 15:25:03 GMT -5 by Neo Rasa