What was so good about the Neo-Geo? I've never used one (never even seen one in real life), but I've tried one via emulator, and the few games I've tried were very good (some of the Metal Slug games, a Mr Do! game, and some 2D shooters) but that was a long time back so I can't remember much about them, other than them being enjoyable and graphically/audibly very good.
So I thought I'd ask why the Neo-Geo is so popular (as it seems to be) amongst it's fans. I'm certainly not trolling, I'm just curious, and I'm making a similar post to this in a couple of other forums about consoles I've never used (the Sega Saturn, and Atari Jaguar), and if someone asks, I'll make similar threads about the consoles I do know about (such as the N64, XBox 1, and Gamecube). The Neo-Geo name seems to be synonymous with quality in the eyes of it's fans, and yet I don't even know if it was released officially in the UK (when was the machine first released, wasn't it in the late eighties?). How many consoles were sold, and why did it not become more prominent in the console wars (was it down to the cost, which I undestand was huge, something like $150-$200 per game?), what was it's strengths and weaknesses, what genres was it good/bad in, and what was the machine's strengths and weaknesses.
I know I could google for the answers, but I thought it would be more interesting to get a discussion going, especially if it results in my looking for another machine to add to my collection.