Ever since I came back from my 6 year absence, it's all been nothing but excitement back in the world of neogeo. I have always done my best to create hype and make the neo more fun and interesting.
I showed the photos and told people many times that I came back only because we were selling EVERYTHING (our personal aes stock, neo cds, neo music cds, all our extra aes cases: original and snaplock, various collectibles, arts, and the protos).
Here is just a few samples of the posts where I mentioned we recently sold Last Odyssey and that is was going to be released soon:
Our FLASH cartridge was sold
The point is moot because we recently sold our only copy (flash memory) of Last Odyssey.
Last Odyssey sold and being released
FYI, and for the people you're speaking for who may have an interest in procuring and preserving unreleased titles, Last Odyssey has been sold to someone planning on making a release.
Unreleased Game Footage
The footage you see floating around the internet of Fun Fun Brothers, Mystic Wand, Bang Busters, Last Odyssey, are all from (NGF), from many, many years ago. Before there was a youtube, we offered NGF Promo Videos for people. This way people could see a game in action and decide if they wanted to invest. The first promo tape NGF made was in 1996, NeoGeo Collectors Tape, and the last was Zupapa, Bang Busters, Last Odyssey back in 2001. I really did my best to inform the neo fans.
7 carts to evaluate
Zupapa info page: 2001
Q: What makes this game so special?
A: .....The games they sent us to evaluate were Zupapa, Band Busters, Last Odyssey, Crossed Swords 2, Warlocks of the Fates, Zintrick, and Ghostlop. Of all those titles, the strongest were Zupapa, Zintrick, Ghostlop, and Last Odyssey (in that order). So our first recommendation was for Zupapa.
10 year buzz heard round the world!!
That's exactly what and why we did it. Pure promotion. We had many videos and games being played and shown to draw in the crowd and create a buzz (at our NGF booth at the CGE), for NeoGeoFreak/NGF-USA, that has now lasted almost 10 years!!! It was genius.
Torn label, for lost game.
The "torn" label and hand written title was how we wanted the game to look as for promotion. Something of the "lost" game found in secret cave, beneath a ton of files and old manuscripts. Like the findings of the dead sea scrolls or the unfinished portrait of George Washington.
NGF, By Design
Everything NGF has ever said and done, has all been well orchestrated and part of an overall design. Something as simple as a "torn" sticker on an unreleased game still has people talking a decade later.
I remember the first few days after the CGE, so many people were talking about the "torn label." It was all for marketing and promotion (and it was tremendously successful!!)
But not everyone acted as if they were playing the game. Some people just posed next to the screen.
It was (back in 2002) 10 years ago and people must have been excited to see the game in action for the very first time. So almost everyone at our CGE2K2 booth took photos with the Last Odyssey.
We also sold many copies of our NGF Promo video (vhs tape) to many collectors. The footage shown on youtube and on other various neo proto pages is all from our NGF Promo Video tape series.