SNK Neo Geo CDZ # 0013836 @ Cédric Walter | Monday, Dec 7, 2009 | 5 minutes read | 1027 Words | Update at Friday, Dec 29, 2023

The world of gaming is marked by constant evolution and innovation, with each era leaving behind its unique imprint. In the early 1990s, SNK introduced the Neo Geo CDZ, a gaming console that combined cutting-edge technology with the allure of luxury gaming. In this blog post, we ’ll explore the Neo Geo CDZ, its significance in gaming history, and the legacy it has left behind.

The CDZ was released in 1996 as the Japanese market replacement for SNK ’s previous efforts (the “front loader” and the “top loader”). The Neo Geo CD had met with limited success due to it being plagued by slow loading times that could vary from 30 to 60 seconds between levels, depending on the game. Although SNK ’s American home entertainment division quickly acknowledged that the system simply wasn ’t capable of competing with 3D-capable powerhouse systems of the day like Sega ’s Saturn and Sony ’s PlayStation, SNK corporate of Japan felt they could continue to maintain profitable sales in the Japanese home market by shortening the previous system ’s load-times.

The Neo Geo CDZ: Marrying Technology and Luxury

Released as an upgraded version of the Neo Geo CD, the Neo Geo CDZ aimed to take the gaming experience to new heights. It wasn ’t just a console; it was a symbol of exclusivity and an invitation to a world of high-quality gaming. With its sleek design and premium feel, the Neo Geo CDZ exuded luxury, appealing to gamers who sought the best of both worlds – top-notch gameplay and aesthetic elegance.

Technical Advancements and Performance

The Neo Geo CDZ was more than just a pretty face. It featured technical advancements that set it apart from its predecessors. With an improved loading speed and faster disc access times, the CDZ offered a smoother and more seamless gaming experience. The console ’s capabilities allowed for enhanced graphics and sound, bringing arcade-quality gameplay to the comfort of your living room.

Expanding the Game Library

One of the highlights of the Neo Geo CDZ was its ability to play both CD-based and cartridge-based games. This versatility expanded the gaming library, offering players access to a wider range of titles. Players could enjoy classic Neo Geo arcade titles as well as exclusive CD releases, creating a comprehensive gaming ecosystem within a single console.

Luxury Meets Gameplay: The Experience

Playing on the Neo Geo CDZ was an experience that combined luxury with gameplay immersion. The console ’s emphasis on quality visuals and sound ensured that players were fully immersed in the worlds of their favorite games. From intense fighting games to captivating side-scrolling adventures, the CDZ delivered a gaming encounter that felt like a true indulgence.

Collectors Dream and Nostalgic Reminiscence

For collectors and gaming enthusiasts, the Neo Geo CDZ holds a special place. Its limited availability and association with luxury gaming have made it a sought-after item for those passionate about preserving gaming history. Owning a Neo Geo CDZ is akin to holding a piece of the past, a tangible link to an era when gaming was both a technological marvel and an artistic expression.

Legacy and Influence

While the Neo Geo CDZ may not have achieved the widespread recognition of other gaming consoles of its time, its impact on gaming culture and technology is undeniable. The console ’s dedication to quality, luxury, and innovation set a precedent for the industry. It inspired a generation of gamers and developers alike, contributing to the ongoing pursuit of gaming excellence.

The Neo Geo CDZ stands as a testament to the fusion of technology, luxury, and gaming. It represents an era when consoles were more than just machines; they were symbols of aspiration and indulgence. For those who had the privilege of experiencing its gameplay and owning its sleek design, the Neo Geo CDZ remains an emblem of an unforgettable gaming journey that continues to inspire and captivate to this day.

Popular speculation suggests that SNK made several changes to the CD hardware to end up with the CDZ, most prominent is the rumor that they increased the CD-ROM drive speed from 1x to 2x. The truth of the matter is that the CDZ had a larger amount of cache. Though the CD-ROM motor in the CDZ may have been more efficient than the one in the original, it was still a 1x speed CD-ROM.

The console had a design flaw which sometimes caused it to overheat after certain periods of time, breaking the console in the process and making it hard to repair. This was a result of a lack of ventilation in the cramped housing of the smaller unit and the inability to dissipate heat generated by the newer drive, which could damage the circuit board.

CDZ availability

The CDZ was only officially sold in Japan during its production. However, its lack of a “region lock,” and the fact that it could play older CD software, made it a popular import item for enthusiasts in Europe and North America. Today they can be found sporadically on the internet, especially through auction sites such as eBay.

Technical specifications

  • Main Processor: Motorola 68000 running at 12 MHz
  • Although the 68000 CPU was designed by Motorola, there were many other clones of this CPU found in the Neo Geo hardware. The most common CPU is the TMP68HC000 manufactured by Toshiba. This is essentially a Motorola 68000 clone.
  • Co-Processor: Zilog Z80 running at 4 MHz
  • Colors On Screen: 4,096
  • Colors Available: 65,536
  • Resolution: 304 x 224
  • Max Sprites: 380
  • Max Sprite Size: 16 x 512
  • Number of Planes: 3

The system is also capable of reading Redbook standard compact disc audio. In addition to the multi-AV port all Neo Geo CD models had composite RCA A/V and S-Video out jacks on the rear of the console. The CD system ’s 58 Mbit / 7 MB of RAM was split accordingly:

  • 68000 Program Memory: 2 MB

  • Fix Layer Memory: 128 KB

  • Graphics Memory: 4 MB

  • Sound Sample Memory: 1 MB

  • Z80 Program Memory: 64 kB

  • VRAM: 512Kb (For graphics attributes)

  • SRAM: 2 KB (For high scores / general save data)

My Neo Geo CDZ bought on eBay with 21 CD games.

Related content

Neo Geo Pocket Color

Neo Geo Pocket Color

Saturday, Oct 24, 2009

I did buy these 2 color hand held Neo-Geo pocket color on ebay. When I start playing with the SNK Neo Geo back in 1991 (till 2000), I was never thinking of buying one of these Neo-geo Pocket Color. I am now trying to complete my collection of SNK Neo-geo stuff
4 minutes read
Introducing, the NEOGEO Arcade Stick Pro! A fighting stick with 20 classic SNK fighters pre-installed!

Introducing, the NEOGEO Arcade Stick Pro! A fighting stick with 20 classic SNK fighters pre-installed!

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019

The next in line for the #NEOGEO legacy comes the #NEOGEO Arcade Stick Pro. It’s an incredibly unique fighting stick in that it comes with fighting games pre-installed! It was inspired by the #NEOGEO CD’s controller design and was blown up to fighting stick size. (W 430mm×D 215mm×H 125mm) Additionally, the arcade stick can switch between two modes: Arcade Stick Mode and Console Mode.
1 minute read
Neo Geo Pocket # 0016263

Neo Geo Pocket # 0016263

Monday, Dec 7, 2009

The Neo Geo Pocket was SNK ’s first hand held video game system, released in Japan in late 1998; however, lower than expected sales resulted in its discontinuation in 1999, and was immediately succeeded by the Neo Geo Pocket Color. The system only had a retail release within the Japan and Hong Kong market.
1 minute read
All Neo Geo CD games

All Neo Geo CD games

Sunday, Oct 25, 2009

I am always trying to complete my collection, you can contact me if you are selling some Neo-Geo CD games
2 minutes read

© 1997 - 2024 Cédric Walter blog

Powered by Open Sources technologies

avatar

Cédric WalterA true selfless act always sparks another

6s A1 Acide-Hyaluronique Acma Adaptability Advocate-for-Change Ai Airplane Algorand Alice-Hlidkova-Author Alpine Alps Altruism-vs-Commercialization Antique-Scooters Antiseptic-Rinse Apache Arcade Arcade-Gaming Armattan Art Artemis Artemis-Viper Artistic-Expression Atlassian Authenticity-in-Writing Authenticity-Matters Avis Bag Bambulab Bash Bean Bennu Bernardet Bestwishes Betaflight Betruger Beware Bien-Vivre Bien-Être Bien-Être-Physique Bio Bioethics Bitcoin Blessures-Sportives Blockchain Blockchain-Consensus-Encyclopedia Blockchain-Systems Blog Book-Review Books Bots Bought Box Brand-Authenticity Brand-Integrity Brand-Protection Breaking-Barriers Business-Management Business-Milestones Business-Strategy Business-Success Business-Transformation Businessbooks Byzantine-Fault-Tolerance Calculator Calibre Calibre-Web Camera Case-Studies Cc2500 Cgm-Next Challenges Changement-De-Vie Channel-Setup Cheaper Cherry-Blossoms Chirurgie-Orthopédique Choosing-Fbl-Gyro Ci/Cd Classic-Games Classic-Scooters Classic-Vespa Climb Climbing Codefest Collectible-Scooters Collectibles Collection Collector Color Competition Consensus-Algorithms Consensus-Mechanisms Console Consommation-Responsable Consumer-Awareness Containerization Contest Control-Surfaces Controller Copy Corticostéroïdes Counterfeit-Awareness Counterfeit-Culture Counterfeit-Market Counterfeit-vs-Authentic Covid19 Creating Croissance-Personnelle Cryptocurrency Cultural-Experience Cultural-Richness Curve-Adjustments Customer-Discovery Cve-Issues Dance-Dreams Death Decentralization Decentralized Dental-Hygiene Dependency Design Development Devfest Devops Distributed-Ledger-Technology Diverse-Perspectives Diy-Dental Diy-Health Dji Docker Docker-Compose Docker-Hosting Docker-Networking Docker-Registry Docker-Security Dont-Buy Dotnet Download Downloading Dreams-and-Reality Drone Dynamic-Ip Désencombrement Développement-Personnel Développement-Spirituel Ecology Edgetx Elrs Elta Emotional-Challenges Emotional-Hurdles Empowering-Narrative Endpoints Engelberg Ensitm Entrepreneurial-Lessons Entrepreneurial-Mindset Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship-Books Essaim Essentially Ethereum Ethical-Dilemmas Evoque Execution Exercices-De-Renforcement Exercise-Form Facebook Failure-Analysis Failure-Stigma Failure-to-Success Fake Fake-Apparel Fake-Brands Fake-Goods Family Family-Building Family-Dynamics Fashion-Ethics Fashion-Fraud Fbl-Controllers Fbl-System-Compatibility Fbl-System-Features Fbl-System-Reviews Fertility-Struggles Finance-Books Finances-Personnelles Financial-Modeling Financiallanning Firearm Firmware-Customization Firmware-Issues Fissure-Horizontale Fitness-Routine Fitness-Tips Flexibilité Flight-Controller Flybarless-Advantages Flybarless-Systems Foss Fpv Frame France Freestyle Fresh-Breath Friendship-Goals Front Gallery Game-Music Gameplay-Mechanics Gamer-Community Games Gaming-Culture Gaming-Enthusiast Gaming-History Gaming-Legacy Gaming-Nostalgia Generative-Ai Genou Gestion-De-Ladouleur Gestion-Du-Temps Git Global-Impact Google Green-Tea Green-Tea-Mouthwash Growth-Hacking-Books Growth-Mindset Guide Hackathon Hackday Hackfest Health-and-Wellness Helicopter Helicopter-Community Helicopter-Gyro Helicopter-Tuning Herbal-Mouthwash Hewlettpackard Historical-Scooters Hobbies Hobby Hobbyist-Blog Holidays Holistic-Oralcare Hollidays Home-Remedy Home-Workouts Homelab Homemade-Oralcare Honda Honesty Honey Hornet How-To HowTo Https Hugo Human-Connection Hygiene-Routine Icecream Iconic-Scooters Iflight Iflightnazgulevoque Immich Indoor Industrial-Shit Industry Injections-Intra-Articulaires Injury-Prevention Innovation Innovation-Books Innovation-Journey Ios Japan-Travel Japanese-Cuisine Jar Java Jdk11 Jellyfin Joint-Health Junit Jupiter Kitchen Knee-Rehabilitation Knee-Stability Knockoff-Alert Kyoto Lacoste Lacoste-Counterfeit Lambretta Landmarks Leadership Leadership-Books Lean-Startup Learning-From-Failure Leg-Day Leg-Workouts Legal-Complexities Legit-Fashion Let's-Encrypt Libération Life-Transformations Link Linux Llm Local-Traditions M2evo Macos Magical-Adventure Magician-Lord Main Make Manurhin Manurhin-Sm75 Mapping Marathon Market-Research Marketing-Books Maven Me Medical Medical-Advancements Metakernel Miami-Entertainment Mid-Century-Scooters Migration Mindset-Shifts Minimalisme Minimum-Viable-Product Minty-Fresh Mixer-Settings Mk3 Mk4 Mobilité Model-Setup Modern-Family Modern-Motherhood Moon Moral-Encounters Motherhood-Dilemmas Motorcycle Mount Mountain Mountains Mouth-Rinse Mouthwash-Ingredients Mouthwash-Recipe Mulhouse Muscle-Activation Music Mvs Mycollection Ménisque NASA Natural-Mouthwash Nature Nazgul Neo-Geo-Aes Neogeo Network New-Bookrelease Nginx-Proxy North-Face North-Face-Replica Nostalgic-Scooters Nv14 Objectifs Old-School-Scooters Omphobby Open-Source Open-Source-Rc Opensource Opentx Openvpn Oral-Care Oral-Health Organizer Osaka Oss Overcoming-Challenges P1p P1s Parental-Rights Parenthood-Reflections Parts Passion Patella-Health Persistence Personal-Relationships Photos Physical-Therapy Physiothérapie Pivot-Strategy Pixel-Art Planet Plasma-Riche-en-Plaquettes Platform Plex Pluto Pretty-Girl-Complex Privacy Product-Market-Fit Productivity-Books Proof-of-Stake Proof-of-Work Protect-Your-Style Prusa Prusa-Research Public-Image Quadcopter Quadriceps-Strength Radio-Control Radio-Programming Radiomaster Rare-Scooters Raspberrypi Raspbian Rates-Configuration Rc Rc-Community Rc-Configuration Rc-Firmware Rc-Helicopter Rc-Helicopter-Electronics Rc-Helicopter-Enthusiasts Rc-Helicopter-Setup Rc-Helicopter-Technology Rc-Helicopter-Tips Rc-Helicopters Rc-Modeling Rc-Simulator Realdebrid Realflight Receiver Reflex-Xtr Refreshing-Breath Rehabilitation-Exercises Relations-Personnelles Relationship-Complexities Released Remote Remote-Control-Flying Reproductive-Ethics Resilience-in-Business Resilient-Women Restored-Scooters Retro-Gaming Retro-Gaming-Community Retro-Gaming-Console Retro-Scooters Reverse-Proxy Rhythms-of-Life Risk-Management Robotic Router Rx Réadaptation Rééducation Sab Sab-Raw-420 Sab-Raw-580 Sab-Raw-700 Sales-Books Santé-Articulaire Santé-Mentale Scooter-Enthusiast Scooter-Memorabilia Scooters Security-Nightmare Self-Leveling-Helicopter Server-Configuration Servo-Config Skydiving Snk Snk-Corporation Snk-Neo-Geo Soap Social-Issues Solex Space Spams Sport Ssl-Termination Ssl/Tls Startup-Books Startup-Failure Static-Code-Generator Steam Strategic-Networking Streaming Strength-Training Success-Stories Sun Support Surrogacy-Agency Surrogacy-Journey Surrogacy-Narratives Swiftui Swiss Switzerland Team Team-Building Team-Dynamics Teeth-Cleaning Temples-and-Shrines Tendermint Terrot Thérapie-Physique Tokyo Torvol Traefik Traitement-Des-Fissures Transmitter Transmitter-Firmware Travel Travel-Tips Trouver-Du-Sens Tunnel Turning-Setbacks-Into-Success Tutorial Tx Unconventional-Strategies Vacation Velosolex Vespa Viaferrata Video Video-Game-Review Vintage Vintage-Scooters Vintage-Two-Wheelers Vintage-Vespa Vintagegaming Vmo-Exercises Warez Web-Security Wind Winner Winterthur Women-Supporting-Women Wordpress Workout-Progression X1c Zurich Zyxel Zyxel-Avoid Zyxel-Not-Serious-With-Security Zyxel-Outdated Zyxel-Router-Not-Good Équilibre
Me

Cédric Walter is a French-Swiss entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer based in Zurich, Switzerland. He spent his career developing software applications for Swiss insurance companies to handle billions of dollars in premiums. He cofounded Innoveo AG and as the software architect developed the no-code platform designed to reduce the manual coding that powers many software apps. As an active participant in the European hacking community, he works on many open source projects including blockchain. Cédric is a winner of multiple hackathons. His expertise include designing back end, event-based, and blockchain systems. Cédric is also the founded Disruptr GmbH, a software development company that offers full spectrum of services for businesses of all sizes.

JAVA full-stack developer since 2000, in Blockchain since 2017, Certified Scrum Master 2012, Corda Certified Developer in 2019, Ethereum smart contract expert in the SWISS Blockchain Security working group

Hackathons

  • HackZurich 2022 – Level Up in top 25 finalist among 134 submissions
  • SBHACK21 – SwiFi winner of best Solution on Algorand, overall Winner 3rd Prize, CV Labs Fast Track Ticket
  • HackZurich 2020 Europe’s Biggest Hackathon winner in category Migros
  • SBHACK19 – LendIt winner of Swiss biggest Blockchain Hackathon. On chain insurance and ledger for agricultural land soil.
  • Member of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland and Cryptovalley association Switzerland,

PGP: DF52 ADDA C81A 08A6

Copyright information

All editorial content and graphics on our sites are protected by U.S. copyright, international treaties, and other applicable copyright laws and may not be copied without the express permission of Cedric Walter, which reserves all rights. Reuse of any of Cedric Walter editorial content and graphics for any purpose without The author ’s permission is strictly prohibited.

DO NOT copy or adapt the HTML or other code that this site creates to generate pages. It also is covered by copyright.

Reproduction without explicit permission is prohibited. All Rights Reserved. All photos remain copyright © their rightful owners. No copyright infringement is intended.

Disclaimer: The editor(s) reserve the right to edit any comments that are found to be abusive, offensive, contain profanity, serves as spam, is largely self-promotional, or displaying attempts to harbour irrelevant text links for any purpose.

Others

If you like my work or find it helpful, please consider buying me a cup of coffee ☕️. It inspires me to create and maintain more projects in the future. 🦾

It is better to attach some information or leave a message so that I can record the donation 📝 , thank you very much 🙏.

Reproduction without explicit permission is prohibited. All Rights Reserved. All photos remain copyright © their rightful owners. No copyright infringement is intended.