Anyone who’s read the Newgrounds history knows NG started as a Neo Geo fanzine I made when I was thirteen. Neo = New and Geo = Ground; Newgrounds and Neo Geo have always been synonymous.
We’ve long tossed around the idea of a Neo Geo art contest, then @DreaminErryDay recently asked “Newgrounds Neo Geo/SNK collab when” and @ZFrame suggested it as our next animation jam theme. We’ve decided The Future is Now.
The Neo Geo Jam spans three categories: Animation, Art and Audio!
Animation Jam Rules:
- Create an original animation in the world of a Neo Geo game. Could be comedy, action, drama; the choice is yours!
- Avoid unlicensed music. We have a list of royalty free resources but ideally you could team up with a musician here on NG to create Neo Geo style music.
- You’re welcome to work in teams!
Audio Jam Rules:
- Create an original song that feels like it could belong in a Neo Geo game, or a modern tribute with heavy influences from a Neo Geo game. It would be great if your music could be used in a jam animation!
Art Jam Rules:
- Create Neo Geo fan art! Entries that warrant an A rating are unlikely to be selected as winners but you’re welcome to shoot your shot. Upload your art here (have seen a few people ask on social media).
Deadline for all Entries
August 30th, end of day PST. Tag your entry with “NeoGeoJam” to be included!
2nd - $440
3rd - $340
4th - $240
5th - $200
6th - $105
7th - $60
Best Neo Geo Style Music Prizes
1st - $100
3rd - $60
4th - $60
5th - $30
Best Neo Geo Fan Art Prizes
1st - $130
2nd - $100
3rd - $100
4th - $70
5th - $30
We’re actively raising money to increase the prize pools! If you’re down to contribute, please use the donation option on our Supporter page and PM me a heads up that you donated towards the Neo Geo Jam. Specify which category (animation, music, art) you would like to boost if you have a preference.
Bigger prizes will result in a bigger badder better turnout!
I’d like to give a BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors!
@AndytheDandy - 300
@meatcanyon - 200
@shrizumalonito - 150
@ornery - 150
@9Hammer - 125
@SrPelo - 100
@wheezlezl - 100
@Mike - 100
@Grub-Xer0 - 100
@FuShark - 50
@GoodL - 50
@53xy83457 - 50
@BombsAhoy - 50
@Tyler - 50
@DoctorGrambo - 30
@coltenseamans - 20
@GIO-NG - 20
@Vudujin - 20
@1DarkVoid - 20
@Jackho - 19.91 (Neo Geo release year)
@Wegra - 15
@Mimny - 10
@SandBagg - 10
@AntomM - 10
@cyangorilla - 10
Anon - 40
I tossed in $650, the list price of a Neo Geo on release, bringing the total to $2,674.91.
Many are familiar with Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury and King of Fighters, now a character in Smash. You may also be a fan of Metal Slug or Samurai Shodown, some of the coolest games ever made. You’re welcome to tackle these franchises but if your mind isn’t set, we’d love to see love for a wide variety of games. Here are more to consider, with links:
Top Hunter - A brawling platformer with a little of everything; melee combat, guns, extendo arms, Street Fighter style special moves, mechs and a background layer you can jump into.
Mutation Nation - Brawler set in a city under siege by bio-engineered beasts.
Robo Army - Brawler set in a world of machines.
Cyber-Lip - Pre Metal Slug, this run ‘n gun never really took off but it had a cool dystopian vibe and characters who I bet would translate really well to an original cartoon.
Blue’s Journey - This game was goofy but that might make it fun for the animated treatment.
Garou: Mark of the Wolves - The final chapter in the Fatal Fury series and a fighting fan favorite.
Windjammers - A competitive game similar to air hockey, with its own eSports circuit!
There’s a full list of Neo Geo games on Wikipedia you can explore. I’d even love to watch a toon about the gang from League Bowling.
So that’s it, pick a game and have fun! I’ve personally never been more excited to see the results of a jam.
If you’re curious to check out previous animation jams, have a look at the recent Musk Jam and Pet Jam. Clicking the movie thumbnails will play the movies in-page and you can watch them all back-to-back.