Though we're big fans of getting cheap games via the Humble Bundle service (and giving to charity in the process), it's easy to lose track of its zillions of sales and promotions. But Tuesday saw the service launch a particularly unique sale that we couldn't pass up: a giant bundle of classic Neo-Geo games that comes complete with a portal to immediately emulate and play them in a Web browser.
Shoppers can pay whatever they want to access eight games in this 25th anniversary sale, while paying $10 or more unlocks the bundle's current 20-game selection—including new-to-PC ports like Garou: Mark of the Wolves and Samurai Shodown V Special. Only one game, King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, requires a Windows PC and Steam to launch; the rest can be played on any Firefox or Chrome Web browser via a DotEmu emulator built into Humble's site. Humble recommends at least an i3 processor and 4GB of RAM for play via HTML5, and if you're not sure whether your rig can handle the Web browser versions—or if your favorite PC gamepads work as well in the HTML5 version as ours did (including multiplayer)—Humble's sale site includes the full version of Metal Slug 3 for anyone to try for free.
Offline versions of the remaining 19 games can also be downloaded for Windows, Mac, or Linux in a DRM-free Neo-Geo emulator wrapper; only four of those will also work on Steam. We picked through a few of the sale's downloads to find ROM files that are compatible with the popular Multi Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME), meaning classic-gaming purists with dedicated MAME boxes now have a far more legal and frugal way to load classics like The Last Blade and King of the Monsters in their home arcade cabinets.