SNK plans to release an officially licensed portable device that includes twenty Neo Geo games.
According to Famicom Plaza, this system, which has a temporary name of “Neo Geo Portable Device” will have a 4.3 inch screen, two gigs of internal storage, and twenty Neo Geo games built-in. It measures 170 x 72 x 15mm, which is slightly larger than an iPhone.
Read more to see the game list, device screenshots, a classic Neo Geo Pocket Colour commercial and more information.
Update! 31/01/12: There is a site which claims to be the official site for the new Neo Geo. The new handheld is apparently called the Neo Geo X. There isn’t much on the site however you can register your interest in the Neo Geo X. I havent tried it out seeing as it might be a fake site.
Controls include four face buttons, a d-pad, four shoulder buttons, a menu button, a start button, and buttons for volume and brightness. Ports include headphones, AV and an SD card slot.
No pricing or release date has been announced so far.
The games included are the North American version with English text:
(Is the Japanese name)
- WORLD HEROES
（ワールドヒーローズ） (World Heroes)
- ULTIMETE 11
（得点王 炎のリベロ）(Libero of flames scorer)
- TOP PLAYER’S GOLF
（トッププレイヤーズゴルフ）(Top Player’s Golf)
（戦国伝承）(Narrated by Samurai)
- MUTATION NATION
- LAST RESORT
- KING OF MONSTERS
（キングオブモンスターズ）(King of Monsters)
- CYBER LIP
- FATAL FURY SPECIAL
（餓狼伝説スペシャル）(Fatal Fury Special)
- ART OF FIGHTING
（龍虎の拳）(Art of Fighting)
- SUPER SIDEKICKS
- LEAGUE BOWLING
- METAL SLUG
- MAGICAL LORD
- BASEBALL STARS PROFESSIONAL
（ベースボールスターズプロフェッショナル）(Baseball Stars Professional)
- SAMURAI SHODOWN
- KING OF FIGHTERS ’94
（ザキングオブファイターズ’94）(The King of Fighters ’94)
- FATAL FURY
Below is a closer look at the “Neo Geo Portable Device”.
The back of the body contains the official SNK logo. The upper portion has four buttons L1/L2/R1/R2 also it AV OUT and USB slot.
The bottom contains volume (“VOL”) buttons on the left and brightness (picture of a sun) adjust on the right. There also a headphone jack (picture of headphone) on the bottom also.
The front contains four action buttons: “A”, “B”,”C”, “D”, similar to the previous Neo Geo Pocket but with two extra buttons. It also has a “MENU”/”SELECT” button and “START” button.
The side contains a “SD CARD” slot and power button. It is likely the SD card slot will be used for saves and storing more games when they come available in the future.
SNK Neo Geo Pocket Colour commercial.
“The graphics will blow you away!” You sure about that?
Overall the “Neo Geo Portable Device” looks like the old Neo Geo Pocket and the old style Playstation Portable. It is good that it contains twenty games and with the possibility to download more in the future means there should be plenty to play and do. It also good for people who never had to chance to play some of the classic Neo Geo such as Metal Slug (emulators don’t count).
These type of devices are very popular in Asia where there’s basically hundreds to choose from. However most are blatant copies of more expensive portable electronic devices.
I will update this post if I find out more about the new “Neo Geo Portable Device”.