SNK celebrated its 40th anniversary by recently announcing the Neo Geo Mini, and it’s probably the best-looking mini consoles we’ve seen yet.
The Neo Geo Mini looks like a shrunken version of the Neo Geo MVS cabinet, complete with one tiny set of buttons and an equally tiny joystick. In addition to these controls, the miniaturized cabinet also features 3.5-inch LCD display, meaning you can actually play games on the cabinet itself.
If you do want to connect it to a monitor, the Neo Geo Mini provides an HDMI port, a headphone jack, and two controller ports for local multiplayer gameplay. The Japanese Neo Geo Mini looks like an almost near-identical replica to the original Japanese version of the Neo Geo Multi Video System, while the controls of the International version seem to resemble the Neo Geo Advanced Entertainment System. Differences beyond that, if any, are still unclear.
The Neo Geo Mini will come packed with 40 classic Neo Geo titles, though no specifics were announced. However, title cards on both the Japanese and International versions of the cabinets show Metal Slug, Metal Slug 2, Real Bout and Real Bout 2: The Newcomers, The King of Fighters ‘97 and ‘98, Samurai Shodown II, and Samurai Shodown V Special, which marks the first time that SNK has directly ported the latter onto a platform other than the original Neo Geo. (Code Mystics handled the previous PlayStation 4 and PS Vita port.)
The NEOGEO mini, a video game console celebrating the 40th Anniversary of SNK’s brand is announced!
40 legendary NEOGEO titles will be included! #SNK #SNK40th #NEOGEOhttps://t.co/Gttcvw4vZB pic.twitter.com/Hqr5XLrtB8
— SNK GLOBAL (@SNKPofficial) May 10, 2018
SNK hasn’t revealed a release date for the Neo Geo Mini yet, so we’re still waiting to find out about that as well as pricing.
SNK is only the latest publisher to cash in on nostalgia by releasing mini versions of classic consoles. Obviously, Nintendo has released both the NES Classic Mini and the Super NES Classic Mini, and Sega also recently announced its own mini-Genesis/Mega Drive. However, we have to give it to SNK, at least in terms of aesthetics here: that mini-cab is a beaut.