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SNK Playmore Announces a New Neo Geo

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Posted on January 25, 2012 AT 09:24am

THE BUZZ: SNK Playmore, creators of the original Neo Geo systems, are set to release a brand new Neo Geo Pocket.

The new device has no official name at the moment but has looks similar to an iPhone. Located on the top of the device are the L1, L2, R1, and R2 buttons and an AV out jack, the bottom of the device has buttons to control volume, brightness, and a headphone jack. The system has an analogue stick with A, B, C and D buttons located on the face, squashed between them is a 4.3 inch screen. On the right hand side is an SD card slot (the system comes with 2GB of internal memory) and a power switch.

The Neo Geo will come pre-loaded with 20 classic titles:

  1. World Heroes
  2. Ultimate 11
  3. Top Player’s Golf
  4. Sengoku
  5. Nam-1975
  6. Mutation Nation
  7. Last Resort
  8. King of Monsters
  9. Frenzy
  10. Cyber Lip
  11. Fatal Fury Special
  12. Art of Fighting
  13. Super Sidekicks
  14. League Bowling
  15. Metal Slug
  16. Magician Lord
  17. Baseball Stars Professional
  18. Samurai Shodown
  19. King of Fighters ’94
  20. Fatal Fury

No release date or price point for the device have been announced.

EGM’s TAKE: This is a bolt from the blue, considering that the last Neo Geo device, the Neo Geo Pocket Color, never managed to surpass two million in sales during its lifespan, mainly due to Nintendo’s market dominance, it seems odd that they have returned for another go. It appears that this new Neo Geo isn’t designed for physical games, as far as we can tell, and is more aimed at reliving the classics, perhaps via download, due to the lack of a cart slot or any sort of Wi-Fi connectivity, though it has good internal memory as well as the SD slot. However, it’s unlikely that firms are going to start producing new games for the system any time soon. The device looks sleek, but retro, and may appeal to some, however Nintendo and Sony shouldn’t be worrying themselves over this shock announcement.

Will you buy the new device? What do you think of it? Let us know below.


Source: Famicom-Plaza

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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