Back in the 90s, I would find myself playing at my local arcade after school, and the one thing I loved playing was the Arcade Machine that offered multiple NEO GEO games like King of Fighters, All Star Baseball, Metal Slug, and Samurai Showdown. I would find myself playing those games more than anything else at the arcade. NEO GEO then would go on to release the NEO GEO CD, and the more popular NEO GEO AES (Arcade Entertainment System), which used the same carts you would use in the arcade cabinets. It was a great idea and concept, except for the fact a cartridge would run you around $200-$800. The good side is that the game would usually contain both Japanese and English text.
NEO GEO would then go on to making a handheld device with the Neo GEO Pocket. Popular titles would be remade into 16-bit games and some other fun titles that included a Sonic the Hedgehog game. The NEO GEO Pocket was released in Japan, Europe and the US with about 22 games released in the US out of the 85.
It’s been 12 years since the NEO GEO Pocket’s final game release, and NEO GEO hasn’t really gone anywhere. You can find the games available on the PlayStation Network. They have announced…A New Portable system.
Looking like a smart phone that met a 360 controller, the new handheld features 4.3 inch LCD screen, 2GB of built-in memory, and an SD card slot. There are twenty pre-loaded games, all of them Neo Geo classics. No price yet and no announcement of how future titles will be released, but it looks like something nostalgic fans may love.