It looks like SNK Playmore is alive and kicking. The Osaka-based game company is licensing a new portable Neo-Geo gaming system. Remember the NeoGeo? It’s gaming machine promising 24bit games during the heyday of the 16bit SNES by Nintendo. [Neogeo wiki]
Looks fugly, IMHO.
The Neogeo handheld sports a 4.3 inch LCD screen, 2GB of onboard memory, and an SD card slot. There are twenty pre-loaded games, all of them old Neo-Geo classics. The games, which can be played in English, are World Heroes, Ultimate 11, Top Player’s Golf, Sengoku, Nam-1975, Mutation Nation, Last Resort, King of Monsters, Frenzy, Cyber-Lip, Fatal Furty Special, The Art of Fighting, Super Sidekicks, League Bowling, Metal Slug, Magical Lord, Baseball Stars Professional, Samurai Shodown, The King of Fighters ’94, and Fatal Fury.
The Neogeo portable is larger than an iPhone or your typical smartphone. The back reads “SNK”, while the top has an AV Out slot, L1/L2 buttons, and R1/R2 buttons. The front reads “SNK” and “Neo-Geo”. There is a “Menu” button and a “Start” button. The face buttons are A, B, C, and D. The side of the portable has a power switch and, as previously mentioned, an SD Card slot (for saves? for games?)
There are also volume controls, a slot for headphones, and brightness buttons.
Hopefully, SNK can come out with an official word regarding this portable gaming device.