Leave it to the fine folks at Tommo and its European counterpart Blaze to take care of retro enthusiasts like me. They've been releasing classic gaming handhelds, packed with compilations of retro titles, for years now, and their latest creation is the NeoGeo X
. Officially licensed by SNK, the NeoGeo X comes loaded with 20 classics from the overpriced, misunderstood home arcade monster of the early 90s, and also has an SD card slot for further expansion. I'm sure fellow GN writer Cyril Lachel is gleefully pre-ordering one as we speak.
Tommo and Blaze have done a great job preserving Sega and now SNK's heritage, not only through software but also slick portable hardware. It's just a shame Nintendo is too tight-fisted to license some of their old games and hardware. Outside of expensive original hardware, Nintendo fans have had to rely on shaky clone consoles that usually don't work very well. Can you imagine an NES or even SNES-styled portable packed with Nintendo classics? Too good to be true. I guess we'll have to rely on the thrift stores and retro re-sellers until Nintendo puts the whole Virtual Console on the 3DS.
NEOGEO Handheld Games Console Officially Announced
Tommo Inc and BLAZE set to release Limited Edition NEOGEO Handheld for Worldwide sale Q2 2O12
The “NEOGEO X” will be released in Q2 2012 following the 20th anniversary of the ground breaking NEOGEO AES console. This Limited Edition handheld console will feature 20 officially licensed NEOGEO games including retro classics such METALSLUG, THE KING OF FIGHTERS and FATAL FURY.
Along with these 20 built in NEOGEO classic titles, the NEOGEO X will also feature, SD card expansion, a 3.5” LCD screen, A/V output, internal stereo speakers and a headphone socket.
The full game list is as follows:
1. ART OF FIGHTING
2. BASEBALL STARS
3. CYBER LIP
4. FATAL FURY
5. FATAL FURY SPECIAL
6. FOOTBALL FRENZY
7. KING OF THE MONSTERS
8. LAST RESORT
9. LEAGUE BOWLING
10. MAGICIAN LORD
11. METAL SLUG
12. MUTATION NATION
13. NAM 1975
14. SAMURAI SHODOWN
16. SUPER SIDEKICKS
17. THE KING OF FIGHTERS’94
18. THE ULTIMATE 11
19. TOP PLAYERS GOLF
20. WORLD HEROES
Jonathan Wan of Tommo commented
"I am very proud to be working with SNK PLAYMORE, as NEOGEO is a strong brand with an excellent gaming pedigree"
Jason Cooper of BLAZE commented
“The NEOGEO console has always been a personal favorite of mine and I am delighted to be involved with the development of this new handheld console. We hope to re-ignite the excitement many of us felt twenty one years ago, in a more affordable manner, to a much wider audience."
The Limited Edition NEOGEO X will be distributed by Tommo Inc in the United States and retro gaming specialists BLAZE throughout Europe, Middle East and Australia. A distributor for Japan and the Far East will be confirmed shortly.