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NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol 1 Gameplay

NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol 1 Gameplay

Written by Eric Hauter on 10/14/2021 for PC  
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The Neo Geo Pocket Color may have been rare in the day-to-day lives of many games, but that doesn't mean that the system didn't have it's fans. At the time it was released in 1998, the Neo Geo Pocket Color was was hugely powerful when compared with the Gameboy Color - which was it's primary competition in the handheld market. With a 40-hour battery life, a decent library of arcade classics, and an introductory price of $69.99, Neo Geo Pocket Color was nothing to scoff at. 

Perhaps that's why Games N Moorer's Joseph Moorer is such a fan. At a GDEX panel a few weeks back, Joseph kept shouting "Neo Geo!" into a room of gamers, attempting to persuade them that it was the greatest console every released (we eventually pivoted to Dreamcast, which we enthusiastically took almost to the last round of the bracket). So when a few days later I saw that the Neo Geo Pocket Color Selection Volume 1 was releasing on Steam, I knew that Joseph would have a good time streaming it. 

NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol.1 boasts a pretty stellar lineup of games for a system that only achieved a 2% market share at it's height:

- SNK GALS' FIGHTERS
- SAMURAI SHODOWN! 2
- KING OF FIGHTERS R-2
- THE LAST BLADE: Beyond the Destiny
- FATAL FURY FIRST CONTACT
- METAL SLUG 1ST MISSION
- METAL SLUG 2ND MISSION
- DARK ARMS: Beast Buster 1999
- CRUSH ROLLER
- BIG TOURNAMENT GOLF

The title also includes 3D models of the game cartridges, which is pretty neat. Players can toggle between standard and monochrome modes, so you can get as nostalgic as you can stomach. You can also throw a filter over the gameplay to emulate what the games actually looked like on the original screen, which is neat for about seven seconds.

As usual, Joseph runs through all of the game's features, demonstrating how you can check out the games' cartridges and boxes before jumping right into King of Fighters. Joe shows off all of the skins you can use - to keep the games from floating in the middle of a giant black screen - finally deciding to blow up the game to full screen. 

Over the next hour, Joseph hops in and out of the various games in the collection, spending time on a variety of entries, including the golf game. For the most part though, he seems to really enjoy the fighting games. It's a great stream, and a good way to see what all this collection offers - presented by a fan.

NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol. 1 Steam Edition is now available on Steam for $39.99.

Follow us on Twitter for announcements about when Games N Moorer is going live at @GamingNexus and @GamesNMoorer. Joseph streams on Facebook at http://facebook.com/gamesnmoorer/ and on Twitch at https://twitch.tv/gamesnmoorer .

* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company.


About Author

Howdy.  My name is Eric Hauter, and I am a dad with a ton of kids.  During my non-existent spare time, I like to play a wide variety of games, including JRPGs, strategy and action games (with the occasional trip into the black hole of MMOs). I am intrigued by the prospect of cloud gaming, and am often found poking around the cloud various platforms looking for fun and interesting stories.  I was an early adopter of PSVR (I had one delivered on release day), and I’ve enjoyed trying out the variety of games that have released since day one. I've since added an Oculus Quest 2 to my headset collection.  I’m intrigued by the possibilities presented by VR multi-player, and I try almost every multi-player game that gets released.

My first system was a Commodore 64, and I’ve owned countless systems since then.  I was a manager at a toy store for the release of PS1, PS2, N64 and Dreamcast, so my nostalgia that era of gaming runs pretty deep.  Currently, I play on Stadia, PS5, PS4, PSVR, Quest 2, Switch, Luna, GeForce Now, and a super sweet gaming PC built by Joh Yan.  While I lean towards Sony products, I don’t have any brand loyalty, and am perfectly willing to play game on other systems.

When I’m not playing games or wrangling my gaggle of children, I enjoy watching horror movies and doing all the other geeky activities one might expect.

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