The rumoured NeoGeo portable is real and will launch in Q2 2012. UPDATED: New picture and revised game list.
Video game accessories and retro console specialist Blaze has struck a deal with Japan’s SNK Playmore and US distributor Tommo to bring the NeoGeo X handheld console to market.
It will come with 20 licensed games built-in, such as Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters ’94. The NeoGeo X will also feature an SD card slot, a 3.5-inch LCD screen, A/V output, internal stereo speakers and a headphone socket.
MCV understands the console will be released in limited edition form and could be priced up to 500.
The news comes after rumours suggested a new NeoGeo console was in the works.
Blaze’s Jason Cooper said: The NeoGeo console has always been a personal favourite 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 21 years ago, in a more affordable manner, to a much wider audience."
Tommo’s Jonathan Wan added: I am very proud to be working with SNK Playmore, as NeoGeo is a strong brand with an excellent gaming pedigree.”
Blaze will also launch its 99.99 handheld GameGadget console on March 30th which allows users to download a variety of retro games.
The company has produced several other retro consoles such as the Blaze Sega Megadrive Streets of Rage handheld and the Atari Flashback 3 console with 60 games built-in.
Here’s the full list of NeoGeo X’s built-in games:
- Art of Fighting
- Baseball Stars
- Cyber Lip
- Fatal Fury
- Fatal Fury Special
- Football Frenzy
- King of the Monsters
- Last Resort
- League Bowling
- Magician Lord
- Metal Slug
- Mutation Nation
- Nam 1975
- Samurai Shodown
- Super Sidekicks
- The King of Fighters ‘94
- The Ultimate 11
- Top Players Golf
- World Heroes