SNK Neo Geo Portable leaks: Arcade goodness on the go

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neo-geo-portable.jpgGamers of a certain age may remember a console called the Neo Geo from arcade gaming specialists SNK. As uncompromising in its vision as it was expensive, it brought true arcade gaming into the home.

ROM cartridges for the Neo Geo, rather than being ports of the 90’s SNK classics that dominated coin-op arcades at the time, were actually exacting, miniaturised versions of the actual arcade machines’ boards themselves. Whilst perfection itself for die-hard arcade fans, the games cost around £150 each, which even by today’s inflated standards would be massively expensive.

Fast-forward roughly two decades, and this pocketable handheld version has leaked online.

Looking like a cross between the chrome-trimmed iPhone 4S and a PSP, the Neo Geo Keitai (or Neo Geo Portable) comes pre-installed with the following 20 games:

  • World Heroes
  • Ultimate 11
  • Top Player’s Golf
  • Sengoku
  • Nam-1975
  • Mutation Nation
  • Last Resort
  • King of Monsters
  • Frenzy
  • Cyber Lip
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • Art of Fighting
  • Super Sidekicks
  • League Bowling
  • Metal Slug
  • Magical Lord
  • Baseball Stars Professional
  • Samurai Shodown
  • King of Fighters ’94
  • Fatal Fury

With a 4.3 inch screen, analogue stick and face buttons, brightness and volume controls as well as a 3.5mm headphone socket, AV out socket, MiniUSB and an SD card slot (presumably to add more games later on), it seems a nice little homage to the console of old.

No word yet on pricing or release date (or even official confirmation of the device’s existence at this point) but we’ll pass on all these details as we get them.

Via: The Verge

Gerald Lynch