SNK Hops On Classic Console Bandwagon With “Neo Geo Mini”

SNK May Be Jumping On The "Classic Console" Bandwagon
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Some of you may remember Japanese video game hardware and software company SNK. Some of you may not.

They’re known for a few amazing games franchises, like Fatal Fury, The King of Fighters, Metal Slug, and Samurai Showdown. They also made the Neo Geo system that lived in the early 90s… then eventually disappeared.

That’s why everyone is having a WTF? reaction to SNK’s latest announcement for the Neo Geo mini, a handheld stand-alone video game system loaded with 40 games originally released on the Neo Geo arcade system.

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It’s all a part of their 40th anniversary celebration, and it looks awesome.

Designed to look like a tiny arcade cabinet, the Neo Geo mini features a 3.5 inch display, joystick, four face buttons, and the traditional “start” and “select” buttons we see on most game systems. It will ship in two different designs – the Japanese version looks nearly identical to the original Neo Geo arcade cabinet, while the overseas version has a sleek blue, black, and gray design that looks a little bit more contemporary.

Neo Geo mini features 40 pre-loaded games… But no final list yet.

We’re expecting to play Metal SlugThe King of Fighters ’98, and Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers. And what’s awesome about Neo Geo games is that SNK fully embraced anime; frankly no other system produced in anime-style better than Neo Geo. And in fact, I think they had the best graphics throughout all the 80s & 90s.

The entire remake takes me back to gaming at 7-11 with a Slurpie. Yes, there were arcades at 7-11. Right where the ATMs sit now.

No word yet on release dates or pricing, but we’ll let you know.

In the meantime, get down on Super Dodge Ball with me.

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