Remember in January how everyone got a little excited about the official return of the Neo Geo brand, via a new handheld system called the NEOGEO X GOLD? Yeah, well, it might be time to get a little less excited.
Because the thing costs $US200.
That's right. For a small handheld that plays a bunch of games that are 15-20 years old, you'll be paying almost as much as you would a modern system from the likes of Sony or Nintendo.
I mean, sure, it comes with a bunch of pre-installed games (see below), but $US200? They're crazy.
Confirming specs first listed earlier this year, the NEOGEO X GOLD will boast a 4.3" LCD screen, a headphone jack, an "expandable game card slot" and...that's it. There's mention (and a picture) of a compatible arcade stick and a docking station (that's shaped like an old Neo Geo console and can output to a TV), but no word on how much they cost, or whether they're bundled in for the $US200 asking price. Since the official press release fails to mention either of those seemingly vital pieces of information, I'm expecting they're pricey extras, though their inclusion in the deal is the only reasonable justification for that price.
(We've asked for confirmation on the peripherals status and will update if we hear back).
The pre-installed games on the handheld are:
3 COUNT BOUT
ART OF FIGHTING II
ALPHA MISSION II
BASEBALL STARS II
FATAL FURY SPECIAL
REAL BOUT - FATAL FURY SPECIAL
THE KING OF FIGHTERS '95
SAMURAI SHODOWN II
KING OF THE MONSTERS
WORLD HEROES PERFECT
It'll be out worldwide on December 6.