Neo Geo, as a brand, has always seemed to be about extravagant, weird ideas. First it was an arcade machine that used cartridges, then a wildly expensive home machine released in 1990, now a mini-console with its own screen and a tiny joystick for a controller.

As a novelty item, Neo Geo Mini has an undeniable coolness to it, but it’s hardly the most optimal way to experience these games.