The original NEOGEO system made its debut in 1990 and quickly became an arcade staple. Now, SNK is celebrating their 40th anniversary through the release of the NEOGEO mini, a video game console that appropriately comes geared up with 40 nostalgic pre-loaded titles.
Sporting an adorably quaint 3.5-inch display, this new rendition will contain classics that can be experienced with no need of being connected to a television or monitor. The tiny, ergonomic frame allows the console to be held comfortably in the palm of one's hand, standing at 162 mm tall, 135 mm wide, 108 mm deep, and at a weight of 600g.
The console is set to be available in two different designs that correspond to the eastern and western markets uniquely. The Japanese version contains a white, red, and black design that faithfully reproduces the aesthetic of the original NEOGEO arcade cabinet that was initially introduced domestically. The alternate version, being available in North America, South America, Europe, and other regions, contains a simplistically modern design with hues of white, black, and blue. Packaged accessories are to include a power supply cable (sans an AC adaptor), and the frame will be sporting a joystick, A-D buttons, an HDMI terminal, headphone terminal, and two individual external controller terminals in case you want to re-experience the game line-up on a larger screen.
It is currently entirely speculative as to which 40 games SNK will be including, but some additions have been featured in the console's promotional shots. So far, these have revealed that Metal Slug, The King of Fighters, and Real Bout Fatal Fury are likely to be included.
Various important tidbits of information including price, release date, and a confirmed game line-up have not been provided just yet, but hopefully, we'll hear more details from SNK soon. Their official founding date is July 22, so it's a worthy guess that availability will be announced sometime before then.