My gaming life started off pre 1985 with my Grandmother’s Atari’s, Intellivision and Colecovision. She told me that I loved gaming so much that she had to buy me a NES in 1985, I was 5 years old at the time. I guess you could say it was the NES that really made me a Gamer for life, because it was at that age that I really got a good understanding of gaming. So from that point forward I wanted to be a part of everything that had to do with gaming. So while I played and loved my NES up until the SNES came out, I still played my fair share of Sega Master System, TurboGrafx 16 and the Sega Genesis.
There was one system that I saw in gaming mags at the time that had me most excited. The system was only out in Japan at the time, but I had played many of its upcoming games in the arcade. Specs wise it was the most powerful system on the market. Price wise it was the most expensive and launched at $650. That system was the Neo Geo. And on my 12th Birthday, circa 1992, I bought the Neo Geo Gold bundle which included Magician Lord and Fatal Fury. The Neo Geo was above and beyond anything I had ever seen game wise on my TV!
Unfortunately, I was unable to buy many games for the system going forward because they were upwards of $500+ at the time. (I was able to grab a few for cheap at a pawn shop once). But between my Genesis, SNES, Jaguar and soon after, the Playstation, Saturn and N64, I lost my interest in purchasing any future games. Although I never lost my interest in many of those games at the arcade.
Since the Neo Geo launched in the early 90s, many of its games have been available on other consoles, and even today are still released regularly on the Wii Virtual Console, PSN and Xbox Live.
But for us old school Neo Geo lovers out there, there is good (affordable) news going forward…
The Neo Geo X Gold is a handheld system that has a 4.3″ LCD and 20 pre installed games. You can play many of your favorite Neo Geo classics on the go, with the option for expandable memory that will allow you to download more games in the near future. Those future games will surely be more classic Neo Geo games and possibly (not confirmed) brand new games by SNK Playmore, the developer of most Neo Geo games.
It will come with a dock that looks like the OG Neo Geo. Not only will the dock charge the Neo Geo handheld, it will also allow you to play the games on your TV through an HDMI connection. Best of all, in my opinion, is that it will also include the original arcade stick controller that can be used when playing games on your TV, to give you that true classic arcade feel.
I know most Neo Geo games can be played on current gen systems, as I mentioned above, as well as roms on your computer. But its the nostalgia in me and many others who played or wanted to play the Neo Geo that makes this an exciting release coming December 6th 2012 for just $200!
Here’s a list of the 20 games bundled…..
|3 COUNT BOUT||LEAGUE BOWLING|
|ART OF FIGHTING II||MAGICIAN LORD|
|ALPHA MISSION II||METAL SLUG|
|BASEBALL STARS II||MUTATION NATION|
|CYBER LIP||NAM 1975|
|FATAL FURY SPECIAL||REAL BOUT – FATAL FURY SPECIAL|
|THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’95||SAMURAI SHODOWN II|
|KING OF THE MONSTERS||SUPER SIDEKICKS|
|LAST RESORT||WORLD HEROES PERFECT|
“Great game consoles don’t die; they’re just reborn in much more affordable and convenient packages,” said Tommo CEO Jonathan Wan. “The NEOGEO X GOLD is a love letter to one of my favorite consoles of all time, and working with SNK PLAYMORE to acquire the NEOGEO license, Tommo Inc. looks to provide gaming and entertainment enthusiasts with a classic arcade experience both at home and on the go.”
Distribution of the NEOGEO X GOLD entertainment system for European and Asian territories will be handled exclusively by BLAZE and Success Company. North American distribution of the NEOGEO X GOLD entertainment system will be handled exclusively by Tommo, Inc.