Neo Geo X Is Officially Coming To North America!

If you’re reading this chances are you’re a hardcore gamer.  There’s also a very big chance you love the retro scene.  As our YouTube channel will prove, there are a lot of you out there who are genuinely interested in the classics.  Now you have something else to look forward to, the official launch of the Neo Geo X.

The Neo Geo X will be distributed by Tommo Inc. in the United States, and by BLAZE throughout Europe, the Middle East and Australia.  The official release date has yet to be set, but we know it’s coming during Q2 2012, just in time for the Neo Geo’s 20th anniversary.

The new portable features a 3.5” LCD screen, has an SD expansion slot, A/V output, internal stereo speakers and a headphone socket.  It also comes preloaded with 20 classic Neo Geo games.

1. ART OF FIGHTING

2. BASEBALL STARS

3. CYBER LIP

4. FATAL FURY

5. FATAL FURY SPECIAL

6. FOOTBALL FRENZY

7. KING OF THE MONSTERS

8. LAST RESORT

9. LEAGUE BOWLING

10. MAGICIAN LORD

11. METAL SLUG

12. MUTATION NATION

13. NAM 1975

14. SAMURAI SHODOWN

15. SENGOKU

16. SUPER SIDEKICKS

17. THE KING OF FIGHTERS’94

18. THE ULTIMATE 11

19. TOP PLAYERS GOLF

20. WORLD HEROES

At this point we don’t know if there are plans to release any of the other 158 games that were released on the original platform.  It’s also interesting to note that Blaze is calling this a Limited Edition, so it’s unclear exactly what that means.  Will it be available in limited quantities, etc.?  We just don’t know at this point.

Jonathan Wan of Tommo said “I am very proud to be working with SNK PLAYMORE, as NEOGEO is a strong brand with an excellent gaming pedigree.”

“The NEOGEO console has always been a personal favorite of mine and I am delighted to be involved with the development of this new handheld console. We hope to re-ignite the excitement many of us felt twenty one years ago, in a more affordable manner, to a much wider audience,” said Jason Cooper of BLAZE.

We’ve reached out to Blaze and Tommo to try and get our hands on a review unit as soon as humanly possible.  We’ll also try and pick up another one of the products they distribute to give you an idea of the products they support, build quality, etc.  Obviously they don’t manufacture the devices themselves, but it would be interesting to see what they throw their weight behind.

We’ll have much more information on the Neo Geo X in the near future if all goes according to plan.

2 thoughts on “Neo Geo X Is Officially Coming To North America!”

  1. This one I’m definitly curious about. I’m hoping for online support, but I doubt it since these will most likely be direct-ports of titles that didn’t have online features. I’d also like to be able to download games via wi-fi…. The price will be a big factor for me, I’m not gonna spend 100$ on this. My last worry is the joystick itself, I wonder why they didn’t mimic the neo geo pocket joystick, as that one is simply fantastic. These are all questions that should be answered soon.

  2. I can already answer several questions for you. Pertaining to WiFi, this device doesn’t have a WiFi antenna. “The new portable features a 3.5” LCD screen, has an SD expansion slot, A/V output, internal stereo speakers and a headphone socket.” That’s literally all she wrote, which means the price should be quite low.

    As for the joystick, I’m curious how this one will handle because it’s very hard to tell how it will operate by looking at that picture alone.

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