Well, some say that Neo Geo never left given the plethora of Neo Geo emulators available in many corners of the Internet, but “SNK Playmore is bringing the Neo Geo gaming system back for the 20th anniversary of its release with the Neo Geo X Gold.
The Neo Geo X Gold is an all-in-one console package with the Neo Geo X Station, a console that seems to mimic the original Neo Geo, the Neo Geo X Joystick controller, and the Neo Geo X Handheld, a portable gaming system (PC World).”
Back in the day, the Neo Geo was the Mercedes Benz of gaming systems. It had stylish fighting games like King of Fighters and Samurai Showdown. Why was Neo Geo popular? “Neo Geo was impressive because of its arcade quality. It used much of the same hardware found in its manufacturer’s arcade cabinets, so switching between Samurai Showdown in the arcade to Samurai Showdown at home was a seamless experience. Its only problem was that it cost $650, which is over $1,060 in today’s dollars.”
However, Neo Geo had a dedicated fanbase, and I am sure they are banking on their previous street cred to led to some decent sells.
The system will debut December 6 with a retail price of $199 which is a bit pricey for a retro game system but a bargain compared to the original Neo Geo’s $650 price tag.