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Farewell, Neo Geo X ⊟

It wasn’t the perfect throwback portable/console hybrid people hoped for, but the Neo Geo X sure looked slick in these GIFs I made 10 months ago. These animations took me forever to make (it was one of the first GIF photosets I put together), so I thought I’d trot them out one more time since the system won’t be around for much longer.

If you haven’t heard, SNK terminated its license agreement wih Neo Geo X’s maker Tommo, which means the latter company can no longer manufacture, market, distribute, or do pretty much anything else with this licensed product. I wouldn’t be surprised if this odd kit became a highly-sought collector’s item, something like the Game Boy Micro, years from now. Amazon currently has it for $170.

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Dang the Neo Geo X Mega Pack is so thick

We mentioned before that Tommo is putting out five three-game packs and a 15-game mega pack for the Neo Geo X on June 25. I got to hold the packaging — meant to mimic the Neo Geo boxes that seemed like mini-suitcases when we were kids — at E3, and I loved the whole deal. Unfortunately the box’s interior isn’t finalized so I couldnt take shots of that.

The game card in each pack includes a Neo Geo X firmware upgrade promising “game save functionality, improved TV aspect ratio compatibility, improved sound quality,” and user interface enhancements. I asked Tommo’s rep if the upgrade will affect any of the hardware hacking people are enjoying with the system, and he said it shouldn’t, but no guarantees on that!

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More Neo Geo X games out June 25

Five three-game “Neo Geo X Classics” cards, and one single “Mega Pack” with all three, will release for the Neo Geo X handheld/console on June 25. 

Here’s what’s on each:

  • Vol I: SENGOKU, METAL SLUG 2, TOP HUNTER: RODDY AND CATHY
  • Vol II: SAMURAI SHODOWN 3, SAVAGE REIGN, SUPER SIDEKICKS 3
  • Vol III: THE KING OF FIGHTERS ‘96, BLAZING STAR, KIZUNA ENCOUNTER
  • Vol IV: GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES, SHOCK TROOPERS, WORLD HEROES 2 JET
  • Vol V: THE LAST BLADE, BLUE’S JOURNEY, ART OF FIGHTING 3 
  • NEOGEO X Mega Pack: Volume I: All 15 Titles included!

Each card is also loaded with the device’s first system update with control, audio, video, and saving tweaks, and comes packaged with a “rocket cable” for  travel charging.

Those are some big-ass boxes for little cards!

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Neo Geo X Gold drops to $130
Real talk, this thing is not a good idea for me. Last time we posted about this, people told me it was maybe not the best thing, and I definitely cannot afford to be dropping cash on novelty game systems right now, with my current circumstances.
However, I see that it’s even cheaper on Amazon now, and HNNNNNNNNGGGHHHHH. 
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Neo Geo X Gold drops to $130

Real talk, this thing is not a good idea for me. Last time we posted about this, people told me it was maybe not the best thing, and I definitely cannot afford to be dropping cash on novelty game systems right now, with my current circumstances.

However, I see that it’s even cheaper on Amazon now, and HNNNNNNNNGGGHHHHH. 

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Neo Geo X, you’re the one

This starts shipping out today, and since I don’t have the cash to splurge on this throwback handheld x console combo bundle, I’m making GIFs of it instead.

Just gonna stare at these for the next couple hours, sighing every few minutes while listening to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas”.

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GameSpot previews the Neo Geo X Gold. Surprise! The Neo Geo AES-shaped dock flips open to hide the handheld inside! According to PR rep David Bruno, the replica joysticks are using the same parts as the original stick.

Even better, the screen stretching on the handheld can be turned off!

I have a problem, guys. I suffer from the debilitating condition of WANTING ONE OF THESE.

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The Neo Geo X handheld in action. The Famitsu post connected to this video has mysteriously vanished, but the video is pretty informative! For example, that stick is hella clicky. And the image is… stretched? It’s really weird that a device purpose-built to play Neo Geo games doesn’t have a screen with the same aspect ratio as the Neo Geo. 

So far, the only place I know of that’s carrying this is GameStop, who includes a freebie Ninja Masters with purchase of the Gold system. I’m… kinda thinking about it? 

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