There were previous rumblings that a portable version of the Neo Geo was due to be released sometime this year, and today that has been confirmed. Blaze have announced that they’ve inked a deal with SNK and Tommo that allows them to launch the Neo Geo X. Blaze say the device will arrive in time for the Neo Geo’s 20th anniversary, and will be priced “in a more affordable manner”.
The Neo Geo X will feature a 3.5-inch LCD display of unknown resolution, an A/V output if you want to throw some classics up on the big screen, and have an SD card slot too. Presumably you’ll be able to load more games in the future using SD cards.
Blaze say the limited edition handheld will be released sometime during Q2, although no pricing has been confirmed. If you do decide to pick one up, you’ll find 20 games preloaded on the device, including titles like Metal Slug, Fatal Fury, and The King of Fighters ‘94.
Although Blaze didn’t confirm pricing, MCV believe the price may be as high as £500 (~$786) for one of these bad boys. Blaze’s definition of “affordable”, then, seems to be a little different to ours. There were also 158 games released in total for the Neo Geo, so it still remains to be seem how Blaze plan to handle offering more than the initial 20 in the future.