Low and behold Neo Geo is back with a vengeance. This time Tommo is to thank for the launch of the new Neo Geo X which released in December of last year. The nostalgic console boasted a launch line up of 20 titles that shipped with the system in the form of pre-loaded software. After the successful launch of the item Tommo has announced that it will release 15 classics across 5 volumes.
The first volume will include fan favorites like Metal Slug 2, Sengoku and Top Hunter. The gaming cartridge is set to be released in late April and will be accompanied with Neo Geo X’s first update for the system. Along with these niceties a High-Speed Data Transfer Cable and a Charging Travel Cable for those who purchase any of the five classic volumes.
The full list of games included for Neo Geo X Classics Vol. I-V are:
- ART OF FIGHTING 3
- BLAZING STAR
- BREAKERS REVENGE
- FATAL FURY: MARK OF THE WOLVES
- KIZUNA ENCOUNTER
- THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’96
- THE LAST BLADE 2
- METAL SLUG 2
- SAMURAI SHODOWN 3
- SAVAGE REIGN
- SHOCK TROOPERS
- SUPER SIDEKICKS 3 – THE NEXT GLORY
- TOP HUNTER
- WORLD HEROES JET
To keep up to date on what else Neo Geo X has to offer don’t forget to bookmark GamersBliss.com in your browser. Don’t know what exactly Neo Geo is? Take a gander below for a small history lesson for you hardcore gamers out there.
Neo Geo a Brief History Lesson
Neo Geo was one of the most expensive gaming consoles to purchase in the early 90’s. Arcade franchises like Metal Slug, Fatal Fury and King of Fighters tried to shove their way into the US consumer market. The appeal was to bring arcade like graphics to everyones home entertainment center, however the price tag was to large for the average consumer. Also creating arcade cabinets SNK would spawn quarter eating monsters, the Neo Geo MVS (Multi Video System) allowed up to 6 games to be played on the same cabinet.
After a decade of getting beat by the competition thanks to Sega and Nintendo, SNK rethought their plan of attack. Thus the Neo Geo Pocket was born, this would be the only handheld to compete against the GameBoy after the fall of the Atari Lynx, Sega Nomad and Sega GameGear. Above is a picture of the Neo Geo Pocket Color which would find its way onto US shores in 1999. Eventually SNK and its Neo Geo Pocket would be met with mediocre success, not to mention a dominant force in the form of the Pokemon series and the hype for the GameBoy Advance. This would lead SNK to some dark times while battling both legal and financial troubles after the turn of the century.