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Neo Geo Handheld Makes Its Brave Return, Failure Forthcoming

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When I was a lad, the game-scape was kicking into high gear: Nintendo and Sega were locked in a battle, the 3DO introduced the masses to this "compact disc" sorcery, and the Atari Jaguar - well, I've been assured that the Jaguar did something. Yet no star shone brighter than the Neo Geo. Like a, gigantic, black monolith in the games section of Toys R' Us, it's daunting presence inspired fear and reverence from us kiddy-winks, allowing our little boy mind to imagine a future carved by these lords of the craft: SNK.

Sadly, it was doomed. The Neo Geo AES's comically-high $650 price point, complimented with games that ran around $200 a piece - Neo Geo was a sort of miniaturized arcade system, complete with those giant game cartridges - kept it out of range for most people. SNK tried to appeal to cost-conscious consumers with the Neo Geo CD (thus drastically cutting game prices), and despite the company's attempts to enter the handheld market with the Neo Geo Pocket and Pocket Color, it became clear that the Neo Geo was simply not to be.

Enter Blaze: A UK company with an affinity for retro gaming. Having made its foray into the portable realm with the "Sega Megadrive Ultimate Handheld," the company how sets its sights on larger prey, in the form of the Neo Geo X.

News of the handheld had surfaced in January, with promises of a 4.3 inch screen (more recent articles claim 3.5 inch, roughly the same size at the 3DS screen), 2 gigs of internal storage, an SD card slot, and an AV out slot. Featuring a form factor similar to the iPhone 4, it's an interesting device. Unfortunately, the handheld is reported to have a £500 price tag. I'm no whiz when it comes to currency conversion, but I can't imagine the price seeming quite as steep as it see--holy f**k.

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Indeed, in what will one day be remembered at Blaze as "poor judgment," the Neo Geo X will reportedly run you just under $800. After initially denying news about the device's price, Blaze recanted, telling MCV that the £500 was in fact accurate - although the article also notes that "the company is keeping an open mind to a potential price drop." The system will come pre-loaded with 20 SNK games, and should be available in Q2 2012.

Still, for die-hard SNK enthusiasts that have $800 to throw around (you baller), it is something to lighten your wallet. Then again, you could also buy a laptop, desktop, an iPhone 4S (without contract), or a small army of cats. Should you feel especially generous, you could even buy a Vita with a handful of games and, with the extra money, buy a Vita for a friend.

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9 Comments

Branovices said:

This would be sooo cool... but nostalgia isn't worth $800 to me.

zorkdork said:

No one except for the filthy filthy rich gamer who buys everything or the rabid collector will buy this system @ 500 quid. Even if it was at the same price point as Vita, no one will buy it. What are these people thinking? They actually think they're going to take on Sony and Nintendo in the handheld market and be profitable without a single killer app. Why not just dig a huge pit, shovel money and gasoline into it, and then set it on fire?

Cyrus said:

That 500 pound price point has been confirmed bogus and was in fact confirmed bogus long before gaygamer.net posted this story.

While no price had been announced, the fact that Blaze's genesis and master system handhelds retail for about 50 pound suggests that the Neo Geo one will be 100 pound at the very most.

SuperSwede said:

@Cyrus

Do you have a link for this? The most current article i found was from MCV -- the only contradictory news came from the linked Eurogamer article -- and to my knowledge, Blaze has yet to clarify since then.

Cyrus said:

@SuperSwede

Oh I'm sorry! I missed the part where they denied the denial of the ridiculously high price, my bad.

Still I cannot imagine the device going for 500 pound, no one is going to buy a handheld neo-geo for more than the cost of two PSvitas.

The only explanation that comes to mind is that Blaze is enjoying all the free publicity right now and plans to unveil a more reasonable price later.

SuperSwede said:

No worries, hombre :)

The price does seem unrealistically steep, though it is apparently being manufactured in "limited quantities," thus bringing it into collector's item/vastly overpriced gadget territory.

Nonetheless, I've signed myself up for their mailing list, and if there is some kind of drastic price reduction down the line, there will be some kind of follow-up.

As for the publicity... Yes, after finishing the article, that did cross my mind -- in which case, I have indeed fallen into their trap

Silver Phoenix said:

A handheld Sega Genesis or Super Nintendo would be preferred over the antiquated crappy Neo Geo.

nitsudr said:

it looks neato in a retro-ish iphone wanna be kinda way, i have a vita. it has 2 analog sticks. 2.analog.sticks. are we trying to go back in time??

SuperSwede said:

@Silver Phoenix:

Despite my barbs, i would check out their site. They don't have an SNES-themed one, but there is a Sega version. I didn't really check out the games that come loaded with it, but it's at a far, far more reasonable price.

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