Tommo, Inc. and SNK Playmore have announced the December release of the Neo Geo X Gold, a combination handheld and home console device. The emulation-based system follows the 20th anniversary of the release of the Neo Geo AES, which was first available in 1990.
The Neo Geo X Gold entertainment system comes with something referred to as the Neo Geo X Station, which both charges the device and allows it to connect (either via HDMI or A/V out) to your television, as well as the Neo Geo X Joystick - a replica of the AES system joystick from 1990.
Alternatively, you can play the Neo Geo X Gold in its portable form, thanks to the system's built-in controls, 4.3" screen, and rechargeable battery.
The bundle includes 20 pre-loaded games, with an "expandable game slot" potentially allowing further titles to be added at a later date, although this aspect of the system was not detailed further in today's announcement.
The games included are:
"Great game consoles don't die; they're just reborn in much more affordable and convenient packages," said Tommo CEO Jonathan Wan. "The Neo Geo X Gold is a love letter to one of my favorite consoles of all time, and working with SNK Playmore to acquire the Neo Geo license, Tommo Inc. looks to provide gaming and entertainment enthusiasts with a classic arcade experience both at home and on the go."
Priced at a recommended retail of US$199 ($245), Tommo are clearly positioning the Neo Geo X Gold as a premium device. Whether it lives up to that or not is something we hope to be able to ascertain for ourselves when it releases worldwide on December 6th. We're also investigating just how Kiwi gamers will be able to get their hands on the gadget, and we'll let you know as soon as we find out.