Inspired the by the better-than-expected commercial performance of the Neo Geo Mini – which was recently released in a special package to mark the launch of the rebooted Samurai Shodown – the first of these new systems has now been revealed, and it's perhaps not what we were expecting.
Just as Capcom is bundling a load of its old titles into an arcade stick which plugs directly into your TV, SNK's new Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro is basically an ARM-based controller/console hybrid that comes pre-loaded with classic titles from yesteryear.
Powered by a USB Type-C connection, it delivers 720p visuals to your television via its HDMI connection. In short, it's not a million miles away from the 'mini-cab' design of the Neo Geo Mini – it's just there's no screen this time around.
As was promised in August, this controller – which is based on the stick that launched alongside the Neo Geo CD console – will connect to your existing Neo Geo Mini, too.
We can imagine that many will be slightly disappointed to learn that SNK isn't producing a 'new' system as such, but simply giving us a new way to experience its past titles. Time will tell what the second new Neo Geo variant will look like, and what shape the promised Metal Slug sequel will take. Given that SNK's hardware is based on the older system, we'd guess that any future Metal Slug will be on current (and perhaps next-gen) consoles – just like its recent King of Fighters and Samurai Shodown titles have.