Ever since the release of the Nintendo Switch in 2017, SNK has worked hard to make its retro library of Neo Geo games readily available on the eShop. In between all of these classic and slightly enhanced releases, the Japanese company found time to release two different miniature systems.
Now, in an attempt to build hype for the upcoming release Samurai Shodown on the Switch and multiple other platforms, SNK is releasing a series of limited edition Samurai Shodown-themed Neo Geo Mini. The three transparent systems, which bring back memories of older transparent Nintendo systems and controllers, are based on the fighters Haohmaru (white), Nakoruru (red) and Ukyo Tachibana (blue). Each colour is limited to 20,000 units.
As you'll see in the images above, the system comes packed with the console, two controllers, a HDMI and USB cable, character stickers and special character cards. The system itself includes 40 Neo Geo titles, with six of them based on the Samurai Spirits series. Here's the full list, along with a visual (thanks, Gematsu):
Aggressors of Dark Kombat, Alpha Mission II, Art of Fighting, Blazing Star, Blue’s Journey, Burning Fight, Cyber-Lip, Fatal Fury: King of Fighters, Fatal Fury 2, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, The King of Fighters ’97, The King of Fighters ’98,The King of Fighters ’99, King of the Monsters 2, Kizuna Encounter, The Last Blade 2, League Bowling, Magician Lord, Metal Slug, Metal Slug 2, Metal Slug 3, Ninja Commando, Ninja Master’s: Haou Ninpou Chou, Real Bout Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers, Robo Army, Samurai Shodown (1993), Samurai Shodown II, Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood, Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa’s Revenge, Samurai Shodown V, Samurai Shodown V Special, Sengoku 3, Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad, Soccer Brawl, Super Sidekicks, Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy, Top Player’s Golf, Twinkle Star Sprites, World Heroes Perfect
These Limited Edition consoles arrive in Japan on 27th June and will be priced at 15,000 yen. Pre-orders open next week on 16th May. The Japanese SNK website is also selling the system with a copy of the new entry in the series for PS4, but unfortunately, there's no sign of a Switch bundle.
If you would like to read more about this hardware, check out our existing reviews of the Japanese and International version.
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[source prtimes.jp, via twitter.com]
I've been resisting the urge to buy into the NEOGEO mini for various reasons (portability, game selection, video output quality, etc.). But as an Ukyo main, I really want that Ukyo version!!
No Galford version, no buy for me, sadly.
If they sorted the video output on these I’d be all over it but not as is.
So they had them in white (Haohmaru), red (Nakoruru), and blue (Ukyo), now if only they got a yellow (Yoshitora), black (Kuroko), and green (Gen-An) versions as well that would be cool or a pink (Earthquake) one for the lady.
They really need to work on the controllers and output for these units . For a brand that's famed for it's amazing micro switched joysticks, the Neo Geo lacking them is disappointing.
I'll hold off until they bring out a Neo Geo Pocket Color remake.
HDMI is really a thing here. And since it comes with two controllers and the game list is really good (although some will complain about some specific titles, myself included), the only thing that is a con for me is the same as Neo Geo always had: the steep price. Almost twice as expensive as the SNES or the MD mini
Absolutely terrible upscaled yet blurry visuals on these sadly.
The buttons have the wrong layout AGAIN!
Plus I bet the sticks are analogue again! shudder
It's just not worth it.
I already have the basic one they sold in the west. It's fine for me, I don't see any need to collect every release for this.
@Deanster101 The graphics seem fine for me, in fact I was impressed with how good everything looks on the 4:3 screen.
I agree JayJ the screen on neo geo is great. and on my lcd it really is not bad I think the machine is great. got mine boxed at cex for 50. I think there 65 pound on there now. well worth it
might buy one for my wife. will go well with the transparent night dress I bought her
Haomaru is my main but I’d like nakoruru’s. Still not buying one though.
I got a Japanese one and imported it here to Aus on launch. The serious let down with this system is the lack of microswitches in the joystick. The button placement is also incorrect. Sold it and really regretted the purchase. No idea how SNK could drop the ball with this.
It seems they need to flog off excess components now..
If they had the same quality buttons and sticks as the original Neo Geo CD and Pocket I'd be all over the Nakoruru version.
A shame their version is stuck with so many fighting games. I'm gonna stick with the data east mini arcade; 9 king of fighters games or 6 metal slug isn't much diversity. Though none have real bout fatal fury special and there are 3 samurai showdown games, I do admit this looks nice though.
Wow, there's now SEVEN variations of the Neo Geo Mini!!!
Sexy variants, all of them. They remind me of the clear plastic variants of the NGPC. I won't buy one, but they're cool none the less. I hope they sell well.
A little too small. Maybe if you're a dwarf or a child of 5 year old that can make use of that... lol
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