Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro

Update (20th Sep, 16:15 BST): SNK has now revealed the 20 games that will be pre-loaded on the Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro. Here's the full list:

  • The King of Fighters '95
  • The King of Fighters '97
  • The King of Fighters '98
  • The King of Fighters '99
  • The King of Fighters 2000
  • The King of Fighters 2002
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • Fatal Fury 3
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  • Samurai Shodown II
  • Samurai Shodown III
  • Samurai Shodown IV
  • Samurai Shodown V Special
  • Art of Fighting
  • World Heroes 2
  • World Heroes 2 Jet
  • World Heroes Perfect
  • Ninja Master's
  • The Last Blade 2
  • Kizuna Encounter

Original Article (3rd Sep, 09:30 BST): A short time ago, SNK announced that it was producing not one but two new variants of its famous Neo Geo console.

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.

Meanwhile, SNK's name has cropped up in relation to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It's certainly an interesting time to be a fan of the Osaka-based veteran.

[via twitter.com, usgamer.net]