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Neo Geo Pocket

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The Neo Geo Pocket Color handheld console.

History[edit]

Launch[edit]

The monochrome Neo Geo Pocket was released in 1998.[1]

Few third parties developed for the Neo Geo Pocket.[2] The company Dimps worked on many Neo Geo Pocket games.[3]

By the year 2000, the Neo Geo Pocket was slightly profitable in the United States, and held a two percent marketshare of handhelds.[4][5] Problems with SNK in Japan would lead to the console's withdraw in American markets.[6]

Legacy[edit]

Due to financial difficulties and new ownership of SNK by Aruze, including a rocky stint in the Pachinko business[7], the Neo Geo Pocket Color was discontinued in Canada and the United States on June 13th, 2000.[4]

After resuming operations in March, 2001 in October of 2001, SNK was again defunct.[8][9]

The Neo Geo Pocket sold two million consoles.[10] The Neo Geo Pocket Color sold under 200,000 systems.[2]

Technology[edit]

Neo Geo Pocket[edit]

The specs of the Neo Geo Pocket are close enough to the Neo Geo Pocket Color that most Neo Geo Pocket Color games will run on it.[11]

Neo Geo Pocket Color[edit]

Compute[edit]

The Neo Geo Pocket Color is powered by a primary 16-bit Toshiba TLCS900H processor clocked at 6.144 megahertz and 12 kilobytes of dedicated RAM.[12] A secondary 8-bit Z80 processor used for sound clocked at 3.072 megahertz with four kilobytes of dedicated RAM..[12]

The Neo Geo Pocket Color has 12 kilobytes of RAM, and four kilobytes of sound RAM.[13][4]

Hardware[edit]

The system has a built in clock.[1]

A wireless link accessory for the Neo Geo Pocket Color was planned.[14]

Notable games[edit]

1998[edit]

  • Neo Geo Cup '98 Plus Color
  • Baseball Stars
  • King of Fighters R-1

1999[edit]

2000[edit]

2001[edit]

  • SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighter's Clash 2 Expand Edition

Gallery[edit]

Original[edit]

Color[edit]

Accessories[edit]

Interior[edit]

Original Interior[edit]

Color Interior[edit]

External Resources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. a b "Neo Geo Pocket Color: The Handheld That Helped Kill a Company". https://padandpixel.com/neo-geo-pocket-color-1999-the-handheld-that-helped-kill-a-company/. Retrieved 4 November 2020. 
  2. a b Freeman, Jesse (11 May 2020). "Modernizing A Neo Geo Pocket Color" (in en). https://medium.com/swlh/modernizing-a-neo-geo-pocket-color-c2e4a649f700. Retrieved 4 November 2020. 
  3. Robinson, Martin (6 September 2020). "The gaming archaeologist and his quest for a Neo Geo holy grail" (in en). https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-09-06-snks-gaming-archaeologist-and-his-holy-grail. Retrieved 4 November 2020. 
  4. a b c "The History of SNK". https://www.gamespot.com/articles/the-history-of-snk/1100-6089278/. Retrieved 4 November 2020. 
  5. Axton, Gene (8 June 2019). "Retro collector review: Neo Geo Pocket Color" (in en). https://mintcondition.news/2019/06/08/retro-collector-review-neo-geo-pocket-color/. Retrieved 20 November 2020. 
  6. "Interview: Ben Herman, former SNK Playmore USA president SEGA Nerds". http://www.seganerds.com/2018/07/16/interview-ben-herman-former-snk-playmore-usa-president/. Retrieved 20 November 2020. 
  7. "Ben Herman (SNK) - Interview". 25 February 2018. https://www.arcadeattack.co.uk/ben-herman-snk/. Retrieved 20 November 2020. 
  8. Bramwell, Tom (31 October 2001). "Rest in peace SNK" (in en). https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/article_31371. Retrieved 4 November 2020. 
  9. Bramwell, Tom (14 February 2001). "SNK to Reopen?" (in en). https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/article_30150. Retrieved 4 November 2020. 
  10. "The 10 Worst-Selling Handhelds of All Time Feature on GamePro.com". 13 October 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20071013043037/http://www.gamepro.com/gamepro/domestic/games/features/125749.shtml. Retrieved 17 November 2020. 
  11. "SNK Neo-Geo Pocket: A Beginner's Guide" (in en). 4 January 2012. https://www.racketboy.com/retro/neogeo-pocket-color-101-beginners-guide. 
  12. a b "Neo-Geo Pocket Color System Info". http://www.vgmuseum.com/systems/ngpc/. Retrieved 16 November 2020. 
  13. "OLD-COMPUTERS.COM : The Museum". https://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=2&c=1265. Retrieved 20 November 2020. 
  14. EDT, Newsweek Staff On 9/5/99 at 8:00 PM (5 September 1999). "Who's Got Game?" (in en). https://www.newsweek.com/whos-got-game-166296. Retrieved 20 November 2020.