Neo Geo X

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Neo Geo X
Neo-Geo X official logo.jpg
Developer SNK Playmore
Manufacturer Tommo - Blaze (in Europe)
Type Hybrid video game console
Release dateDecember 18, 2012
Introductory price$199.99 USD
Media SD card
Operating system
CPU XBurst@1GHz (MIPS)
Memory512MB DDR2 RAM
StorageSanDisk 2GB Micro SD internal flash memory
Display4.3" LCD 480 × 272 16:9 or 4:3 mode
Graphics Vivante GC860
Predecessor Neo Geo Pocket Color
Website www.neogeox.com

The Neo Geo X (NGX) is a handheld video game console manufactured by Tommo, licensed by SNK Playmore. Information about the Neo Geo X was first reported in January 2012 and later confirmed in March. [1] [2] It is the first Neo Geo system to be released since the discontinuation of the brand in 2004 and the third Neo Geo handheld device, following the 1999 release of the Neo Geo Pocket Color, which was supported until 2001.

Tommo

Tommo Inc. is an American video game publisher based in City of Industry, California. Founded in 1990, Tommo started out as a small independent distributor of imported video games. Since 2006, Tommo also operates a publishing subsidiary, UFO Interactive Games, which is best known for publishing original games, such as several titles in the Raiden series. In July 2013, Tommo acquired Humongous Entertainment and over 100 classic games from the Atari, Inc. bankruptcy proceedings. In October 2014, in conjunction with Night Dive Studios, Tommo launched its Retroism publishing label, which specializes in the re-release of classic video game titles into digital distribution channels. In 2017, it began working with a company known as Billionsoft to revive the long-defunct label Accolade and its brands, starting with the Bubsy series.

Neo Geo Pocket Color handheld console

The Neo Geo Pocket Color, is a 16-bit color handheld video game console manufactured by SNK. It is a successor to SNK's monochrome Neo Geo Pocket handheld which debuted in 1998 in Japan, with the Color being fully backward compatible. The Neo Geo Pocket Color was released on March 16, 1999 in Japan, August 6, 1999 in North America, and on October 1, 1999 in Europe, entering markets all dominated by Nintendo.

Contents

The Neo Geo X features games that were on the popular original Neo Geo (the MVS/AES) hardware, and comes built-in with 20 original Neo Geo games. Additional titles were available on game cards.

Neo Geo (system) cartridge-based arcade system board and home video game console

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The system was released on December 18, 2012 as part of a bundle called the "Neo Geo X Gold Limited Edition", which includes a docking station, an arcade stick, and a bonus game card. The docking station is modeled after the original Neo Geo AES console and is used for charging the handheld as well as connecting it to a television. The arcade stick is a replica of the original Neo Geo AES arcade stick that can be used as a controller when the handheld is connected to a TV through the docking station.

Release

Initially, the device was rumored to retail for about $700+, but the price of the Neo Geo X Gold package was revealed to be $199, far less than the original Neo Geo AES console. [3] [4] The package was released in December 2012. A Ninja Master's game card was offered as a bonus with the package. [5]

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The handheld by itself, without the docking station and arcade stick, was later priced at $129.99 to come out in February 2013. [5] However, links on the official website to the stand-alone handheld were subsequently removed and the FAQ stated that the docking station is required in order to charge the device. [6]

In January 2013, SNK Playmore announced that manufacturing of the Gold Limited Edition package was ending with the last units arriving to retailers in April. However, they stated that the handheld would continue to be manufactured and that additional games and accessories would continue to be released. [7]

The system was distributed by Tommo in North America and Blaze in Europe. [2] [8]

Blaze Europe was a developer and distributor of accessories and software for video game consoles, handheld media devices and personal computers.

Games

There were a total of 36 games for the Neo Geo X.

Twenty games came pre-loaded on the system including titles from signature SNK series such as Metal Slug , Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters : [9]

Ninja Master's is included as a bonus game card in the Gold Limited Edition package.

Additional game cards were announced in February 2013. A five-volume set called "Neo Geo X Classics" features five game cards with three games on each making a total of 15 games. The volumes were released in June 2013 and feature the following games:

Each volume came bundled with a charging/data transfer cable for the handheld. [10] The game cards include a firmware update for the Neo Geo X that updates the handheld to firmware v500. See the "Firmware Update" section of this article for update details.

The Neo Geo X Mega Pack Volume 1 was also released in June 2013. It came with one game card that contains all 15 games featured in Neo Geo X Classics Volumes 1-5. The Mega Pack was packaged in a similar case used for the original Neo Geo AES game cartridges, which can also be used as a carrying case for the Neo Geo X handheld. The charging/data transfer cable was included as well. [11]

Hardware

Comparison of Neo Geo X and Neo Geo AES resolution. Neo-Geo X and Neo-Geo AES resolution comparision.png
Comparison of Neo Geo X and Neo Geo AES resolution.

The device included a 4.3-inch LCD screen, SD card slot, A/V output, internal stereo speakers with a 3.5mm headphone jack. [9] A micro USB port on the system is used for charging the battery. [12] The screen's 480×272 pixels resolution is the same as the original PlayStation Portable and is close to the 16:9 aspect ratio. [5]

The system was released as part of the Gold package, which includes the "Neo Geo X Station", a replica of the original Neo Geo AES console that functions as a charging/docking station with its own composite video out and HDMI output along with a functioning replica of the original Neo Geo AES arcade stick controller. [4] [13]

The Neo Geo X arcade stick controllers connect to the docking station via two USB ports. [12] Original Neo Geo AES controllers, game cartridges and memory cards are not compatible with the Neo Geo X.

The handheld has an 8-way thumbstick for directional control, menu and start buttons, four face buttons and four shoulder buttons: L1, L2, R1, R2. The shoulder buttons are used for changing screen aspect ratio and pausing games. Buttons to adjust volume and brightness are located under the handheld. [14] [15]

The unit's BIOS and pre-installed games were initially stored on an internal SanDisk 2GB micro SD card; later hardware revisions use a chip installed directly on the motherboard. This chip has yet to be documented.

Software

The console used the FB Alpha emulator running on a Linux-based operating system to play ROM images of Neo Geo games. The internal memory has no copy protection, allowing third party BIOS and additional games to be directly installed on the unit. The operating system OpenDingux is used to load Final Burn Alpha, then runs .fba files when a game is selected. The system can be modified to run most emulators that will run on OpenDingux. The BIOS can also be modified to get a region-free BIOS (called Unibios), and the BIOS has many features which can be found on the website (http://unibios.free.fr/). [16] The SD card slot could also be used to load other ROMs, but this requires modifying the SD card contact points. [17]

Reception

Consumer Reports recommended the system for enthusiasts of older games, but criticized the device's video quality on modern televisions. [18] T3 commented that the replica AES docking station and included joystick added to the "overall retro charm" of the Gold package, but the handheld by itself might not be worth the money as Neo Geo games are now easily playable through other means.

Damien McFerran, writing for Eurogamer reacted positively to the quality of the handheld's gamepad and face buttons. He also complimented details such as the unit's packaging, which remained faithful to the original AES. However, he criticized the quality of the display, calling it "washed out" and writing that the scaling made games look "fuzzy and ill-defined." He also criticized the image quality of the outputs on the docking station, calling the HDMI output "muddy" and commenting that the composite output suffered from color bleeding and a hazing effect. McFerran also lamented that games were being distributed exclusively on physical media instead of being downloadable via Wi-Fi or through a connection to a PC. In addition, he mentioned that the emulated games were prone to screen tearing and audio issues. Concluding that it was not worth the premium price, he wrote "This is a console which has been created with the right intentions but the execution is sadly lacking." [19]

Controversy

Reportedly due to the low manufacturing standards employed by Tommo, in October 2013, SNK Playmore has publicly ordered Tommo to cease not only manufacture of the Neo Geo X, but to pull all existing stock from store shelves. [20] Tommo in response claimed to be in compliance with the contract between the companies, which had recently been extended until 2016, and demanding that SNK retract the cease and desist claim. [21]

In early 2014, in a press statement sent to gaming website Polygon, Tommo once again claimed full contractual compliance, and accused SNK Playmore of using underhanded tactics to undermine sales of their product, while failing to follow the routes of resolution put forward in the contract in the first place, and declining Tommo's offers of peaceful resolution. The CEO of the manufacturer said they were planning on "taking action" against SNK to protect their contractual rights. [22]

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