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Report: New Neo Geo handheld arriving later this year

It's been several years since the last iteration of SNK Playmore's Neo Geo hardware, but the brand is now prepared to make its return later this year with a new handheld dubbed the Neo Geo X.
It's been several years since the last iteration of SNK Playmore's Neo Geo hardware, but the brand is now prepared to make its return later this year with a new handheld dubbed the Neo Geo X. This new hardware comes from retro video game console specialist Blaze as part of a new partnership with SNK Playmore and U.S. distributor Tommo. It will include 20 built-in games, officially licensed from SNKP -- titles such as Fatal Fury, The King of Fighters ‘94, Metal Slug, and more. The hardware itself will feature a 3.5-inch LCD screen, an SD-card slot, internal speakers, and A/V output. According to Eurogamer, the handheld's final price has yet to be decided. Historically, the Neo Geo brand carried a reputation for being prohibitively expensive for a home console. The original system, the Neo Geo AES, dubuted in 1990 and cost a staggering $650, with its accompanying cartridges costing roughly $200 each. Subsequent systems, however, such as the Neo Geo CD, were far less expensive. "The Neo Geo console has always been a personal favorite of mine and I am delighted to be involved with the development of this new handheld console. We hope to re-ignite the excitement many of us felt 21 years ago, in a more affordable manner, to a much wider audience," said Blaze's Jason Cooper. Outside of this new Neo Geo device, Blaze also produces a number of other retro-themed consoles, including a series of handhelds based on classic Sega Genesis and Master System titles.

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