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  • New NeoGeo X handheld console confirmed

    By DominicSacco

    The rumored NeoGeo portable is real and will launch in Q2 2012.

    Video game accessories and retro console specialist Blaze has struck a deal with Japan’s SNK Playmore and US distributor Tommo to bring the NeoGeo X handheld console to market.

    It will come with 20 licensed games built-in, such as Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters ’94. The NeoGeo X will also feature an SD card slot, a 3.5-inch LCD screen, A/V output, internal stereo speakers and a headphone socket.

    MCV understands the console will be released in limited edition form and could be priced up to £500.

    The news comes after rumors suggested a new NeoGeo console was in the works.

    Blaze’s Jason Cooper said: “The NeoGeo 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."

    Tommo’s Jonathan Wan added: “I am very proud to be working with SNK Playmore, as NeoGeo is a strong brand with an excellent gaming pedigree.”

    Blaze will also launch its £99.99 handheld GameGadget console on March 30th which allows users to download a variety of retro games.

    The company has produced several other retro consoles such as the Blaze Sega Megadrive Streets of Rage handheld and the Atari Flashback 3 console with 60 games built-in.

    Here’s the full list of NeoGeo X’s built-in games:

    Art of Fighting
    Baseball Stars
    Cyber Lip
    Fatal Fury
    Fatal Fury Special
    Football Frenzy
    King of the Monsters
    Last Resort
    League Bowling
    Magician Lord
    Metal Slug
    Mutation Nation
    Nam 1975
    Samurai Shodown
    Super Sidekicks
    The King of Fighters ‘94
    The Ultimate 11
    Top Players Golf
    World Heroes
    The Hackmaster