In January, we reported on the rebirth of the Neo Geo Pocket in a new device that would ship with 20 pre-installed games. The Neo Geo X Gold now has a release date and an eye-watering pricepoint: Dec 6 and $200.
At least it's in the traditional spirit of Neo Geo, as anyone who paid upwards of 200 for an AES cart will know all too well. But, quite frankly, we're tempted.

For your money you get the pre-installed games (see list below), a wonderful replica arcade stick and a docking station that looks like the AES. Best of all, the docking station doubles up as a TV out (via HDMI or RCA), so you're getting two consoles in one. Compared to what you'd pay on eBay for an original AES and those games, $200 is a bargain.
The handheld itself sports a 3.5mm headphone jack, 4.3" LCD screen, stereo speakers and what the press release describes as an "expandable game card slot" - which sounds somewhere between functional addition and Cronenbergian nightmare.
"Great game consoles don't die; they're just reborn in much more affordable and convenient packages," says Tommo CEO Jonathan Wan.
"The Neo Geo X Gold is a love letter to one of my favorite consoles of all time, and working with SNK Playmore to acquire the Neo Geo license, Tommo Inc. looks to provide gaming and entertainment enthusiasts with a classic arcade experience both at home and on the go."
Those games in full:

  • 3 Count Bout
  • League Bowling
  • Art Of Fighting Ii
  • Magician Lord
  • Alpha Mission Ii
  • Metal Slug
  • Baseball Stars Ii
  • Mutation Nation
  • Cyber Lip
  • Nam 1975
  • Fatal Fury
  • Puzzled
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • Real Bout - Fatal Fury Special
  • The King Of Fighters '95
  • Samurai Shodown Ii
  • King Of The Monsters
  • Super Sidekicks
  • Last Resort
  • World Heroes Perfect