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Encyclopedia > Neo Geo Pocket Color
Neo Geo Pocket Color
Manufacturer SNK
Type Handheld game console
Generation Sixth generation era
First available Japan 1998
North America 1999
Canada 1999
Flag of Europe 1999
Backward
compatibility
Neo Geo Pocket
Predecessor Neo Geo Pocket

The Neo-Geo Pocket Color (or NGPC) was released on March 16, 1999 in Japan. It was a 16-bit color hand held game console designed by SNK, the makers of the Neo Geo home console and arcade machine. It came after SNK's original Neo Geo Pocket monochrome handheld, which debuted in 1998 in Japan (and was released in the United States on August 6, 1999). In 2000, following SNK's purchase by Japanese Pachinko manufacturer Aruze, the Neo Geo Pocket Color was dropped from both the United States and European markets, purportedly due to commercial failure. Image File history File links This work is copyrighted. ... A console manufacturer is a company that manufactures and distributes video game consoles. ... SNK Playmore (formerly SNK) is a Japanese video game hardware and software company. ... A handheld game console is a lightweight, portable electronic machine for playing video games. ... Video games were introduced as a commercial entertainment medium in 1971, becoming the basis for an important entertainment industry in the late 1970s/early 1980s in the United States, Japan, and Europe. ... The sixth-generation era (sometimes inaccurately referred to as the 128-bit era; see section below) refers to the computer and video games, video game consoles, and video game handhelds available at the turn of the 21st century. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Neo Geo Pocket (Monochrome) The Neo Geo Pocket was SNKs original hand held system. ... Neo Geo Pocket (Monochrome) The Neo Geo Pocket was SNKs original hand held system. ... March 16 is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... A handheld game console is a lightweight, portable, electronic device for playing video games. ... SNK Playmore (formerly SNK) is a Japanese video game hardware and software company. ... Neo-Geo is the name of a cartridge-based arcade and home video game system released in 1990 by Japanese game company SNK. The system offered comparatively colorful 2D graphics and high-quality sound. ... Neo Geo Pocket (Monochrome) The Neo Geo Pocket was SNKs original hand held system. ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Classic pachinko machine Pachinko parlor at night Entrance to pachinko parlor in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. ... Aruze Company Logo Aruze Corp. ...

Contents

U.S. Release

The cartridge of the game Faselei!
The cartridge of the game Faselei!

The U.S. version of the Neo Geo Pocket Color had an exclusive launch on the website eToys in 1999. eToys also sold the initial launch titles in the preferred plastic snap lock cases. The system debuted in the United States with six launch titles (20 promised by end of year) and retail price of $69.95. Six different unit colors were available: Camouflage Blue, Carbon Black, Crystal White, Platinum Blue, Platinum Silver, and Stone Blue. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 667 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1428 × 1284 pixel, file size: 260 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 667 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1428 × 1284 pixel, file size: 260 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ...


Before SNK was bought out, the Neo Geo Pocket Color was being advertised on US television and units were being sold nationally in Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys "R" Us, and other large retail chains. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... Best Buy is sometimes called the big blue box because of the prominent design on Best Buy stores. ... Toys R Us (often typeset as Toys Я Us to fit their logo) is a toy store chain based in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. ...


Post-Aruze buyout

Remaining stock was bought back by SNK for repackaging in Asia. In June 2000 SNK of America (and Europe) tried recalling most of the back-stock of systems and games to be flashed and re-sold in Asia where the system would continue to be sold and supported. Some of the back-stock of US NGPC hardware and software started showing up back on the marketplace in the US and Asia in 2003. These units frequently appeared bundled with six games stripped of their cases and manuals. Two games often included, Faselei! and Last Blade were never previously released in United States, meaning that they have no US-localized box or manual; however, these titles did receive a European release, incorporating an English translation. A USB flash drive. ... Sacnoth, is a small Japan based video games developer. ... The Last Blade (月華の剣士: Gekka no Kenshi), or LB for short, is a series of video games created by SNK. The game takes place during the Bakumatsu era of Japan, and also has a take on Japanese mythology. ...


Legacy

The system enjoyed a greater success than any Game Boy competitor since Sega's Game Gear. However, it was hurt by several factors, such as the Neo Geo heads' (the Barone family) notorious [citation needed] lack of communication with third-party developers, and anticipation of the Game Boy Advance. [citation needed] The decision to ship American games in cardboard boxes in a cost cutting move; rather than the hard plastic cases that Japanese and European releases were shipped in, may have also hurt the American sales. The Game Boy ) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo,[1] released in 1989 at US$89. ... Sega Corporation ) is a multinational Japanese video game software and hardware development company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... The Sega Game Gear is a handheld game console which was Segas response to Nintendos Game Boy. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Technical specifications

Handheld game consoles
Early units
See Microvision and Handheld electronic games
Nintendo handhelds
Game & Watch | Game Boy (Pocket) (Light) | Game Boy Color | Game Boy Advance (SP) | Game Boy Micro | Pokémon Pikachu | Pokémon mini | Nintendo DS (Lite)
Bandai handhelds
WonderSwan | WonderSwan Color | SwanCrystal
GamePark/Holdings handhelds
GP32 | GP2X | XGP | XGP Mini | XGP Kids
SNK handhelds
Neo Geo Pocket | Neo Geo Pocket Color
Sega handhelds
Game Gear | Nomad | Mega Jet | VMU
Sony handhelds
PocketStation | PlayStation Portable (Slim)
Other handhelds
Atari Lynx | Gamate | Watara Supervision | Mega Duck | Game.com | Gizmondo | N-Gage | TurboExpress | Pepper Pad | GameKing | iRiver G10 | Ez MINI | OQO Model 2
Comparison
  • CPUs: Toshiba TLCS900H core (16-bit), 6.144 MHz, Z80 at 3.072 MHz for sound.
  • RAM: 12 k for 900H, 4k for Z80
  • ROM: 64 kbit boot ROM
  • Interfaces: SIO 1 channel 19200 bit/s, 5-pin serial port
  • Resolution: 160x152
  • Colors: 16 palettes per plane, 48 palettes. 146 colors on screen out of 4096.
  • Sprites: 64 sprites per frame, 4 colors per sprite*.
  • Scrolling: 2 scrolling planes, 8x8 character tiles, 4 colors each*.
  • Sound: PSG 6 tone simultaneous output. Stereo sound.
  • Cartridges: Maximum 4 MB (32 Mbit) with 4-16 Mbit flash memory.
  • Batteries: 40 hours on 2 AA batteries. Lithium CR2032 battery backs up memory and clock.
The link cable for linking systems together
The link cable for linking systems together

The system has an on-board language setting, and games display text in the language selected (provided the cartridge supports that language). Other settings can be set on the handheld such as time and date, and the system can provide customized horoscopes when one's birth-date is entered. A handheld game console is a lightweight, portable electronic machine for playing video games. ... Microvision The Microvision was a hand-held game console released by Milton Bradley Company in 1979. ... Handheld electronic games are very small, portable devices for playing interactive games, often miniaturized versions of video games. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... Ball (Silver), 1980. ... The Game Boy ) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo,[1] released in 1989 at US$89. ... The Game Boy ) line is a line of battery-powered handheld game consoles sold by Nintendo. ... The Game Boy ) line is a line of battery-powered handheld game consoles sold by Nintendo. ... The Game Boy Color , shortened to GBC) is Nintendos successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and in November of 1998 in the United States and 1999 in Europe. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Game Boy Advance SP ), released in February 2003, is an upgraded version of Nintendos Game Boy Advance. ... Game Boy Micro , trademarked Game Boy micro) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... “NDS” redirects here. ... 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The GP2X is an open-source, Linux-based handheld video game console and media player created and sold by GamePark Holdings of South Korea. ... The XGP (Extreme Game Player) is a portable video game system created by the Korean company GamePark as the follow-up to its GP32 handheld. ... The XGP is a portable video game system created by the Korean company GamePark as the follow-up to its GP32 handheld. ... The XGP is a portable video game system created by the Korean company GamePark as the follow-up to its GP32 handheld. ... SNK Playmore (formerly SNK) is a Japanese video game hardware and software company. ... Neo Geo Pocket (Monochrome) The Neo Geo Pocket was SNKs original hand held system. ... Sega Corporation ) is a multinational Japanese video game software and hardware development company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... The Sega Game Gear is a handheld game console which was Segas response to Nintendos Game Boy. ... The Sega Nomad was a handheld game console sold in North America and South America, mainly in Brazil, essentially a mini-Genesis console, based on the Japanese Mega Jet and featuring a built-in color screen. ... The Sega Mega Jet The Sega Mega Jet was a handheld version of the Mega Drive video game console. ... Sega Dreamcast VMU The VMU, initialism of Visual Memory Unit (called VMS, Visual Memory System in Japan), is a memory card peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... The PocketStation is a miniature game console created by Sony as a peripheral for the PlayStation. ... The PlayStation Portable , officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and currently manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into PlayStation Portable. ... The Atari Lynx is Ataris only handheld game console, and the worlds first handheld portable gaming system with a color display. ... Gamate and 3 games The Gamate, known as 超級小子 (chaoji xiaozi, literally Super Boy) in Chinese-speaking countries, is a handheld game console manufactured by Bit Corporation in the early 1990s, and released in Australia, parts of Europe and Asia, and possibly other regions. ... The Watara Supervision and a cartridge. ... The Mega Duck and Cougar Boy with identical games for both systems. ... The Game. ... The Gizmondo handheld video game unit. ... This article is about the hand-held telephone. ... TurboExpress handheld, TV tuner, games The TurboExpress or (PC Engine GT in Japan) was a portable version of the TurboGrafx, released in 1990 for $249. ... The Pepper Pad is a mobile computer with Internet capability and doubles as a handheld game console. ... The GameKing is an 8-bit handheld game console produced by the Chinese company TimeTop since 2003. ... 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Cables for linking multiple systems were available, as well as a cable to connect the NGPC and the Sega Dreamcast. Games that featured this option include King of Fighters R-2 (links with King of Fighters '99 Dream Match and King of Fighters Evolution), SNK vs Capcom - Match of the Millenium (links with Capcom vs SNK 2), SNK vs Capcom - Card Fighters' Clash (links with King of Fighters Evolution), SNK vs Capcom - Card Fighters' Clash Expand Edition (links with Capcom vs SNK 2) and Cool Cool Jam (links with Cool Cool Toon). There was a wireless connector released in Japan that allowed several players in proximity to play together, with some cartridge moulding reshaped to hold it. An MP3 audio player add-on was developed but was not released due to SNK's closure. The Dreamcast , code-named Dural, Dricas and Katana during development) is Segas fifth and final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is an audio encoding format. ...


Today

Discovery Store offered packages of Neo Geo Pockets with six games; however, none of these items are in their original packaging. The same packages, usually retailing around US$70 apiece, are also carried by various online stores which primarily sell amateur development kits for other portable game systems.


See also

  • List of Neo-Geo Pocket Color games

This is a list of games for the SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color handheld game system, organized alphabetically by name. ...

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