Neo Geo Gold gets a release date and price

The announcement of the Neo Geo Gold came as quite a surprise to most of the gaming industry, as most of us had assumed that the Neo Geo brand was a long-since buried brand, albeit a fondly remembered one. Now, the console that gained cult fame as a haven for hardcore shmups and fighters is all set for a return.

However, some fans might not be all that pleased to learn that the console is currently set for a $200 introductory price. It's scheduled to launch this holiday season on December 6, 2012. While we're pleased that it'll be hitting this year, the price leaves something to be desired. The original Neo Geo was partially famous for its extravagant price tag. It debuted at $649.99 way back in 1990. Which would be about $1,065 today.

So the good news is that if you've been holding out, waiting for the Neo Geo's price tag to drop: now's your chance! Buying the Neo Geo Gold will save you $865 off the original price (plus a big discount in games.) The $200 price tag gets you the handheld console, a replica joystiq, and a nice list of games:

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
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

We're just wondering if this is a good enough deal for $200. At that price, 99% of gamers would likely rather pick up a new console or a new handheld with access to cutting edge games. At $200, it's hard to see more than just hardcore retro gamers picking up the device. Especially with some compilation Neo Geo games still lurking on the PS2.

The hardest thing to stomach is the need for unique hardware to run this. Similar games like Metal Slug and King of Fighters have already appeared on iOS. And some machines like the Commodore 64 have had full-fledged iOS emulators. 


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  • StrayGator - August 13, 2012 3:31 p.m.

    "some consoles like the Commodore 64..." Please tell me I didn't just read that.
  • cousin-dave - August 13, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    Yea there is a Commodore 64 app for iOS
  • cousin-dave - August 13, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    I'm actually very interested in this, especially if other Neo Geo games will be available - I've always wanted to play Neo Mr. Do! I've been thinking about getting one of the MVS systems that has been modified to be a home system & a multi cart, but even that costs about $750 I've got a few of the Neo Geo games on the PSN but the controls just don't seem right. I haven't gotten any on the Wii but if using the Classic Controller its going to be no different than the PS3 controller. Oh and Vanguard just doesn't work as a PSN Mini, if you could use the 2nd analogue stick to fire on the PS3 & Vita that would be ideal, but otherwise the game is more enjoyable on the VCS/2600
  • IceBlueKirby - August 13, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    This is kinda neat, I suppose, but Metal Slug is the only game I know I'd want to play out of all those, so $200 is a little much for a handful of games I'm not sure I'd like.
  • tehtimeisnow - August 13, 2012 6:59 p.m.

    this is so stuped cuz decidated handhelds r dead tecology so this will fale so hard and the games isnt even any fun the grafics suck so u should just stick with the times and get urself a iphone to play real games
  • GuildedBlood - August 13, 2012 7:49 p.m.

    Let me just stop you right there. Iphone does not equal real games. There are no buttons on an iphone, therefore Iphone games will never be better than handheld video games. Stop being ignorant.
  • fullmetallegend - August 13, 2012 8:10 p.m.

    Let me just stop you right there. This guy is an extremely obvious and often seen troll. Just look at his spelling, display picture, etc. Stop falling for it. ;p
  • iprogramdaslam - August 15, 2012 7:20 p.m.

    I lost respect for your opinion after you said dedicated handhelds are dead. Like seriously? The iphone has "real" games? Stop please.
  • Askatez - September 12, 2012 9:04 a.m.

    just ignore this guy he isn't worthy enough to argue, i mean seriously look at his profile and read the games he hates and likes: I Love Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360) Angry Birds (iPhone) Infinity Blade (iPhone) Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360) I Hate Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (GameCube) Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (GBA) Zelda II: The Adventure of Link - Virtual Console (Wii) Paper Mario (Wii) Super Paper Mario (Wii)
  • SentientSquidMachine - August 13, 2012 11:20 p.m.

    The Last Blade 1&2 are two of my all time favorite 2D fighters (which are not in this list. wtf). Would be insane to spend $200, though.The world needs the NeoGeo brand revived, but not like this.
  • tommy-mcconnell - August 14, 2012 1:01 a.m.

    just as Tiffany implied I'm stunned that some one able to get paid $5098 in one month on the computer. have you seen this web link NuttyRich.c 0 m
  • DirkSteele1 - August 14, 2012 5:47 a.m.

    For curosity value alone I am very tempted. Plus it would finally satisfy that desire of owning a Neo Geo when I saw the adverts in Mean Machines et al back in the early 90s.

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