It was only a fortnight ago that SNK announced that it was bringing out a new console to celebrate its 40th anniversary, courtesy of a tweet from the company that hinted at the inclusion of titles from popular series including The King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, and Metal Slug. Now, it seems that images of the miniature console have leaked, along with compatible controllers, and a full rundown of included games that have been published by Spawn Wave on YouTube.
The Neo Geo Mini appears to resemble a traditional arcade machine as far as its screen and control layout are concerned. Featuring a 3.5-inch display, built-in joystick, and four buttons, it would seem that interested gamers can get on with their trip down memory lane without having to fork out for extra peripherals or accessories.
Of course, such a small screen may be less than ideal for those wanting to fully immerse themselves in nostalgia. Fortunately, according to the image above, there will be the option to output to a larger display thanks to the HDMI output on the rear of the device. Plus, if the size of the built-in controls looked a bit on the impractical side, two external controllers can be connected via the game ports located on either side of the unit.
Speaking of controllers, two colors, black and white, have also leaked alongside those of the console, with the shape, button layout, and aesthetics remaining largely faithful to the original aside from the apparent rearrangement of the colored buttons on the front of the gamepads. Another minor deviation concerns the orientation of the "Start" and "Select" button labels.
Of course, the information that many may have been waiting for is the list of games to ship and, if the leak is to be believed, a total of 40 titles will be available to play.
Evidently, several franchises are leaned on more heavily than others, with a total of six installments drawn from the Metal Slug series, five from The King of Fighters, three from Samurai Shodown, and two from Fatal Fury. However, its total of 40 titles does beat the NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition, which shipped with 30 and 21 games respectively, as far as quantity is concerned.
However, absent from the leak was any mention of pricing. With the NES Classic Edition having launched at $59.99 and the SNES model going for $79.99, the Neo Geo Mini may end up being more expensive given the inclusion of an albeit small display. Official reveal and release dates were also not included with the leak of the alleged images.
Unsurprisingly, all of the above should be taken with a grain of salt until further official announcements regarding the unit are forthcoming from SNK.