Neo Geo Pocket / Pocket Color (1998 – 2001)

The Neo Geo Pocket was a fifth-generation monochrome handheld video game console released by SNK in 1998. It was only available in Japan and some smaller Asian markets.

Only 10 games were released for the original Neo Geo Pocket.

Lower than expected sales led to its replacement in 1999 by the Neo Geo Pocket Color, which was better placed to compete with the Nintendo Game Boy Color. The Neo Geo Pocket Color was also available in the US and Europe.

All Neo Geo Pocket games will play on the Neo Geo Pocket Color, and vice versa.

It was dropped from US and European markets in 2000, with remaining stock bought back by SNK for repackaging in Asia. It continued to be available in Japan until 2001, with a total of 2 million sold (including the original Neo Geo Pocket). The system enjoyed a greater success than any Game Boy competitor since Sega’s Game Gear.

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