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The self-contained NeoGeo Mini has HDMI and an international version with 14 different games

NeoGeo Mini games
The NeoGeo mini retains an arcade style look and feel, but allows external controllers and displays.
The NeoGeo Mini is powered by USB, but seems to have an internal battery for gaming-on-the-go. For me the real asset is the HDMI output so these games can be enjoyed on larger screens. Complimenting that are two ports for external controllers. Both the HDMI cable and controllers are sold separately. I'm still checking to see if these controller ports are proprietary or if another controller will make use of it.

It measures approximately 5.25" by 4.25" by 6.25", has a 3.5-inch display, and weighs in at a little over one pound. The arcade design features a joystick and 4 buttons.

This miniature arcade cabinet has 40 built-in games tying in with SNK's 40 anniversary. However, it has two iterations and there are 14 different games on each, out of the total forty. These two devices are regional releases: The NeoGeo Mini and The NeoGeo International.

Here are the games to be contained on each:

NeoGeo Mini

NeoGeo Mini games:

  1. Aggressors of Dark Kombat
  2. Alpha Mission II
  3. Art of Fighting
  4. Blazing Star
  5. Burning Fight
  6. Cyber-Lip
  7. Fatal Fury Special
  8. Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  9. King of Monsters 2
  10. Kizuna Encounter: Super Tag Battle
  11. Metal Slug
  12. Metal Slug 2
  13. Metal Slug 3
  14. Ninja Commando
  15. Ninja Masters: Haou Ninpou Chou
  16. Puzzled
  17. Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers
  18. Real Bout: Fatal Fury
  19. Samurai Shodown II
  20. Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusas Revenge
  21. Samurai Shodown V Special
  22. Sengoku 3
  23. Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad
  24. Super Sidekicks
  25. The King of Fighters 94
  26. The King of Fighters 95
  27. The King of Fighters 96
  28. The King of Fighters 97
  29. The King of Fighters 98
  30. The King of Fighters 99
  31. The King of Fighters 2000
  32. The King of Fighters 2001
  33. The King of Fighters 2002
  34. The King of Fighters 2003
  35. The Last Blade
  36. The Last Blade 2
  37. Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy
  38. Top Players Golf
  39. Twinkle Star Sprites
  40. World Heroes Perfect

NeoGeo Mini International games:

  1. 3 Count Bout
  2. Art of Fighting
  3. Blazing Star
  4. Blues Journey
  5. Crossed Swords
  6. Fatal Fury Special
  7. Foot Ball Frenzy
  8. Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  9. Ghost Pilots
  10. King of the Monsters
  11. King of the Monsters 2
  12. Kizuna Encounter: Super Tag Battle
  13. Last Resort
  14. Magician Lord
  15. Metal Slug
  16. Metal Slug 2
  17. Metal Slug 3
  18. Metal Slug 4
  19. Metal Slug 5
  20. Metal Slug X
  21. Mutation Nation
  22. Ninja Masters: Haou Ninpou Chou
  23. Puzzled
  24. Real Bout: Fatal Fury
  25. Robo Army
  26. Samurai Shodown II
  27. Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusas Revenge
  28. Samurai Shodown V Special
  29. Sengoku 3
  30. Shock Troopers
  31. Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad
  32. Super Sidekicks
  33. The King of Fighters 95
  34. The King of Fighters 97
  35. The King of Fighters 98
  36. The King of Fighters 2000
  37. The King of Fighters 2002
  38. The Last Blade 2
  39. Top Players Golf
  40. World Heroes Perfect
To be honest, I'd much rather see this designed like the recent Nintendo Minis. While the "arcade design" is swell, the battery and screen add costs to a device I really don't consider portable. Sure, it's a small device, but it isn't the sort of device you'd bring with you like a Gameboy or3DS. It's not really a portable device. I'd prefer a price-drop and let it be a mini console for TV use.

I know a lot of folks like the tabletop arcade design, but it adds cost to a device I really want to hook up to a TV. it's just a different style of play. Similarly, I'll take out my 2DS after lunch and delve into a bit of Metal Slug, however, I wouldn't put a mini arcade machine on a table in the food court - different play styes :)

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