But if you’re not concerned with getting an official Neo Geo Mini, it looks like knockoffs are already starting to pop up.
Met the $88 Retro Mini Arcade.
My favorite thing about this little game console isn’t how it blatantly rips off the design style of the Neo Geo Mini. It’s that the product description includes the words “NOT SNK NEO GEO.”
But to be fair, this little device can actually do some things that SNK’s tiny game cabinet cannot. While both come with a bunch of Neo Geo games preloaded, the unofficial device is a multi-platform game console that can also play games for the NES, GBA, CPS, and other platforms. It also supports MP3, OGG, and other media formats for playing music.
And unlike the SNK Neo Geo Mini, the knockoff has a 2,200 mAh battery so you can play without plugging in a power source.
Specs include a 4.3 inch, 480 x 272 pixel display, 128MB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, A/V output, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The system comes with two wired gamepads.
Are the pre-loaded games legally licensed? I have no idea. Would I recommend buying this system instead of a Neo Geo Mini? Probably not. But I’m still kind of amused that it exists.