Neo Geo Pocket Color

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Neo Geo Pocket Color
Designer SNK
Manufacturer SNK
CPU 6.114 MHz Toshiba TLCS900H
Graphics N/A
Memory 12 KB
Media ROM cartridge
Released Neo Geo Pocket Color
JP: March 16, 1999
NA: August 6, 1999
EU: October 1, 1999
New Neo Geo Pocket Color
JP: October 21, 1999
Added to Museum NGPC: July 31, 2018
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The Neo Geo Pocket Color was a handheld video game console by SNK. It was the successor to the Neo Geo Pocket that, unlike its predecessor, had a full color graphic display.

The Neo Geo Pocket Color was released in Japan on March 16, 1999, in North America on August 6, 1999, and in Europe on October 1, 1999.

On October 21, 1999, a variation of the system was released only in Japan. The New Neo Geo Pocket Color was a smaller, slimmer variant that was 13% smaller than the original.

Release

The Neo Geo Pocket sold well at first, having strong sales helped by the availability of fourteen games at launch, which was a record for the time. However, it was released a year after the release of the Game Boy Color, and the Wonderswan was released in Japan a few days prior. Due to stiff competition from the other handheld video game consoles, sales of the Neo Geo Pocket Color went into a steep decline.

Cancellation

SNK was undergoing severe financial troubles at the time of the release of the Neo Geo Pocket Color and was acquired by Aruze in January 2000. Under Aruze's direction, SNK withdrew completely from the North American and European markets on June 13, 2000, which led to the end of SNK's worldwide operations and the de facto cancellation of the Neo Geo Pocket Color in those markets. The Neo Geo Pocket Color continued being supported in Japan until SNK went bankrupt on October 22, 2001.

Neo Geo Pocket Color games owned by WEC Museum

Title Developer Released Added to the Museum Notes
Puzzle Bobble Mini Taito 1999 December 30, 1999 European version of Bust a Move Pocket.