‘Pro-Gear Spec Advanced Entertainment System’s’ design inspired by Neo Geo CD controller
SNK unveiled the new Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro fighting stick on Twitter on Tuesday. The company describes it as a “Pro-Gear Spec Advanced Entertainment System” and as new hardware following the Neo Geo Mini system. The stick’s design is based on the Neo Geo CD controller. The company will announce more information at a later date.
SNK had previously teased in both English and Japanese that it would announce a “Neo Geo hardware” that could link to last year’s Neo Geo Mini system. The English version of the Twitter post described the hardware as “Next-Gen,” while the Japanese version simply described it as “new.”
The Neo Geo Mini shipped in Japan in July 2018 with 40 games from the original Neo Geo system. The system has a “Japanese Version” for the Asian market and an “International Version” for North America, South America, Europe and other regions with a partially different game lineup. A “Neo Geo mini Christmas Limited Edition” followed in Japan at the end of last year.
The Neo Geo family of systems began with the cartridge-based Neo Geo MVS arcade system, and its home console counterpart the Neo Geo AES, in 1990. At the time of its release, SNK touted an arcade-perfect experience with the AES, as it shared the same hardware as its arcade counterpart. SNK developed many of its most iconic game franchises for the system. SNK later released the Neo Geo CD and Hyper Neo Geo 64 systems. The Neo Geo Pocket and Neo Geo Pocket Color, released in 1998 and 1999 respectively, were earlier attempts at a portable version of the arcade system.