So you may recall, years ago, well before it got into releasing Neo-Geo games digitally, SNKgetting into the handheld gaming market with the Neo Geo Pocket. At first, it was only moderately popular. But once the Color model came about a little bit later, along with big licenses like SNK vs. Capcom and Sonic the Hedgehog, it became a huge hit with gamers.
Alas, it didn’t live on as strongly as, say, the Game Boy, but it’s a legacy that continues to live on. And now, thanks to SNK, some games are making their way to the Nintendo Switch for a new generation to enjoy.
Let’s look at each of the titles that are available:
SNK Gals’ Fighters
Well before SNK Heroines made the rounds on consoles, there was SNK Gals’ Fighters, featuring a number of the most popular female characters from the company’s fighting games at the time. For its Nintendo Switch transition, the publisher was kind enough to throw in some special skins with a virtual Neo Geo Pocket Color unit, along with a rewind feature to make winning a fight a little bit easier.
The game is still quite playable, despite its aged visuals and gameplay. And what’s more, it’s fun as you master all the female combatants within the game. It’s a real joy to play against a friend in local multiplayer, so maybe invite them over for some good ol’ fashioned competition.
Samurai Shodown 2
Considering we already had the original Samurai Shodown and its sequel downloadable for Nintendo Switch, some were questioning whether the “pint size” Neo Geo Pocket Color version was needed on the platform. Originally included with the Samurai Shodown special boxed edition for Switch, it’s since become available as a separate download – and is still good fun.
You’ll fight with a number of well-armed combatants, in the hopes of teaching rival samurai warriors just how good you really are. There’s a good deal of variety here, and, like always, it’s a blast to play with a friend or two. Make a good night of competition out of it and see how well you do with Haohmaru or whoever.
King Of Fighters R-2
Out of all the Neo Geo Pocket Color games available for Switch, King of Fighters R-2 is probably my least favorite because it can take a good while to figure out each character’s movelist. Still, when it comes to a pretty good cast of fighters, strong gameplay and some good looking visuals, it’s pretty hard to beat.
Not to mention the inclusion of a pretty cool Making mode, where you can provide a dose of customization to the proceedings. And, as expected, local multiplayer is good fun.
But the real surprise here? The music. It’s wonderful to listen to, especially with a headset. You might even get lost in the soundtrack if you’re not careful. Check out a sample of it in the gameplay below.
The Last Blade: Beyond The Destiny
The latest – and perhaps best – Neo Geo Pocket Color brawler to arrive on the Switch, The Last Blade plays like a traditional beat-em-up, but with perhaps one of the best fighting game casts out there. Each warrior brings something special to the table, and there’s a slew of unlockable content that you can get your hands on as well.
But what’s great is how the game blends content from both the Last Blade games into one pint- sized package. That, and, of course, its gameplay, which offers some excellent variety with its moves and defensive maneuvers. Out of all the NGPC games on display on the Switch, this one is a particular favorite.
So What’s Next?
As far as what Neo Geo Pocket Color games should come next, well, there’s quite a few to choose from. Any of the Metal Slug titles would be right at home; and SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium would be excellent, to say the least.
We’d even take Neo Turf Masters, a much ignored golf game, would be right at home in our library. Your move, SNK.
The games are available now on Nintendo Switch for $7.99 apiece. Download them today!
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