Last year, SNK announced that it was creating a new geo-system and that it would achieve “a modern design and a great play feel”.
The company – which now counts Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince as its largest shareholder – has revealed the console on Twitter before it arrives in 2021, and it will “meet the needs of avid fans and console gaming enthusiasts.”
As you can see from the tweet below, there is a WiFi logo and a picture of the world in the background, indicating that the system will have online capabilities that will probably strongly focus on the competitive game by stabilizing one-on-one fighters.
What the machine will look like, it’s still very much in the air. It’s hard to imagine SNK actually releasing a system with the ability to bow to Sony and Microsoft and challenge the PS5 and Xbox Series X, but we Can Look for a console that is more similar to a switch in terms of processing power.
Ironically, the console that this new machine is based on was notable for offering power that Mega Drive and SNES could offer in the early ’90s – it was much more expensive and the cave was extremely expensive. It’s hard to imagine that SNK would try the same strategy again, especially since it now lacks the once lucrative arcade business that would outweigh the cost of such an initiative.
There are also questions about whether SNK will create a system capable of hosting its latest games – such as recent Samurai showdown Reboot – or if it prefers to create a platform that offers a ‘classic’ Neo Geo experience. Perhaps the plan is to launch a console that runs the old-school Neo Geo pre-existing library, but enables online play?
SNK has previously released variants of its famous Neo Geo system based on imitations of fake Geo systems, including Neo Geo Mini and Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro. It has also worked with outside companies to produce other products based on consoles such as MVSX and Neo GeoX.