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The Neo Geo Pocket and Pocket Color were SNK's attempt to enter the handheld console market.
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The Pocket was released in 1998, in Japan and Hong Kong. It didn't sell well, so it was replaced one year later by the Pocket Color. This had a wider release, including North America and Europe, and sold two million units. It was a good handheld, with a 16-bit CPU, 4096 colors, and 40 hours on two AA batteries for $70. It was cancelled in 2000 after SNK was bought by a pachinko company, though it lasted until 2001 in Japan.

The Pocket's claim to fame over the Game Boy line was the fact that instead of rubber pads, the D-pad used microswitches to sense directional movement. This difference allowed competitive fighting games to be played effortlessly on such a small unit. There was also a link cable that allowed the NGPC to interface with a Sega Dreamcast.


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Specifications:

Processors

  • CPU: Toshiba TLCS900H, 16-bit, just over 6 MHz.
  • Z80, 3 MHz, sound controller.
  • One (Pocket) or two (Pocket Color) Texas Instruments SN76489 sound chips.

Memory

  • 12K RAM for TLCS900H.
  • 4K RAM for Z80.

Display

  • 160*152 resolution.
  • 146 out of 4096 colors.
  • 64 sprites.

Sound

  • One or two sound chips, 3 square waves plus 1 noise wave per chip.

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Alternative Title(s): Neo Geo Pocket Color

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