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Remind Yourself the Old and Nostalgic Video Gaming Days With the NeoGeo X

What is a NeoGeo X you ask? It is a new handheld by SNK and Tommo. It emulates previous NeoGeo titles. While twenty games are included inside the NeoGeo X, the rest are announced to be released in the near future as game cards.... that looks a lot like SD cards with pictures on them. Anyway, I wanted one so much because the NeoGeo is one of my most favorite systems, and I did NOT play it at all back then. I don't think I could even do so. So I really wanted this not only because of that, but because I really want to support SNK, who I think is in a bit of a pickle after releasing the wonderful game, The King of Fighters XIII. That game is really beautiful and fun, and SNK deserves recognition for all of their hard work and time put in that game, and it's a great apology for sending us the shallow King of Fighters XII.

So I couldn't get it at all because all the stores sold out of them. This must of been popular! A few days after the beginning of December, I found out that my mother secretly ordered one for me. As soon as it got to my house and my mother presented it to me, I was as happy as the boy that got the Wii U for Christmas from that video Destructoid kindly shared. Seriously, I was THAT happy. So I opened it up, played on the handheld, and it plays very well! The games are emulated to near perfection. Yes, NEAR perfection. Only graphics wise does the game not emulate perfectly. Close, but the colors are still more bland and it isn't as pixel showing as I thought it would be, compared to the collection rereleases I played on the PSP. Still, I'm extremely happy with the handheld and what it does. It's a lovely little machine that feels light and tight at the palm of my hands, and the analog stick is one of the best ones I ever used. Arguably even better than the Vita's! I loved the handheld a lot, but how does it look on the TV? Let's find out.

I picked up the console and immediately noticed on how light it is. I expected it to be heavier? Guess not. Also, I noticed that the slot, which I thought initially, that inserts old AES games or your very own handheld in order to recharge it was completely sealed, so both are out of the question.... well, not recharging it. To recharge it, you have to open the whole console, like so:

There's a switch on the front, narrow side of the console that opens it like in the picture. Connect your handheld inside the necessary components and you're good to go. That's a very unusual way to recharge it, but okay. After placing it inside, you use the HDMI or A/V Out cords that came WITH the box (and it's a HUGE box. I got the Limited Edition) and simply connect it to the TV. After playing it on the TV for a while, I noticed some things. One, the joystick has button lag. Some had it with the joystick only, some had it with the buttons on the joystick only, and some are so unfortunate that they had lag on both, all from what I have heard. For me, I had the lag on the buttons of the joystick. It's not TERRIBLE lag, but it is annoying when playing games like Fatal Fury. Second, on the TV, the visuals look more colorful, so it looks much better on here than on the handheld. Finally, like many others have said, the A/V Out version looks far better, but that's my opinion when this is played on an SDTV, not an HD one. The HD version has some tearing when you play some games, most notably, from what heard, in the game, Alpha Mission II.

Overall, I'm very happy with the handheld.... not as much when it comes to console. The console is inferior to not only the handheld, but the original AES console that this console is representing. And there's yet another thing I noticed about this system. There appears to be different versions, and I don't think it can be updated.... or at least not yet. I have version 337, which appears to be the oldest version. Others have version 357 or 370, and maybe so on. Why did I bring this up? Because the system has recently been hacked.

This image is from the website ObscureHandhelds. The source link is shown shortly.

I just found this out. Initially, I was looking for some Neo Geo game reviews, so I stumbled upon Neo-Geo.com. After looking at some of the reviews, I was just curious to see if the website was still alive. Well it was, or at least the forums. Just found out after eavesdropping into some of the conversation that some of the forum members themselves were doing the hacking! What the f*ck? After a few days of this thing being released, I find out it's already been hacked? And literally, it only took a few days. I flat out laughed. Basically, all you have to do is open your NeoGeo X by unscrewing some screws (of course you have to be careful), and you should see some stuff like it shows on the picture. There, you should see a microSD card. THAT was hardware's internal memory! Nothing else more complicated? That's it! Yep! That's where those twenty included NeoGeo games stored in this bad boy is at. Here's a close up:

Pull that card out, replace some ROM files (which is what it was using in there!) with ROM files to your liking, and rename those ROM files that you just placed in there with the original ROM name that you replaced. In other words, you can trick the system by just swapping out some files and renaming them. This all also depends on the version of the handheld you have, though. If you have version 337 apparently, then all of this can be done on that system. If have other versions, then it's either hacked differently or it's harder to hack. They are still alive and working on the system. You can check them out here:


I think they are now either figuring out how to fully hack the other versions (if they have not already), or that they are figuring out if there are some other capabilities the system has. That might be the case, since the community found out that the system has been using an emulator ALL ALONG. Wow. Don't question SNK on this. Question Tommo. Tommo built the system, not SNK. Finally, I'm sure that I'm NOT the only one that found out about this. This seems to be interesting enough that it caught Kotaku's , ObscureHandheld's, engadget's, and SubstanceTV's attention (and I bet even more than that), and I guess so much of their attention that they made they're own separate news about it, which is all right here:


http://obscurehandhelds.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/neo-geo-x-exposes-its-hardware-gets-hacked/ (this is also the source link for the pictures about the insides of the NeoGeo X)



If you did look into these, then you must have found out that this isn't recent, RECENT news, but it's pretty recent to me. I don't like to hack, and I especially don't like to take apart such a nicely designed system in order to hack (and I don't trust myself in doing so. I'm not much of a tech person), but this just really caught my interest. Besides, if I ever did hack this, I still would buy the future game releases for the system, since that supports SNK as well.

Anyway, I still think it was worth every penny. The Gold Limited Edition cost $199, while the handheld only, which will be released early February 2013, will cost $129. Again, the limited Gold edition will include the handheld itself, the AES console-looking docking system, an HDMI cable, an A/V cable, a Ninja Masters' game card, the AES arcade joystick specifically made to only function on this console, and a manual. The handheld-only one, so far from what I heard, will only include the handheld, but I don't know if this is all there is since the handheld-only edition hasn't even been released yet. Either way, if you're interested in getting this, then please get the limited edition. Tommo said, in the manual at least, that the system can only be recharged through the docking system that is included in the limited edition, and you cannot recharge with a USB cable (which is another gripe I have with this). I don't know if that is absolutely true, and I don't know what would happen if you did connect the system with a USB cable, but so far, I'll listen to what they said. Like I said before, I don't want to ruin this wonderful looking system.
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About Solar20XXone of us since 4:50 AM on 06.04.2012

Here's some of my favorite video games and video game series.

Street Fighter
Advance Wars (definitely)
Marvel VS Capcom
Sonic the Hedgehog (only Advance series, Rush series, and Adventure series)
Guilty Gear
Disgaea (only played 3 and 4 so far)
Ghost and Goblins
Rock Band
Guitar Hero
Rayman (excluding Raving Rabbits. Never played those)
Castlevania (Handhelds)
Patapon (definitely)
LocoRoco (definitely)
The King of Fighters
Samurai Shodown
Last Blade
Capcom VS SNK
Soul Calibur
Virtua Fighter (only played 2 and 3 so far)
Shikigami No Shiro
Shin Megami Tensei (I actually love these more then the Persona series)
Vocaloid (definitely)
Ratchet and Clank
Fire Emblem
Project DIVA (definitely)
Pop 'n Music (definitely)
DJMax (definitely)
Jak and Daxter
Mortal Kombat
Killer Instinct
Dynasty Warriors
Warriors Orochi

The games I completed:

NES (3)
Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda

SNES (8)
Super Mario World
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels
Acro Bat
Super Metroid
Final Fantasy V (NEW)

Neo Geo (26)
The King of Fighters 94
The King of Fighters 95
The King of Fighters 96
The King of Fighters 97
The King of Fighters 98
The King of Fighters 99
The King of Fighters 2000
The King of Fighters 2001
The King of Fighters 2002
The King of Fighters 2003
Samurai Shodown
Samurai Shodown 2
Samurai Shodown 3
Samurai Shodown 4
Samurai Shodown 5
Samurai Shodown 5 Special
Metal Slug
Metal Slug 2
Metal Slug 3
Metal Slug 4
Metal Slug 5
Last Blade
Last Blade 2
World Heroes
World Heroes 2
Magician Lord

Genesis (14)
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Sonic and Knuckles
Golden Axe
Golden Axe 2
Golden Axe 3
Altered Beast
Street of Rage
Street of Rage 2
Street of Rage 3
Vectorman 2
Phamtasy Star 4 (NEW)

N64 (4)
Pokemon Stadium
Pokemon Stadium 2
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Super Mario 64

GC (8)
Zelda: The Wind Waker
Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
Super Mario Sunshine
Pokemon Colosseum
Dragon Ball Z Budokai
Dragon Ball Z Budokai 2
Megaman Battle Network Transmission

PS1 (10)
Spyro the Dragon
Spyro 2 Ripto's Rage!
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Crash Bandicoot
Crash 2 Cortex Strikes Back
Crash Bandicoot Warped
Crash Team Racing
Crash Bash
Cacom VS SNK
Final Fantasy Origins

PS2 (12)
Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3
Dragon Ball Z Tenkaichi
Capcom VS SNK 2
Marvel VS Capcom 2
Disgaea Hour of Darkness
Disgaea 2 Cursed Memories
Tekken Tag Tournament
Tekken 3
Tekken 4
Capcom VS SNK 2
Persona 3
Shadow the Hedgehog

PS3 (36)
Final Fantasy 7
Arcana Heart 3
Persona 4 Arena
Blazblue Calamity Trigger
Blazblue Continuum Shift
Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
Street Fighter 3 Third Strike
Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition
Tekken 5 HD
Tekken 6
Disgaea 4
Persona 3 FES
Final Fantasy 13
Final Fantasy 13-2
Virtua Fighter 5
The Fancy Pants Adventure
Modnation Racers
Infamous 2
Mortal Kombat 9
DC Universe Online
The King of Fighters XIII
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
SoulCalibur 4 (NEW)
SoulCalibur 5 (NEW)
Dynasty Warriors 7 (NEW)
Dynasty Warriors 8 (NEW)
Warriors Orochi 3 (NEW)
AquaPazza (NEW)
Chaos Code (NEW)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds (NEW)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (NEW)

PC (25)
Touhou 6 Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
Touhou 7 Perfect Cherry Blossom
Touhou 7.5 Immaterial and Missing Power
Touhou 8 Imperishable Night
Touhou 9 Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Touhou 9.5 Shoot the Bullet
Touhou 10 Mountain of Faith
Touhou 10.5 Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
Touhou 11 Subterrainean Animism
Touhou 12 Unidentified Fantastic Object
Touhou 12.3 Hisoutensoku
Touhou 12.5 Double Spoiler
Touhou 12.8 Great Fairy Wars
Touhou 13 Ten Desires
Touhou 13.5 Hopeless Masquerade (NEW)
Touhou 14 Double Dealing Character (NEW)
Melty Blood
Melty Blood React
Melty Blood Act Cadenza
Melty Blood Actress Again
Guilty Gear Isuka
Sonic CD
Sonic R
Sonic Heroes

GBC (14)
Pokemon Yellow
Pokemon Blue
Pokemon Red
Pokemon Gold
Pokemon Silver
Pokemon Crystal
Tom & Jerry
Hamtaro Ham Hams Unite
The Powerpuff Girls: Bad Mojo Jojo
The Powerpuff Girls: Paint the Townsville Green
The Powerpuff Girls: Battle HIM
Dragon Tales
Kirby Tilt N' Tumble

GBA (27)
Pokemon Ruby
Pokemon Sapphire
Pokemon Emerald
Pokemon Fire Red
Pokemon Pinball
Fire Emblem
Fire Emblem Sacred Stones
Advance Wars
Advance Wars 2 Black Hole Rising
Yoshi Island
Dragon Ball Z Super Sonic Warriors
Tekken Advance
Street Fighter Alpha 3 Upper
Golden Sun
Megaman Zero
Megaman Zero 4
Megaman Battle Network 2
Megaman Battle Network 3
Megaman Battle Network 4
Megaman Battle Network 5
Megaman Battle Network 6
Sonic Advance
Sonic Advance 2
Sonic Advance 3
Sonic Battle
Kirby Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Amazing Mirror

DS (57)
Pokemon Diamond
Pokemon Pearl
Pokemon Emerald
Pokemon White
Pokemon Black 2
Dragon Quest 4 Chapters of the Chosen
Dragon Quest 5 Hands of the Heavenly Bride
Dragon Quest 6 Realms of Revelation
Dragon Quest Monsters Joker
Dragon Quest 9 Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Bleach Blade of Fate
Bleach Dark Souls
Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded
Pokemon Trozei
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Blue
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of the Sky
Pokemon Ranger
Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia
Luminous Arc
Luminous Arc 2
Final Fantasy A2 Tactics
Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2
Megaman Zero (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman Zero 2 (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman Zero 3 (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman Zero 4 (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman ZX
Megaman ZX Advent
Megaman Starforce
Megaman Starforce 2
Megaman Starforce 3 Black Joker
Lunar Knights
Metal Slug 7
Zelda Phantom Hourglass
Zelda Spirit Tracks
Knights in the Nightmare
Yoshi Touch and Go
Yoshi Island 2
Super Mario 64 DS
New Super Mario Bros.
Cave Story
Sonic Rush
Sonic Rush Adventure
Sonic Chronicles The Dark Brotherhood
Star Fox DS
Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon
Advance Wars Dual Strike
Advance Wars Days of Ruin
Kirby Canvas Curse
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Radiant Historia
The World Ends With You
Luminous Arc 3

PSP (58)
Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles
Castlevania Rondo of Blood
Castlevania Symphony of the Night
Persona 2 Innocnet Sin
Persona 3 Portable
Final Fantasy Dissidia
Disgaea Afternoon of Darkness
Disgaea 2 Dark Hero Days
Prinny Can I really Be the Hero?
Prinny Dawn of Oeration Panties Dood!
Phantom Brave
Tactics Ogre Let Us Cling Together
Final Fantasy Tactics War of the Lions
Yggdra Union
Knights in the Nightmare
What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord?
What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord? 2
No Heroes Allowed!
Cladun: This is An RPG
Cladun: This is An RPG X2
Fate/ Unlimited Codes
Fate/ Extra
Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max
Street Fighter 2
Street Fighter 2 Champion
Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting
Ghost And Goblins
Super Ghosts and Goblins
Goblins and Ghouls
Final Fight
Street Fighter
Samurai Shodown 6
Metal Slug 6
Metal Slug XX
LittleBigPlanet PSP
Lumines 2
Every Extend Extra
Tekken 6
Blazblue Calamity Trigger
Blazblue Continuum Shift 2
Guilty Gear XX Access Core +
LocoRoco 2
Patapon 2
Patapon 3
Wipeout Pulse
Wipeout Pure
Project Diva
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep
Final Fantasy Anniversery Edition
Final Fantasy II Anniversary Edition
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy IV Intrelude
Final Fantasy IV The After Years
Dissidia Final Fantasy Duodecim

3DS (13)
Kid Icarus Uprising
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor Overclocked
Super Mario 3D Land
Zelda Ocarina of Time
Mutant Mudds
Dead or Alive Dimensions
Super Street Fighter 4
Pokemon Rumble Blast
Code of Princess
Samurai Warriors: Chronicles (NEW)
Tetris Axis (NEW)
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance (NEW)

PSVita (14)
Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3
Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
Rayman Origins
Disgaea 3 Absence of Detention
Persona 4 Golden
Lumines Electric Symphony
Street Fighter X Tekken
Aqua Kitty
DJMAX: Technika Tune (NEW)
Cytus Lambda (NEW)
Chaos Rings (NEW)
Ragnarok Odyssey (NEW)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (NEW)
Spelunky (NEW)

Total So Far: 292 Games Completed (22 NEW GAMES COMPLETED!)
Updated: 12/2/2013