SNK appears to have been pulling all of the stops to produce new hardware and celebrate its history. The fighting game powerhouse dropped a multiplatform Anniversary Collection across all major platforms a few years ago. As of late, it has been re-releasing games from its short-lived Neo Geo Pocket Color(NGPC) handheld onto the Switch Eshop for $7.99 each. Another classic compilation was inevitable after a steady drip of ports, which SNK announced under Neo Geo Pocket Color Selection.
Details are relatively sparse at this point. What we do know is that this collection will feature all of the Neo Geo Pocket Color re-releases currently available on the Switch Eshop, including 1999’s SNK Vs. Capcom: The Match of The Millennium. It appears to be Switch and digital-only at this point, although it would not surprise me if this changes. After all, SNK 40th Anniversary Collection did eventually go cross-platform following a brief period of exclusivity.
Poking around on SNK’s official page for the release does, however, suggest some interesting new features. The purists and people (like yours truly) never got a chance to play SNK’s handheld console two decades ago. Not only are these games “perfectly emulated,” but you’ll also be able to swap through a variety of digital NGPC shells for a more authentic experience. Perhaps more importantly (considering the lineup consists of 1v1 fighters), you’ll no longer need to worry about tethering the handhelds together nor worry about your rival not having their copy of Gals’ Fighters thanks to “advancements in technology.” (No word on whether or not these games will be Nintendo Switch Online compatible, however).
The current list of games set to be on the collection is as follows, although it’s worth noting that SNK also promises more titles down the line.
- SNK Gals’ Fighters
- Samurai Shodown! 2
- King of Fighters R-2
- The Last Blade: Beyond the Destiny
- Fatal Fury: First Contact
- SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium
Pricing is up in the air, and I anticipate that Neo Geo Pocket Color Selection will be about $29.99. When it makes its way to the Switch, the included titles are currently $7.99 each.
I’m glad SNK is continuing to make many obscure titles from even obscurer hardware more readily available. I do hope they’ll eventually dig into non-fighter territory with these re-releases soon. They’re known for being the kings of this genre. The NGPC, in particular, is home to some severe novelties in other departments. There’s Sonic The Hedgehog Pocket Adventure, which has never seen any official re-release. It may as well be Sonic Mania-before-Sonic Mania due to its level design and soundtrack. Also, the portable had its own Metal Slug game and a port of Cotton, among others. I’d love to have a (legal) way of playing these- especially on the Switch.