An 8-Direction joystick will always find it's way into my heart.

NeoGeo Arcade Stick Pro

WHAT IS IT?

NeoGeo Arcade Stick Pro

WHAT DOES IT DO?

Plug-and-play arcade stick loaded with 20 classic NeoGeo arcade titles

WHAT'S THE DAMAGE TO MY WALLET?

TDB

DO I REALLY NEED IT?

Nintendo Classic, PlayStation Classic, Genesis Mini... As long as the classic consoles keep coming up, I dare not have any gaps on my shelf

I covet the Capcom Home Arcade, and I’m not even going to pretend that I don’t covet the NeoGeo Arcade Stick Pro as well. It may not be as garish and flashy as the Home Arcade (which I consider to be a positive trait), but I do Iove me some NeoGeo, and therein lies the rub.

At the time of this writing, the actual line-up of games to be included has yet to be announced. But y’know what—I don’t care! Wanton lust has bewitched me. I have a full library of NeoGeo games I primarily play via emulation, all acquired through legit means I assure you, and I can’t think of a stinker in the bunch. Fatal Fury, King of the Monsters, Aggressors of Dark Kombat, World Heroes to name a few. Hopefully it won’t be all fighting games though. Let’s get some Shock Troops, Viewpoint, and Windjammer up in that mah! But not Magician Lord. I take back about what I said about their nary being a stinker. I just could never get into that game. Maybe that’s why SNK never made a half dozen sequels like they did with Metal Slug, and in Metal Slug’s case,  that still isn’t nearly enough!

NeoGeo Arcade Stick Pro

And if I’m interpreting this illustration correctly, it’s not just a console with a joystick jutting from the top, but a console unto itself that can be used in conjunction with controllers from the NeoGeo Mini. Oh great, that means I’ll have to buy a couple of controllers too. Just to clarify the point: the NeoGeo Mini Gamepads are not a required add on, but they are necessary FOR ME! They’d make the package complete, and that’s just how GadgetLust works. Once bewitched, it’s just easier to give in.

Can two units be linked together to really capture that two-player arcade feel? Perhaps through the power of USB? That’d be keen. Though the only other person in my circle I can see getting this would be Chip, and I’m hesitant to ever let him back in my home.

Chip

“Hey!”

That’s close enough, buster! You won’t be infecting my game room with your Pac-Man Fever, Donkey Kong Diptheria, or whatever communal arcade diseases you may have contracted!

Break the Piggy.

I'll never not be in the mood to replay arcade games from the early 90s. Encased in the form of functional hardware and not just a plastic shell makes it all the more impressive.

UPDATE: 09.20.19

The list of games has been revealed, and ’tis as I feared—all fighting games:

The King of Fighters ‘95
The King of Fighters ‘97
The King of Fighters ‘98
The King of Fighters ‘99
The King of Fighters 2000
The King of Fighters 2002
Fatal Fury Special
Fatal Fury 3
Garou: Mark of Wolves
Samurai Shodown II
Samurai Shodown III
Samurai Shodown IV
Samurai Shodown V
The Art of Fighting
World Heroes 2
World Heroes 2 Jet
World Heroes Perfect
Ninja Master’s
The Last Blade 2
Kizuna Encounter

…though maybe “feared” is the wrong term, because these are all solid titles. But where’s the variety, and I don’t just means the likes of their shooters, but just within the fighting genre itself. Six King of Fighters and not one King of Monsters?

Well, irrevocably it still comes down to price and possibilities unleashed once the modders find their way in. If I can load it with more games, then I reaffirm my initial call to load in into my trunk. With GadgetLust, always go with your first instinct!

Braniff

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