I'm happy to say I've now spent some time with the handheld portion of the NeoGeo X Gold and it's as good as I hoped it was. I liked it so much that I felt compelled to share my impressions on here:
It is well built. The A,B,C and D buttons feel great and the circle pad is excellent. It's grippy and has a fantastic 8-way clickyness to it that I missed when I played my 3DS afterwards. The screen is big, clear and bright. I definately prefered playing in the original resolution rather than stretching the game to fit the screen; something you can do at any time just by clicking the R1 or R2 shoulder buttons.
Most of my time spent so far has been on Samurai Showdown II and it's a perfect reproduction of one of my favorite fighters of all time. I've sunk about 7 hours into this game since Christmas morning and I'm still jonsing for more. My big hands were less crampy after 7 hours of rocking this than they would have been after the same amount of time playing 3DS using the circle pad pro. From what I can tell, the battery is lasting about 7 hours with the screen brightness turned all the way up.
Pressing both A and B or C and D together simultainiously for Hard Punch/Hard Kick is a little bit frustrating so I'm really looking forward to picking up an extra fight stick and hooking this and World Heros Perfect up to a TV for a more authentic experience. I haven't used the arcade stick yet, but I can say it feels like quality - the buttons feel great and the stick feels sturdy and again, has a nice clickyness that I think I could easily get used to (I'm used to Sanwa JLFs). Supposedly this clickyness is a trademark of the NeoGeo. I don't remember the arcade cabinet NeoGeos that I used to play on having this clickyness but it's been a long time since I've graced an arcade.
The docking/console part looks
sharp but I'm a little worried about the durability of the locking tabs and the spring switch. They seem kind of flimsy. The lack of a sturdier AC adapter plugin port is another slight quality concern.
The handheld's speakers are kind of weak. I'm going to try some headphones out when the unit is done charging. Audio quality is not a big problem for me but this may bother some people.
I sampled a little bit of Magician Lord, World Heros and a couple of the shooters but not enough to share an useful opinion other than pointing out the great visuals. Anyone familiar with NeoGeo games is probably already aware of how nice the graphics are in most of these games. I kept thinking as I was playing, "after After 20 years (or so) I finally own a freakin NeoGeo! Holy Crap!"
If I were asked to give this thing a rating after the 7 hours I've spent with it, I'd give it a 9.5/10. It's a great value. The hardware seems high quality (initially) and there are some really great titles included. The whole thing is just really well thought out and executed with respect for the brand. Owning a NeoGeo and a bunch of games is FINALLY afordable!
I'm hoping this starts a trend because I'd love to see a Saturn or a Master System type thing like this happen one day as that's the only way I could see myself adding those systems to my library at this point in my life.
Edited by OrangeArmy, 27 December 2012 - 07:59 AM.