The Neo Geo Pocket Color (ネオジオポケットカラー Neo Jio Poketto Karā?), or NGPC, is a 16-bit color handheld game console produced by SNK, the company behind the Metal Slug series and the luxury Neo Geo home console. Much like the Nintendo Game Boy, the Neo Geo Pocket Color does not have a back-lit screen.
The Neo Geo Pocket Color had a good sales start in both the U.S. and Japan with 14 launch titles (a record at the time), and the system was more successful than any other Game Boy competitor since the Sega Game Gear in 1990. Unfortunately, after low retail support in the U.S., consumer anticipation for the upcoming 32-bit Game Boy Advance, and the strong competition from Bandai's WonderSwan in Japan, the console was discontinued just two years after its release. A total of 85 games were released for the system in Japan, with only 39 making it to the United Kingdom, and just 30 reaching North American stores.
- The Neo Geo Pocket Color has no region lock chip inside the hardware, meaning games from any region can be played regardless of the system's region.
- The system is fully backwards compatible with its predecessor, the Neo Geo Pocket, and just displays the games in monochrome.
- The Neo Geo Pocket Color does not have a traditional D-Pad; instead it features a unique, arcade-like, micro-switched joystick that allows for much more precise inputs.
- Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure is the second official Sonic game to be released on a system not made by Sega. The first was Sonic Jam on Tiger's Game.com.
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