In a news release today SNK has officially announced the NEOGEO Arcade Stick Pro, a stand alone console and arcade stick hybrid that comes with 20 classic SNK fighters pre-installed.

What is most intriguing about the console is that the above picture is it. There is no separate controller needed, the console is the controller. According to SNK all that is needed is an HDMI cable connecting the stick to your TV. While in console mode, there is the option of using the NEOGEO mini PAD controllers or even another NEOGEO Arcade Stick Pro to play in 2 player mode.

There is also what they term as Joystick mode, which is compatible with the NEOGEO mini or PC. You can see the button layout, input toggles and mode examples in the pictures provided below.

The stick design is inspired by the NEOGEO CD’s controller design and has been enlarged to fighting stick size at 430mm W x 215mm D x 125mm H. There are plans for worldwide release, but no details have been provided regarding the games included, price point or release date. Its a safe bet that King of Fighters titles will be included, and hopefully Garou: Mark of the Wolves, but it remains to be seen.

For the full news release, see the following link here.

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