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Neo Geo Pocket Color Console

The Neo Geo Pocket Color[a] is a 16-bit color handheld video game console manufactured by SNK. It is a successor to SNK’s monochrome Neo Geo Pocket handheld which debuted in 1998 in Japan, with the Color being fully backward compatible. The Neo Geo Pocket Color was released on March 16, 1999 in Japan, August 6, 1999 in North America, and on October 1, 1999 in Europe, entering markets all dominated by Nintendo, competing with Nintendo’s Game Boy Color.

  • CPUs: Toshiba TLCS900H core (16-bit), 6.144 MHz, Z80 at 3.072 MHz for sound
  • RAM: 12 k for 900H, 4 k for Z80 (shared with the 900H)
  • ROM: 64 k boot ROM
  • Interfaces: SIO 1 channel 19200 bit/s, 5-pin serial port
  • Resolution: 160×152 (256×256 virtual screen)
  • DMA: four channels
  • Colors: 16 palettes per plane, 48 palettes. 146 colors on screen out of 4096 (or 20 colors out of 4096 in monochrome mode)
  • Sprites: 64 sprites per frame (8×8), four colors per sprite
  • Scrolling: Two scrolling planes, 8×8 character tiles (characters matrix shared with the sprites), four colors per tile
  • Sound: SN76489 variant, T6W28 (3 square wave tone generators with stereo capability + 1 monaural noise generator + direct access to the two 6-bit digital-to-analogue converters)
  • Cartridges: Maximum 4 MB (32 Mbit) with 4 to 16 Mbit flash memory
  • Batteries: 40 hours on two AA batteries, Lithium CR2032 battery for memory and clock

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