Look out, Game Boy Color. When it comes to serious portable gameplay, there's finally some legitimate competition for
the popular Nintendo system (which has sold over 80 million units). If you dare to be different, consider the NEOGEO
Pocket Color, a hand-held system created by the Japanese company SNK.
The screen is 10 percent bigger than Game Boy's, but the overall machine has roughly the same convenient pocket-sized
dimensions and light weight as the Game Boy. The NEOGEO Pocket Color provides up to 40 hours of continuous fun on just
two AA batteries. The 16-bit graphics are crystal clear--making it easy to tell the difference between humans and
animals, friends and foes, and walls and doors--and easily viewed in both bright and dim lighting. The color palette has
three times the range of its competitor's, with 146 possible shades. There is also a built-in calendar, daily horoscope,
alarm clock, and global clock that can be accessed even without a game cartridge in the slot. Two players can go
head-to-head with a simple cable connection (sold separately).