I scored my first Neo Geo Pocket Color (NGPC) along with Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure and SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium for my birthday in 1999. It was an amazing little machine — in my opinion, the only US market competitor that stood a chance against the Game Boy in the long run.
SNK clearly studied Nintendo's winning handheld strategy and succeeded where previous Game Boy competitors failed by keeping the Neo Geo Pocket Color's technical specifications minimal and omitting a backlight, allowing for low retail cost and long battery life.
The NGPC even sported an innovative and satisfyingly clicky thumb stick that in some ways surpassed the traditional D-pad in functionality. Still, SNK couldn't keep up with Nintendo's first party franchises and voluminous third party support, and the NGPC died on the vine, never to realize its full potential.
Along with the Sega Dreamcast, the NGPG lives on in gamer memory as one of those rare consoles that failed due to commercial reasons alone, not technical ones. The NGPC hardware is currently cheap and plentiful, so if you don't have one, I highly recommend picking up a unit and a handful of games.
Discussion Topic of the Week: What are your favorite Neo Geo Pocket Color Games? What game you think was best, over all, for the system?