There’s undoubtedly variety, and potentially nostalgia, here but outside of retro fans it may feel like slim pickings
I’m consistently amazed by the quality the tiny powerhouse that was the NEOGEO POCKET COLOR managed to put out, though whether that’s well-demonstrated by this specific collection of 10 titles would be fairly up to debate. Among its offerings I’d say that the 3 sports titles (tennis, soccer, and baseball) are probably the strongest, though you’ll certainly need to be prepared for a fair level of challenge against the CPU as it isn’t set to take it easy on you. The fighters (a wrestling title and a Mega Man battler) I’d put on the second tier, both offering some decent play but neither feel as deep with their 2-button scheme as some of the better-implemented fighters from the system. From there it simply goes a bit all over the place including Card Fighters Clash which has great art but confoundingly confusing deckbuilding play, Puzzle Link2 which has a unique mechanic but one that gets old pretty quickly, and Biomotor Unitron which helps demonstrate how dialogue-heavy RPGs aren’t great on a very small screen. The last 2, a Mario Party-ish board game and something I simply couldn’t understand what it was trying to be, are unfortunately not translated from Japanese and that makes them practically inaccessible since on-screen text would probably have been very helpful to understanding what you were doing. For people who had the system this still may be a great nostalgic journey, but for anyone else I’d say this is the weaker of the 2 collections and doesn’t represent the best options available on Switch.
Justin Nation, Score: