They say "passionate fans" which just means anyone who's into Metal Slug and console gamers as in anyone who wants to play Slug on a TV
Just another plastic form factor for them to sell their romz in again
Whats wrong with Metal Slug, home consoles, and playing on a TV? I'm a "Passionate Fan" and got into Neo Geo because of Metal Slug.
I’m surprised you didn’t catch onto his point, because it’s pretty true. Imagine a total casual, learning of the new Neo Geo garbage through Metal Jeebus or MadLittlePixel, they own no SNK hardware or original games, they see Metal Slug and some other “entry level” Neo titles on one of these SNK emulation boxes and they think “ZOMG! That’s for me! I can play Metal Slug and these other cool retro games on something SNK made and play it on my 75” OLED TV!” That is the crowd that these are for, and that was his whole point.
“Passionate fan” for SNK is now just anyone who will purchase yet another reskinned emulation station. People who may be enthusiastic about the popular titles, but their interest in SNK, Neo Geo hardware, and the larger library is skin deep. They are completely out of touch with the community that supported SNK when that name had clout.