More specifically, the video hardware in the Neo Geo Pocket Color is somewhat better than SMS/GG while at the same time somewhat worse. (I don't have the full technical details on the NGPC's video processor, so I'm going with what's listed here.) NGPC: 2 scroll planes, 4 colors per 8x8 tile. SMS: 1 scroll plane, 16 colors per 8x8 tile. NGPC: 64 sprites onscreen, 4 colors per sprite. SMS: 64 sprites (maximum 8 per line), 16 colors per sprite The main difference is the NGPC's two scroll planes. Regarding color: Background tiles and sprites on SMS can use up to 16 colors (technically 15 due to transparency). Both NGPC and NES limit these to 4 colors (3 with transparency).