SNK Playmore Terminates License Agreement With Tommo

Well that sure was short-lived. The Neo Geo X officially went on sale December 2012 to extremely critical reviews. In fact you’d be hard-pressed to find a single media outlet that gave the device any praise at all. When I finally got mine I didn’t think it was horrible, but it certainly had some faults.

Poor Steven had to actually send his Mega Pack Vol. 1 back to Tommo because it wouldn’t allow him to update his system’s firmware. It left such a sour taste in his mouth that he hasn’t touched his X since. I think all of us knew this device wasn’t going to last long, because if anything it was tarnishing the name of Neo Geo and SNK as a whole. I suppose someone from SNK Playmore finally had enough, and as of October 2nd, 2013 the Neo Geo X is dead. SNK Playmore had some extremely harsh words for Tommo in their press release, which I’ll highlight for your reading pleasure.

“Upon termination of the License and Distribution Agreement, SNK has demanded that TOMMO Inc. immediately cease any and all manufacturing, distribution, marketing & promotion and selling of the Licensed Products.

In addition, SNK has demanded TOMMO immediately cease all sales of the “SNK NEOGEO X Arcade Stick” product being sold separately from the NEOGEO X GOLD Plug and Play Console, and remove the “SNK NEOGEO X Arcade Stick” product from store shelves and online retailers. In order to protect our intellectual property rights such as “NEOGEO” and “SNK”, decisive measures will be taken against all unapproved NEOGEO X products not subject to the License Agreement.”

Ouch! This shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who have been following the Neo Geo X. SNK’s original Neo Geo AES platform was praised the world over as being one of the most advanced pieces of technology back when it was originally released in the very early 90s. The X was the polar opposite, and has been slammed by the media for being essentially a cheap emulation box.

I know a lot of you likely have questions as to what will happen now, and I’ll try and answer those questions with one sentence. The Neo Geo X is a dead, unsupported, and now illegal piece of hardware. If you own one, take very good care of it because it will no longer be supported in any official capacity. If you see one for sale and are curious, jump on it because it will no longer be sold anywhere except on eBay for outrageously high prices.

So long Neo Geo X, it was fun while it lasted.

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