Neo Geo X License Terminated

by on 04/10/2013
 

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The Neo Geo X console, which emulated Neo Geo AES games, is to be discontinued due the termination of the license and distribution agreement between its manufacturers, TOMMO Inc, and the copyright holders, SNK Playmore. Not only that, but they have demanded that the Neo Geo X Arcade Stick is taken off the shelves altogether. 

Being an owner of this console I am sad that this will mean that there will be no more game releases; leaving a total library of 36 games, including the 20 which were pre-loaded on to the machine. But I’m not that surprised at this news. It was a poorly made machine; possibly in breach of trading standards, with firmware updates causing more harm than good and a warranty of only 90 days. It wasn’t cheap either and left a lot of consumers -mainly collectors of retro gaming hardware and software- dissatisfied. The news is still a shame regardless.

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Here’s the notice taken from the SNK Playmore website, which also lists all the products affected:

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION

To whom it may concern:

Please be informed that the License and Distribution Agreement between TOMMO Inc. and our company is terminated as of October 2nd, 2013.

The Licensed Products set forth in the agreement are as follows;

Terminated Licensed Products:

– NEOGEO X GOLD Limited Edition
– NEOGEO X MEGA PACK VOLUME 1
– NEOGEO X Classics Vol. 1
– NEOGEO X Classics Vol. 2
– NEOGEO X Classics Vol. 3
– NEOGEO X Classics Vol. 4
– NEOGEO X Classics Vol. 5

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.

Regarding customer support for any/all of the Licensed Products, please contact the retail store / online retailer from which the product(s) were purchased.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,

SNK PLAYMORE USA CORPORATION

List of terminated NEOGEO X related Licensed Products:

Product Name

Contents

Game Titles

NEOGEO X GOLD LIMITED EDITION

1. NEOGEO X Handheld System ※ Titles #1.~20. are pre-installed
2. NEOGEO X Docking Station
3. NEOGEO X Arcade Stick 4. Game Card ※ Title #21. only

1. 3 COUNT BOUT
2. LEAGUE BOWLING
3. ART OF FIGHTING
4. MAGICIAN LORD
5. ALPHA MISSION II
6. METAL SLUG
7. BASEBALL STARS 2
8. MUTATION NATION
9. CYBER LIP
10. NAM 1975
11. FATAL FURY
12. PUZZLED
13. FATAL FURY SPECIAL
14. REAL BOUT – FATAL FURY SPECIAL
15. THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’95
16. SAMURAI SHODOWN II
17. KING OF THE MONSTERS
18. SUPER SIDEKICKS
19. LAST RESORT
20. WORLD HEROES PERFECT
21. NINJA MASTER’S

NEOGEO X MEGA PACK VOLUME 1

GAME CARD

1. METAL SLUG 2
2. SENGOKU
3. TOP HUNTER
4. SAMURAI SHODOWN III
5. SAVAGE REIGN
6. SUPER SIDEKICKS 3
7. THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’96
8. BLAZING STAR
9. KIZUNA ENCOUNTER
10. GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES
11. SHOCK TROOPERS
12. WORLD HEROES 2 JET
13. THE LAST BLADE
14. ART OF FIGHTING 3
15. BLUE’S JOURNEY

NEOGEO X Classics Vol. 1

GAME CARD

1. METAL SLUG 2
2. SENGOKU
3. TOP HUNTER

NEOGEO X Classics Vol. 2

GAME CARD

1. SAMURAI SHODOWN III
2. SAVAGE REIGN
3. SUPER SIDEKICKS 3

NEOGEO X Classics Vol. 3

GAME CARD

1. THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’96
2. BLAZING STAR
3. KIZUNA ENCOUNTER

NEOGEO X Classics Vol. 4

GAME CARD

1. GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES
2. SHOCK TROOPERS
3. WORLD HEROES 2 JET

NEOGEO X Classics Vol. 5

GAME CARD

1. THE LAST BLADE
2. ART OF FIGHTING 3
3. BLUE’S JOURNEY

NEOGEO X Classics Vol. 5

GAME CARD

1. THE LAST BLADE
2. ART OF FIGHTING 3
3. BLUE’S JOURNEY

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