Last week, in a seemingly unprovoked maneuver, SNK Playmore USA Corp posted a license termination notification on their website against Tommo Inc. that demanded they cease all NEOGEO X activity that includes the production, marketing, and support of the niche, retrogaming console.
Posted on Oct 8, 2013, Tommo Inc. responded to SNK Playmore’s wrongful termination claim stating that the move was “sudden and unjustified” despite Tommo’s claim to have “performed all of its obligations under its license agreement with SNK...”
In fact, as stated by Tommo Inc.’s press release, the popularity of the handheld console was such that earlier this year, Tommo Inc. and SNK Playmore had extended the original license agreement to 2016.
“Tommo is still taking care of all customer service and product warranties in North America as are our master distribution partners, Success in Asia and Blaze in Europe,” said Jonathan Wan, CEO of Tommo, Inc.. “We’re continuing to sell NEOGEO X products, including the NEOGEO X GOLD System, Arcade Stick, MEGA PACK Volume 1 and Classics Volumes 1-5. The license agreement which allows Tommo to sell and market these products remains in effect.”
It seems that this may not spell the end for the NEOGEO X. However, the road ahead will definitely be a bit bumpier from here on out.
The NEOGEO (Multi Video System for arcade use and Advanced Entertainment System for home use) was an arcade quality console system produced by Osaka based SNK. The company was later rebranded as SNK Playmore after the original company’s bankruptcy and legal issues suffered in 2001.
The NEOGEO X is a handheld game console, produced by Tommo Inc. under license agreement with SNK Playmore USA Corp., that plays a number of the original NEOGEO game ROMs under software emulation.