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SNK demands halt of Neo Geo X sales

Original console maker says licensing agreement with Tommo was terminated last week, wants it pulled from stores

The company behind the original Neo Geo wants the console's retro revival off store shelves. SNK Playmore has announced that on October 2, its licensing agreement with Tommo Inc. for that company's Neo Geo X Gold console was terminated.

"Upon termination of the License and Distribution Agreement, SNK has demanded that Tommo Inc. immediately cease any and all manufacturing, distribution, marketing and promotion and selling of the Licensed Products," the company said.

The products in question include the Neo Geo X Gold, a handheld device that plays old Neo Geo games and can be plugged into a base for playing on a TV with reproduction Neo Geo arcade sticks. SNK has demanded that the console, as well as the arcade stick accessories and a variety of game bundles, be pulled from store shelves. SNK Playmore said it is protecting its intellectual property, and "decisive measures will be taken" against the continued sale of now-unlicensed Neo Geo X products.

A Tommo representative had not responded to comment as of press time, but the console was still being offered on websites like Amazon and GameStop.

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Latest comments (2)

Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany3 years ago
I have two doubts. First is: how will they manage this company to stop selling this portable machine. Second: Shouldn't they have specified that the sales should stop when they wrote and signed this distribution agreement? Because they obviously didn't.
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The SNK Playmore acquisition / merger back in 2001 was incredibly messy, and some still do not see the complete ownership of licenses and IP was achieved... or paid for!

I would not be surprised if the NeoGeo unit proposed opened up a number of canns of worms from IP owners wanting their fair share!
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