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Over the past year or so, many fans of the Neo Geo platform went from anxiously awaiting for the “Neo Geo X” handheld platform (after an array of delays), to waiting for new game cards to be made available (again, after an array of delays), all the way to getting system updates. (Again, after an array of delays.) Was all of this worth it for the consumer? Well, it may not have been for SNK, as they have officially terminated their licensing agreement with Tommo, and due to this, all Neo Geo X products are now officially discontinued effective October 2, 2013.

SNK publicly announced the end of its licensing agreement with Tommo, who were the ones responsible for the distribution and production of the Neo Geo X handheld console. Aside of that, Tommo was also the official distributor of licensed SNK and Neo Geo video games, built in and purchased afterwards. The official statement as issued by SNK states:

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 Vol. 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

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So, if you have any desire to get any of the latest Neo Geo X products, including the handheld console, additional joysticks or any of the software for it, you will now have to go the used route on various auction sites, or find a retailer that still has stock, as Tommo was ordered to cease all production. For those that have not been following this story, take a look at the Retro Game Network timeline for this product, and I think you will agree that it was quite a ride from start to end:

Aug. 14, 2012: Original Announcement (With Release Time Frame)

Sept. 25, 2012: First Video Footage Available Online

Oct. 22, 2012: New Details About Compatibility

Dec. 6, 2012: Delayed, But Available By Christmas

Dec. 18, 2012: Available For Purchase

Dec. 23, 2012: Console Gets Hacked!

Feb. 25, 2013: “Neo Geo X Classics: Volume 1″

Mar. 8, 2013: “Neo Geo X Classics: Volume 2″

Mar. 29, 2013: “Neo Geo X Classics: Volumes 3-5″ (With Pricing Details)

Apr. 20, 2013: “Neo Geo X Classics” Delayed

May 15, 2013: “Neo Geo X Classics: Volume 5″ Lineup Change

May 24, 2013: “Neo Geo X Classics” Delayed Again (Mega Pack Announced)

Oct. 2, 2013: Neo Geo X Lineup Completely Terminated

The Neo Geo X handheld was available for a total of 288 days. There is no official word on the reasoning behind SNK cancelling the agreement with Tommo, and there are currently no known details on if the product would ever come back in another form. All I can say, is that if you were a fan of the Neo Geo X, you had quite a ride!

Press Release: http://www.snkplaymoreusa.com/termination-of-the-license-agreement-between-tommo-inc-and-snk-playmore-usa-corp

(Update: On October 8, 2013, Tommo released their own press release, stating that the license agreement had been updated, and that all items in the Neo Geo X line would continue until 2016.)