The lights are on
NeoGeo X, the retro re-release of the NeoGeo home console, has been officially discontinued as of October 2.
The console and its accompanying game packs were manufactured by Tommo which had a license to create and manufacture the product from NeoGeo owners SNK Playmore. In a notice on SNK Playmore's website, it was announced that that licensing deal has come to an end.
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.
You can still purchase the NeoGeo X from certain retailers who still have it in stock, but Tommo will no longer be making the console after the current stock expires.
[Source: SNK Playmore, via: RetroGameNetwork]
Our TakeWe're not sure what happened here, but with the use of words like, "immediately cease all sales," and, "termination," it sounds like this was not a pleasant break-up. I'm surprised SNK Playmore feels the need to, "protect our intellectual property rights," especially considering that the overall reception of NeoGeo X seems to be positive. Without the NeoGeo X, the brand will just sort of sit there collecting dust.
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Wonder what went wrong.
Kinda seems like SNK didn't realize there was a market for the reboot of the Geo and now they've got their panties in a twist.
I'm guessing they'll want to sell it themselves now.
Still available on Amazon
Quick! Buy product on Amazon before it is sold out! Then sell online in a few months for triple!
I never look don't remember interesting old game
I would have cared about this, is the system hadn't used emulation, and not the best emulation from what I hear.
This suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks. I really like the Neo Geo X and only recently got a second arcade stick for it so I could play the games with my kid. I'm quite annoyed to see this happen since the product is really nice and I've derived quite a bit of enjoyment from it.
Well, as I figured, it's going to shoot straight into collector's circles in the intervening years--I just didn't think it'd start so soon. I expect that, within 6 months of it disappearing from shops or stores "new," it'll start to climb in price.
I hope SNK has a plan to maintain or revive it. It has so much damn potential.
Well that's a bummer. I really would like to know more about what went wrong to cause this.
That's pretty sad news for those who love games. I was itching to give that a go. Fond arcade memories with their titles. How I miss the good old days of arcades.
Aaaaaaand, its a collector's item.