The GC Blog

SNK vs. Tommo Inc. – Battle for the NeoGeo X

There’s been a lot going in the world of video games lately. Grand Theft Auto V had its epic release, Valve made a controller, and details of the rapidly approaching PS4 and Xbox One are seemingly released daily. But with all of this video game over stimulation you may have missed one story that appears to be heating up by the hour.

SNK Playmore, maker of the famed NeoGeo, unexpectedly terminated its licensing agreement with Tommo Inc., the maker of the NeoGeo X, for reasons unknown to the public.

SNK vs. Tommo Inc. – Battle for the NeoGeo X, Game Crazy

SNK Playmore published a press release on October 3rd stating the following:

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

SNK vs. Tommo Inc. – Battle for the NeoGeo X, Game Crazy

Well, Tommo Inc. didn’t take kindly to the sudden action taken by SNK and has released a response stating:

“Tommo, Inc. denies that any breach of contract exists in their agreement with SNK PLAYMORE USA Corp and are continuing to support and market the popular NEOGEO X GOLD entertainment system, its accessories, and games.”

Looks like we got us an old-fashioned video game developer stand-off. No further details have been released since the initial exchange between the two entities, but it’s probably safe to say that some serious high level legal wrangling is going on between the two right now.

However, this latest dust up isn’t the NeoGeo X’s first rodeo. Ever since it was released last December, the system has faced some harsh criticism from the gaming community for being what some believe is a “glorified emulator.” It came under fire again when a recently released firmware update failed to work on certain units.

Tommo took a page out of the Xbox 360’s playbook and issued new extended warranties for units that couldn’t be upgraded, and then required some customers to mail their NeoGeo X directly to Tommo so it could upgrade free of charge.

SNK vs. Tommo Inc. – Battle for the NeoGeo X, Game Crazy
The recently released Mega Pack Volume 1 and Classics Volumes 1-5 came packaged with a firmware update loaded on the new game cards. A new charger cable/upgrade cable was also included.

Despite its issues, the system has managed to stay alive with the support of a loyal fan base, but this latest legal entanglement could mean the end of a very short-lived and controversial piece of gaming hardware.

Click below to check out the original press releases from SNK Playmore and Tommo Inc.

SNK vs. Tommo Inc. – Battle for the NeoGeo X, Game Crazy

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *