SNK Terminates License Agreement for NeoGeo X Gold

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SNK Playmore has announced on their site that they are immediately terminating the license agreement for the NeoGeoX and several other items that Tommo licensed.  This ends Tommo's ability to produce the rather expensive ($170) portable/TV console that plays Neo Geo games.  Also affected by the termination of the license agreement:

- NEOGEO X GOLD Limited Edition
- 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
- NEOGEO X Arcade Stick

 As of this morning, several retailers are still selling the device, including Amazon. It's unclear as to whether or not this was existing stock.  Tommo has been notified that they are to cease manufacture, marketing, and selling of the device, this is a rather comprehensive termination of the license.

So what is (was) the NeoGeo X?  It's a portable system that fits inside a "console" case that can then play games on your TV.  The console portion can use a replication of the NeoGeo's joystick for a real arcade-like experience.

Unfortunately, the handheld was marred by bad emulation.  The sound for the device was way off, and almost everyone purchasing the device complained about it, despite the emulation running fairly smoothly.  A system update was supposed to solve some of these issues.  The system was only on the market since December.

Below is an unboxing video for the system.

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