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Encyclopedia > SNK Playmore
SNK Playmore
Type Private
Founded 1978 (defunct in October 2001)
August 2001 (as Playmore)
Headquarters Osaka, Japan
Key people Eikichi Kawasaki (Founder)
Koichi Toyama (President)
Ben Herman (President of SNKPlaymoreUSA)
Industry Video games
Products Video game consoles
Arcade games
Revenue ¥7,666 million (As of July 2004) [1]
Employees 230
Slogan 100% FUN
Website SNK Playmore Japan
SNK Playmore USA

SNK Playmore (also known as SNK) is a Japanese video game hardware and software company. SNK is short for Shin Nihon Kikaku (新日本企画), Japanese for "New Japan Project". SNK may refer to: SNK (company), a Japanese video game company (1978 - October 2001) SNK European Democrats SNK Playmore, a Japanese video game company (August 2001 - present) SNK Union of Independents Southeast Airlines ICAO code Sovnarkom, the Soviet Council of Peoples Commissars (Sovet Narodnykh Komissarov) The Student-Newman-Keuls... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A private company is a company that is independently owned. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Koichi Toyama Koichi Toyama ) is a Japanese street musician, a leftist political activist who is running for the governor of Tokyo. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... Game console redirects here. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Look up revenue in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about work. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Computer and video games redirects here. ...


The original SNK was founded in Osaka, Japan, in July 1978 by Eikichi Kawasaki, and existed until October 2001. Anticipating the end of his first company, Kawasaki founded the company Playmore in August 2001, which in 2003 became SNK Playmore. Due to this strong resemblance to the previous company both in name and identity, SNK Playmore is sometimes referred to simply as SNK. Osaka )   is a city in Japan, located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, in the Kansai region of the main island of HonshÅ«. The city is the capital of Osaka Prefecture. ...


SNK is most notable for creating the Neo-Geo arcade system, and several franchises of games including The King of Fighters, Metal Slug, Samurai Shodown and Fatal Fury. SNK also helped publish many games including Rage of the Dragons and World Heroes. Neo-Geo is the name of a cartridge-based arcade and home video game system released in 1990 by Japanese game company SNK. The system offered comparatively colorful 2D graphics and high-quality sound. ... The King of Fighters ), officially abbreviated KOF, is the premiere series of fighting games by SNK Playmore, formerly SNK. The series was originally developed for SNKs Neo-Geo MVS arcade hardware, which served as the main platform for the series until 2004, when SNK retired the MVS in favor... Metal Slug is a series of run and gun video games first released on Neo-Geo arcade machines and game consoles created by SNK. It was also ported to other consoles, such as the Sega Saturn, the PlayStation, the Neo-Geo Pocket Color and more recently, the Game Boy Advance... Samurai Shodown (Samurai Spirits in Japan) is the name of a versus fighting game series by SNK. It is considered to be the premier 2D weapons fighter, and is one of the best-known video games created by SNK. This series also started SNKs reputation for their unique style... Fatal Fury , Legend of the Hungry Wolf) is a fighting game series developed by SNK for the Neo-Geo system. ... Rage of the Dragons is a fighting game by Evoga and SNK Playmore. ... World Heroes is a fighting game series that was created by ADK for the Neo-Geo, though some of the games in the series were also ported to the Sega Saturn, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis and Game Boy. ...

Contents

History

Beginnings

SNK logo from 1988 to 2001.
SNK logo from 1988 to 2001.

When Eikichi Kawasaki noticed the rapid growth that was occurring in the coin-op video game market, he expanded SNK to include the development and marketing of stand-alone coin-op games. The first two titles out of the new coin-op division were Ozma Wars 1979, a vertically scrolling space shooter and Safari Rally 1980, a maze game. Game quality improved over time, most notably with 1981's Vanguard, a side-scrolling space shooter that many people consider the precursor to modern classics such as Gradius and R-Type. SNK licensed the game to Centuri for distribution in North America, who ultimately started manufacturing and distributing the game themselves when profits exceeded expectations. Image File history File links Snk_logo. ... Image File history File links Snk_logo. ... Ozma Wars (J: オズマウォーズ) is a 1979 fixed shooter arcade game, which has the distinction of being the first arcade or video game that SNK, now SNK Playmore, ever developed. ... Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD ST185 in the 1993 edition The Safari Rally is considered by many to be the worlds toughest rally. ... Vanguard (J: ヴァンガード) is a 1981 arcade game developed by SNK. The game is known as one of the first scrolling shooters ever made and is additionally notable by being the first shoot em up where a player can shoot in four directions. ... Scrolling shooters are a type of video game, a subgenre of shoot em up . ... Centuri, based in Hialeah, Florida, was one of the top six suppliers of coin operated video game machinery in the United States. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ...

The 1982 SNK Logo combined with original 1978 "S" Logo
The 1982 SNK Logo combined with original 1978 "S" Logo

On October 20, 1981, the North American division (SNK Corporation of America) was opened. They established themselves in Sunnyvale, California with the intent of delivering their own brand of coin-operated games to arcades in North America. The man chosen to run the American operation was John Rowe, the eventual founder of Tradewest and current (2005) president and CEO of High Moon Studios. Image File history File links SNK1982. ... Image File history File links SNK1982. ... is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Location in Santa Clara County and the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Clara Government  - Mayor Otto Lee Area  - City 22. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Tradewest is a now-defunct video game company based in Corsicana, Texas that produced numerous games in the 1980s and early 1990s. ... High Moon Studios is a video game developer formerly known as Sammy Studios, Inc, originally a subsidiary of Sammy Corporation. ...

SNK Corporate in Japan had at this point already shifted its focus solely toward developing and licensing video games for arcade use and (later) for early consoles. Between 1979 and 1986 they produced 23 stand-alone arcade games. Highlights from this period include Mad Crash (1984), Alpha Mission (1985), and Athena (1986), a game that gained a large following when it was ported to the NES in 1987. Their most successful game from this time frame was Ikari Warriors, released in 1986. Ikari Warriors was so popular that it was eventually licensed and ported to the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, ZX Spectrum and NES. They followed up Ikari Warriors with two sequels, Victory Road and Ikari III: The Rescue. screenshot Ikari_Warriors by me This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... screenshot Ikari_Warriors by me This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... For the video/computer game genre, see Shoot em up. ... Ikari Warriors is a 1986 arcade game by SNK (manufactured in the United States by Tradewest). ... Screenshot Athena is a arcade game, produced and published in 1987 by SNK. It was later ported to the NES. Only the NES version has been released in North America. ... “NES” redirects here. ... Ikari Warriors is a 1986 arcade game by SNK (manufactured in the United States by Tradewest). ... The Atari 2600, released in October 1977, is the video game console credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor based hardware and cartridges containing game code, instead of having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware with all games built in. ... The Atari 7800 is a video game console released by Atari in June 1986 (a test market release occurred two years earlier). ... C-64 redirects here. ... Amiga is the name of a range of home/personal computers using the Motorola 68000 processor family, whose development started in 1982. ... The Amstrad CPC was a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Amstrad during the 1980s and early 1990s. ... The Apple II was one of the most popular personal computers of the 1980s. ... The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ... “NES” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Sequel (disambiguation). ...


Even at this late point, the home market was still suffering from the fallout caused by the video game crash of 1983. Nevertheless, one console manufacturer in particular seemed to weather the crash fairly unscathed: Nintendo. SNK signed up to become a third-party licensee for Nintendo's Family Computer (Famicom) system in 1985 and opened a second branch in the United States, based in Torrance, California and called SNK Home Entertainment that would handle the North American distribution and marketing of the company's products for home consoles. By this time, John Rowe had left the company to form Tradewest, which went on to market SNK's Ikari Warriors series in North America. Subsequently, both halves of SNK America were now being presided over by Paul Jacobs, who is notable primarily for having helped launch the company's Neo-Geo system outside of Asia. ET for the Atari 2600 is considered by many to be emblematic of the crash along with the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man. ... Game console redirects here. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... “NES” redirects here. ... Location of Torrance in the County of Los Angeles Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles Government  - Mayor Frank Scotto Area  - Total 20. ... Tradewest is a now-defunct video game company based in Corsicana, Texas that produced numerous games in the 1980s and early 1990s. ... Paul Jacobs is the creator of the song Sloppy Pop on Between the Lions on PBS. Categories: Musician stubs ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ...

The critically acclaimed Crystalis for the NES.
The critically acclaimed Crystalis for the NES.

In response to strong sales of the company's NES ports, SNK began to dabble in the development of original software designed specifically for the NES console. Two games came out of this effort: 1989's Baseball Stars and 1990s Crystalis (God Slayer in Japan). 1989 also marked the release of two new home video game consoles in North America: the Sega Genesis and NEC's joint project with Hudson, the TurboGrafx-16. Nintendo followed suit with a new system in 1991, the Super NES. Rather than become involved in the early 90s system wars, SNK Corporate in Japan jointly with SNK of America chose to refocus their efforts on the arcade market, leaving other third parties, such as Romstar and Takara, to license and port SNK's properties to the various home consoles of the time with help from SNK's American home entertainment division. With console ports mainly being handled outside the company, they moved on to developing SNK branded arcade equipment. Gameplay screenshot from Crystalis for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... Gameplay screenshot from Crystalis for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... Crystalis, known in Japan as God Slayer: Haruka Tenkū no Sonata , lit. ... “NES” redirects here. ... Baseball Stars is a 1989 baseball video game that was produced for the NES by SNK. It became a major hit in many countries worldwide, particularly in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. ... Crystalis, known in Japan as God Slayer: Haruka Tenkū no Sonata , lit. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... NEC Corporation (Jp. ... Hudson Soft is a Japanese publisher and developer, founded on May 18, 1973. ... The TurboGrafx-16, known as PC Engine (PCエンジン) in Japan, is a video game console first released in Japan by the Nippon Electric Company on October 30, 1987. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES (also called SNES and Super Nintendo) was a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, Australasia, and Brazil between 1990 and 1993. ... Romstar, Inc. ... Takara Co. ...


Neo-Geo and the Multi-Video System

Samurai Shodown RPG.

During 1988 SNK began toying with the idea of a modular cabinet for arcades; up to that point, arcade cabinets typically contained only a single game. When an arcade operator wanted to switch or replace that game, they would have to completely remove the internals of the existing cabinet or exchange the entire setup for another game. SNK's new system, called Neo-Geo MVS (short for Multi-Video System), featured multiple games in a single cabinet and used a cartridge-based storage mechanism. The system debuted in 1989 and could contain one, two, four, or six separate games in a single cabinet. In order to swap in a new game, all the operator had to do was remove one cartridge and exchange it for another. Image File history File links Ssrpg. ... Image File history File links Ssrpg. ... Samurai Shodown RPG ) , is a computer role-playing game for the SNKs Neo*Geo CD system, and was also ported to the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation. ... Neo-Geo is also a style of contemporary art, engendered in the East Village in the 1980s. ...


The MVS was an immediate success. Arcade operators loved it because the setup time required for each game was nearly nonexistent, the floor space required was minimal, and the cost outlay for new cartridges was barely $500—less than half of what a traditional arcade unit cost at the time. But SNK also wanted to take advantage of people's desire to play arcade games at home, but without making the same compromises on CPU and memory performance that typical home consoles were forced to make. In 1990, the company released a home version of the MVS, a single cartridge unit called the NeoGeo Advanced Entertainment System, or more simply, the NeoGeo AES. Initially, the AES was only available for rent or for use in hotel settings, but SNK quickly began selling the system through stores when customer response indicated that people were willing to spend the money. Compared to the other consoles of the time, the NeoGeo AES was incredibly powerful. It featured two CPUs: a 16-bit Motorola 68000 main processor running at 12 MHz and a Zilog Z-80 backup processor running at 4 MHz. The system's main CPU was 50% faster than the 68000 processor found in Sega's Genesis console and the NeoGeo AES also had the benefit of specialized audio and video chipsets. A custom video chipset allowed the system to display 4,096 colors and 380 individual sprites onscreen simultaneously—compared to 64 simultaneous colors and 80 individual sprites for the Genesis—while the onboard Yamaha 2610 sound chip gave the system 15 channels of CD-quality sound with seven channels reserved specifically for digital sound effects. MVS (Multiple Virtual Storage) was the most commonly used operating system on the System/370 and System/390 IBM mainframe computers. ... Neo-Geo is the name of a cartridge-based arcade and home video game system released in 1990 by Japanese game company SNK. The system offered comparatively colorful 2D graphics and high-quality sound. ... Motorola Inc. ... The Motorola 68000 is a 16/32-Bit [1] CISC microprocessor core designed and marketed by Freescale Semiconductor (formerly Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector). ... The Zilog Z80 is an 8-bit microprocessor designed and manufactured by Zilog from 1976 onwards. ... The headquarters of Yamaha Corporation Yamaha redirects here. ... CD redirects here. ... For other uses, see Digital (disambiguation). ...

Scandinavian flyer showing MVS arcade cabinets.

Nonetheless, this type of power carried a large price tag; the console debuted at $599, which included two joystick controllers and a game (either Baseball Stars or NAM-1975). Within a few months of the system's introduction in North America, SNK lowered the cost of this package to $399 and added Magician Lord to the list of pack-in options. Other games cost $200 and up—each. Each joystick controller was a full 2 1/2 inches tall, measured 11 inches long by 8 inches across, and contained the same four-button layout as the arcade MVS cabinet. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (850x1194, 266 KB) Summary from http://mortal. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (850x1194, 266 KB) Summary from http://mortal. ... This arcade cabinet, containing Centipede, is an upright. ... USD redirects here. ...


The quality of the games obviously varied. Some, such as the Super Sidekicks series, were all-new creations, while others were updated versions of earlier successes, such as Baseball Stars Professional. SNK games were graphically bold and bright, with games such as Top Hunter and the famous Metal Slug series being distinctive and instantly recognisable, no doubt contributing to the system's success in the arcades. Super Sidekicks, series of football (soccer) video games made by SNK for its console, the Neo-Geo. ... Baseball Stars is a 1989 baseball video game that was produced for the NES by SNK. It became a major hit in many countries worldwide, particularly in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. ...


They also produced a Neo Geo CD and CDZ, a failed, 64-bit Neo-Geo 64 system and two handheld systems, the Neo Geo Pocket and Pocket Color. Several of their more famous franchise titles, originally created for the MVS and AES systems, have been ported to other consoles such as the Genesis, Saturn and Dreamcast, SNES, PlayStation and PlayStation 2, Xbox, and more recently, the Wii. The system, with four games The Neo Geo CD was released shortly after its cartridge-based equivalent in an effort to reduce manufacturing costs. ... The Neo Geo CDZ was a home video-game console manufactured by SNK. History A CDZ system with control pad and A/V hookups The CDZ was released in 1996 as the Japanese market replacment for SNKs previous effort, the Neo Geo CD. The NGCD had met with limited... The Hyper Neo-Geo 64 was an arcade game system created by SNK. It was the first and only SNK hardware set capable of rendering in 3D. It was conceived to usher SNK into the 3D era as well as to provide the hardware basis for a home system that... Neo Geo Pocket (Monochrome) The Neo Geo Pocket was SNKs original hand held system. ... The Neo-Geo Pocket Color (or NGPC) was released on March 16, 1999 in Japan. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... The Dreamcast , code-named Dural, Dricas and Katana during development) is Segas fifth and final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... PS2 redirects here. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ...


Neo-Geo Pocket

The Neo Geo Pocket was SNK's original hand held system. It was released in Japan in late 1998, and discontinued in 1999, with the advent of the Neo Geo Pocket Color, due to lower than expected sales with the Monochrome Neo Geo Pocket. It was later released in North America and Europe. Image File history File links This work is copyrighted. ... Image File history File links This work is copyrighted. ... The Neo-Geo Pocket Color (or NGPC) was released on March 16, 1999 in Japan. ... Neo Geo Pocket (Monochrome) The Neo Geo Pocket was SNKs original hand held system. ... A handheld game console is a lightweight, portable, electronic device for playing video games. ... The Neo-Geo Pocket Color (or NGPC) was released on March 16, 1999 in Japan. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...


Even though it had a short life, there were some significant games released on the system such as Samurai Shodown, and King of Fighters R-1. Note: This article is specifically about the original Samurai Shodown game. ... The King of Fighters ), or KOF for short, is a fighting game series by SNK that debuted in 1994. ...


Collapse and rebirth

The year 2000 saw the beginning of the end for SNK. In January, their poor financial status forced them to become acquired by Aruze, a company well known for their pachinko machines. Instead of using SNK's franchises for video games, Aruze manufactured Pachinko machines featuring popular series such as King of Fighters. SNK saw little success on the video game market due to (reportedly deliberate) under-financing on Aruze's part, so the original founder, Eikichi Kawasaki left the company, along with other executives, to found the company named Playmore on August 1, 2001. Aruze Company Logo Aruze Corp. ... Classic pachinko machine Pachinko parlor at night Entrance to pachinko parlor in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. ... is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


The highlight of 2000 came when Capcom agreed to create a series of fighting games featuring both company's fighting game characters. When Capcom vs. SNK was released, it was a success but most of the profits went to Capcom as they developed the game. SNK released SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium and SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash on the Neo Geo Pocket Color. Combined, both sold an unremarkable 50,000 copies. SNK closed all American operations in the summer of 2000. For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ... The SNK vs. ...


SNK collapsed in October 22, 2001, filed for bankruptcy and placed the intellectual property rights for the SNK franchises on bidding. Much of the company's employees disbanded, with a number of them joining together to found the game and hardware developer Brezzasoft. During this time, SNK licensed game production and development rights for their franchises to several other companies, such as Korean-based Eolith (that got in charge of King of Fighters 2001 and 2002) and Mega Enterprise (which produced Metal Slug 4), and Japan-based Noise Factory (which made Sengoku 3). is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration—see text) in the United Kingdom. ... An eolith (from Greek eos, dawn, and lithos, stone) is a chipped flint nodule. ... Mega Enterprise is a Korean company that specialises in developing games. ... Noise Factory is a Japanese company that specialises in developing games. ...

Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Garou: Mark of the Wolves

In an attempt to regain control of SNK, Kawasaki's new company, Playmore, successfully bid for and were awarded SNK's intellectual rights in late 2001. The company then began to bolster its assets and rehire many of the former SNK employees. Image File history File links Garou-screenshot. ... Image File history File links Garou-screenshot. ...


As a part of their efforts to reestablish their presence in the gaming market, Playmore purchased Brezzasoft and renamed it SNK NeoGeo Corp, giving the company an internal game development team. A Japanese commercial games distributor, Sun Amusement, was also purchased in order to provide the company with an arcade distribution outlet in Japan. International offices were established in South Korea, Hong Kong, and the United States under the SNK NeoGeo name for commercial, and later, consumer gaming distribution. All of these entities were later consolidated into SNK Playmore when Playmore regained the rights to use the SNK name for a holding company on July 7, 2003. Today, SNK Playmore in Japan highly resembles the original company. It employs a good proportion of employees from the old SNK and occupies its former building. However, the U.S division has drastically changed, with the office being located in Wall, New Jersey instead of California. is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wall Township is a township located in Monmouth County, New Jersey. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


In October 2002, Kawasaki sued Aruze for copyright infringement over SNK's intellectual properties which was unauthorized by Playmore which they still owned, for 6.2 billion yen in damages. In January 2004, a preliminary decision was handed down by the Osaka District Court favoring SNK Playmore and was awarded 5.64 billion yen. Within that period of fall and winter of 2003, SNK Playmore obtained an injunction against a group of four different companies, which resulted in hundreds of AES cartridges being seized. But for the following year, SNK Playmore made a compromise with two of the companies as they were allowed to sell the AES cartridges, with conditions that they cannot be modified again and any legitimate materials were returned to them. SNK Playmore would at the same year discontinue the AES system, preferring to publish video games in cooperation with Sammy, using their Atomiswave arcade board, which would provide them a more secure platform for new arcade releases. You may be looking for the Sega Corporation which is still maintained on its own article. ... The Atomiswave is Sammy Corporations 2003 custom arcade system board and cabinet, which is based on Segas NAOMI system board (Thus its often common to see the Sega logo on its boot up screen). ...

The recently released Neo Geo Battle Coliseum.

In September 2006 in the Tokyo Game Show, SNK Playmore announced that they have ceased production of games on the Atomiswave, favoring Taito's Type X2 arcade platform. [citation needed] To counter the decline in the commercial gaming industry, the company has in recent times shifted some of its development focus to consumer games, including original games for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, mobile phones, and more. Games continue to be ported to the PlayStation 2 and, in some cases, Microsoft's Xbox (mostly in the US since most of the games did not get an approval from SCEA). Only in Japan, SNK PlayMore has released the NeoGeo Online Collection for the PS2 containing some of their older games, containing emulations of their classic games, with the ability to play online by way of the KDDI matching service. To date, none of these online collections have seen release outside of Japan. There are also original titles based on their existing properties, such as a new 3D Metal Slug and the KOF: Maximum Impact series. Image File history File links Metal_slug_marco_fight. ... Image File history File links Metal_slug_marco_fight. ... Neo Geo Battle Coliseum (abbreviated NGBC or NBC) is a 2 on 2 tag team fighting game for the Atomiswave arcade board. ... Gamers play Sonys PS3 in TGS 2006 Booths at the Tokyo Game Show in 2004 The Tokyo Game Show , or simply TGS) is a video game expo / convention held in Tokyo, Japan. ... Taito may mean: Taito Corporation, a Japanese developer of video game software and arcade hardware. ... PS2 redirects here. ... NDS redirects here. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... The Neo Geo Online Collection is a series of classic Neo Geo games, re-released by SNK Playmore for the Sony Computer Entertainment PlayStation 2 solely in the country of Japan. ... KDDI Corporation is a Japanese telecommunication operator formed in October 2000 through the merger of DDI, KDD, and IDO Corp. ... Metal Slug ) is a run and gun video game for the Neo-Geo console/arcade platform created by SNK. It was released in 1996 for the MVS arcade platform. ...


SNK Playmore USA released its first game on Xbox Live, which is Fatal Fury Special [1]. SNK is now on the Wii virtual console in the US with Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, and World Heroes. In the PS2, The King of Fighters XI, and Neo Geo Battle Coliseum will also come to the PS2 stateside this year[2].


Subsidiaries and related corporations

SNK Playmore H.K. Co., Ltd. handles character licensing, as well as hardware and software sales in Asia (except for Japan and South Korea).


SNK Playmore USA Corporation handles software sales in the Americas.[2]


SNK Media Asia (P.S.S.R.) - Not to be confused with SNK of Japan, SNK Playmore, or SNK USA. SNK Media is a different company and is not based in Japan or America but instead in Urgyzstan. SNK Media is an international company with many of its products that only available overseas. See SNK Media Asia for more info. [[3]]


See also

Neo-Geo is the name of a cartridge-based arcade and home video game system released in 1990 by Japanese game company SNK. The system offered huge, colorful 2D graphics, and high-quality sound. ... The following is the list of games developed and/or published by SNK/SNK Playmore. ... The Neo-Geo Pocket Color (or NGPC) was released on March 16, 1999 in Japan. ... The Hyper Neo-Geo 64 is an arcade game system created by SNK. It was the first and only SNK hardware set capable of rendering in 3D. // The Hyper Neo-Geo 64 was conceived to usher SNK into the 3D era as well as to provide the hardware basis for... Ignition Entertainment is a computer and video games publisher formed in April 2002 from a selection of smaller developers and publishers that Archer Macleans Awesome Studios is one of. ...

Notes

  1. ^ "Company Profile" SNK Playmore Official website, accessed January 11, 2006.
  2. ^ "NEOGEO Group" SNK Playmore Official website, accessed January 10, 2006.

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External links

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Insert Credit reports that SNK Playmore has gotten a patent for the name "Air Dash." The Japanese game maker has been releasing loads of sequels and spin-offs of late, and many fans are hoping this is what they've been waiting for: A brand new game.
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