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|T-series code: T-31|
|Merged with: Playmore|
|Merged into: SNK Playmore (2003-2016)|
SNK (Shin Nihon Kikaku) is a Japanese video game publisher and developer.
The company was founded by Eikichi Kawasaki in 1978, who presided over SNK until its collapse in fall 2000, due to (purportedly deliberate) under-financing by then-parent company Aruze. SNK's properties were then scattered out amongst several other entities, from Korean-based Eolith and Mega Enterprises to Japan-based Noise Factory. However, in anticipation of Aruze's actions, Kawasaki founded a new holding company by the name of Playmore, then spent the following year chasing down the rights to these intellectual properties; as of mid-2002, Kawasaki had regained all of SNK's property—most recently, the SNK name itself. As such, in 2003, the company name was changed to "SNK Playmore". Many of SNK's former staff, as of 2000, is currently employed at the new company. Even so, there remains a division in some sections of the fan community, where for every person who thinks Playmore has done a great job so far, given the circumstances, a certain number remain disgruntled over the changes of the past few years.
SNK is best known for its Neo Geo video game console and arcade system, which they have been developing for since the early 1990s. The majority of their popular games were released for the Neo Geo, and some were later ported over to other more popular systems. SNK also had a few variations of the Neo Geo, such as the Neo Geo Gold, the Neo Geo CD, the Neo Geo CDZ, and the Neo Geo 64. They also made two handheld systems, the Neo Geo Pocket and the Neo Geo Pocket Color.
In late 1995 Sega and SNK signed an exclusivity deal, securing a number of Neo Geo games for conversion to the Sega Saturn. In return, Sega were due to bring some of its library over to the Neo Geo CD, something which never materialised.
In 2016, SNK Playmore was renamed to SNK again.
SNK is an acronym of Shin Nihon Kikaku (New Japan Project.)
- Main article: Romstar.
In 1984, SNK established Romstar, an American branch founded to distribute the company's games in the United States. However, the branch seemed to be a somewhat-independent operation (as SNK would establish the more-official SNK of America only three years later) and also distributed games for a number of other companies, such as Sega, Capcom, and Taito. Romstar would continue to work closely with SNK through the late 1980's, when it was eventually folded into Capcom USA sometime in the early 1990's.
- Time Soldiers (1989)
- Fatal Fury (1993)
- King of the Monsters (1993)
- Super Baseball 2020 (1993)
- Art of Fighting (1994)
- Fatal Fury 2 (1994)
- World Heroes (1994)
- King of the Monsters 2 (1994)
- Samurai Shodown (1994)
- Samurai Spirits Amakusa Kourin Hibaihin (1996)
- The King of Fighters '95 (1996)
- Garou Densetsu 3: Road to the Final Victory (1996)
- World Heroes Perfect (1996)
- Real Bout Garou Densetsu (1996)
- Samurai Spirits Zankurou Musouken (1996)
- Stakes Winner: GI Kanzen Seiha Heno Michi (1996)
- Metal Slug (1997)
- Shinouken (1997)
- Stakes Winner 2: Saikyouba Densetsu (1997)
- Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits Bushidou Retsuden (1997)
- Samurai Spirits Amakusa Kourin (1997)
- Twinkle Star Sprites (1997)
- Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special (1997)
- Real Bout Garou Densetsu Best Collection (1998)
- Samurai Spirits Best Collection (1998)
- The King of Fighters Best Collection (1998)
- SNK Fan-CD Kaku Oukami Densetsu Hen (unreleased)
- The King of Fighters: Dream Match 1999 (1999)
- Cool Cool Toon Taikenban (2000)
- Twinkle Star Sprites (2000)
- The King of Fighters: Evolution (2000)
- Cool Cool Toon (2000)
- The Last Blade 2: Heart of the Samurai (2000)
- Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves (2001)
- Nakoruru: Anohito Kara no Okurimono (2002)
- The King of Fighters 2000 (2002)
- The King of Fighters 2001 (2002)
- The King of Fighters 2002 (2003)
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