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SNK is a Japanese video game company. SNK stands for "Shin Nihon Kikaku," translated to "New Japan Project."

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, are currently employed at the new company. Even so, there remains mixed sentiments amongst the fan community; while some think Playmore has done a great job in handling the SNK properties, there are those who remain disgruntled over the changes made as ownership of the game franchises changed hands.

SNK is best known for its NeoGeo 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 NeoGeo, 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 AES, 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.

Contents

History

The Arcade

The NES

NES Software

1987

Athena

Alpha Mission

Ikari Warriors


1988

Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road

P.O.W.


1989

Guerilla War (Guevara)

Ikari Warriors III: The Rescue

Baseball Stars


1990

Crystalis (God Slayer)


[1] (http://www.gamespot.com/features/6089278/)

The Aruze Scandal

Shin Shin Nihon Kikaku

Standout Games

SNK is perhaps best known for the following games (many of which are fighting games):

See also

External links

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