History Main / SNK

18th Apr '13 9:10:29 AM ViperAcidZX
Is there an issue? Send a Message


a.

to:

a.[[redirect:Creator/{{SNK}}]]
18th Apr '13 9:10:17 AM ViperAcidZX
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[redirect:{{Creator/SNK}}]]

to:

[[redirect:{{Creator/SNK}}]]a.
5th Dec '12 3:48:08 PM justanid
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[quoteright:210:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/SNK_logo_001_9818.jpg]]

->''The Future Is Now''
-->--'''Company Motto''', 1986-2001

'''SNK''', an acronym for '''Shin Nihon Kikaku''' (新日本企画, Japanese for "New Japan Project"), is one of the better known video game companies. Besides developing arcade games dating back to 1978, SNK is also responsible for the NeoGeo home console, as well as the short-lived Hyper Neo Geo 64 and portable NeoGeoPocket. The company's legal and trading name became SNK in 1986. It also possesses a unique story of collapse and rebirth: After things started to look bad in the beginning of 2000, SNK was forced to declare bankruptcy and sold many of its rights to various companies... but eventually, with hard work and effort, its CEO, Eikichi Kawasaki, eventually gathered up many of its former rights and rebuilt SNK, now named SNK Playmore.

SNK is mostly known for its {{fighting game}}s and was once the biggest rival of Creator/{{Capcom}} in that field; this rivalry was embodied in the ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom SNK vs. Capcom]]'' crossover series. Their fighting game bosses have a reputation for being ''extremely'' harder than their rival companies' counterparts, thus making them the {{Trope Namer|s}} for SNKBoss. To casual observers, SNK's 2D fighters were mere imitators of the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series, but this is not the case. The combat systems are totally different, with SNK's ''VideoGame/{{Art of Fighting}}'' series introducing the whole concept of the [[FinishingMove super special move]] that would go onto to become a fighting game staple. Also, although both employed luxuriously rich, detailed 2D visuals, SNK's backgrounds were more expressive, and often filled with comic touches. It's also worth pointing out that staff have switched between the Capcom and SNK camps over the years, with original ''Street Fighter'' creators TakashiNishiyama and HiroshiMatsumoto going onto to work at SNK, notably creating the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters The King of Fighters]]'' series, while famed illustrator Shinkiro as well as lesser known Senri Kita started at SNK but now work for Capcom. DaisukeIshiwatari, known best for his work on ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' and ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', was also employed under SNK as part of the team developing ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade''. If you look at his work (and sometimes squint), you can see more than a few {{Shout Out}}s to SNK's properties.
----
!Consoles made:
* NeoGeo (1990-2004)
* Neo Geo CD (1994-1997)
* NeoGeoPocket (1998-1999)
* Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999-2001)
!Games developed:
!!Fighting games
[[index]]
* ''Street Smart'' (1989)
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' series (1991–1999)
* ''VideoGame/{{Art of Fighting}}'' series (1992–1996)
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' series (1993–1998, 2003-present)
* ''VideoGame/{{The King of Fighters}}'' series (1994–present)
* ''FuunSeries'' (1995–1996)
* ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade'' series (1997–1998)
* ''Buriki One'' (1999)
* ''VideoGame/SNKGalsFighters'' (2000)
* ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos]]'' (2003)
* ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'' (2005)

!!Others
* ''VideoGame/{{Athena}}''
* ''Baseball Stars''
* ''VideoGame/{{Crystalis}}''
* ''VideoGame/GuerrillaWar''
* ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors''
* ''The King of Fighters: Sky Stage''
* ''VideoGame/KingOfTheMonsters'' series
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' series
* ''NAM-1975''
* ''PrehistoricIsle'' series
* ''VideoGame/PsychoSoldier''
* ''Sengoku'' series
* ''Super Sidekicks'' series
* ''VideoGame/{{Vanguard}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/TroubleWitches Trouble Witches NEO!]]''
[[/index]]
----
!!Tropes present in many SNK games:
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore - Compare the American box art and flyers of some earlier releases to their Japanese counterparts. Check out [[http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/athena/athena.htm the artwork]] for ''Athena'' and ''Psycho Soldier'', for example.
* AuthorAppeal - {{SNK Boss}}es and {{Dream Match Game}}s. This company seems to ''love'' making them, ''especially'' the former.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic - [[AwesomeMusic/{{SNK}} Hear here.]]
* DoingItForTheArt - Their philosophy. Both their greatest strength and their greatest weakness, and partially responsible for their downfall. Notably, a couple of their games [[hottip:*:''Samurai Shodown III'' and ''Art of Fighting 3'' for starters]] saw them spend ''too much time'' on the art at the expense on the actual ''game'' beneath it.
** TheyJustDidntCare - Occurred during the Playmore era, at least a couple of times. One, arguable, came with ''The King of Fighters XII'', later patched with ''XIII'' [[hottip:*:For being an ObviousBeta that lacks bosses but includes DerangedAnimation (for starters, TONS of fat human pigs in the Paris background), the audience's reaction varies between FranchiseKiller and that it's ruined. Thankfully, ''XIII'', despite its lack of new characters sans Saiki, vets that missed out on ''XII'', and (unexpectedly) Hwa Jai from the ''original'' ''Fatal Fury'', restored the reputation of the series.]]. Another one is ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos]]'', later rehashed into (but ''not'' patched) with ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'' [[hottip:*:This one was forced to be a cash cow mainly due to the fact that the newly-revived SNK had to finish the contract with Capcom at all costs. No one would've even guessed that the game would (arguably) look far worse and be far more unbalanced than Eolith's ''KOF'' installments, ''2001'' and ''2002'', however...]].
* FanNickname - SNK Delaymore is a detractor nickname from fans who believe that it takes SNKP ''forever'' to release a new game (the worst example being the amount of time it took for the dev team to [[ArtEvolution redraw]] their [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters sizable pool of characters]] for ''The King of Fighters XII''). SNK Crymore is a ''counter'' nickname to the above, used by fans irked by the complaints of the first group. [[FlameWar It'd be best to leave it at that.]]
* {{Fanservice}} - From [[http://images.wikia.com/snk/images/d/d8/Mai94.gif full]] to [[http://images.wikia.com/snk/images/0/00/King95.gif none]] and everything in between. [[http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab136/0-yami/5Bsmall5D5BAnimePaper5Dscans_King-o.jpg Also]] [[http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-05/kof11-shen-woo.html a]] [[http://images.wikia.com/snk/images/5/5e/K-XIII.jpg pioneer]] of fighting game [[MrFanservice manservice]].
** They've got the non-sexual fanservice covered just as well, if not even better.
* FollowTheLeader - A lot of SNK's pre and early NeoGeo games were clones of what was popular at the time. Compare ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' and ''Burning Fight'', ''VideoGame/{{Xevious}}'' and ''Alpha Mission'', ''Hang-On'' and ''Riding Hero'', ''Twin Hawk'' (or, depending which way you look at it, the ''[[VideoGame/NineteenFortyTwo 19XX]]'' series) and ''Ghost Pilots''... etc.
** DuelingGames - As noted above, SNK was ''the'' big-name [[TheRival rival]] of Capcom back in the 1990s. This rivalry was plasmed [[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom in the most predictable way possible]].
** NeverLiveItDown - Unfortunately, this often slips into downright [[HateDumb denial that SNK ever actually came up with something on their own.]] This is made even worse by the fact that while SNK and Capcom ''did'' crib off of each other time and time again, several fighting game mechanics [[OlderThanTheyThink could be instead attributed to SNK]].
* GratuitousEnglish - Especially in the ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' games.
** [[{{Mondegreen}} Terry]] [[FountainOfMemes Bogard]]. We cannot stress this enough.
** BlindIdiotTranslation - Very frequently in earlier releases, which often had a tendency of [[{{Narm}} ruining scenes]].
* HeyItsThatVoice - SNK has its own group of in-house seiyuu (technically speaking [[hottip:*:the various seiyuu are affiliated with their own agencies, but are frequently used in SNK titles]]), and as such, you'll probably see the same names pop up in credits. Most of the more regular members such as Satoshi Hashimoto and Harumi Ikoma have been working with SNK since the early '90s (see TheOtherDarrin below) and a good portion of them voice [[TalkingToThemself multiple characters]] [[hottip:*:with certain seiyuu such as Eiji Yano and Monster Maezuka qualifying for ManOfAThousandVoices status]]. In addition, several big name seiyuu in the business have been called in to provide voice acting for characters (a more notable case being NorioWakamoto himself on more than one occasion [[hottip:*:Igniz in ''KOF 2001'', Rugal in ''KOF 2002'' (although he was Darrin'd by Rugal's original VA, Toshimitsu Arai, come its UpdatedRerelease, ''2002: Unlimited Match''), and Golboa in ''Samurai Shodown Sen'']]), some of them before they truly hit their stride in the industry (examples including EijiTakemoto and KatsuyukiKonishi respectively as [[VideoGame/FatalFury Rock Howard]] and [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Maxima]]).
* MagnumOpus - ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'' is widely considered to be SNK's last great game. Even fans of the genre who otherwise loathe SNK ''love [=MotW=]'' for its polish and complexity.
** ''The Last Blade'' games also get this kind of aplomb. Not quite at ''Garou'''s level, but still considered to be the cream of the crop.
* MemeticMutation - It is possible that the line "[[BlindIdiotTranslation You fail it! Your skill is not enough, see you next time, bye-bye!]]" from {{horizontal scrolling|Shooter}} ShootEmUp ''BlazingStar'' (the semi-official sequel to ''{{Pulstar}}'', [[FollowTheLeader a clone of]] ''VideoGame/{{R-Type}}'') was the originator of the meme "FAIL."
** Everything [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry]] [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Bogard]] [[GratuitousEnglish says]]. It's to the point where that fact in itself is becoming a meme.
* NotableOriginalMusic - Overlaps with SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic to enough of an extent that [[AwesomeMusic/{{SNK}} it has its own page.]]
* NintendoHard - These guys are probably outdone only by Creator/{{Nintendo}} themselves and {{Atlus}} (and if you're willing to stretch the lines, ''maybe'' Capcom).
* TheOtherDarrin - SNK is actually notable for trying very hard to avert this; some of their characters have had the same voice actor for almost two decades now. It's notable because their older characters were from a time when voice acting in video games was generally a novelty, and was delivered by whoever was around.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin - The game ''Mutation Nation'' has the BigBad saying "How dare you beat me! Hear is your graveyard."
* RuleOfSymbolism - SNK's first notable fighting game, ''VideoGame/FatalFury'', introduces the city of Southtown. The bulk of the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''VideoGame/{{Art of Fighting}}'' series take place in Southtown, detailing and developing it, [[ShownTheirWork pretty damn believably at that]]. The final game of the original SNK, ''The King of Fighters 2000'', ends with Southtown being [[NukeEm blown up]].
** And in ''2003'', Southtown was shown to have recovered from the Zero Cannon's attack, symbolic of SNK's resurrection as SNK Playmore.
** With the exception of ''KOF '99'', Kyo (with or without the rest of the Japan Team) [[ThemeNaming always had a theme with the word "Esaka" in it]] during ''KOF'''s pre-bankruptcy run. Esaka was a train station in Osaka near the site where SNK's headquarters resided, and when SNK went bankrupt, they moved out of the building. Thus, Esaka was interchangeable with SNK to their fans. In ''2000'', the swan song of the old SNK, Kyo receives a heartful, emotional ballad known as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgI3q3LL5u8 "Goodbye Esaka."]] They might as well just called it "Goodbye SNK" for all it's worth.
*** And to twist the knife further, that theme had been preceded only ''three'' games earlier with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aL8KiPsrvU "Esaka Forever."]] [[HarsherInHindsight Looking back, it's tragically ironic.]]
* TheWikiRule - [[http://snk.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page Yo.]]
* SNKBoss - [[FanNickname Known amongst fighting games fans as]] "SNK Boss Syndrome." [[TropeNamers And for]] [[TropeCodifier a good reason]].
----

to:

[[quoteright:210:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/SNK_logo_001_9818.jpg]]

->''The Future Is Now''
-->--'''Company Motto''', 1986-2001

'''SNK''', an acronym for '''Shin Nihon Kikaku''' (新日本企画, Japanese for "New Japan Project"), is one of the better known video game companies. Besides developing arcade games dating back to 1978, SNK is also responsible for the NeoGeo home console, as well as the short-lived Hyper Neo Geo 64 and portable NeoGeoPocket. The company's legal and trading name became SNK in 1986. It also possesses a unique story of collapse and rebirth: After things started to look bad in the beginning of 2000, SNK was forced to declare bankruptcy and sold many of its rights to various companies... but eventually, with hard work and effort, its CEO, Eikichi Kawasaki, eventually gathered up many of its former rights and rebuilt SNK, now named SNK Playmore.

SNK is mostly known for its {{fighting game}}s and was once the biggest rival of Creator/{{Capcom}} in that field; this rivalry was embodied in the ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom SNK vs. Capcom]]'' crossover series. Their fighting game bosses have a reputation for being ''extremely'' harder than their rival companies' counterparts, thus making them the {{Trope Namer|s}} for SNKBoss. To casual observers, SNK's 2D fighters were mere imitators of the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series, but this is not the case. The combat systems are totally different, with SNK's ''VideoGame/{{Art of Fighting}}'' series introducing the whole concept of the [[FinishingMove super special move]] that would go onto to become a fighting game staple. Also, although both employed luxuriously rich, detailed 2D visuals, SNK's backgrounds were more expressive, and often filled with comic touches. It's also worth pointing out that staff have switched between the Capcom and SNK camps over the years, with original ''Street Fighter'' creators TakashiNishiyama and HiroshiMatsumoto going onto to work at SNK, notably creating the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters The King of Fighters]]'' series, while famed illustrator Shinkiro as well as lesser known Senri Kita started at SNK but now work for Capcom. DaisukeIshiwatari, known best for his work on ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' and ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', was also employed under SNK as part of the team developing ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade''. If you look at his work (and sometimes squint), you can see more than a few {{Shout Out}}s to SNK's properties.
----
!Consoles made:
* NeoGeo (1990-2004)
* Neo Geo CD (1994-1997)
* NeoGeoPocket (1998-1999)
* Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999-2001)
!Games developed:
!!Fighting games
[[index]]
* ''Street Smart'' (1989)
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' series (1991–1999)
* ''VideoGame/{{Art of Fighting}}'' series (1992–1996)
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' series (1993–1998, 2003-present)
* ''VideoGame/{{The King of Fighters}}'' series (1994–present)
* ''FuunSeries'' (1995–1996)
* ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade'' series (1997–1998)
* ''Buriki One'' (1999)
* ''VideoGame/SNKGalsFighters'' (2000)
* ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos]]'' (2003)
* ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'' (2005)

!!Others
* ''VideoGame/{{Athena}}''
* ''Baseball Stars''
* ''VideoGame/{{Crystalis}}''
* ''VideoGame/GuerrillaWar''
* ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors''
* ''The King of Fighters: Sky Stage''
* ''VideoGame/KingOfTheMonsters'' series
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' series
* ''NAM-1975''
* ''PrehistoricIsle'' series
* ''VideoGame/PsychoSoldier''
* ''Sengoku'' series
* ''Super Sidekicks'' series
* ''VideoGame/{{Vanguard}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/TroubleWitches Trouble Witches NEO!]]''
[[/index]]
----
!!Tropes present in many SNK games:
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore - Compare the American box art and flyers of some earlier releases to their Japanese counterparts. Check out [[http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/athena/athena.htm the artwork]] for ''Athena'' and ''Psycho Soldier'', for example.
* AuthorAppeal - {{SNK Boss}}es and {{Dream Match Game}}s. This company seems to ''love'' making them, ''especially'' the former.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic - [[AwesomeMusic/{{SNK}} Hear here.]]
* DoingItForTheArt - Their philosophy. Both their greatest strength and their greatest weakness, and partially responsible for their downfall. Notably, a couple of their games [[hottip:*:''Samurai Shodown III'' and ''Art of Fighting 3'' for starters]] saw them spend ''too much time'' on the art at the expense on the actual ''game'' beneath it.
** TheyJustDidntCare - Occurred during the Playmore era, at least a couple of times. One, arguable, came with ''The King of Fighters XII'', later patched with ''XIII'' [[hottip:*:For being an ObviousBeta that lacks bosses but includes DerangedAnimation (for starters, TONS of fat human pigs in the Paris background), the audience's reaction varies between FranchiseKiller and that it's ruined. Thankfully, ''XIII'', despite its lack of new characters sans Saiki, vets that missed out on ''XII'', and (unexpectedly) Hwa Jai from the ''original'' ''Fatal Fury'', restored the reputation of the series.]]. Another one is ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos]]'', later rehashed into (but ''not'' patched) with ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'' [[hottip:*:This one was forced to be a cash cow mainly due to the fact that the newly-revived SNK had to finish the contract with Capcom at all costs. No one would've even guessed that the game would (arguably) look far worse and be far more unbalanced than Eolith's ''KOF'' installments, ''2001'' and ''2002'', however...]].
* FanNickname - SNK Delaymore is a detractor nickname from fans who believe that it takes SNKP ''forever'' to release a new game (the worst example being the amount of time it took for the dev team to [[ArtEvolution redraw]] their [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters sizable pool of characters]] for ''The King of Fighters XII''). SNK Crymore is a ''counter'' nickname to the above, used by fans irked by the complaints of the first group. [[FlameWar It'd be best to leave it at that.]]
* {{Fanservice}} - From [[http://images.wikia.com/snk/images/d/d8/Mai94.gif full]] to [[http://images.wikia.com/snk/images/0/00/King95.gif none]] and everything in between. [[http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab136/0-yami/5Bsmall5D5BAnimePaper5Dscans_King-o.jpg Also]] [[http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-05/kof11-shen-woo.html a]] [[http://images.wikia.com/snk/images/5/5e/K-XIII.jpg pioneer]] of fighting game [[MrFanservice manservice]].
** They've got the non-sexual fanservice covered just as well, if not even better.
* FollowTheLeader - A lot of SNK's pre and early NeoGeo games were clones of what was popular at the time. Compare ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' and ''Burning Fight'', ''VideoGame/{{Xevious}}'' and ''Alpha Mission'', ''Hang-On'' and ''Riding Hero'', ''Twin Hawk'' (or, depending which way you look at it, the ''[[VideoGame/NineteenFortyTwo 19XX]]'' series) and ''Ghost Pilots''... etc.
** DuelingGames - As noted above, SNK was ''the'' big-name [[TheRival rival]] of Capcom back in the 1990s. This rivalry was plasmed [[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom in the most predictable way possible]].
** NeverLiveItDown - Unfortunately, this often slips into downright [[HateDumb denial that SNK ever actually came up with something on their own.]] This is made even worse by the fact that while SNK and Capcom ''did'' crib off of each other time and time again, several fighting game mechanics [[OlderThanTheyThink could be instead attributed to SNK]].
* GratuitousEnglish - Especially in the ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' games.
** [[{{Mondegreen}} Terry]] [[FountainOfMemes Bogard]]. We cannot stress this enough.
** BlindIdiotTranslation - Very frequently in earlier releases, which often had a tendency of [[{{Narm}} ruining scenes]].
* HeyItsThatVoice - SNK has its own group of in-house seiyuu (technically speaking [[hottip:*:the various seiyuu are affiliated with their own agencies, but are frequently used in SNK titles]]), and as such, you'll probably see the same names pop up in credits. Most of the more regular members such as Satoshi Hashimoto and Harumi Ikoma have been working with SNK since the early '90s (see TheOtherDarrin below) and a good portion of them voice [[TalkingToThemself multiple characters]] [[hottip:*:with certain seiyuu such as Eiji Yano and Monster Maezuka qualifying for ManOfAThousandVoices status]]. In addition, several big name seiyuu in the business have been called in to provide voice acting for characters (a more notable case being NorioWakamoto himself on more than one occasion [[hottip:*:Igniz in ''KOF 2001'', Rugal in ''KOF 2002'' (although he was Darrin'd by Rugal's original VA, Toshimitsu Arai, come its UpdatedRerelease, ''2002: Unlimited Match''), and Golboa in ''Samurai Shodown Sen'']]), some of them before they truly hit their stride in the industry (examples including EijiTakemoto and KatsuyukiKonishi respectively as [[VideoGame/FatalFury Rock Howard]] and [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Maxima]]).
* MagnumOpus - ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'' is widely considered to be SNK's last great game. Even fans of the genre who otherwise loathe SNK ''love [=MotW=]'' for its polish and complexity.
** ''The Last Blade'' games also get this kind of aplomb. Not quite at ''Garou'''s level, but still considered to be the cream of the crop.
* MemeticMutation - It is possible that the line "[[BlindIdiotTranslation You fail it! Your skill is not enough, see you next time, bye-bye!]]" from {{horizontal scrolling|Shooter}} ShootEmUp ''BlazingStar'' (the semi-official sequel to ''{{Pulstar}}'', [[FollowTheLeader a clone of]] ''VideoGame/{{R-Type}}'') was the originator of the meme "FAIL."
** Everything [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry]] [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Bogard]] [[GratuitousEnglish says]]. It's to the point where that fact in itself is becoming a meme.
* NotableOriginalMusic - Overlaps with SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic to enough of an extent that [[AwesomeMusic/{{SNK}} it has its own page.]]
* NintendoHard - These guys are probably outdone only by Creator/{{Nintendo}} themselves and {{Atlus}} (and if you're willing to stretch the lines, ''maybe'' Capcom).
* TheOtherDarrin - SNK is actually notable for trying very hard to avert this; some of their characters have had the same voice actor for almost two decades now. It's notable because their older characters were from a time when voice acting in video games was generally a novelty, and was delivered by whoever was around.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin - The game ''Mutation Nation'' has the BigBad saying "How dare you beat me! Hear is your graveyard."
* RuleOfSymbolism - SNK's first notable fighting game, ''VideoGame/FatalFury'', introduces the city of Southtown. The bulk of the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''VideoGame/{{Art of Fighting}}'' series take place in Southtown, detailing and developing it, [[ShownTheirWork pretty damn believably at that]]. The final game of the original SNK, ''The King of Fighters 2000'', ends with Southtown being [[NukeEm blown up]].
** And in ''2003'', Southtown was shown to have recovered from the Zero Cannon's attack, symbolic of SNK's resurrection as SNK Playmore.
** With the exception of ''KOF '99'', Kyo (with or without the rest of the Japan Team) [[ThemeNaming always had a theme with the word "Esaka" in it]] during ''KOF'''s pre-bankruptcy run. Esaka was a train station in Osaka near the site where SNK's headquarters resided, and when SNK went bankrupt, they moved out of the building. Thus, Esaka was interchangeable with SNK to their fans. In ''2000'', the swan song of the old SNK, Kyo receives a heartful, emotional ballad known as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgI3q3LL5u8 "Goodbye Esaka."]] They might as well just called it "Goodbye SNK" for all it's worth.
*** And to twist the knife further, that theme had been preceded only ''three'' games earlier with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aL8KiPsrvU "Esaka Forever."]] [[HarsherInHindsight Looking back, it's tragically ironic.]]
* TheWikiRule - [[http://snk.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page Yo.]]
* SNKBoss - [[FanNickname Known amongst fighting games fans as]] "SNK Boss Syndrome." [[TropeNamers And for]] [[TropeCodifier a good reason]].
----
[[redirect:{{Creator/SNK}}]]
5th Dec '12 10:59:08 AM Kalrot
Is there an issue? Send a Message


!Consoles made:
* NeoGeo (1990-2004)
* Neo Geo CD (1994-1997)
* NeoGeoPocket (1998-1999)
* Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999-2001)



* DoingItForTheArt - Their philosophy, their flaw, and their downfall, which eventually led their resurrected form to a [[MoneyDearBoy near-complete 180.]] Notably, a couple of their games [[hottip:*:''Samurai Shodown III'' and ''Art of Fighting 3'' for starters]] saw them spend ''too much time'' on the art at the expense on the actual ''game'' beneath it.

to:

* DoingItForTheArt - Their philosophy, philosophy. Both their flaw, greatest strength and their downfall, which eventually led greatest weakness, and partially responsible for their resurrected form to a [[MoneyDearBoy near-complete 180.]] downfall. Notably, a couple of their games [[hottip:*:''Samurai Shodown III'' and ''Art of Fighting 3'' for starters]] saw them spend ''too much time'' on the art at the expense on the actual ''game'' beneath it.
30th Nov '12 7:14:12 PM PF
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* MagnumOpus - ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'' is widely considered to be SNK's late great game. Even fans of the genre who otherwise loathe SNK ''love [=MotW=]'' for its polish and complexity.

to:

* MagnumOpus - ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'' is widely considered to be SNK's late last great game. Even fans of the genre who otherwise loathe SNK ''love [=MotW=]'' for its polish and complexity.
30th Nov '12 6:01:57 PM PF
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* MagnumOpus - ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'' is widely considered to be the last great SNK game. Even fans of the genre who otherwise loathe SNK ''love [=MotW=]'' for its polish and complexity.

to:

* MagnumOpus - ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'' is widely considered to be the last SNK's late great SNK game. Even fans of the genre who otherwise loathe SNK ''love [=MotW=]'' for its polish and complexity.



** Everything [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry]] [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Bogard]] [[GratuitousEnglish says]]. It's to the point where that fact in itself is becomeing a meme.

to:

** Everything [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry]] [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Bogard]] [[GratuitousEnglish says]]. It's to the point where that fact in itself is becomeing becoming a meme.
28th Nov '12 7:05:41 AM PF
Is there an issue? Send a Message


SNK is mostly known for its {{fighting game}}s and was once the biggest rival of Creator/{{Capcom}} in that field; this rivalry was embodied in the ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom SNK vs. Capcom]]'' crossover series. Their fighting game bosses have a reputation for being ''extremely'' harder than their rival companies' counterparts, thus making them the {{Trope Namer|s}} for SNKBoss. To casual observers, SNK's 2D fighters were mere imitators of the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series, but this is not the case. The combat systems are totally different, with SNK's ''VideoGame/{{Art of Fighting}}'' series introducing the whole concept of the [[FinishingMove super special move]] that would go onto to become a fighting game staple. Also, although both employed luxuriously rich, detailed 2D visuals, SNK's backgrounds were more expressive, and often filled with comic touches. It's also worth pointing out that staff have switched between the Capcom and SNK camps over the years, with original ''Street Fighter'' creators TakashiNishiyama and HiroshiMatsumoto going onto to work at SNK, notably creating the ''[[VideoGames/FatalFury'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters The King of Fighters]]'', while famed illustrator Shinkiro as well as lesser known Senri Kita started at SNK but now work for Capcom. DaisukeIshiwatari, known best for his work on ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' and ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', was also employed under SNK as part of the team developing ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade''. If you look at his work (and sometimes squint), you can see more than a few {{Shout Out}}s to SNK's properties.

to:

SNK is mostly known for its {{fighting game}}s and was once the biggest rival of Creator/{{Capcom}} in that field; this rivalry was embodied in the ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom SNK vs. Capcom]]'' crossover series. Their fighting game bosses have a reputation for being ''extremely'' harder than their rival companies' counterparts, thus making them the {{Trope Namer|s}} for SNKBoss. To casual observers, SNK's 2D fighters were mere imitators of the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series, but this is not the case. The combat systems are totally different, with SNK's ''VideoGame/{{Art of Fighting}}'' series introducing the whole concept of the [[FinishingMove super special move]] that would go onto to become a fighting game staple. Also, although both employed luxuriously rich, detailed 2D visuals, SNK's backgrounds were more expressive, and often filled with comic touches. It's also worth pointing out that staff have switched between the Capcom and SNK camps over the years, with original ''Street Fighter'' creators TakashiNishiyama and HiroshiMatsumoto going onto to work at SNK, notably creating the ''[[VideoGames/FatalFury'' ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters The King of Fighters]]'', Fighters]]'' series, while famed illustrator Shinkiro as well as lesser known Senri Kita started at SNK but now work for Capcom. DaisukeIshiwatari, known best for his work on ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' and ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', was also employed under SNK as part of the team developing ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade''. If you look at his work (and sometimes squint), you can see more than a few {{Shout Out}}s to SNK's properties.
28th Nov '12 7:02:09 AM PF
Is there an issue? Send a Message


SNK, an acronym for ''Shin Nihon Kikaku'' (新日本企画, Japanese for "New Japan Project"), is one of the better known video game companies. Besides developing arcade games dating back to 1978, SNK is also responsible for the NeoGeo home console, as well as the short-lived Hyper Neo Geo 64 and portable NeoGeoPocket. The company's legal and trading name became SNK in 1986. It also possesses a unique story of collapse and rebirth: After things started to look bad in the beginning of 2000, SNK was forced to declare bankruptcy and sold many of its rights to various companies... but eventually, with hard work and effort, its CEO, Eikichi Kawasaki, eventually gathered up many of its former rights and rebuilt SNK, now named SNK Playmore.

SNK is mostly known for its {{fighting game}}s and was once the biggest rival of Creator/{{Capcom}} in that field; this rivalry was embodied in the ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom SNK vs. Capcom]]'' crossover series. Their fighting game bosses have a reputation for being ''extremely'' harder than their rival companies' counterparts, thus making them the {{Trope Namer|s}} for SNKBoss. To casual observers, SNK's 2D fighters were mere imitators of the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series, but this is not the case. The combat systems are totally different, with SNK's ''VideoGame/{{Art of Fighting}}'' series introducing the whole concept of the [[FinishingMove super special move]] that would go onto to become a fighting game staple. Also, although both employed luxuriously rich, detailed 2D visuals, SNK's backgrounds were more expressive, and often filled with comic touches. It's also worth pointing out that staff have switched between the Capcom and SNK camps over the years, with original ''Street Fighter'' creators TakashiNishiyama and HiroshiMatsumoto going onto to work at SNK, notably creating the ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF]]'' and ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' series, while famed illustrator Shinkiro as well as lesser known Senri Kita started at SNK but now work for Capcom. DaisukeIshiwatari, known best for his work on ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' and ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', was also employed under SNK as part of the team developing ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade''. If you look at his work (and sometimes squint), you can see more than a few {{Shout Out}}s to SNK's properties.

to:

SNK, '''SNK''', an acronym for ''Shin '''Shin Nihon Kikaku'' Kikaku''' (新日本企画, Japanese for "New Japan Project"), is one of the better known video game companies. Besides developing arcade games dating back to 1978, SNK is also responsible for the NeoGeo home console, as well as the short-lived Hyper Neo Geo 64 and portable NeoGeoPocket. The company's legal and trading name became SNK in 1986. It also possesses a unique story of collapse and rebirth: After things started to look bad in the beginning of 2000, SNK was forced to declare bankruptcy and sold many of its rights to various companies... but eventually, with hard work and effort, its CEO, Eikichi Kawasaki, eventually gathered up many of its former rights and rebuilt SNK, now named SNK Playmore.

SNK is mostly known for its {{fighting game}}s and was once the biggest rival of Creator/{{Capcom}} in that field; this rivalry was embodied in the ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom SNK vs. Capcom]]'' crossover series. Their fighting game bosses have a reputation for being ''extremely'' harder than their rival companies' counterparts, thus making them the {{Trope Namer|s}} for SNKBoss. To casual observers, SNK's 2D fighters were mere imitators of the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series, but this is not the case. The combat systems are totally different, with SNK's ''VideoGame/{{Art of Fighting}}'' series introducing the whole concept of the [[FinishingMove super special move]] that would go onto to become a fighting game staple. Also, although both employed luxuriously rich, detailed 2D visuals, SNK's backgrounds were more expressive, and often filled with comic touches. It's also worth pointing out that staff have switched between the Capcom and SNK camps over the years, with original ''Street Fighter'' creators TakashiNishiyama and HiroshiMatsumoto going onto to work at SNK, notably creating the ''[[VideoGames/FatalFury'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF]]'' and ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' series, The King of Fighters]]'', while famed illustrator Shinkiro as well as lesser known Senri Kita started at SNK but now work for Capcom. DaisukeIshiwatari, known best for his work on ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' and ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', was also employed under SNK as part of the team developing ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade''. If you look at his work (and sometimes squint), you can see more than a few {{Shout Out}}s to SNK's properties.



** TheyJustDidntCare - Occurred during the Playmore era, at least a couple of times. One, arguable, came with ''The King of Fighters XII'', later patched with ''XIII'' [[hottip:*:For being an ObviousBeta that lacks bosses but includes DerangedAnimation (for starters, TONS of fat human pigs in the Paris background), the audience's reaction varies between FranchiseKiller and that it's ruined. Thankfully, ''XIII'', despite its lack of new characters sans Saiki, vets that missed out on ''XII'', and (unexpectedly) Hwa Jai from the ''original'' ''Fatal Fury'', restored the reputation of the series.]]. Another one is ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos]]'', later rehashed into (but '''not''' patched) with ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'' [[hottip:*:This one was forced to be a cash cow mainly due to the fact that the newly-revived SNK had to finish the contract with Capcom at all costs. No one would've even guessed that the game would (arguably) look far worse and be far more unbalanced than Eolith's ''KOF'' installments, ''2001'' and ''2002'', however...]].
* FanNickname - SNK Delaymore is a Detractor Nickname from fans who believe that it takes SNKP ''forever'' to release a new game (the worst example being the amount of time it took for the dev team to [[ArtEvolution redraw]] their [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters sizable pool of characters]] for ''The King of Fighters XII''). SNK Crymore is a ''counter'' nickname to the above, used by fans irked by the complaints of the first group. [[FlameWar It'd be best to leave it at that.]]

to:

** TheyJustDidntCare - Occurred during the Playmore era, at least a couple of times. One, arguable, came with ''The King of Fighters XII'', later patched with ''XIII'' [[hottip:*:For being an ObviousBeta that lacks bosses but includes DerangedAnimation (for starters, TONS of fat human pigs in the Paris background), the audience's reaction varies between FranchiseKiller and that it's ruined. Thankfully, ''XIII'', despite its lack of new characters sans Saiki, vets that missed out on ''XII'', and (unexpectedly) Hwa Jai from the ''original'' ''Fatal Fury'', restored the reputation of the series.]]. Another one is ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos]]'', later rehashed into (but '''not''' ''not'' patched) with ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'' [[hottip:*:This one was forced to be a cash cow mainly due to the fact that the newly-revived SNK had to finish the contract with Capcom at all costs. No one would've even guessed that the game would (arguably) look far worse and be far more unbalanced than Eolith's ''KOF'' installments, ''2001'' and ''2002'', however...]].
* FanNickname - SNK Delaymore is a Detractor Nickname detractor nickname from fans who believe that it takes SNKP ''forever'' to release a new game (the worst example being the amount of time it took for the dev team to [[ArtEvolution redraw]] their [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters sizable pool of characters]] for ''The King of Fighters XII''). SNK Crymore is a ''counter'' nickname to the above, used by fans irked by the complaints of the first group. [[FlameWar It'd be best to leave it at that.]]



** DuelingGames - As noted above, SNK was ''the'' big-name [[TheRival rival]] of Capcom back in the 90s. This rivalry was plasmed [[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom in the most predictable way possible]].

to:

** DuelingGames - As noted above, SNK was ''the'' big-name [[TheRival rival]] of Capcom back in the 90s.1990s. This rivalry was plasmed [[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom in the most predictable way possible]].



* HeyItsThatVoice - SNK has its own group of in-house seiyuu (technically speaking [[hottip:*:the various seiyuu are affiliated with their own agencies, but are frequently used in SNK titles]]), and as such, you'll probably see the same names pop up in credits. Most of the more regular members such as Satoshi Hashimoto and Harumi Ikoma have been working with SNK since the early 90s (see TheOtherDarrin below) and a good portion of them voice [[TalkingToThemself multiple characters]] [[hottip:*:with certain seiyuu such as Eiji Yano and Monster Maezuka qualifying for ManOfAThousandVoices status]]. In addition, several big name seiyuu in the business have been called in to provide voice acting for characters (a more notable case being NorioWakamoto himself on more than one occasion [[hottip:*:Igniz in ''KOF 2001'', Rugal in ''KOF 2002'' (although he was darrin'd by Rugal's original VA, Toshimitsu Arai, come its UpdatedRerelease, ''2002: Unlimited Match''), and Golboa in ''Samurai Shodown Sen'']]), some of them before they truly hit their stride in the industry (examples including EijiTakemoto and KatsuyukiKonishi respectively as [[VideoGame/FatalFury Rock Howard]] and [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Maxima]]).
* MagnumOpus - ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'' is widely considered to be the last great SNK game. Even fans of the genre who otherwise loathe SNK '''love''' ''[=MotW=]'' for its polish and complexity.

to:

* HeyItsThatVoice - SNK has its own group of in-house seiyuu (technically speaking [[hottip:*:the various seiyuu are affiliated with their own agencies, but are frequently used in SNK titles]]), and as such, you'll probably see the same names pop up in credits. Most of the more regular members such as Satoshi Hashimoto and Harumi Ikoma have been working with SNK since the early 90s '90s (see TheOtherDarrin below) and a good portion of them voice [[TalkingToThemself multiple characters]] [[hottip:*:with certain seiyuu such as Eiji Yano and Monster Maezuka qualifying for ManOfAThousandVoices status]]. In addition, several big name seiyuu in the business have been called in to provide voice acting for characters (a more notable case being NorioWakamoto himself on more than one occasion [[hottip:*:Igniz in ''KOF 2001'', Rugal in ''KOF 2002'' (although he was darrin'd Darrin'd by Rugal's original VA, Toshimitsu Arai, come its UpdatedRerelease, ''2002: Unlimited Match''), and Golboa in ''Samurai Shodown Sen'']]), some of them before they truly hit their stride in the industry (examples including EijiTakemoto and KatsuyukiKonishi respectively as [[VideoGame/FatalFury Rock Howard]] and [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Maxima]]).
* MagnumOpus - ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'' is widely considered to be the last great SNK game. Even fans of the genre who otherwise loathe SNK '''love''' ''[=MotW=]'' ''love [=MotW=]'' for its polish and complexity.



* NintendoHard - These guys are probably outdone only by Creator/{{Nintendo}} themselves and {{Atlus}} (and if you're willing to stretch the lines, ''maybe'' Creator/{{Capcom}}).

to:

* NintendoHard - These guys are probably outdone only by Creator/{{Nintendo}} themselves and {{Atlus}} (and if you're willing to stretch the lines, ''maybe'' Creator/{{Capcom}}).Capcom).



* RuleOfSymbolism - SNK's first notable fighting game, ''VideoGame/FatalFury'', introduces the city of Southtown. The bulk of the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''VideoGame/{{Art of Fighting}}'' series take place in Southtown, detailing and developing it, [[ShownTheirWork pretty damn believably at that]]. The final game of the original SNK, ''VideoGame/{{The King of Fighters}} 2000'', ends with Southtown being [[NukeEm blown up]].

to:

* RuleOfSymbolism - SNK's first notable fighting game, ''VideoGame/FatalFury'', introduces the city of Southtown. The bulk of the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''VideoGame/{{Art of Fighting}}'' series take place in Southtown, detailing and developing it, [[ShownTheirWork pretty damn believably at that]]. The final game of the original SNK, ''VideoGame/{{The ''The King of Fighters}} Fighters 2000'', ends with Southtown being [[NukeEm blown up]].
13th Oct '12 3:36:08 PM Prfnoff
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''KingOfTheMonsters'' series

to:

* ''KingOfTheMonsters'' ''VideoGame/KingOfTheMonsters'' series
6th Oct '12 11:04:11 AM ViperAcidZX
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''[[VideoGame/TroubleWitches Trouble Witches NEO!]]''
This list shows the last 10 events of 88. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.SNK