The first game in the SNK vs. Capcom
series is SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium
, for the Neo Geo
Pocket Color released in late 1999.
The game has three different fighitng styles: Average, a super system reminiscent of Street Fighter Alpha that fills up and acts normally allowing for level 1 and 2 supers, Counter, which works exactly like the super system from KOF 94 and Rush which is similar to the Versus series super system but locks out level 2 supers. In arcade mode the player would fight a certain rival midway through, then a team of three clone fighters, a tag-team of Geese and Bison and finally, either Evil Ryu or Orochi Iori.
It also features Olympic mode, a collection of minigames, which included many SNK and Capcom characters such as the Red Arremer and Arthur
and Marco, Fio and Mars People
. This mode allowed players to unlock extra super attacks for the main cast. Beforehand you picked either the SNK side or Capcom side and would be managed by either Rimururu
or Karin Kanzuki
This game shows examples of:
- The Cameo: This game won't function on a regular Neo Geo Pocket but attempting to play it on that console instead gives you cute cameo images featuring guys like K' and Alex, Kaede playing with Lilith Aensland and even Kyo in his KOF 99 outfit (He wears his 94 outfit in game.)
- Continuity Nod: Ryo suggests bringing Kyokugen Karate to Brazil in his ending (referencing where Marco Rodriguez/Khushnood Butt from Garou: Mark of the Wolves comes from and who he learned it from)
- Dumb Is Good: Felicia never realized that her first "friend" (Akari Ichijo) actually wanted to capture and keep her as a pet, but only changed her mind after realizing Felicia's feeding expenses would cost a fortune.
- Luck-Based Mission: Oddly enough, unlocking characters is this. Usually when you beat the game you see a bunch of blocks and random blocks disappear to reveal a hidden fighter's silhouette. If all the blocks are gone you unlock that fighter. Problem is, its entirely random which blocks it'll make disappear.
- Original Generation: Sort of. While Evil Ryu and Orochi Iori are familiar to everybody, in this game they're the result of Bison and Geese's genetic tampering on said captured fighters rather than their dark sides coming to surface on their own.
- Take That, Audience!: The player can "talk" with their Olympic mode managers. Sometimes when talking with Rimururu, she'll ask you what you want to do later in your life and one option is to "marry Nakoruru." Choosing this option however makes her gape at you, remind you that Nakoruru isn't real and write you off as a weird pervert.