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ADK, formerly and also known as Alpha Denshi Corp. (also Alpha or Alpha Denshi), was a Japanese videogame company founded in 1980 and shut down in 2003. They began as an electronics company, soon moving to arcade game development, and eventually becoming the first third-party developer for the SNK Neo Geo platform.
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In The '90s, ADK only made games for the Neo Geo arcade machine and console until 2003, when they filed for bankruptcy. After that, SNK bought ADK's properties and inserted them into their universe, starting with the Crisis Crossover Fighting Game NeoGeo Battle Coliseum in 2005, where appearing alongside characters from SNK's own franchises such as The King of Fighters, were characters from World Heroes and Aggressors of Dark Kombat, some of ADK's more famous games from their 90s glory period. And that was just the beginning.

ADK made a variety of games: in The '80s made various sports games and combat flight Simulation Games, some of them licenced by external companies as SEGA and SNK (before they went exclusive), but in The '90s ADK expanded more making action-adventure Games and fighting games, with World Heroes series probably their most famous title (and to some their only well known one). After shutting down, ADK lives on, with their characters appearing in SNK games mostly as cameos and releasing compilations of their classic work.

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Notably, the Neo Geo was co-developed by ADK with SNK, being an evolution of the Motorola 68k-based architecture used in ADK's late 80s games like Time Soldiers.

SNK Wiki has an article about ADK here. Remember, this is for the Japanese video game company, not to be confused with ADK dubbing for anime series, the Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows and Android, the Consumer Activation Company (also from Japan)... nor any of these other ADK.


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Some of ADK most famous developed games:

  • ADK World (1995)
  • Aggressors of Dark Kombatnote  (1994)
  • Blue's Journeynote  (1991)
  • Champion Baseball (1983)
  • Crossed Swords series (1991-1995)
  • Magician Lord (1990)
  • Make Traxnote  (1981)
  • Melon Chan's Growth Diarynote  (1998)
  • Ninja Combat (1990)
  • Ninja Commando (1992)
  • Ninja Master's - Hao Ninpo Cho (1996)
  • Shōgi no Tatsujin: Master of Syougi (1995)
  • Time Soldiersnote  (1987)
  • Twinkle Star Spritesnote  (1996)
  • World Heroes series (1992-1995)


Tropes present in ADK and in many of their games:


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