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The first time we saw both characters together.
SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash is a series of Crossover Card Battle Games made by SNK in association with Capcom at the end of The '90s and marked as the first entry in the SNK vs. Capcom series before the fighting games started the trend (even when few time later SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium entered to the ring).

The first two games were released for the Neo Geo Pocket Color between 1999 and 2000, and years later reviving the series with Card Fighters DS in 2006 (in Japan, 2007 for the rest of the world), the last game produced until now.

For more information, there's the article for the series in The Other Wiki and this one in the SNK Wikia as well separated articles for every game: Card Fighters' Clash, Card Fighters 2 and Card Fighters DS.

Card Fighter Clash Games:

Franchises in the series:

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The series provide these tropes:

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: With Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! video games, mostly the Duel Monsters series. Also being an Eastern RPG has been compared with Nintendo's Pokémon, especially for the character design and objectives, as well as the Socialization Bonus-driven One Game for the Price of Two mechanic of the first one. The playing system, however, resembles more an overly-simplified version of Magic: The Gathering.
  • The Cameo: Apart of the obvious references to franchises from both companies in the cards, there's a lot of unexpected cameos:
    • The companies' Real Life locations as Neo Geo Land and Capcom Plaza appear as places to go in the games. Also appear some fictional places for both companies, like Pao Pao Café and Lost World.
    • Various seiyuu appear as NPCs during the game, like Harumi Ikoma, Masahiro Nonaka and Keiko Kamitani with their radio program Neo Chupi and Yuri Amano (the voice actor for Ibuki) appears as a card fighter.
    • As the seiyuu, some creators from both companies (mostly character designers) appear as NPCs too, like Akiman and Eiji Shiroi, and even in the form of card fighters, like the one called Mikami.
  • Crossover: The first time both companies clash between each other and the seed for the then upcoming SNK vs. Capcom series.
  • First-Person Perspective: In the games, you can talk with people (being NPCs as card fighters) in first person as if you were inside the character, in a similar way than a Visual Novel.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: In Card Fighters DS. Almost immediately after American version was released, an unavoidable bug was discovered in the game. The bug occurs on the ninth floor of the tower, during the second play through. The game crashes after talking to an opponent named Jon, who has to be defeated in order to finish the game. On June 6th, SNK announced that the replacement cartridge would be available in stores on June 25th and began the process of implementing a recall. These cartridges have been sent by mail along with a package of 5 King of Fighters trading cards. The recall ended in January 2008.
  • Guest Fighter: G-Mantle, SNK's former mascot appears in all the games, as inspiration for characters (The Mask in the first game, Neomantle, Robomantle and G-Lady in Card Fighters 2) and even As Himself as a card fighter in DS.
  • One Game for the Price of Two: The first game had two versions, SNK side and Capcom side, both linkable via cable where players can interchange their cards and so catch'em all. The Nintendo Switch port announced in 2022 combines both versions into a single game, also allowing players to switch between both versions at any time.
  • Original Generation: All the characters in the series that aren't cards; every game has their own protagonists, villains and rivals you have to fight with your cards.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: No matter the game you play, in all of them you've to choose between a male or female character that you can control. The only difference apart of the gender is the design for them, but they work the same in the game.
    • Curiously, each playable character do have their own backstory, but they are never shown on the game itself, being a case of All There in the Manual.
  • Shout-Out: A lot, so they're included here.
  • Super-Deformed: The main design of the characters of the whole series and the cards, with the exception of Card Fighters DS (and some special cards in Card Fighters 2) in which they're drawn in normal style.
  • Super Title 64 Advance: The Card Fighters DS.
  • Updated Re-release: Card Fighters 2 counts as this. Although is a sequel of the first game(s) and can be played separately without having played the first CFC, you can use your files saved from the first games and get your cards back. Even the title says it's an "Expanded Version".