The Retro Guide To SNK Ar­cade Games

games™ in­ves­ti­gates the ar­cade games of the Ja­panese de­vel­oper as the com­pany cel­e­brates its 40th an­niver­sary

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As the leg­endary de­vel­oper cel­e­brates 40 years in the busi­ness we take a look back at its most pro­duc­tive and cre­ative land­scape: the ar­cades

Be­fore it started re­leas­ing games on home sys­tems, SNK was best known for its ar­cade games. formed in 1973 by ei­kichi Kawasaki, it was ini­tially known as shin Ni­hon Kikaku, a name it held un­til it was of­fi­cially changed to SNK in 1986. dur­ing the com­pany’s early years it re­leased a va­ri­ety of in­ter­est­ing games, and would pub­lish across a num­ber of dif­fer­ent gen­res, in­clud­ing maze games and shoot-’em-ups. as it con­tin­ued to make a name for it­self in the west, pub­lish­ers of home sys­tems be­gan to take no­tice, even­tu­ally se­cur­ing li­cences for sev­eral of the com­pany’s ti­tles, most no­tably Ikari War­riors, Athena, Psy­cho Sol­dier and Guer­rilla Wars. for many, it’s the Nineties where SNK truly came alive thanks to its Neo-geo tech­nol­ogy, which en­sured its (ex­pen­sive) home con­sole and games were iden­ti­cal to its ar­cade coun­ter­parts. Join us, then, as we look back at those early days of the com­pany. How many of the fol­low­ing do you re­mem­ber?

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