The Retro Guide To SNK Arcade Games
games™ investigates the arcade games of the Japanese developer as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary
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?