neo-geo world tour

A guide to global SNK hotspots

Retro Gamer - - 40 YEARS OF SNK -

01 OSAKA, JA­PAN ■ The home city of SNK, and a fre­quent back­ground lo­ca­tion in the King Of Fight­ers series. The com­pany has had a num­ber of of­fices in the area over the years. 02 TSUKUBA, JA­PAN ■ The first Neo-geo World lo­ca­tion was opened here in De­cem­ber 1995. This in­door theme park of­fered a va­ri­ety of at­trac­tions in­clud­ing Q-zar laser tag, Drift King cart rac­ing and a hor­ror at­trac­tion called The Walk. Ad­di­tion­ally, you could en­joy a game of bowl­ing, karaoke, games and a va­ri­ety of cafes, and there was even a Tsu­taya video rental shop. 03 TOKYO, JA­PAN ■ The sec­ond Neo-geo World opened here in March 1999. The rides at this in­door theme park in­cluded the car chase sim­u­la­tion New York Get­away, the shoot­ing ad­ven­ture Agent Metal and a hostage res­cue walk­ing at­trac­tion called No Fate. The com­pany has also had lo­cal of­fices here at var­i­ous points in time.

04 TOR­RANCE, Ca, USA ■ SNK’S first Amer­i­can of­fice opened here on Kashiwa Street in the early Eight­ies. The com­pany moved back to an of­fice on Earl Street in the early Nineties. 05 SUNNYVALE, Ca, USA ■ When SNK for­mally es­tab­lished its Amer­i­can sub­sidiary in 1986, its first of­fice was in So­brante Way. 06 SAN JOSE, Ca, USA ■ SNK re­turned to the Bay Area in 1997, re­lo­cat­ing to Great Oaks Boule­vard in San Jose. 07 CY­PRESS, Ca, USA ■ SNK Neo­geo USA Cor­po­ra­tion, the ar­cade dis­tri­bu­tion arm of SNK in the late MVS years, was lo­cated here. 08 WALL, NJ, USA ■ SNK op­er­ated out of a very small of­fice dur­ing the Play­more years. Es­tab­lished in 2003, this was far from SNK’S tra­di­tional Cal­i­for­nia lo­ca­tions.

09 KOWLOON, HONG KONG ■ 1992 saw the es­tab­lish­ment of SNK Asia, which kept the same of­fices up un­til the branch was dis­solved fol­low­ing SNK’S bankruptcy. SNK Asia was re-es­tab­lished here in 2015. 10 SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL ■ SNK’S first branch in South Amer­ica was es­tab­lished in 1993, and the MVS was very popular here. Some of the Neo-geo World lo­ca­tions it opened still ex­ist, al­beit un­der dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies. 11 LON­DON, UK ■ SNK Europe was es­tab­lished here in 1994, ini­tially oc­cu­py­ing an of­fice in Albe­marle Street be­fore mov­ing to Re­gent’s Park Road in Finch­ley in 1996. 12 SINGAPORE 13 DUBAI, UAE ■ Other of­fices in­clud­ing SNK Singapore and SNK Mid­dle East op­er­ated from these lo­ca­tions, but both sub­sidiaries were closed by 1999.

14 OSAKA, JA­PAN 15 NAGAKUTE, JA­PAN 16 NARA, JA­PAN 17 KATO, JA­PAN ■ These cities all hosted Neo-geo Land ar­cades. These typ­i­cally of­fered a mix­ture of games, karaoke and pool, al­though smaller lo­ca­tions had fewer of­fer­ings. SNK held events at these ar­cades, the most popular of which were the lo­ca­tion tests of new ar­cade games. Osaka was lucky enough to have two, one of which re­mained open un­der Sun Amuse­ments un­til 2004 – you can see it in the back­ground of King Of Fight­ers games of­ten. 18 YOKO­HAMA, JA­PAN 19 CHIBA, JA­PAN 20 FUKUI, JA­PAN 21 NA­TORI, JA­PAN 22 FUKUOKA, JA­PAN ■ Each of these cities had a Neo-geo Bowl fa­cil­ity, of­fer­ing bowl­ing, games, karaoke, pool and cafe fa­cil­i­ties. Sun Amuse­ments kept the large out-oftown fa­cil­i­ties in Chiba and Na­tori run­ning for a few years af­ter SNK’S 2001 bankruptcy.

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