If SNK Made StarCraft...

SNK does not make StarCraft. Blizzard makes StarCraft, and SNK made its name with 2D games like Samurai Shodown and The King of Fighters. But if SNK made a game with Blizzard's characters, it might look like this. » 8/19/14 7:50am 8/19/14 7:50am

Square Enix in Trouble with SNK and the Cops

Police are investigating Square Enix for allegedly using copyrighted SNK characters in the manga High Score Girl. Square Enix, which publishes the manga, says it didn't receive requests from SNK to halt publication and SNK says it never gave Square Enix permission to use its characters in the manga. » 8/06/14 5:00am 8/06/14 5:00am

We Didn't Ask for This King of Fighters Music Game

As hinted at earlier this year, The King of Fighters is getting a rhythm game. Dubbed The Rhythm of Fighters, the game is a cross between a music game and a fighting game. » 6/20/14 5:20am 6/20/14 5:20am

There's a new King of Fighters game! It's...a network-based mobile game that's based on KoF 2012 but has role-playing game elements. Called King of Fighters M, it will be out the first half of this year in South Korea. No word on a Western release. [Thanks, Sang!] » 5/16/14 7:40am 5/16/14 7:40am

The King of Fighters is getting, um, a rhythm game? Apparently, this February SNK Playmore filed a trademark in Japan for The Rhythm of Fighters. It's for "game software for computers, etc." » 3/24/14 5:00am 3/24/14 5:00am

If Attack on Titan Were A Present-Day Anime

Attack on Titan, one of the best and most hyped anime of 2013 is... well, let's just say it has a classic fantasy setting where most of the characters wear the same brownish, boring military outfit. So digital artist Siya Ho has redrawn everyone—even characters without a name—in his fan art series on Pixiv… » 12/30/13 5:00pm 12/30/13 5:00pm

Two Companies Go To War Over A Neo Geo Handheld

On the weekend, SNK issued a press release saying that the Neo Geo X handheld - a re-release of the company's famous home console - was done for. Only a few days later, the company licensing the handheld from SNK says nope, we'll keep selling it. » 10/08/13 1:30am 10/08/13 1:30am

SNK Orders NeoGeo X Maker to End Production and Stop Selling It

The NeoGeo X, the handheld NeoGeo platform, is no more. SNK Playmore, the owner of the NeoGeo hardware, terminated its license with manufacturer and distributor Tommo Inc. effective Oct. 2, according to this notice on SNK's web site. » 10/05/13 2:00pm 10/05/13 2:00pm

Samurai Shodown Stars in a Korean Mobile Game

Huh. As tipster Sang points out, Samurai Shodown characters are now appearing in a South Korean runner game called Everyone Kal Kal Kal. "Kal" (칼) means "sword". SNK signed off on the game, which is for iOS and Android. So there ya go! » 6/25/13 7:30am 6/25/13 7:30am

The Best 2D Arcade Game Backgrounds

Classic 2D arcade platformers, brawlers and beat 'em ups can have amazing background art—with pixel perfect details and a wonderful color palette. Unlike the similarly awesome 2D fighter backgrounds, people don't pay as much attention to these. » 6/03/13 7:00pm 6/03/13 7:00pm

SNK Playmore is hiring up for, as the Osaka-based studio's help wanted page reads, "the strongest 3D King of Fighters and Samurai Shodown". Guess they're going to work on new games... » 5/20/13 8:30am 5/20/13 8:30am

Japanese Video Games Where You Can Play As A Badass American

The influence of American action movies in Japan has been huge. Shortly after the success of all the 1980s Hollywood action flicks with dudes like Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Chuck Norris, Japanese gaming created an entire library of different action titles with one common feature: Kill everything on the screen. Oh,… » 3/27/13 8:08am 3/27/13 8:08am

The Awesome Giant Monsters of Japanese Video Games

Godzilla and his atomic breath are one of the most recognizable metaphors for the atomic bombings of WWII—and they're also icons of Japanese pop culture. With a steady supply of Kaiju movies, giant monsters nestled themselves comfortably in video games, creating a huge library of monster mayhem-based titles. We have… » 3/06/13 8:00am 3/06/13 8:00am

The Craziest Testosterone-Filled Japanese Video Game Characters

When it comes to Japanese developers, creating crazy, nice games isn't the only thing they're good at; they also design characters with pumped-to-the-max muscles, half of which don't even exist in real life and have the size of a truck. And they are all really serious about beating the hell out of everyone around them. » 2/13/13 8:00am 2/13/13 8:00am

Report: NeoGeo X's Production Is Coming to an End [Update]

Released this past December, the NeoGeo X apparently won't be produced anymore. According to Japanese site Gamer » 1/23/13 5:30am 1/23/13 5:30am, production for the system is ending as of this month.

The Best Animated Backgrounds Of 2D Fighting Games

The color schemes and the attention to the tiniest details of the backgrounds in classic 2D fighters always fascinated me. Dodgy streets, abandoned buildings, mystical Far Eastern temples: all important elements of these games, just as important as the gameplay mechanics or the featured characters. » 1/22/13 5:00pm 1/22/13 5:00pm

Well That Was Quick: The New Neo Geo Has Been Hacked [UPDATE: Video…

The hacking of a portable system is often bad news for game developers working on the platform, but somehow I don't think that's going to be the case for the Neo Geo X. » 12/23/12 10:30am 12/23/12 10:30am

The New Neo Geo Handheld Seems Long and Clicky

Here's our first look at the new Neo Geo X Gold handheld in action, courtesy of Japanese game mag Famitsu. Out in December, it looks...well, is that my eyes, or is the machine stretching the original 4:3 visuals to fit a 16:9 screen? » 9/26/12 10:30pm 9/26/12 10:30pm

Models Sure Love Wearing Mai Shiranui's Clothes

The iconic outfit of fighting game character Mai Shiranui has become the standard, de rigueur threads. It's not the standard for gamers, but for models. In Asia—especially China and Taiwan—models keep popping in non-gaming related events dressed as the SNK fighting game character.

So whether its car shows or book… » 9/06/12 6:20am 9/06/12 6:20am