Showing posts with label SNK. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SNK. Show all posts

Monday, September 10, 2018

New Samurai Shodown Game Revealed

SNK is releasing a brand new title from their fighting game series Samurai Shodown in 2019 for PlayStation 4.

After a rumor of SNK to reveal their next game for some time over social media, we know now that it is going to be a new installment of Samurai Shodown, currently revealed as Samurai Spirits.

Therefore, we should note that this sword fighting game franchise actually used to call by the same name in Japan when it originally released back in 1993. Obviously this is a total revamp of the fan-favorite series after a decade and at this time; they are planning to release the title in 2019.

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New Samurai Shodown Game Revealed

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A brand-new teaser trailer came along to herald the return of an iconic arcade fighting classic in an all-new avatar.




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Opening of the teaser clip suggests that Samurai Shodown is still attached to its roots of 18th-century feudal Japan and Samurai Spirits is set in the year 1787, which means the premise of the game takes place following the events of Samurai Shodown V Special.

Then the narration is suddenly interrupted by legendary series protagonist and skilled swordsman Haohmaru as he slashes though the screen first and then unsheathes his katana on his opponents, taking them all down one by one.

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That insane rush of blood squirting from your opponents with each blow of your samurai warrior and each character sprites are now rendered into more realistic graphics using the powerful Unreal Engine.

The latest fighting game to employ the same engine is Dragon Ball FighterZ and we cannot complain about the outcome. Aside from Haohmaru, characters like Charlotte, Galford, Genjuro Kibagami, Kyoshiro Senryo, Hanzo Hattori, Nakoruru and Ukyo Tachibana are also confirmed.

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Terrific Gameplay Visuals

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We don't have enough details on hand about the game yet but we do know that it is initially headed towards PlayStation 4. While we are not sure about a PC release, announcement for Nintendo Switch and Xbox One version may come out later.

The last game from the series was Samurai Shodown: Sen from 2008 and the non-canonical release Samurai Shodown Anthology in 2009. The idea of bringing back one of their classics after the launch of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy will definitely make the fans happy.

Friday, September 7, 2018

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Out Now

Select your favorite female fighters from SNK's popular fighting games and battle it out in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy.

Back in the 90's, the company SNK has ruled over the arcades with Fatal Fury, King of Fighters and Samurai Shodown series while reinventing the fighting game genre to a new level by pitting players into 3v3 tag-team battles.

Later, they became more inventive and introduced a 4x4 battle system with one player to provide assist. One of their latest release, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy gathering SNK's top female fighters is currently out on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Out Now

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This one is a simple party fighting game and whether you are a fan of the type of games or non-fighting game fan, you can enjoy it regardless. Players can pick from SNK’s fan-favorite female fighters roster like Athena, Kula, Leona Heidern, Mai Shiranui, Shermie or many others and their appearance is also customizable as you see fit.

As the tag-team mechanics is now limited for 2v2 fights, combos and special attacks are made easy to perform with "one-button specials" to your opponent.

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SNK’s Top-Tier Ladies

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Tag your mates online from over the world or join in from a local multiplayer. Over seven different stages, the fights will take place where you can even choose to play alone if you want. Accessories, costumes and props like face paint or glasses are available to personalize the look of your favorite female fighters.

Thief Arthur from Square Enix's brand-new fighting game Million Arthur: Arcana Blood will join the party as special guest character from September 13.

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Easy Combos and Special Attacks

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The single player mode of the game features a story of its own. Shortly after the events of The King of Fighters XIV, some of the female participant fighters fell unconscious and discovers themselves inside a mansion alongside a female version of Terry Bogard.

Now they try to fight their way out of this place. Played with one attacker and one support in each side, the game uses a unique KO mechanics, where you have to use a Dream Finish move to knock your challenger down.

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Win and Earn Points

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The light-hearted tone of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy sets it apart from other fighting games from SNK and that's the reason everyone can take part in few rounds for some fun-filled friendly competition.

The title simply follows the norms set by regular crossover fighting game that earns you points for each victory and customize these amazing heroines from KOF series. As spiritual successor to SNK Gals' Fighters, the game stands out to please veteran fans and newcomers alike.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection Announced for Switch

A ton of games announced in a new trailer for SNK 40th Anniversary Collection on Nintendo Switch.

The era of arcade games have been ruled by many of the classic titles from SNK and they sure can take some pride on it. Also, they are doing great from the beginning of this year with their release of Art of Fighting Anthology, Samurai Shodown V Special, The King of Fighters '97 Global Match and The King of Fighters '98. It's been 40 years for the Japanese game developer company, which was founded back in 1978 and a definitive collection of their games are releasing this year.

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SNK 40th Anniversary Collection Announced for Switch

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Let's take a look at all the amazing titles already announced for the collection in an announcement trailer.




SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is promised to bring some of the classic titles from SNK will be debuting to Nintendo Switch on November 13. Currently, a fraction of the actual list of games has been revealed but to tell you the truth, these aren't any titles that you were very excited about. Most of these titles are from before Neo Geo entered the scene for arcade and NES days. However, we still have to wait for the rest of the list and what we found for now are mentioned below.

  • Alpha Mission
  • Athena
  • Crystalis
  • Ikari Warriors
  • Victory Road
  • Ikari 2: The Rescue
  • Guerrilla War
  • P.O.W
  • Prehistoric Isle
  • Psycho Soldier
  • Street Smart
  • TNK 3
  • Vanguard

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Porting old games to console has one big perk over everything and it is that nostalgia factor that drives players to it. Now that it is heading towards Switch, gamers can take it anywhere they want and enjoy it in high-resolution. Courtesy of NIS America, a special edition containing an official hardcover art book and a music collection from game soundtracks comes in a collector’s box for only $64.99. If you want one of those, you might as well as pre-order it right now to reserve your copy.

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SNK 40th Anniversary Collection Special Edition

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The list may be a major let-down for fans of Metal Slug, The Last Blade or Samurai Shodown series but their official website says, they will announce more games in forthcoming days. If not those big-name games, then at least Garou: Mark of the Wolves should make it to the list then. Otherwise, it would seem that in the name of an anniversary collection, they are simply trying to rip-off players with some of their old-school games that many don't even care about and make a quick buck.

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Prehistoric Isle Screenshot

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Last year, King of Fighters XIV from one of their flagship series has done exceptionally well and SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is also expected to win the hearts over. Considering how they have decided to port their popular games to modern day consoles, SNK is slowly coming back to the game and probably would return to take their throne in fighting games genre once again whether or not SNK 40th Anniversary Collection turns out to be a hit.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Metal Slug XX Comes to PlayStation 4

Metal Slug XX is coming to PlayStation 4 as upgraded version with different modes, multiplayer and Leona as playable character from start.

Originally released on Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360 Live Arcade, run and gun game Metal Slug XX is an enhanced version of Metal Slug 7 from Atlus and SNK Playmore. The game debuted on 2008 without an arcade version. Though it was made backwards compatible on Xbox One in 2015, a PlayStation 4 version is long due. That wait is finally over and now a much more polished version is heading towards Sony's console very soon with many added features.

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Metal Slug XX Comes to PlayStation 4

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As Metal Slug XX heads for its PS4 debut, SNK Corporation has tweaked a few aspects of the game for this “Remastered” edition.




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Brought up straight from the original PSP version, the game will be the first one from Metal Slug series which players can enjoy in 4K! Aside from supporting superior graphics, MSXX on PS4 offers you a couple of display settings like high-resolution border art styles or applying scanline filter on screen. Adding scanline options was for the sake of letting old-school fans enjoy nicely drawn 2D sprite-work of the game as it was originally debuted and how the series actually was on arcade era!

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Major Graphical Upgrades

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One of the scanline styles is TV, which is the equivalent of CRT monitor display and then there is Arcade mode to present the game just like we were used playing on arcade monitors. These little efforts were to bring back the classic feel since this one was not released on arcade. There is a new Trophy Set containing more than 30 Trophies on trivia and Easter eggs for some challenging players out there. DualShock 4 game controllers are fully compatible with this port and vibration support is also included to make the battles feel intense.

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2P Co-op Online Multiplayer

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The first five games of the franchise had their four playable characters from Peregrine Falcon Strike Force and the SPARROWS team. Ralf Jones and Clark Still of King of Fighters and Ikari Warriors series debuted as newcomers in Metal Slug 6. That continued in the sequel and another of their team member, Leona Heidern joined as a downloadable character that used to cost only $0.99 to unlock. PS4 version of Metal Slug XX has her unlocked from the beginning and ready to unleash her special signature ability Moon Slasher at will.

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Sergeant Allen O’Neil Returns!

Metal Slug XX will be available on PlayStation 4 from May 29, 2018 for the price of $19.99 only. You can enjoy the game solo, buddy-up with a friend for more fun or with someone online using Share Play. So, get ready to join the battlefield with members from Ikari Warriors, Peregrine Falcon Strike Force or SPARROWS and conquer the seven missions to save the world from the menace of General Morden!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The King of Fighters XIV DLC Character Blue Mary

The latest installment in The King of Fighters fighting game series, The King of Fighters XIV came out in 2016. By now, we all know that Ver. 3.00 update is headed to KOF XIV very soon and we all are excited for four new DLC characters coming along with it. Three of them were already revealed previously and now we are here to announce the final DLC character and it's Blue Mary! Her addition to the game is due to many requests for her character by fans.

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The King of Fighters XIV DLC Character Blue Mary

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We have a short clip here to showcase this Fatal Fury veteran in action with several of her unique techniques on KOF XIV.




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For those of you who don't know, she made her debut in Fatal Fury 3 before she made her way into KOF series. Upon entering the tournament of KOF '97 in a team with Billy Kane and Ryuji Yamazaki, she quickly became very popular to fans. Her Japanese fan base actually voted for "Blue" Mary Ryan through gaming magazines to be picked for her entry in The King of Fighters '97. Billy and Yamazaki were also picked with her and you can re-create the original team of these three once again in KOF XIV.

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Blue Mary in The King of Fighters XIV

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Blue Mary is one of the characters of the series with a very unique move-set as her fighting style is based on Sambo, a Soviet martial art form. Most of her attacks are grapple moves and that thing didn't change for till date according to the trailer. Back in the day, designers had a tough time to animate her moves but it was a fun experience in the end and everything worked out pretty fine. KOF XIV used a new graphic engine to render those moves in real-time 3D.

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The King of Fighters XIV Ver 3.00 DLC Fighters

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As soon as Ver. 3.00 update is going live on April 12, 2018 for PC and PlayStation 4, Blue Mary will be playable in The King of Fighters XIV along with three other characters Heidern, Najd and Oswald from KOF series. With the release of this DLC, player roster of the game will expand to a total of 58 fighters! Aside from four fan-favorite characters, this update offers character balance adjustments.

Monday, April 2, 2018

The King of Fighters '97 Global Match Out Now

One of the most prominent entries into fighting game series The King of Fighters from SNK, The King of Fighters '97 was announced to be ported in 2018. This was a very exciting moment for the old-school KOF fans who now have moved to various other titles on modern day gaming platforms but still misses those nostalgic arcade moments spent playing those games over and over again. Their wait is finally over as The King of Fighters '97 Global Match is here now.

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The King of Fighters '97 Global Match Out Now

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King of Fighters '97 adds some more excitement by entering the ring after more than two decades of its initial release. Because, this is not just port of the original game but it has improvements like online multiplayer feature added to it, which justifies the title "Global Match". You can also enjoy single player matches while waiting for the ongoing matchmaking process. Fighting games are made to participate with other players to test your skills and KOF '97 Global Match just made it more competitive than ever.

Initially we neither had an official release date or even a high-resolution picture during the announcement but now we are offered to take a look at the teaser trailer for King of Fighters '97 Global Match right here.




The world of SNK fighting game fans were already pretty hyped this year with King of Fighters XIV and SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. Now, the title is just not a typical port trying to make its way to next gen consoles. Aside from newly introduced online multiplayer mode to KOF '97, there is a special Gallery Mode with concept arts and animations that is waiting to be unlocked. You are allowed to use soundtracks from the game as background music and customize in-game menus as you like.

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The King of Fighters '97 Poster

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KOF '97 had a great significance for entire franchise as it saw the conclusion of "The Orochi Saga", which begins from King of Fighters '94 and paved way for future plotlines. It also saw introduction of characters Billy Kane, Blue Mary and Ryuji Yamazaki from another of SNK's fighting game series Fatal Fury. These three were actually draft picked as a result of a fan-voting on Japanese gaming magazines Famitsu, Gamest and Neo Geo Freak. Whereas Billy Kane already appeared on KOF '95, Mary and Yamazaki made their debut in this installment.

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A Mainstream Appeal

The inclusion of Iori Yagami and Shingo Yabuki as single entry character in the middle of various fighters team was also an attraction for fans. Transformations of Iori Yagami and Leona Heidern into Orochi Iori and Orochi Leona were another superb aspect of the game that perfectly meshed with the actual plot of KOF '97. If they would have decided to just add those two personas as two different characters to pick from, things wouldn't have probably worked out like it did with their original plan.

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Back then, KOF series were generating less revenue for SNK on arcade systems than Fatal Fury and other fighting games. It was because of the 3V3 fighting system that increased the match duration but since that was the core game mechanics, they couldn't touch it. So, developers for the title did only little tweak to The King of Fighters '97 by removing little features that actually speed up things a bit. In term of gameplay, Advanced and Extra Modes were also added to the game to choose from.

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Advanced and Extra Mode Features

KOF '97 received a huge tonal shift in term of gameplay that separates it from previous KOF entries. The King of Fighters '97 Global Match is co-developed by Code Mystics, the same studio who worked on Samurai Shodown V. The title is charged on $14.99 and available for cross-buy as well as cross play on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

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The King of Fighters '97 has been ported on Android, iOS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PSP platforms. Now, it has made debut on PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita as The King of Fighters '97 Global Match. With SNK becoming more concern with their early arcade titles, so many have made it to consoles already and KOF '97 is the latest addition to that list. We are looking forward to see The King of Fighters '98 has the same treatment for the sake of fan-service.

Monday, February 12, 2018

The King of Fighters 2002 Free on GOG

From the arcade days, fighting game genre has always been redefined with each new release of The King of Fighters series. The series has a tradition of revolving around great sagas as the tournament is arranged every year. The only exception from the chain is The King of Fighters '98 and The King of Fighters 2002, which is basically a "dream match" with the ensemble characters from the previous installments of the series. Good news for the fan is that The King of Fighters 2002 is free on GOG.com now.

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The King of Fighters 2002 Free on GOG

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Popular digital distribution platform GOG is widely known for giving discounts on game purchase and sometime they are generous enough to giveaway free games. On that note, GOG is offering a limited-time free download of the game and the offer remains till 9 AM ET, 15 February. This is a fine opportunity for The King of Fighters series enthusiasts to jump into action without paying any bucks upfront.

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Classic Three-on-Three Fighting System

However, this quick grab Valentine’s Day/Chinese New Year gift to claim within less than 48 hours is the PC version of the game and it has a few setbacks according to the user reviews. Apparently, the control system for the game is locked and by that we mean, not only you cannot map your keys but controllers are not supported too. There are also issues with the game regarding limited display options, which is really a bummer.

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The King of Fighters 2002 Screenshot

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After a few release with the 4-on-4 "Striker Match" format, The King of Fighters 2002 brought the classic three-on-three fighting system back again by ditching that formula. The game was dropped on arcade systems back in 2002 from Eolith and Playmore as the ninth title of the series. Considering all the issues people are complaining about, you can go and grab the new SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy instead.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The King of Fighters '97 Global Match Announced

Long ago, in the days of arcade games, the only fighting game that gave Street Fighter a run for their money is The King of Fighters series from SNK. The titles released in the 90's are some of the best of the entire series and one such is The King of Fighters '97. Recently in Akihabara, Tokyo, SNK has announced that they are bringing back the game as their newest Neo Geo port titled "The King of Fighters ’97 Global Match" during the ongoing EVO Japan 2018 tournament.

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The King of Fighters '97 Global Match Announced

This installment will feature online support so that players can compete with others through multiplayer matchmaking and that is the reason why SNK has branded it by naming "Global Match" after 20 years of its original release. Approximately, spring 2018 will see the release of the port in Japan. However, SNK made no official statement of whether or not they are going to make it available on the western regions.

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Not only has the version allowed you to access the regular 29 players including the single entry of Iori Yagami and Shingo Yabuki, you can also pick up hidden characters like Orochi Iori or Orochi Leona to unleash your fury. KOF '97 Global Match also brings back the Advanced and Extra Mode to amp up your characters' potential in a fight depending on their likeness. Though, there won't be any graphical enhancement or extra content to expect, support for trophies will be included in it.


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For those who are not familiar with The King of Fighters series or haven't played this one yet, The King of Fighters '97 is the fourth installment of the long-running franchise. It also saw an end to "The Orochi Saga" which started with The King of Fighters '94. Currently, fans of SNK fighting games all over the world are busy with The King of Fighters XIV and SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, which are also in the spotlight of EVO Japan.

Before being made available on PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita through The King of Fighters '97 Global Match, KOF '97 already made its debut on Android, iOS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PSP platforms. Since many other Neo Geo classics are making way to the modern day consoles, it was only a matter of time that The King of Fighters '97 made it to the list too.