Should SNK release more games on the Nintendo Switch?

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As many of us know SNK has released many games for various PlayStation systems since the Neo Geo game consoles had declined.   When it comes down to SNK some of their most popular titles includes the King of Fighters series.   The latest King of Fighters games that we saw from SNK included KOF XIV which was released exclusively for the PlayStation 4.   As cool as King of Fighter XIV is for the PlayStation 4 some might argue that the game has been heavily overshadowed by the likes of Street Fighter V along with many other popular RPG titles for that console.

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In terms of sales many people agree that the King of Fighter XIV could do a lot better and also deserves more than simple praise for utilizing fluid in game mechanics.  If the King of Fighters series was featured on a console such as the Nintendo Switch it would probably do better in sales then it would for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One or any other game console.  While its true that the King of Fighters series has the possibility of being overshadowed by games such as  Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild it would still have far less to compete with on the Switch console than it would on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

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But then again since Nintendo is generally family friendly and targets mostly children having King of Fighters titles released for the Nintendo Switch may not be viewed as a good business move on the part of SNK.   Even though the Nintendo targets family friendly audiences the King of Fighters series would have far less competition in the fighting genre for the Nintendo Switch than it would for the PlayStation 4.

Should Capcom vs SNK 3 become a reality?

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There have been many great crossover games that have been released since the mid-90’s that are considered to be memorable to many people.  Along with the Marvel vs. Capcom series the Capcom vs SNK series is considered to be among the best in terms of crossover games that have been released throughout for over the past fifteen years.  When the Capcom vs SNK series had begun in 2000 many people were blown away by the concept of having multiple characters from both the Street Fighter and King of Fighters series in one game.  A crossover between Street Fighter and the King of Fighters was something that fans of both series had dreamed about since the early 90’s before it had actually happened. When Capcom vs SNK 2 was released in 2001 it probably had the largest and most diverse roster that anyone would see in any crossover fighting game.  The in game mechanics for Capcom vs SNK 2 was great along with the fact that players were allowed to select up to three characters prior to team battles.

Also, while selecting characters players had the ability to assign different grooves to them including C,A, P,S,N and K.  The groove system was one of the many things about Capcom vs SNK 2 that stood out the most along with the various gameplay options that were included in the Sega Dreamcast version of the game.  However, if there Capcom had decided to make a sequel for Capcom vs SNK 2 many people would be curious about certain things including what game consoles would it be available on.  Also, in terms of the game itself should a potential sequel to Capcom vs SNK 2 still include the groove system or should they develop something completely different?  The roster for Capcom vs SNK 2 was impressive and many people would probably love to see many of those same characters in a potential Capcom vs SNK 3 game if it ever happens.

Retro Gaming- SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos: (2003)

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When we think about arcade based fighting games there are many titles that instantly come to mind especially those involving crossovers.  Even though the fighting genre of gaming was not as popular in the 2000’s as it was during the 90’s there were still some decent games being made during that time period.  In the early 00’s a crossover 2D fighting game entitled SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos was released for the Neo Geo Multi Video System.   The cool thing about SVC Chaos included the multiple boss characters that were in this game.  When people played SVC Chaos for the first time they would not only realize that it was more challenging than they originally expected but it was also very unpredictable in terms of boss battles.  There were so many bosses in this game including Shin Akuma, Serious Mr. Karate along with Athena & Violent Ken who are featured as secret boss characters.    Along with having secret & final bosses there were also mid along with sub boss characters from games that people would have never  expected.  In fact SVC Chaos had featured several characters that many people did not expect to be included in the game which made things more exciting.  SVC Chaos had not only included characters from the Street Fighter & King of Fighters series but it also included people from the Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown, DarkStalkers, Metal Slug 2 and Mega Man Zero.

The roster for this game features several popular characters that many people are familiar with including Ryu, Kyo Kusanagi, Chun-Li, Mai Shiranui, Ken, Lori Yagami, Akuma, Kim Kaphwan, Earthquake, Geese Howard and more.  Along with having a fantastic roster the visual aspect of this game was outstanding.  SVC Chaos features some of the best 2D graphics that you would see in any fighting game especially during  the early 2000’s since 3D gaming was starting to become more popular.  The graphics for SVC Chaos was awesome and since was originally a Neo Geo game it was pretty cool because we got to see characters from Street Fighter, DarkStalkers, Samurai Shodown and more in a title that was developed by SNK.  Even though, SVC Chaos was very impressive it was unusually difficult to complete at times because the opponents were tougher than most people expected.  When players develop a strategy on how to complete the arcade mode after wasting multiple coins and losing many times they are generally caught off guard with a surprise boss battle.

Also, on top of having surprise opponents it sometimes felt like the arcade mode would slowly increase in difficulty as if the game was watching you while playing.   The dialogue between characters during boss/rival battles was also another element that made the arcade mode for SVC Chaos enjoyable because you never knew who the next opponent was when playing for the first time.   If you managed to complete SVC Chaos in its entirety it was well worth the effort since there were actual endings to the game.  After being released for the Neo Geo MVS it was ported to various consoles including the Neo Geo AES, PlayStation 2, and Xbox.  While playing SVC Chaos for the Neo Geo MVS was fun playing the game one the home console was just as exciting considering the fact that it highly resembled the original arcade version.  Even though, 3D gaming was very popular during the early 00’s there were some 2D fighting games that were fantastic and SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos would be considered a hidden gem as far as arcade classics are concerned.

Retro Gaming- King of Fighters ’98: (1998)

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The King of Fighters series has been around since the early 90’s and is considered to be underrated by individuals who are huge fans of the fighting genre.  When King of Fighters ’98 was released for the Neo Geo and the arcade system many people were excited about a few things the game itself had included.  One of the few things that many people enjoyed about this game included the returning characters from the previous games including Kyo Kusanagi, Terry Bogard, Joe Higashi, Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia, Mai Shiranui along with others.    Along with having returning characters the team select feature for this game was fantastic because there were so many people to choose from along with the ability to choose what order they battle in.  Even though, the graphics and gameplay for King of Fighters ’98 has improved in comparison to its predecessors but some people where probably surprised that the series had remained mostly 2D.  Around the late 90’s three dimensional gaming started to get very popular but generally those type of games are featured on game consoles such as Sony PlayStation and Dreamcast.

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The Neo Geo along with the Neo Geo CD generally featured high quality 2D games and if SNK wanted to develop a three dimensional KOF game they would not have been able to have been to release it for either system.  Despite, not being a three dimensional fighting game King of Fighters ’98 was a fantastic 2D title with optimal graphics and challenging gameplay.  While the multiplayer feature of King of Fighters ’98 was fun the arcade mode was also very exciting until the final boss battle against Rugal.  The boss battle with Rugal was very tough even with a team of three fighters.  However, if you were able to defeat Rugal the ending was worth the effort.  The cutscenes following Rugal’s defeat was followed by a cliffhanger ending in which he escapes.  The cliffhanger ending for the arcade mode not only added suspense but it also contributed to the anticipation that many people had for the sequel KOF 99 which was released the following year.  Generally, when it comes down to delivery the King of Fighter series has developed some of the best 2 fighting games during the 90’s.  As much as people liked King of Fighters ’98 some would argue that the game does not receive the amount recognition that it deserves.

Retro Gaming-Capcom vs. SNK 2: (2001)

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There were so many cool arcade games during the 1990’s and the early 2000’s in the fighting genre that many people enjoyed.  One of the arcade fighting games that stood out in the early 2000’s was Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium which was developed by Capcom and published by Sega when it was released in 2001.  Capcom vs. SNK 2 had provided a very exciting gaming experience for people who were fans of popular fighting games in the 1990’s such as Street Fighter, Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, and the King of Fighters.  When Capcom vs. SNK 2 was first released in arcade centers worldwide many people were impressed by the roster that was featured in this game because it felt like several fighting titles being placed into one.  The Capcom side of the roster had featured popular characters including Ryu, Chun-Li, Ken Masters, Dan Hibiki, Akuma, Cammy, M. Bison and more.  The SNK roster had featured the likes of Joe Higashi, Kim Kaphwan, Mai Shiranu, Ryo Sakazaki, Terry Bogard, Kyo Kusanagi, Gesse Howard and even Nakoruru from Samurai Showdown.

One of the features of this game that stands out the most includes the groove select in which players can choose between C, A, P,S,N and K.  The groove select gives characters a set of abilities depending on which one they choose.  Some of the abilities featured in groove select includes Dash, Air Guard, Counter Attack, Rolling, Tactical Recovery, Safe Fall, Small Jump, Dodge Counter Movement and Run.  Whatever groove one selects only gives players a few of abilities out of all the ones that are presented which allows people to select the option that works best for them.   Considering the fact that Capcom vs. SNK 2 was released in the early 00’s there was a lot of offline gameplay options featured in this game. The arcade mode was the best since players had the option in competing in Ratio, 3 on 3 or single matches.  There were also so many cool things about the arcade mode in Capcom vs. SNK 2 including the special intros between rival characters along with the boss battles.

Some the battles in arcade mode were unpredictable because players will sometimes run into surprise battles with the likes of M. Bison, Akuma or even Shin Akuma.  Not only are the surprise battles towards the end of the game fun but they are also challenging despite having the odds in you favor at times.  Along with having surprise boss battles Capcom vs. SNK have multiple endings and cutscenes which is one of the many things that prevents the arcade mode for this game from becoming stale.  Not only was the arcade mode very competitive in Capcom vs. SNK but there were also additional game modes such as Survival, Versus and Training which added to the overall replay value of this title general.  The coolest thing about this game is that people can play the arcade version of Capcom vs. SNK for home consoles including the Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox and even Gamecube.  Some people would probably view the early 2000’s as a glorious time period of gaming in relation to the fighting genre because they could receive ports of popular arcade games for various home consoles with the same exact quality but with more gameplay options than the original.  Also, players did not have to worry about purchasing downloadable content since games such as Capcom vs. SNK 2 basically gave them almost all of the characters for free.  Capcom vs. SNK 2 is definitely a fighting game that would be tough to come across today in any store that sells used games which makes this title more even more valuable in the eyes of many people who are fans of the fighting genre of gaming.