SNK Corporation

Moby ID: 3407

  • Shin Nihon Kikaku (from 1978 to 1981)

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SNK (abbreviation of Shin Nihon Kikaku [新日本企画, "New Japan Project"]) is a hardware and software company based in Osaka, Japan. It is most known for its Neo Geo family of electronic game systems manufactured during the 1990's, as well as for arcade-style game series such as Fatal Fury, Samurai Shodown, Metal Slug, The King of Fighters, and others.

SNK was founded in July 1978 by Eikichi Kawasaki. Its first game was the arcade vertically-scrolling shooter Ozma Wars (1979). Near the end of the Neo Geo family at the turn of the millennium, SNK was acquired by Aruze. On October 22, 2001, the company filed for bankruptcy. However, Kawasaki's new company Playmore, after having been awarded the intellectual rights of SNK, started to re-hire many of its employees, and was renamed SNK Playmore in 2003, effectively continuing the company's legacy.

Credited on 257 Games from 1978 to 2022

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NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol.2 (2022 on Nintendo Switch, Windows)
SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash (2022 on Nintendo Switch)
NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol.1: Steam Edition (2021 on Windows)
Metal Slug 1st & 2nd Mission: Double Pack (2021 on Nintendo Switch)
NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol.1 (2021 on Nintendo Switch)
Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection (2020 on Windows, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch...)
SNK 40th Anniversary Collection (2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch...)
The King of Fighters ’97: Global Match (2018 on Windows, PlayStation 4, PS Vita)
NeoGeo Online Collection: Complete Box - Jōkan (2009 on PlayStation 2)
The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga (2008 on PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii...)
Samurai Shodown: Anthology (2008 on PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii)
SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 (2008 on PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii)
World Heroes: Anthology (2007 on PlayStation 2)
Fu'un Super Combo (2007 on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4)
The King of Fighters: Nests Collection (2007 on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3)
Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2 (2007 on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4)
Metal Slug: Anthology (2006 on PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii...)
Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 1 (2006 on PlayStation 2)
Art of Fighting: Anthology (2006 on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3)
The King of Fighters: Orochi-Hen (2006 on PlayStation 2)

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July 7, 2003

Eikichi Kawasaki finally reacquires the name "SNK" and the company name is then changed from Playmore Corp. to SNK Playmore Corp..


Eikichi Kawasaki founds a new holding company by the name of Playmore and reacquires SNK's property.

October 22, 2001

After filing for bankruptcy and selling the intellectual property rights for most of the SNK franchises to BrezzaSoft, SNK Corporation officially ceases to be.

January 2000

Aruze, a producer of Pachinko machines, acquires SNK Corporation, its intellectual property and its related companies to develop Pachi-Slot machines based upon popular SNK franchises.


Aruze does little to support SNK's video game business, so the original founder Eikichi Kawasaki leaves the company, along with other executives, to found the entertainment company Brezzasoft.

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Trivia +

SNK stands for "Shin Nihon Kikaku," translated to "New Japan Project".

The NeoGeo AES console was launched in 1991 with the slogan Bigger, Badder, Better.

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