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ADK
エーディーケイ
 
 
ADK have never been more than bit-players, but they still get an honorable mention.
Their beginnings were relatively quiet - it was during the 90s that they gathered momentum, thanks to a string of top quality releases for the Neo Geo. They were the first third party to develop for the hardware, releasing a total of 18 titles between 1990 and 1996.
The zany World Heroes series propelled them to cult status, making a golden era for the company that peaked with the celebrational party game ADK World (1995).
Ironically it was their reliance on the Neo Geo brand that would be their downfall: the failure of the Neo Geo Pocket cost ADK and SNK dearly, forcing both companies to close their doors by 2000.
But their legacy remains: the recent PS2 compilations World Heroes Gorgeous (2007) and ADK Tamashii (2008) show that they left enough of a mark to deserve more than a footnote.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 




ADK HISTORY

 
Established in Saitama in July of 1980, 'Alpha Denshi Kabushiki Kaisha' (アルファ電子 株式会社) started off as a minor electronics company.
Their first release was Shougi (1980), a basic japanese chess simulator. Later the same year came Dorachan (1980), a Doraemon themed game seemingly released without an official licence: the title screen credits 'Craul Denshi'.
 

 

Crush Roller (1981)

Champion Baseball (1983)
 

 
Their first memorable release was Crush Roller (1981), a clever variant on the Pac-Man (1980) template featuring a paintbrush. It's a quality little game that was given a brief revival on the Neo Geo Pocket in 1999.
ADK would also find success with sports games: Exciting Soccer (1983) was a quality arcade football game, while Champion Baseball (1983) was an advanced baseball simulator for its time (its arcade distribution was handled by Sega - who would later overlook its home conversion on the SG-1000).
 

 

Battle Field (1987)

Gang Wars (1989)
 

 
The ADK / SNK partnership began with Battle Field (1987), a superbly produced overhead shooting game that gathered a massive worldwide audience as 'Time Soldiers'. SNK later handled the arcade distribution of ADK's Gang Wars (1989), another cult favourite of the period.
 


Magician Lord (1990)

 
The moment that ADK will forever be associated with is their joining ranks with SNK and their Neo Geo project, becoming the very first third-party developer to release titles for the format.
Out of the blue, ADK delivered a string of unforgettable titles, right from launch: Magician Lord (1990) is an extraordinary platform game that's only been getting better with age, and Ninja Combat (1990) remains a memorable arcade action game, very much in the same spirit as Gang Wars.

A string of refreshingly original titles for the Neo Geo would follow: Raguy (1991) remains the machine's only traditional platform game, and the overhead racing game Thrash Rally (1991) made clever use of the Neo Geo's under-used link-up feature.
 


World Heroes (1992)

 
The World Heroes series is ADK's hilarious take on the versus fighting game boom of the 90s. All four chapters were supremely playable, joyful and full of character - World Heroes Perfect (1995) might well be the pinnacle of ADK's career.
 

 
 
 
 

 
Sadly their success was short-lived: the utter failure of the Neo Geo Pocket left ADK in poor shape, forcing them to close doors in 2000.
Their IP was rapidly snapped up by SNK Playmore, leading to a few of their characters appearing in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum (27 July 2005) and the PS2 exclusive Twinkle Star Sprites La Petite Princesse (28 July 2005).
More recently still the compilation ADK Tamashii (2008) kept the name alive for a while, but seemingly ADK are all but gone - and somewhat missed.
 
1980
Shougi
将棋
Dorachan
ドラちゃん
1981
1982
Talbot
タルボット
1983
Exciting Soccer
エキサイティングサッカー
Champion Baseball
チャンピオンベースボール
Champion Baseball Part-2
チャンピオンベースボール2
1984
Equites
エクイテス
Bull Fighter
ブルファイター
1985
Exciting Soccer II
エキサイティングサッカー2
Splendor Blast
スプレンダーブラスト
High Voltage
ハイボルテージ
The Kōkō Yakyū
ザ・高校野球
1986
Super Stingray
スーパースティングレイ
Kyros no Yakata
カイロスの館
1987
1988
Sky Soldiers
スカイソルジャー
1989
Sky Adventure
スカイアドベンチャー
Super Champion Baseball
スーパーチャンピオンベースボール
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
Syougi no Tatsujin
将棋の達人
1996


ADK GOODS
 
ADK Tamashii
ADK魂

PLAYSTATION 2
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 18 Dec 2008
Publisher SNK Playmore
Product ID SLPS-25906
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.17
PRICE
STATUS
Classic ADK action for the PS2!
Features 5 great Neo Geo titles:
- Ninja Combat (1990)
- Ninja Commando (1992)
- Tsūkai Gan Gan Kōshinkyoku (1994)
- Ninja Master's (1996)
- Twinkle Star Sprites (1996)
Each game is superbly presented with custom menus and options.

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour booklet.

 






ADCD-100
31 Oct 1994
Action
ROM version
released by SNK
[NGH-005]
ADCD-101
31 Oct 1994
Action
ROM version
released by SNK
[NGH-009]
ADCD-102
2 May 1995
Action
Neo Geo CD only
ADCD-103
10 Nov 1995
Variety
Neo Geo CD only
ADCD-104
22 Mar 1996
Puzzle
Neo Geo CD only
ADCD-001
31 Oct 1994
Action
aka 'Blue's Journey'
ADCD-002
31 Oct 1994
Action RPG
Spelling of Japanese title changed for Neo Geo CD
ADCD-003
31 Oct 1994
Racing
Originally released
as 'Thrash Rally'
on Neo Geo
ADCD-004
31 Oct 1994
Shooting
ADCD-005
17 Mar 1995
Vs. Fighting
ADCD-006
14 Apr 1995
Vs. Fighting
ADCD-007
11 Nov 1994
Vs. Fighting
ADCD-008
13 Jan 1995
Vs. Fighting
aka 'Aggressors of Dark Kombat'
ADCD-009
21 July 1995
Vs. Fighting
ADCD-010
Syougi no Tatsujin
将棋の達人
20 Oct 1995
Table (Shogi)
ADCD-011
5 July 1996
Racing
ADCD-012
27 Sep 1996
Vs. Fighting
ADCD-013
21 Feb 1997
Shooting



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