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SNK
エス・エヌ・ケイ
   
Though they never quite reached the same worldwide cult status as Sega or Nintendo, SNK's name is firmly engraved by their side.
Fondly remembered for a string of 80s arcade classics like ASO (1985), Ikari (1986) and Athena (1986), they shot to fame in the 90s with their powerhouse Neo Geo console.
Their fighting game series The King of Fighters and Samurai Spirits became leaders in the genre, with each instalment full of innovation and memorable detail.
But what makes them really stand out from the competition is their cunning, daring, 'dark horse' approach and their distinctive 'Osaka Cool' character designs. Business-wise they were a risk-taking, challenging, pioneering, and sometimes downright stupid bunch - and that's what made them such an endearing act to follow.
Sadly they started to struggle by the late 90s - the failure of their Hyper Neo Geo 64 arcade hardware and Neo Geo Pocket handheld lead to them filing for bankrupcy in 2001, only to be almost instantly re-born as 'SNK Playmore'. They are still struggling on today - but only just.
Regardless of their flaws SNK remain an enduring source of unique gameplay and concept designs, with a colourful history to boot.
 
             
 
HISTORY
A brief look at SNK's arcade history from 1979 to the present
 
GOODS
A selection of SNK-related books and merchandise on sale
 
SOFTWARE
The complete (non Neo Geo) software catalogue: all of SNK's releases listed!
 
             


SNK GAME SERIES
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SNK HISTORY
 
1978
Apr
Micon Block
マイコンブロック
July
Micon Kit
マイコンキット
Sep
Micon Kit 2
マイコンキット2
Dec
Micon Kit 3
マイコンキット3
1979
Oct
Safari Rally
サファリラリー
Oct
Yosaku
与作
1980
June
Atom Smasher
アトムスマッシャー
Oct
Sasuke vs Commander
サスケVSコマンダー
1981
Apr
Satan of Saturn
サタン・オブ・サターン
July
Vanguard
ヴァンガード
Oct
Fantasy
ファンタジー
1982
Mar
Pioneer Balloon
パイオニアバルーン
Aug
Lasso
ラッソ
1983
Jan
Joyful Road
ジョイフルロード
Apr
Mahjong Kyōshitsu
麻雀教室
Sep
Tangram Q
タングラムQ
Oct
Marvin's Maze
マービンズメイズ
1984
Mar
Vanguard II
ヴァンガード2
July
Mad Crasher
マッドクラッシャー
Nov
Gladiator
グラディエイター
Nov
Jumping Cross
ジャンピングクロス
Nov
Main Event
メーンエベント
1985
Mar
Canvas Croquis
キャンバスクロッキー
Mar
HAL 21
ハル21
July
T.A.N.K.
T.A.N.K.
1986
Feb
1987
Feb
Jongbou
ジャンボウ
May
World Wars
ワールドウォーズ
Oct
Jongbou II
ジャンボウ2
Dec
Guevara
ゲバラ
1988
May
Fighting Soccer
ファイティングサッカー
Oct
Country Club
カントリークラブ
1989
May
Mechanized Attack
メカナイズドアタック
Oct
The Next Space
ザ・ネクストスペース
Dec
S.A.R. - Search and Recue
SAR サーチアンドレスキュー
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010


SNK GOODS
 
SNK Game Music
SNK ゲーム・ミュージック

SOUNDTRACK
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 25 Feb 1987
Publisher G.M.O. Records
Product ID 28XA-120
Size (cm) 12.4 x 14.2 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Vintage SNK sountrack CD featuring:
1 - Dogosoken (1986)
2 - Athena (1986)
3 - T.A.N.K. (1985)
4 - Ikari (1986)
5 - ASO (1985)

Total running time 37:00
Out of print and very hard to find!
Re-issued in 2001 [SCDC-00106]

Game Sound SNK
ゲームサウンド エスエヌケイ

G.S.M. SNK 1
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 21 Oct 1988
Publisher Pony Canyon
Product ID D28B-0006
Size (cm) 12.4 x 14.2 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Vintage sountrack CD featuring:
1 - Psycho Soldier (1987)
2 - Gold Medalist (1988)
3 - Paddle Mania (1988)
4 - Fighting Soccer
5 - Bermuda Triangle
6 - Koku Kihei Monogatari
7 - Touch Down Fever
8 - Guevara

Sold out & very hard to find!

SNK Illustrations - SNK Illust Sakuhin Shū
SNKイラストレーションズ エス・エヌ・ケイ イラスト作品集

GAMEST MOOK Vol.39
DETAILS
Format Artbook
Released 31 Aug 1996
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID GMC-39
Size (cm) 29.5 x 21 x 1.2
Weight (kg) 0.76
PRICE
STATUS
Luxury Gamest Mook SNK artbook released around the time of KOF'96, featuring almost all of SNK's art & design work from all their major series: Garou Densetsu, Ryūko no Ken, Samurai Spirits, King of Fighters, Ikari, Athena...
A small B&W section at the end covers rough sketches and a 'SNK Game History' timeline.

192 pages (160 in colour), Japanese.

SNK Settei Genga Collection
SNK設定原画コレクション

GAMEST MOOK Vol.40
DETAILS
Format Artbook
Released 26 Aug 1996
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID GMC-40
Size (cm) 29.5 x 21 x 1.1
Weight (kg) 0.57
PRICE
STATUS
Second SNK Gamest Mook artbook, this time featuring only a very small colour section before moving on to tons of b&w sketches, drawings and rough designs for KOF, Samurai Spirits etc, and various b&w illustrations from the Neo Geo instruction booklets.

128 pages (16 in colour), Japanese.

Game Gag 1P Comic [SNK Hen]
ゲームギャグ1Pコミック [SNK編]

GAMEST COMICS 102
DETAILS
Format Manga
Released 10 Feb 1997
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-321-6
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 0.9 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.22
PRICE
STATUS
Celebrational comic collection full of 1-page comedy strips spoofing SNK's most popular game characters.
Part of the Gamest Comics collection.

118 pages (black & white), Japanese.

SNK Best Selection
SNKベストセレクション

GAMEST MOOK WORLD SERIES Vol.8
DETAILS
Format Magazine / Book
Released 28 Nov 1997
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-409-3
Size (cm) 25.7 x 18.2 x 0.9 (B5)
Weight (kg) 0.32
PRICE
STATUS
'World Series' Gamest Mook release that celebrates all things SNK, circa 1997.
Features a 14-page 'One More Time' gallery of original art from official artists, 9 pages of fan art from Gamest magazine, 'The SNK Maximum' previews of Gekka no Kenshi, Samurai Spirits 64 and KOF'97 CD, finished off by 65 b&w pages of manga & 4-koma.

112 pages (32 in colour), Japanese.

SNK Boys Comic Anthology
SNKボーイズ コミックアンソロジー

GAMEST COMICS 165
DETAILS
Format Manga
Released 10 Feb 1999
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-576-6
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.26
PRICE
STATUS
'Anthology' comic collection from Gamest featuring 15 strips based on the chaps of the SNK universe, from various established manga artists.
Part of the Gamest Comics collection.

164 pages (black & white), Japanese.

SNK Selection Endless Party - Minoru Sakamoto
三匹が行く! SNKセレクション ENDLESS PARTY 坂本みのる

GAMEST COMICS 169
DETAILS
Format Manga
Released 10 Mar 1999
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-587-1
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.3 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.30
PRICE
STATUS
Zany comic book collection of a dozen humourous short stories and a few 4-Koma jokes from Minoru Sakamoto, poking fun at the KOF and Garou Densetsu storylines.
Part of the Gamest Comics collection.

180 pages (black & white), Japanese.

 






SNK CONSUMER SOFTWARE
 
A detailed catalogue of every SNK home consumer release!
Every format is featured except SNK's own Neo Geo (the catalogue is here)
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SFX-IK
1987
Action


SFX-AO
3 Sep 1986
Shooting
aka
'Alpha Mission'
SFX-AT
5 June 1987
Action
SFX-FI
24 Mar 1988
Sport (Golf)
SFX-TV
Great Tank
グレートタンク
29 July 1988
Shooting
SFX-MQ
Famicom Meijin Sen
ファミコン名人戦
2 Sep 1988
Table
SFX-GQ
Guevara
ゲバラ
26 Dec 1988
Action
aka
'Guerilla War'
SFX-S8
Satomi Hakkenden
里見八犬伝
20 Jan 1989
RPG
SFX-B9
19 May 1989
Sport (Baseball)
SFX-GO
13 Apr 1990
RPG
KAC-IK
26 Nov 1986
Action
KAC-JB
Jongbou
ジャンボウ
18 July 1987
Puzzle
KAC-IH
Stick Hunter
スティックハンター
18 Dec 1987
Sport (Ice Hockey)
KAC-DS
16 Apr 1988
Action
KAC-T7
11 Nov 1988
Sport
(American Football)
KAC-TZ
The Triathlon
ザ・トライアスロン
16 Dec 1988
Sport (Triathlon)
KAC-P7
30 June 1989
Action
KAC-KO
Kōshien
甲子園
6 Oct 1989
Sport (Baseball)
KAC-3D
16 Mar 1990
Action
KAC-3F
Baken Hisshō Gaku - Gate In
馬券必勝学 ゲートイン
25 May 1990
Simulation
KAC-3E
STED - Iseki Wakusei no Yabō
STED 遺跡惑星の野望
27 July 1990
RPG


SHVC-KQ
Kōshien 2
甲子園2
21 Dec 1990
Sport (Baseball)
SHVC-AJ
Ashita no Joe
あしたのジョー
27 Nov 1992
Sport (Boxing)
SHVC-MC
Mystery Circle
ミステリーサークル
4 Dec 1992
Action
SHVC-SA
12 Mar 1993
Sport (Baseball)
SHVC-RW
29 Oct 1993
Vs Fighting


T-3101G
28 Mar 1996
Vs Fighting
T-3102G
28 June 1996
Vs Fighting
T-3103G
9 Aug 1996
Vs Fighting
T-3104G
8 Nov 1996
Vs Fighting
T-3105G
20 Sep 1996
Vs Fighting
T-3106G
8 Nov 1996
Vs Fighting
T-3107G
6 Dec 1996
Sport
T-3108G
31 Dec 1996
Vs Fighting
T-3109G
31 Dec 1996
Vs Fighting
T-3110G
31 Dec 1996
Vs Fighting
T-3111G
4 Apr 1997
Action
T-3112G
27 June 1997
RPG
T-3113G
4 Apr 1997
Vs Fighting
T-3114G
4 Apr 1997
Action
T-3115G
2 May 1997
Sport
T-3116G
2 Oct 1997
Vs Fighting
T-3117G
23 Dec 1997
Vs Fighting
T-3118G
2 Oct 1997
Vs Fighting
T-3119G
23 Dec 1997
Vs Fighting
T-3120G
26 Mar 1998
Vs Fighting
T-3121G
26 Mar 1998
Vs Fighting
T-3122G
T-3123G
6 Aug 1998
Vs Fighting
T-3124G
6 Aug 1998
Vs Fighting
T-3125G
1 Oct 1998
Vs Fighting


SLPS-00351
28 June 1996
Vs Fighting
SLPS-00350
30 Aug 1996
SLPS-00468
Stakes Winner
6 Dec 1996
SLPS-00640
10 Jan 1997
SLPS-00814
27 Jun 1997
SLPS-00834
4 Jul 1997
SLPS-00950
7 Aug 1997
SLPS-01171
25 Dec 1997
SLPS-00647
26 Mar 1998
SLPM-86084
28 May 1998
SLPM-86085
25 Jun 1998
SLPM-86090~1
Real Bout Special - Dominated Mind
[ + Garou Densetsu Fan Disk ]
25 Jun 1998
SLPM-86085
27 Aug 1998
SLPM-86118
25 Feb 1999
SLPM-86185~7
11 Mar 1999
SLPM-86201
25 Mar 1999
SLPM-86236
24 Jun 1999
SLPS-02460~3
16 Dec 1999
SLPM-86345
22 Dec 1999
SLPM-86462
23 Mar 2000
SLPM-86456
25 Jan 2001




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