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Type Public - majority owned by 37Games
Founded 1973 (Shin Nihon Kikaku)
1978 (Shin Nihon Kikaku Corporation)
April 1986 (SNK Corporation)
2001 (Brezasoft and Playmore Corporation)
July 7, 2003 (SNK Playmore)
December 1, 2016 (SNK Corporation)
Headquarters Osaka, Japan
Key people Eikichi Kawasaki, founder
Industry video games
Products Video games, consoles, Neo Geo MVS
Number of people 173

SNK is a Japanese video game company.

Shin Nihon Kikaku

SNK was founded as Shin Nihon Kikaku (新日本企画, New Japan Project) by Eikichi Kawasaki in 1973. The company was reorganized as a stock company in 1978, and was titled Shin Nihon Kikaku Corporation.

SNK Corporation and closure

The company name was informally shortened to SNK Corporation in 1981. SNK became the official corporate name in April 1986. Aruze purchased SNK Corporation in 2000. Due to financial troubles, SNK Corporation closed on October 22, 2001.

Brezzasoft and Playmore Corporation

Knowing that the end of SNK was near, Eikichi Kawasaki formed Brezzasoft in 2001 as well as Playmore Corporation on August 1, 2001, before the closure of SNK.

SNK Playmore

Through Brezzasoft and Playmore, by October 2001, Eikichi Kawasaki had acquired all intellectual property of SNK. By 2002, Brezzasoft became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Playmore. On July 7, 2003, to firmly establish itself as the successor of the company, Playmore Corporation was renamed SNK Playmore Corporation.

Acquisition by 37Games

On August 6, 2015, 37Games, a Chinese video game company, acquired the majority control of SNK for $63.5 million USD.

Restoring the SNK name

On April 25, 2016, Playmore was removed from the logo, and the original slogan, "The Future Is Now", was reintroduced. On December 1, 2016, SNK Playmore officially changed its corporate name back to SNK.

Video games by Shin Nihon Kikaku Corporation (1978-1981)

Title System Release Notes
Ozma Wars Arcade 1979
Yosaku Arcade 1979
Sasuke vs. Commander Arcade 1980

Video games by Shin Nihon Kikaku Corporation as SNK (1981-1986)

Title System Release Notes
Fantasy Arcade 1981
Vanguard Arcade 1981
Munch Mobile Arcade 1983
Alpha Mission Arcade, NES 1985
TNK III Arcade 1985
Athena Arcade, NES 1985
Ikari Warriors Arcade, NES 1985
Victory Road Arcade, NES 1985

Video games by SNK Corporation (1986-2001)

Title System Release Notes
Bermuda Triangle Arcade 1987
Guerrilla War Arcade, NES 1987
Psycho Soldier Arcade 1987
Time Soldiers Arcade 1987
World Wars Arcade 1987
Chopper I Arcade 1988
Iron Tank: The Invasion of Normandy NES 1988
P.O.W.: Prisoners of War Arcade, NES 1988
Paddle Mania Arcade 1988
Beast Busters Arcade 1989
Ikari III: The Rescue Arcade, NES 1989
Prehistoric Isle Arcade 1989
SAR: Search and Rescue Arcade 1989
Street Smarts Arcade 1989
Baseball Stars 2 AES, MVS 1990
Crystalis NES 1990
Magician Lord AES 1990
Puzzled AES, MVS 1990
Top Player's Golf AES 1990
Alpha Mission II MVS 1991
Blue's Journey AES 1991
Burning Fight MVS 1991
Fatal Fury: King of Fighters MVS 1991
Ghost Pilots AES 1991
The King of the Monsters AES, MVS 1991
Mutation Nation AES 1991
Robo Army AES, MVS 1991
Sengoku MVS 1991
Art of Fighting AES, MVS 1992
Baseball Stars Professional MVS 1992
Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers MVS 1992
Football Frenzy AES, MVS 1992
The King of the Monsters 2 AES 1992
Last Resort AES, MVS 1992
Super Sidekicks AES, MVS 1992
3 Count Bout AES, MVS 1993
Fatal Fury Special AES, MVS 1993
Samurai Shodown MVS 1993
Aggressors of Dark Combat MVS 1994
Art of Fighting 2 MVS 1994
The King of Fighters '94 MVS 1994
Samurai Shodown II AES, MVS 1994
Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy AES, MVS 1994
Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory MVS 1995
The King of Fighters '95 AES, MVS 1995
Real Bout Fatal Fury AES, MVS 1995
Samurai Shodown III AES 1995
World Heroes Perfect AES 1995
Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior MVS 1996
The King of Fighters '96 MVS 1996
Kizuna Encounter: Super Tag Battle AES 1996
Metal Slug MVS 1996
Samurai Shodown IV: Amakuza's Revenge MVS 1996
The King of Fighters '97 AES, MVS 1997
The Last Blade AES 1997
Real Bout Fatal Fury Special MVS 1997
Shock Troopers AES 1997
The Last Blade 2 AES 1998
The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest AES, MVS 1998
Metal Slug 2 AES, MVS 1998
Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 MVS 1998
Big Tournament Golf NGPC 1999
Dark Arms: Beast Busters NGPC 1999
Garou: Mark of the Wolves AES 1999
The King of Fighters '99: Millennium Battle MVS 1999
The King of Fighters R-2 NGPC 1999
Metal Slug 1st Mission NGPC 1999
Metal Slug X AES, MVS 1999
Samurai Shodown 2 NGPC 1999
Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad MVS 1999
SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium NGPC 1999
The King of Fighters: Battle de Paradise NGPC 2000
The King of Fighters 2000 AES, MVS 2000
The Last Blade: Beyond the Destiny NGPC 2000
Metal Slug 3 AES, MVS 2000
Sengoku 3 AES 2001

Video games by Brezzasoft (2001)

Title System Release Notes
The King of Fighters 2001 MVS 2001

Video games by Playmore (2001-2003)

Title System Release Notes
The King of Fighters 2002 AES, MVS 2002
Metal Slug 4 AES, MVS 2002

Video games by SNK Playmore (2003-2016)

Title System Release Notes
The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition Windows 2011
The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match Windows 2009
The King of Fighters 2003 MVS 2003
Metal Slug 5 AES, MVS 2003
Samurai Shodown V MVS 2003
Samurai Shodown V Special AES, MVS 2004
The King of Fighters XIII Windows 2010

Video games by SNK Corporation (2016-present)

Title System Release Notes
The King of Fighters XIV Windows 2016