SNK vs. Capcom

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The SNK vs. Capcom series is a collection of video games by either Capcom or SNK featuring characters that appear in games created by both companies. The "vs. series" terminology originates from the fact that many of these games (but not all) are fighting games.

As a rule,[according to whom?] games in this series either contain SNK vs. Capcom or Capcom vs. SNK, the first company denoting the company behind the game's development. Games in this series appear for various platforms, including the NAOMI (arcade), Neo-Geo (arcade), PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Xbox, Neo Geo Pocket, Neo-Geo Pocket Color, and Sega Dreamcast.

History[edit]

Timeline of release years
1999 SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash
SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium
2000 Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000
2001 Capcom vs. SNK 2
SVC: Card Fighters 2 Expand Edition
2002
2003 SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos
2004
2005
2006 SVC: Card Fighters DS

The supposed origin behind this series was an issue of Arcadia magazine in which there were articles covering both The King of Fighters '98 and Street Fighter Alpha 3, both of which were released at around the same time. Readers had misread the cover, which said KOF vs. SF, to mean that there was a fighting game that would pit characters from Street Fighter and The King of Fighters. Because of this uproar, Capcom and SNK supposedly[by whom?] signed a deal that would allow them to produce only two fighting games concerning both franchises in 1999 (the Card Fighters series (see below) were not fighting games and therefore were exempt from the rule). It is highly suggested[by whom?] that SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos was only made in order to fulfill the contract obligations that SNK made prior to the company filing bankruptcy and their eventual closing in 2000. Also, if one company was the main creator of one game, the distributing company would gain the profits and not the company that licensed the characters for use (although SNK gave the rights to use the SNK characters to Capcom for the first Capcom vs. SNK game, SNK did not profit from the game, which did not help their financial problems). There were interviews with SNK that it would be possible to renew their contract with Capcom to make new SNK vs. Capcom games,[1] but in another interview, both companies stated that they would not do any further collaboration with each other. SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS will probably be the last crossover game between both companies.[2] However, in an interview from January 2009, Yoshinori Ono, the producer of Street Fighter IV, expressed interest in a possible third game if fans demand it.[3]

SNK-produced games[edit]

Capcom-produced games[edit]

  • Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000 - Released for Sega's NAOMI arcade hardware in 2000 and ported to the Dreamcast during the same year, the original Capcom vs. SNK features 28 characters (evenly divided between Capcom and SNK properties), two selectable fighting styles or "grooves" (based on the gameplay systems featured in the The King of Fighters and Street Fighter Alpha series) and a ratio-based character selection system that determines the number of characters in a player's team based on their strength.
    • An updated version titled Capcom vs. SNK Pro, released for the arcades and Dreamcast in Japan and ported to the PlayStation in 2001, which adds Dan Hibiki and Joe Higashi to the character roster (they originally appeared only in the ending sequence of the original game). The Dreamcast version of the game also discards the shop option to earn extra characters and colors, having all of them available by default.
  • Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001 - Titled Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001 in Japan. Released for the NAOMI hardware in 2001 and ported to the Dreamcast (in Japan only) and PlayStation 2 during the same year. The game expands on the "Groove" system from the previous game by featuring six different fighting styles or "Grooves" and adds twelve new characters in addition to the ones featured in Capcom vs. SNK Pro.
    • The GameCube and Xbox versions were released under the title of Capcom vs. SNK 2 EO. According to the Japanese official website for the GameCube version, EO stands for Easy Operation, because of a new feature that allows the player to assign special techniques to the right analog stick (C Stick for the GameCube version).

Characters[edit]

List of characters
Character Side SNK-developed Capcom-developed
CFC CFDS MotM Chaos CvS CvS2
Thailand Adon Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Japan Akari Ichijou SNK Yes No Hidden No No No
Japan Akuma Capcom Yes Yes Hidden Yes 4 Yes
United States Alex Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Japan Athena Asamiya SNK Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
United States Balrog Capcom Yes Yes No Yes 2 Yes
Japan Benimaru Nikaido SNK Yes No No No 1 Yes
United Kingdom Billy Kane SNK Yes No NPC No No No
United Kingdom Birdie Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Brazil Blanka Capcom Yes Yes No No 1 Yes
United Kingdom Cammy Capcom Yes Yes No No 1 Yes
South Korea Choi Bounge SNK Yes No No Yes No Yes
China Chun-Li Capcom Yes Yes Yes Yes 2 Yes
United States Cody Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Hong Kong Dan Capcom Yes Yes Yes Boss 1 Yes
Jamaica Dee Jay Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
India Dhalsim Capcom Yes Yes No Yes 1 Yes
United Kingdom Dudley Capcom Action Yes No No No No
Japan E. Honda Capcom Yes Yes No No 2 Yes
United Kingdom Eagle Capcom No Yes No No No Yes
United States Earthquake SNK No No No Yes No No
Kenya Elena Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Japan Evil Ryu Capcom Yes Yes Boss No 4 Home
Hong Kong Fei Long Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Italy Fiolina Germi SNK No No O.Mode No No No
United States Geese Howard SNK Yes No Boss Yes 3 Yes
China Gen Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Japan Genjuro Kibagami SNK Yes No No Yes No No
Flag of None.svg Gill Capcom Action Yes No No No No
Flag of None.svg Goenitz SNK Yes No No Yes No No
United States Guile Capcom Yes Yes Yes Yes 2 Yes
United States Guy Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Japan Haohmaru SNK Yes No Yes No No Yes
Japan Hibiki Takane SNK Yes No No No No Yes
Germany Hugo Capcom Action Yes No Yes No No
Japan Ibuki Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Flag of None.svg Ingrid Capcom No Yes No No No No
Japan Iori Yagami SNK Yes No Yes Yes 2 Yes
Japan Joe Higashi SNK Yes No No No 1 Yes
Japan Jubei Yagyu SNK No No O.Mode No No No
Germany Juli Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Germany Juni Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Japan Karin Capcom Yes Yes O.Mode No No No
Japan Kasumi Todoh SNK Yes No No Yes No No
United States Ken Capcom Yes Yes Yes Yes 2 Yes
South Korea Kim Kaphwan SNK Yes No No Yes 2 Yes
France King SNK Yes No No No 1 Yes
Japan Kyo Kusanagi SNK Yes No Yes Yes 2 Yes
Japan Kyosuke Kagami Capcom Yes No No No No Yes
China Lee Capcom Yes No No No No No
Flag of None.svg Leona Heidern SNK Yes No Yes No No No
Flag of None.svg M. Bison Capcom Yes Yes Boss Yes 3 Yes
Japan Mai Shiranui SNK Yes No Yes Yes 2 Yes
Japan Maki Capcom No Yes No No No Yes
Japan Makoto Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
United States Marco Rossi SNK No No O.Mode No No No
Flag of None.svg Mars People SNK No No Yes Yes No No
Japan Mr. Karate SNK Yes No No Yes No No
Japan Nakoruru SNK Yes No Yes No 2 Yes
United States Nash Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Russia Necro Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Japan Oro Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
United States Poison Capcom Action Yes No No No No
Flag of None.svg Q Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Japan R. Mika Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Australia Raiden SNK Yes No No No 2 Yes
United States Ralf Jones SNK Yes Yes No No No No
France Remy Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Japan Retsu Capcom Yes No No No No No
Japan Rimururu SNK Yes Yes O.Mode No No No
United States Rock Howard SNK Yes No No No No Yes
United States Rolento Capcom Yes Yes No No No Yes
Italy Rose Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Germany Rugal Bernstein SNK Yes No No No 3 Yes
Japan Ryo Sakazaki SNK Yes No Yes Yes 2 Yes
Japan Ryu Capcom Yes Yes Yes Yes 2 Yes
Japan Ryuji Yamazaki SNK Yes No No No 3 Yes
Thailand Sagat Capcom Yes Yes No Yes 3 Yes
Japan Sakura Capcom Yes Yes Yes No 1 Yes
Brazil Sean Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Japan Shiki SNK Yes No No Yes No No
Japan Shin Akuma Capcom Action Yes No Boss No Yes
United States Sodom Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Mexico T. Hawk Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
United States Terry Bogard SNK Yes No Yes Yes 2 Yes
Flag of None.svg Twelve Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Flag of None.svg Urien Capcom No Yes No No No No
Spain Vega Capcom Yes Yes NPC Yes 3 Yes
Flag of None.svg Vice SNK Yes No No No 1 Yes
United States Violent Ken Capcom No No No Boss No No
Hong Kong Yang Capcom Yes Yes No No No No
Hong Kong Yun Capcom Yes Yes No No No Yes
Japan Yuri Sakazaki SNK Yes No Hidden No 1 Yes
Soviet Union Zangief Capcom Yes Yes Yes No 2 Yes
Total 52 54 19 28 17 40

Reception[edit]

The SNK-developed games have been poorly received, with a Metacritic score of 48% for Card Fighters DS and 56% for SVC Chaos. The two Capcom-developed games have faired better, with Capcom vs. SNK 2 achieving a Metacriic score of 81%.

In 2012, Complex ranked Capcom vs. SNK at number 38 on the list of the best video game franchises.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KOF Game Videos: Interview with SNK Playmore". Cyberfanatix. 
  2. ^ "KOF Game Videos: SNK related news.". Cyberfanatix. 
  3. ^ Capcom vs. SNK 3 Is Very Not Impossible?
  4. ^ Orlando, Greg. "SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS". (January 2007) Newtype USA. Volume 6 Number 1 page 131.
  5. ^ "The 50 Best Video Game Franchises". Complex. 

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