SNK Corporation (株式会社SNK Kabushiki Gaisha Esu Enu Kee) is a Japanese video game hardware and software company, successor to the Original SNK Corporation (Shin Nihon Kikaku) and current owner of the SNK video game brand and Neo Geo video game platform. The Shin Nihon Kikaku Corporation was founded in 1978 by Eikichi Kawasaki. Initially called Shin Nihon Kikaku (新日本企画, lit. "New Japan Project"), the name was informally shortened to SNK Corporation in 1981 before becoming the company's official name in 1986.
SNK is most notable as creator of the Neo Geo family of arcade, home, and handheld game consoles, beginning in 1990. The Neo Geo line was halted in 2001, when financial troubles forced SNK Corporation to close in 2001. Anticipating the end of the company, Kawasaki founded Playmore Corporation in 2001 and Playmore acquired all of the intellectual property of the former SNK Corporation. In 2003, Playmore Corporation was renamed to SNK Playmore Corporation. In 2016, SNK dropped the "Playmore" name from its logo and reintroduced its old slogan, "The Future Is Now", officially changing its corporate name back to SNK.
Neo Geo CD (ネオジオCD Neo Jio Shī Dī)
is a game console
that was released in 1994, four years after its cartridge-based equivalent
, in an effort to reduce manufacturing costs. It is the second console of the Neo Geo family
. The system was originally priced at US$
300 new. The unit's 1X CD-ROM
drive was slow, making loading times very long as a result, with the system loading up to 56 Mbit
of data with every load. Neo Geo CD game
prices were low at $50, in contrast to Neo Geo AES
game cartridges, which cost as much as $300. The system can also play Audio CDs
. All three versions of the system have no region-lock.
The Neo Geo CD was bundled with a control pad instead of a joystick like the AES version. However, the original AES joystick could be used with all three Neo Geo CD models, instead of the included control pads.
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Robert Garcia (ロバート・ガルシア Robāto Garushia) is a video game character created by SNK Playmore, formerly known as SNK. Robert stars in the fighting video game Art of Fighting as the lead character along his best friend Ryo Sakazaki. The game features both of them as practitioners of the Kyokugenryu Karate fighting who search for Ryo's younger sister, Yuri Sakazaki, who was kidnapped by a criminal named Mr. Big. He is additionally featured in most of The King of Fighters crossover games, in which starts into the King of Fighters tournament in teams composed of three members. Thus far, he has been a playable character in every edition of KOF except The King of Fighters XI; however, he has recently been added back in for the PlayStation 2 version of the game.
Robert has additionally appeared in the film adaptation of Art of Fighting, and the manhua from The King of Fighters. He received mixed critics from video games publication, which praised his design, but some also noted him similar to the Street Fighter main characters. He has also been well received by gamers, appearing in several popularity polls developed by journals and websites.
NEOGEO X GOLD Limited Edition Announced
Early Adopters Receive NINJA MASTER'S Game Card, While Supplies Last
Los Angeles, Calif. - October 22, 2012 - Tommo, Inc., in partnership with SNK PLAYMORE, announced the NEOGEO X GOLD Limited Edition entertainment system. The NEOGEO X GOLD Limited Edition will include a limited edition game card to accompany the 20 classic NEOGEO® AES games already pre-loaded on the NEOGEO X Handheld, at no additional cost.enggadget.com