SNK Playmore has announced that it is abandoning the manufacture of Pachinko machines in favour of focusing totally on video games and smartphone titles.
The company began making Pachinko units when it was acquired by Aruze in 2000, a company famous for its Pachinko machines. SNK would file for bankruptcy in 2001 but its assets were snapped up by Playmore - a new company founded by SNK founder Eikichi Kawasaki - to form SNK Playmore. Despite the seperation from Aruze, the firm continued to produce Pachinko machines.
However, dwindling sales due to regulatory changes relating to the Pachinko market have forced a rethink, and SNK Playmore is now fully committed to video gaming. Staff that were involved in the production of Pachinko units will be shifted to other parts of the business, it has been reported.
Its recent acquisition by a group of Chinese investors has made SNK Playmore stronger than ever, and the company states it wants to emulate Marvel in terms of leveraging its IP across various media - including games, comics, TV shows and movies.
Interestingly, fellow video game veteran Konami seems to be moving in the opposite direction, and is thought to be ditching AAA game development to focus on other areas of its business - one of which is Pachinko machines. Check out this trailer for the next instalment in the Castlevania series, which offers "Erotic Violence" and - you've guessed it - is Pachinko-based.
They pulled an anti-Konami. And that is a great decision!
3D Classic! 3D Classics! 3F Classics! Please they will send very good especially for Castlevania. Bring out all the game you gut from Hudson Soft and make them 3D Classic. Take the system over as its yours and show up Nintendo.
Oddly enough, the buyout from the Chinese company may have been a good thing, since it seems like Neo Geo IP's have more cache in China, south-east Asia, and Latin America (especially Fatal Fury and KOF).
The new KOF still looks off, but they do have the talent of some of the people behind Street Fighter 4, so I'll continue to wait and see.
Anyways, on the whole, awesome news, for a short time, say 1993-2000, SNK was one of the better developers in the world.
FINALLY someone realized pachinko can only take you so far.
My excitement over Neo Geo games on the virtual console would be indescribable... See avatar, lol.
I actually had no idea Japan was still into the Pachinko stuff.
To be fair, if its profitable in japan, go for it.
But these comapnys are loosing track of their worldwide market and their actual forte.
Lets hope that this move will be rewarded by gamers across the globe.
Excellent news. Wonder how Konami feels right now.
Now bring me Metal Slug 8.
It has been far far too long, and there has been faint rumblings of a resurgence for a while now. My only worry is that they won't be able to recapture that classic flair and spirit of the Neo Geo games, are there even any original staff there any more?
Good now is the time for them to give us Samurai Shodown 7 and it must not go the route of that awful early KOF14 game.
I have to be honest, I would rather see a Last Blade sequel than Samurai Shodown.
If no one says it I will.
I want to see what Rock learned from Heinlein. That cliffhanger is older than Shenmue!
Yes! This is amazing news!
Let's not talk about that Castlevania pachinko machine again... Ever. Please.
Say hello to konami on your way through
CRY VICTORY TO THE HEAVENS!!!!
(but srsly, I honestly didn't think this day would ever come. I didn't even read the whole article yet, but I already feel happier.)
I also still have some faith in KOF 14, as that was only a very early look into it. I mean SF5 sure improved from it's first preview...
@EmmatheBest I'm in the same boat as you. I feel like it's still a bit early for kof14 to be critiqued as harshly as it has been. Either way Im just glad there's a new one coming.
I must wonder....what exactly is the difference between the arcade machines and the Pachinko machines since they both have you require to insert coins to play the games?
As for SNK, the fact that they said they would focus on phones just proves that we'd be seeing mark of wolves badly implemented on a phone. I mean, phones themselves are horrible to play games on.
@sinalefa You serious. Another cliffhanger on what would be the last game? ...Did you check the King of fighters endings for reference!
This means SNK is more...
[puts on sunglasses]
... on the ball than Konami is.
Shots fired at Konami!
I want Neo Geo games on the VC!!!
I was just on my way to work today and this news just brings sunshine to my day...and I have had no experience with SNK, aside from Crystalis NES.
I dont understand, what is this "pachinko"? Is it an arcade machine or what?
Oh my stars. This is AWESOME news!
The Konami-antithesis, SNK faces a venture that moves them forward internationally, but poses risks for the japanese market. I'm kinda excited, since this means more 2D fighters for the future!
Awesome SNK big thumbs up! Shame on you Konami!
Down with pachinko, up with video games!
SNK had some cool games in their hey-day. Welcome back. They've done a lot of beat em ups and fighters and Crystalis too.
@ottospooky how much ya willing to bet that konami will be right on their heels?
Release Crystalis on NES VC. Thank you.
Whilst Konami wishes to nail itself in its own coffin, SNK wishes to ressurect itself. Cool!
@opeter Pachinko machines are a common machine seen in Japanese amusements (popular in a similar way to fruit machines or slot machines). They usually feature vertical boards filled with pins. Balls are dropped or launched into the machine so that they land in certain areas to gain points. Usually they pay out tokens which can be swapped for prizes.
The SNK wikia got me this:
"The game's sequel, tentatively titled Garou: Mark of the Wolves 2, was reported to be in the works on the Neo Geo system several times by Korean news sources. Since 2002, the project has been put on hold and its current status remains unknown. According to Falcoon at the 2005 KOF Party, the game's sequel was around 70% percent complete by the old SNK team. Ureshino reported that a new grappler character and Joe Higashi's apprentice were added to the roster."
I must not be the only one to want another Fatal Fury. Beyond the story I like the games and the settings.
Great news! I'd love to see more Metal Slug, King of fighters, and Samurai Showdown. Another Capcom vs Snk would be awesome as well.
Nah, you ain't the only one who wants a new Fatal Fury. Maybe one day there will be a Garow 2. Let's see what SNK can do with the new KOF game. I hope it turns out well.
Excellent! I'm glad they've seen the light. Pachinko is just another form of gambling- it makes money, sure, but it takes advantage of addictive behavioral patterns. Gambling is immoral and unethical, so we should have an obligation not to engage in it, even if the option is there. I'm sad to see Konami go down that route, but it's consistent with the mistreatment of their employees.
As for Marvel-style SNK works... Somehow, I can't imagine a Mai Shiranui action figure being a popular kids toy. (LOL) Maybe it would be directed at adults instead. Their various serieses have a history of delving into lots of violence, nudity, and spirituality, so I wouldn't be surprised if their offerings are R-rated compared to Marvel's offerings. (Unless they censor it...)
The return of Crystalis would be amazing... I wouldn't get my hopes up, though. The resurgence of their arcade style titles will be their focus. Funny how arcade style titles are coming back into vogue...
Crystalis is one of the best Zelda like games done right. That one is in my NES top 10.
Im so happy to hear this!!! Each lonely night I got through without SNK became my victory. Each lonely night I stood against the light became my destiny...
Ok. Gonna play some Fatal Fury...
I just want to see a 1080p HD 2D Metal Slug 8 game.
Good news for gamers
@Drac_Mazoku No way, I wanna see a physical release! It was the best RPG on the entire NES! Leagues above the likes of Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy.
What?! SNK did a Konami?!
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