As much as I love SNK’s games they really need to do something and do it quickly because if they don?t we will see them go away again and I fear the second time might be for good.
If you are talking purely fighting games then SNK has a chance to come back and they may have already passed Capcom in terms of good new games. They already moved on to better hardware and While Rebout was a bit disappointing Neowave wasn?t and KOF XI is one of the best games I have played in years and is (arguably) as good as MOTW and 3rd Strike. They are also doing the one thing Capcom refused to do. Go 3D to lure in a more casual crowd and sell games. This is a good marketing move and will maybe bring them back up. However Max Impact 2 will have a lot to live up to if they want it to be successful in terms of graphics and game play. If SNK is smart they will have On-line play in all territories and promote the shit out of it and do better commercials for it than they did with Max Impact 1
WTF was that stupid shit? So far MI2 looks like it has potential to win if SNK can get it out before PS3 hits and promotes it right.
SNK?s main problem is the reason we all love them. They have ONLY been doing fighters. Outside of Metal Slug that has a very small following you don?t hear of any other games form SNK. Capcom has built a massive library of titles such as Mega Man, Resident Evil, Onimusha, Devil May Cry, and many others. They also try some new things that work (PN03) and some that fail (Crimson Tears). However SNK has well KOF and MS and that?s it anymore
This is pretty sad because Before the Neo-Geo SNK at least had Ikari Warriors for an action series and they made Crystalis which many people will argue is the best ?Zelda type? game made on the NES. Even when the Neo-Geo came out I remember people pumping a ton of quarters in the Magician Lord and Nam 1975. I think if SNK wants to stick around they need to expand and revisit their past. IF they made a new Ikari game that was a balls out shooter along the lines Far Cry for example. A New Magician Lord done in the vein of DMC or GOW. A new Crystalis that played out like a lot like OOT they could really have something going for themselves again. However I just don?t see this happening and because that Capcom will always top them and SNK will always be that ?niche? developer.