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The People Who Resurrected Samurai Shodown

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Kaito Soranaka (Planner): He was primarily in charge of the battle system, and also served as the director of SNK Heroines. Nobuyuki Kuroki (Director): The director who supervised the entire project, also a long-time developer who worked on Fatal Fury, etc. Yumi Saji (Character Designer): She was in charge of the character design, and also worked on King of Fighters XIV. Taking a new look at what makes the series popular for the first time in about 10 years, a new Samurai Shodown game has been released. We bring you this interview with three of the staff members involved in its creation.

Hardships and Inside Stories of the Development that Created the Samurai Spirit

Please give us some details about how development on this game began. (Kuroki) I heard this from the producer Yasuyuki Oda, but apparently he was asked by a chairman within our company if we were finally going to release a new Samurai Shodown game. I guess it all began when Oda answered with "Let's do it!". The Samurai Shodown series has the most personality of all of SNK's titles when it comes to visuals and game play systems. So project planning began with us thinking about how it's so easy to distinguish from those other titles, and how it will be able to bring in new fans. Continue Reading

SNK 40th Anniversary: Talking to the SNK Creators That Made History

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For the final part of this feature, we're bringing you an interview with four of the creators that worked on some of the best known Neo Geo titles. It's loaded with stories of hardships, secrets that can only now be discussed, and plenty of 100 Mega Shock! Naoto Abe (Designer): Mahjong Kyo Retsuden, Burning Fight, Savage Reign Kazuhiro Tanaka (Designer): Metal Slug, Metal Slug 2, Metal Slug 3 Nobuyuki Kuroki (Designer): Fatal Fury series, Art of Fighting series Hideki Asanaka (Sound): Real Bout Fatal Fury, Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers, KOF series

Anything But Metal Slug!

The Neo Geo Mini is finally on sale. So I'd like for all of you to talk about your memories of working on these well known Neo Geo titles as much as you'd like. (Asanaka) I think you're the one who started there the earliest, Abe? (Abe) I guess so. When I look back on it, the development environment there was really bad. (Kuroki) Everyone "burned", right? (Asanaka) I burned. What does that mean? Continue Reading