|SNK vs. Capcom|
|Genre(s)||Collectible card game|
|Developer(s)||Capcom Production Studio 1|
Neo Geo Pocket Color
|First release||SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash|
November 21, 1999
|Latest release||SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium (Nintendo Switch)|
February 17, 2021
SNK vs. Capcom, or alternately Capcom vs. SNK, is a series of crossover video games by either Capcom or SNK featuring characters that appear in games created by either company. Most of these are fighting game, and take on a similar format to Capcom's own Marvel vs. Capcom series, in which the players create teams of fighters and have them fight each other. Games in this series either contain SNK vs. Capcom or Capcom vs. SNK in their titles, with the first company named denoting the company behind the game's development.
Reception to the series has been varied; the Capcom-developed titles were the most positively-received, while the SNK-developed installments received more mixed reviews.
|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|
|2003||SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos|
|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).
In a 2021 interview with Polygon.com, director Hideaki Itsuno confirmed that at one point, there had been plans for a new, 3D installment in the series, but that it had been cancelled due to SNK's bankruptcy. The 3D assets created for Capcom vs. SNK 3 were later repurposed for the cancelled Capcom Fighting All-Stars. There were interviews with SNK that it would be possible to renew their contract with Capcom to make new SNK vs. Capcom games, 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. 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. While no new SNK vs. Capcom titles have been released since Card Fighter DS, characters from both companies have appeared together in a handful of other titles, including Akuma and Geese Howard in Bandai Namco's Tekken 7, Mega Man, Ryu, Ken Masters and Terry Bogard in Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Ryu, Chun-Li, Haohmaru, Genjuro Kibagami and Nakoruru in Cygames' Granblue Fantasy and Ryu, Chun-Li, Akuma, M. Bison and all SNK-created characters featured in SNK vs Capcom series in Netmarble/SNK's The King of Fighters All Star.
Main article: List of SNK vs. Capcom characters
|Baby Bonnie Hood||Capcom||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Honki ni Natta Mr. Karate||SNK||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No|
The SNK-developed games have been poorly received, with a Metacritic score of 48% for Card Fighters DS and 57% for SVC Chaos. The two Capcom-developed games and SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium have fared better, with Capcom vs. SNK 2 Mark of the Millennium 2001 achieving a Metacritic score of 81%.
In 2012, Complex ranked Capcom vs. SNK at number 38 on the list of the best video game franchises.