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National Game Registry 1993: Samurai Shodown

SAMURAI SHODOWN
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
SNK

The success of Capcom’s Street Fighter II resulted in a legion of imitators. SNK recruited some of the designers of the original Street Fighter from 1987, but considering how terribly that game actually plays it should come as no surprise that efforts like Art of Fighting and Fatal Fury were complete garbage. SNK finally righted the ship with Samurai Shodown, which incidentally plays much more like SFII than the previously-mentioned efforts, while maintaining the high special effects SNK became known for. The setting is feudal Japan and the cast consists of the great archetypes associated with that period. A whole series followed, although the later entries might be more accurately considered updates rather than sequels.

Samurai Shodown was inducted on November 6th, 2009.

Return to the National Game Registry to view more inductees.

More Japanese mergers/acquisitions

Awhile ago I wrote an entry about Japanese mergers and buy-outs of recent years. Here’s a recap:

Squaresoft (Final Fantasy, SaGa, Mana) and Enix (Dragon Quest, Soulblazer) merged to create Square Enix.
-Square Enix acquired Taito (Space Invaders, Arkanoid, Bubble Bobble) but maintains it as a separate brand.

Sammy (Guilty Gear, pachinko machines) acquired SEGA (Sonic, Phantasy Star, Yakuza) to form SEGA Sammy but SEGA is maintained as a separate brand.

Konami (Castlevania, Metal Gear, Contra) acquired Hudson Soft (Bonk, Bomberman) but maintains it as a separate brand.

Namco (Pac-Man, Tekken, Tales) merged with Bandai (Gundam, Digimon) to form Namco Bandai.

Technos (Double Dragon, Super Dodge Ball, River City Ransom) folded and its assets were acquired by Atlus (Shin Megami Tensei).

SNK (King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown, Metal Slug) was acquired by a pachinko company and then later regained its independence as SNK Playmore.

Since I wrote that entry, there have been more recent developments . . .

Namco Bandai acquired the video game aspect of Banpresto (Super Robot Wars, Summon Knight). Namco Bandai also acquired D3 Publisher (Puzzle Quest, licensed games).

Tecmo (Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive, Tecmo Bowl) merged with Koei (Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Dynasty Warriors) to form Tecmo Koei.

AND MOST INTERESTINGLY, Square Enix purchased a European publisher, Eidos (Tomb Raider, Hitman, Legacy of Kain), pending shareholder approval.