The games in this series either contain SNK vs. Capcom or Capcom vs. SNK, the first company name (in these cases) denoting the company behind the game's development. Games in this series appear for various platforms, including the Sega NAOMI (arcade), Neo*Geo (arcade and home system), PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Xbox, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and Dreamcast.
The supposed origin behind this series was an issue of the 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, suggesting that there was a fighting game that would pit characters from the Street Fighter and The King of Fighters series. Because of this uproar, Capcom and SNK supposedly signed a deal that would allow them to produce only two fighting games concerning both franchises in 1999 (the Card Fighters series were not fighting games and therefore were exempt from the rule).
It is possible that SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos was made in order to fulfill the contract obligations that SNK made prior to the company filing bankruptcy and their eventual closing in 2000. If one company was the main developer of one game, the distributing company would gain the profits and not the company that licensed the characters for use. SNK gave the rights to use their characters to Capcom for the first Capcom vs. SNK game although SNK didn't profit from it.
There were interviews which SNK stated that it would be possible to renew their contract with Capcom to make new SNK vs. Capcom games but in an another interview, both companies stated that they would not do any further collaboration with each other, SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS may possibly be the last crossover game between both companies. However, in an interview from January 2009, Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono expressed interest in a possible third game if fans demand it.
While obviously not a SNK vs. Capcom game, Bandai Namco's Tekken 7: Fated Retribution marks the first time in ten years (after Card Fighter DS' release) SNK and Capcom's characters clashes, in this case; Akuma and Geese Howard who both appeared as playable guest fighters in the 3D fighting game.
|Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000||
Released for Sega's NAOMI arcade hardware in 2000 and ported to the Dreamcast in the same year, the original Capcom vs. SNK features 28 characters (evenly divided between Capcom and SNK properties), two selectable fighting styles or "grooves" (based on the gameplay systems featured in the The King of Fighters and Street Fighter Alpha series) and a ratio-based character selection system that determines the number of characters in a player's team based on their strength. An updated version titled Capcom vs. SNK Pro, released for the arcades and Dreamcast in Japan and ported to the PlayStation in 2001, features the supposed "champions" of the Millennium Fight tournament, Dan and Joe Higashi. The game also discards the shop option to earn extra characters and colors, having all of them available by default.
|Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001 & Capcom vs. SNK 2 EO||
Titled Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001 in Japan. Released for the NAOMI 2 hardware in 2001 and ported to the Dreamcast (in Japan only) and PlayStation 2 in the same year. The game expands on the "Groove" system from the previous game by featuring six different fighting styles or "Grooves" and adds twelve new characters in addition to the ones featured in Capcom vs. SNK Pro. The GameCube and Xbox versions were released under the title of Capcom vs. SNK 2 EO, with "EO" being an acronym for "Easy Operation", a reference to a new feature that allows the player to assign special techniques with the right analog stick (C Stick for the GameCube version).
|SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium||
Also known as SNK vs. Capcom: Choujou Kessen Saikyou Fighters in Japan.
|SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash||
Released for the Neo Geo Pocket Color. Two versions were produced; the SNK Card Fighter's Version and the Capcom Card Fighter's Version, in which one version features more cards from one company than the other.
|SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters 2 Expand Edition||
Released for the Neo Geo Pocket Color in Japan and Asia only. Features an extended lineup of cards, including characters from the contemporary Capcom vs. SNK 2.
|SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos|
|SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS||
Released for the Nintendo DS. Features character artwork by Falcoon.
- ↑ http://www.cyberfanatix.com/index.php?m=single&id=606
- ↑ http://www.cyberfanatix.com/index.php?m=single&id=635
- ↑ http://www.gamercenteronline.net/2009/01/17/capcom-vs-snk-3-is-very-not-impossible