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SNK Shows North America Some Love, Brings Over Two New Fighting Titles

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SNK likes us. They really, really like us, especially if that us is in North America. They've recently announced support for both the Wii's Virtual Console and Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade in the form of Neo-Geo classics like Metal Slug and Fatal Fury. And now, on top of that, they're announcing two more titles, both for the PS2, that will be released in the coming weeks.

The first is King of Fighters XI, the latest installment in SNK's long-running fighting game series. The game play is going to be very similar to King of Fighters 2003, but with a few new twists. The first of those is a match-deciding Judgment Indicator, while the other big one is an improved Dream Cancel that allows players to burn stocks to interrupt powerful moves with even more powerful moves. Or basically, you can bring even more pain this time around. Also of note is that there will be several PS2 exclusive characters, mainly more popular fighters not in the arcade version.

The second game is NeoGeo Battle Colosseum, which is basically a SNK fan's dream come true. The fighting title will feature 40 characters from across not just SNK's fighting games, but ALL of their games. Specifically, it's these games:

  • The King of Fighters
  • Fatal Fury
  • Art of Fighting
  • Samurai Shodown
  • The Last Blade
  • Metal Slug
  • Athena
  • King of the Monsters
  • Buriki One
  • Savage Reign
  • World Heroes
  • Aggressors of Dark Kombat

It's like the love child of a NeoGeo machine, Smash Bros., and Street Fighter. Characters in this game will include Metal Slug's Marco, Fatal Fury's Geese Howard and Mai Shiranui, Samurai Shodown's Hoahmaru, and one you old-school gamers out there might recognize, King of the Monsters' Cyber Woo. Yeah, this is gonna be one hell of a game.

What makes it even sweeter? Both are listed on Amazon for only $15. That's a killer deal for two games like this, and hopefully, the retail price is exactly the same.

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