How popular is SNK games?
Being a maintainer of this site, I've received a lot of friendly mails
from Samurai Shodown/Spirits fans telling me how much they love the game. If
I didn't make this homepage, I wouldn't have known
Samurai Shodown is really 'worldwide'. Yes, SS fans are just everywhere
in the world. I'm serious, they are from Europe, Asia, Middle east, North and
South America, just everywhere.
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But my primary focus is on how popular SNK games really are. Usually, when
I receive a friendly mail from someone, I will reply them back by asking
how popular the SS series is in their place(arcade). Asking this question
have somehow become one of my long term survey.
Undoubtedly, SS is less popular than other games. What has caused this
to happen could have been the lack of commercial. When was the last
time you saw a SS advertisement on a game magazine?(Or do you remember ever seeing one?)
The last one I remember was the SS2 one, the one they said something like,
"Samurai fights for honor and dignity"(since then I often say to my friend, I fight
for honor and dignity^_^). In fact, I think SNK is making wrong moves by cutting
down their expenses on advertsement. Nowadays, with the huge competition from
Capcom, Namco and other games' developer. SNK is futile agianst Capcom and Namco. I'm not
saying that SNK fighting games stand no chance against other games. But, it is quite
obvious that more people are playing Capcom games. Even though less people are playing
SNK games, they shouldn't just abondon their chance to advertise, I believe by cutting down
their budget on commercial, they are performing a deadly suicide move. Because
people might think that SNK or Neo Geo games are not good since they are not popular, and
hence they might just go and play more popular games.
As for their development in consoles. SNK have always thought they have their little territory for
their fans. They thought their very few fans they have will keep them alive. Oh yeah, 32000 yen for
a cartridge. I personally wouldn't say either the Neo Geo Cartridge or CD are the 'dying
system'(although the 1998 Video Games Buyer Guide said they are the 'honored dead'), but
they are certainly not getting more people to buy their system and their games. Do you really think
1 Fatal Fury, 1 Samurai Shodown(it seems there is no SS for year 1997) and 1 KOF are
enough for every year? What I'm saying is they are making less game and having less
comercial every year.(back, forward, down and start button)
My point is they could have sell better if they advertise more in countries in North America
(do something please, SNK of America.). I'm sure Neo Geo games are a lot more popular in Japan
and in a lot of other Asian countries as well. Well, they somehow have this little advertising
event call "Asian SNK Tour", which is a very good advertising strategy for Asian countries.
But as for North America or Europe, they just don't have such thing call "North America SNK Tour".
Lately, we might have been talking about the controversial issue regarding Sega's problem in
America. But I do believe that SNK of America is in a worse situation than SOA.
The bottom line is SNK games could have been more popular because of the quality of the games
they made. They deserve better than this. Nevertheless, due to the lack of
advertisement or promotion in certain areas, their games have then become unpopular. I
understand that this piece of writing merely have some points. But all I really wanted to say
is SNK of America should pay more attention to the North America gamers. I hope they will
do better in North America next year and in the future.(Actually, all I wanted is a
SNK North&South America, Europe Tour!!!)