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SNK (disambiguation)

SNK is a Japanese video game company and a former maker of arcade machines, game consoles, pachinko and pachislot machines. This may also refer to:

  • SNK European Democrats
  • SNK Union of Independents
  • Southeast Airlines ICAO code
  • Sovnarkom, the Soviet Council of People's Commissars (Sovet Narodnykh Komissarov)
  • The Student- Newman-Keuls test for post-hoc multiple comparisons.
  • Soninke language (ISO 639-2 language code)
  • Shingeki no Kyojin (also known as Attack on Titan), a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama.

SNK

, officially branded as SNK, is a Japanese video game hardware and software company, successor to the original SNK Corporation and current owner of the SNK video game brand and Neo Geo video game platform. The original SNK Corporation was founded in Suita, Osaka, Japan on July 22, 1978 by Eikichi Kawasaki. Initially called , the name was shortened to SNK Corporation in 1986.

SNK is most notable as creator of the Neo Geo family of arcade, home, and handheld game consoles, beginning in 1990. The Neo Geo line was halted in 2001, when financial troubles forced SNK Corporation to close. Anticipating the end of the company, Kawasaki founded Playmore Corporation in August 1, 2001. By October, Playmore had acquired all of the intellectual property of the former SNK Corporation. On July 7, 2003, Playmore Corporation was renamed to SNK Playmore Corporation, to more firmly establish itself as the successor to the SNK brand and legacy.

Traditionally, SNK operated primarily as a video game developer, publisher, and hardware manufacturer, focusing on arcade games but also working on console and PC games. In 2004, the company started manufacturing pachislot machines, which the company leaned heavily into before withdrawing from the market in 2015. In 2009, the company also entered an active wave of mobile game development. Classic SNK franchises like Metal Slug, Samurai Shodown and The King of Fighters feature heavily in their recent offerings.

On April 25, 2016, SNK dropped the "Playmore" name from its logo and reintroduced its original slogan, "The Future Is Now", as a means to signify "a return to SNK’s rich gaming history."