Feature: How Takara Brought SNK’s Arcade Fighters To The Humble Game Boy

Battery-powered brawlers.

Between 1994 and 1998 Takara Co., Ltd. brought some of SNK’s most successful Neo Geo arcade hits — Samurai Shodown, The King of Fighters, and Fatal Fury 2 — to the humble Game Boy via a series of ‘demakes’; streamlined and simplified releases of the infinitely more powerful arcade originals rebuilt from the ground up exclusively for Nintendo’s world-conquering handheld.

A quick glance over some screenshots reveals a strong similarity to SNK’s fantastic Neo Geo Pocket Collection of fighters as both share a preference for clean lines, big pixels, and cartoonish graphics over a vague stab at crunchy arcade Neo Geo stylings. But these Game Boy titles by-and-large predate SNK’s own portable efforts by several years and officially include one major feature their Neo Geo Pocket neighbours lacked until modern-day emulation stepped in: single-cartridge multiplayer support.

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