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SNK Adds PS2 Metal Slug, KOF Compilations To Xbox Ports 21

Thanks to GameSpot for its article revealing SNK NeoGeo's announcement of exclusive PlayStation 2 compilations, featuring 2-pack conversions of "SNK's 2D fighting games" King Of Fighters 2002 and 2003 (for Winter 2004), and "old-school side-scrolling-shooter action" titles Metal Slug 4 and 5 (for Spring 2005), for "an MSRP of $39.99." This follows the recent release of King Of Fighters 2000 and 2001 for PS2. Elsewhere, NeoGeo For Life has a picture of the box cover for the Xbox-exclusive Metal Slug 3 conversion, due out next month, which is also sporting "Xbox Live [stats] Leaderboards."
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SNK Adds PS2 Metal Slug, KOF Compilations To Xbox Ports

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  • Huh?? (Score:5, Funny)

    by radicalskeptic ( 644346 ) <tritone@@@gmail...com> on Friday April 23, 2004 @03:28AM (#8947408)
    I did not understand 20% of that headline at all.
    • You were modded funny, but it's absolutely true. That headline makes no sense at all. Here's a properly written version:

      "SNK Announces Forthcoming PS2 and Xbox Ports"

      It's not necessary to [attempt to] summarize the entire post in the headline - that's the kind of thing that editing should fix.

      On-topic, I'll be looking forward to finally playing Metal Slug. Having been away from arcades for many, many years I just haven't gotten around to playing any of the versions, despite having heard that it's a

      • According to the articles, MS 4 and 5 are the worse of all the series (not because playability but for the replay value). I've played 1 and X (which is like a 2.5 version) and they are great, funny games.

        I suppose that 4 and 5 will play similarly the first times, but when you finish them they will be not that great. If I cuould choose, I would buy MSX and MS3, which look as the best two games in the series.
    • Re:Huh?? (Score:5, Funny)

      by wan-fu ( 746576 ) on Friday April 23, 2004 @05:32AM (#8947770)
      Oh, c'mon. Though a dense headline, it is easily interpreted.

      SNK Adds PS2 Metal Slug, KOF Compilations To Xbox Ports

      So there are a number of things going on here. Most important to realize is that XBox is no longer running Microsoft's custom operating system. Instead, it is running FreeBSD and so it uses the ports and packages collection. As a result, SNK is able to add their new compilations of KOF and Metal Slug into the ports collection for XBox. Also note that the gcc compiler included in the FreeBSD for XBox has the ability to cross-compile for the PS2, hence, the PS2 compilations in the headline. Use
      pkg_add -r SNK-metal-slug
      pkg_add -r SNK-KOF
      to install.
  • I can't wait to see what they're going to cut out of the original for the American version this time. Blood? Bounce? Maybe all the violence, and just have the characters talk to each other or play mini-games to determine the winner?
  • XBox? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Shakey_Jake33 ( 670826 ) on Friday April 23, 2004 @06:54AM (#8948051)
    The XBox announcement is a little suprising, given the relative low popularity of the format in the companies home nation.

    Plus the fact that the 2D and anime buffs who generally buy SNK games are probably the least likely to possess an XBox out of the big three consoles, due to the fact that so far, there have been few games on the format to appeal to that audience (mainly because of the point mentioned in my first sentence).

    That said, the XBox is in the best position to provide online play, and it's good to see SNK realise this fact.

    Would be very interesting to see how this turns out actually. Even more intetesting would be to see if the usual market audience for these types of games now go out and buy an XBox. After all, these people used NeoGeo's for 10 years or so, and we all know how costly NeoGeo carts were... an XBox and a copy of this game must be a similar price to a brand spanking new Neo Geo cart.
    • I don't know, but if the games were coming out for PS2 (along with CvS2:EO for GCN), I wouldn't buy a new system just for one or two games.
    • Re:XBox? (Score:1, Redundant)

      by h0mer ( 181006 )
      I don't think the Xbox ports are surprising at all. I'm a big fan of SNK and games in general, and I would put the Xbox at the top of the current generation. Xbox has a hidden side to it, not the FPS/Sports one. Tecmo and Sega are primarily responsible for that.

      If I could have every game I own for PS2 on Xbox instead, I wouldn't have a PS2 anymore.
    • I agree. It's very surprising. I'd expect PS2 or actually the GCN, which is where most gamers are and most of the audience for this type of thing is respectively. I'd toss the GBA in there, but really, SNK games wouldn't be all that great on that platform.

      However, from a purely technical standpoint, the XBox is the best decision. With it's HDD, load times aren't as big of an issue, and it's best positioned for online play as you stated.

      OTOH, with a pathetically easily installed mod-chip you can play m
    • The article probably should have noted that Metal Slug 3 did come to the PS2 in Japan - home market tastes don't even figure into this decision. It doesn't make sense to stay on a single-platform for games like Metal Slug 3 (which are easy to port). What SNK is doing makes perfect financial sense, as the demographics for the PS2 and Xbox are very similar. It is just easy extra cash.

      And it is important to note that the only reason that Metal Slug 3 is Xbox exclusive in the US is because of Sony of America.

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