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SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash on Switch brings back old memories

Looking back, it’s strange that I used to be mesmerized when I saw a character appear in another character’s game.

I did nervous when I see Mario and Link in Donkey Kong Country 2. They are rendered in CG! Along with Sonic’s shoes! They just stood there, but still. Megamix fighter like Christmas morning. The Mortal Kombat characters in NBA Jam have marked everything great about lax licensing standards. Smash Bros. – even in the early days when it was just Nintendo characters – seemed almost scandalous.

Crossovers and guest characters make the game feel alive, like there’s this alternate universe where Sonic and Mario play together in their spare time. That kind of thing is now everywhere, from Fortnite to Smash Bros. with your indie game or the metaverse of your choice. But in the ’90s, it felt like breaking news whenever game companies decided to open their borders.

And there weren’t two companies I followed more closely in those days than Capcom and SNK. There’s already a clear rivalry there, though, as shown in the marketing materials and in-game references as Capcom appears to be mocking SNK characters when it comes to design. Street Fighter Alpha Hidden character Dan. So it doesn’t seem like we’ll actually see those two together, and it’s surprising that they do.

In 1999, SNK started a partnership with the card game Neo Geo Pocket Color SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash. I remember being a bit confused at first as to why SNK would take all the characters from its fighting game and throw them into a card game. On the surface, Capcom’s Take – arcade fighting game Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000 – more meaningful. SNK’s take feels like the table has been abandoned because it doesn’t have a strong negotiating hand.

Whether that’s true or not, SNK put its game first, and so I made $40 out of my pocket. Although not much interested in card games, I played and played. I love the extensive character list and background details and the easter eggs. People told me it was a decent card game, but I don’t remember much about it. I was there for the IP, and it cleaned up the itch almost perfectly.

A few days ago, SNK re-released the game on Switch, and almost immediately it started scratching again. It succeeds differently now, as today’s appeal isn’t about getting your mind blown away by the crossover but more about the nostalgia for the game itself. And the Switch port doesn’t have the split version concept or local multiplayer features like the original version. And it’s not hard to come across Capcom and SNK IP games at this point.

But as a snapshot of those early days of crossover, wrapped around what turned out to be a pretty solid card game, we have something special here. It also marks the second Switch port of SNK’s crossovers, leading many to wonder if this could open the door for Capcom to port the Capcom vs. SNK to the next modern console or not.

https://www.polygon.com/22884486/snk-vs-capcom-card-fighters-clash-switch SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash on Switch brings back old memories

Aila Slisco

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