Metal Slug 6, King of Fighters 2004 and all-new Samurai Spirits revealed!

AtomisWave-powered arcade outings scheduled this year

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King of Fighters 2003 - Arcade
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SNK Playmore has added some meat to the bones of its belated move away from the beloved though antiquated Neo Geo MVS arcade system, with three new titles now penned in for Sammy's Dreamcast-based AtomisWave platform.

The games are King of Fighters 2004, as revealed at last year's Tokyo Games Show, Metal Slug 6, and yet another Samurai Spirits game, codenamed Samurai Spirits AtomisWave (AW) at this moment in time.

The move away from MVS reflects both the demands of consumers, as well as the expectations of Sony Computer Entertainment America in equal proportions. Although the King of Fighters series performs consistently well on the arcade parlour floor, other offerings have suffered.

It's also worth pointing out that several of SNK's recent submissions to SCEA were rejected on various grounds, though mainly because Sony doesn't believe that a market exists for games created for a pre-1990 platform. Metal Slug and Samurai Spirits were both knocked back, though we have been informed by SNK that talks are ongoing as to the future of 'Spirits.

By utilising the AtomisWave platform, SNK will be able to port 3D games directly from its arcade code, making conversions to current home consoles much more palatable.

We'll bring you further updates to all titles announced today, including the first screens, when they finally surface.


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