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SNK is a Japanese video game company. It was founded by Eikichi Kawasaki in 1978 as the Shin Nihon Kikaku Corporation (新日本企画), initially as a stock company, but quickly saw a burgeoning arcade market and began producing arcade cabinets in 1979. The company started going by "SNK Corporation" in 1980, and officially changed its name in 1986. SNK fell into financial troubles in the late 1990s, and in 2000 it was bought by the pachinko company, Aruze, but the company failed to rebound, and declared bankruptcy in 2001. The intellectual property of SNK was bought by Playmore, a company created by SNK's original founder, Eikichi Kawasaki. From 2003-2016, the company was called SNK Playmore, before officially dropping the Playmore name and being called SNK once more.
As a child, even though I didn't pay attention to who made the video games, I knew of a couple SNK titles. I certainly knew about the mythical Neo Geo and how expensive it was, and played a couple Neo Geo arcade games. However, as I got older and looked into the complete catalog of SNK games, I discovered that the bulk of them were pretty awful, and I was surprised the company survived as long as it did.