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SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Classic fighting crossover loses some punch with age.

Game Nintendo Switch 2021
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SNK's classic brawler returns to the fighting arena with this re-created title, but it's hard not to feel like this is something that's a bit stuck in the past. SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium was one of the most impressive games for the 16-bit Neo Geo Pocket Color system back in 1999, when SNK tried to carve out a niche for itself in the handheld gaming market. Now, more than 20 years (and a new millennium) later, the game has been given a new portable home on the Nintendo Switch. While the game is a near pixel-perfect re-creation of the original release, time hasn't necessarily been kind to the once former fighting game powerhouse.

One immediate issue that comes up when playing this port of SNK vs. Capcom is a simple matter of screen real estate. The bulk of the screen is taken up with a re-creation of the Neo Geo Pocket Color system, leaving only a small virtual display to view the action. Also, while the graphics might have been pushing technical boundaries on the once mighty handheld, it's hard not to notice the basic color palettes and stiff animations on the Switch these days. Gameplay is a cinch to pick up and play, thanks to a simplified combat system that doesn't require complex actions to pull off characters' special moves, some of which need to be unlocked to access. While fans of the original are sure to appreciate the authenticity and nostalgia of the game's faithful re-creation on the Switch, SNK vs Capcom: The Match of the Millennium also serves as a testament to just how far the genre has evolved over the past two decades.

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