Wait, So Atlus Is Publishing SNK Games Now?

By Spencer . January 3, 2010 . 4:49am


SNK sent Metal Slug XX, a Metal Slug 7 revision for PSP, to stores in Japan a few weeks ago. A North American release hasn’t been announced, but we discovered an ESRB listing for Metal Slug XX back in October.


Now, there’s another ESRB rating that lists Atlus USA as the publisher. Aside from downloadable games, Ignition used to publish all of SNK’s stuff outside of Japan. Recently, Ignition hasn’t said much about their relationship with SNK or the domestic release of Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny which was announced at E3 ‘09.


This news comes two weeks after we discovered a rating for Samurai Shodown Sen in Australia that lists SNK, not Ignition, as the publisher. Perhaps, that partnership has fizzled and SNK is looking for support from other companies like Atlus USA to bring their games to retailers outside of Japan.

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  • atlus is doing lots of stuff now

  • Trotmeister

    Go go Atlus!

  • If it turns out well, could this open up new possibilities?
    At the very least I wouldn’t be surprised now to see the boxers that came with the Japan release as a preorder bonus when this reaches our shores!

  • Hraesvelgr

    Seems like a bit of a waste of Atlus’ talent, in my opinion. SNK hasn’t done a good game in years and the only decent ones they put out are just rereleases of their old games. Atlus already picks up enough bad games without this sort of partnership, so I’d prefer that it didn’t go down…

  • ArOne

    Seeing how they published on of the GBA KoF games this doesn’t seem like that big of a stretch. I’m still hoping for a US release of 2KUM on PS2. Ignition wasted so much time and resources trying to hype XII when they could have worked on this and let they hype work itself.

  • Kris

    Maybe we’ll someday see an SNK game with a decent localization then?
    Still, it kind of makes me wonder about Ignition’s future.

  • Julius

    ATLUS is just way to ballin’.

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