SNK VS Capcom: The Match of the Millennium
  


 
 
STORY:  M. Bison and Geese Howard join forces to hold the "Battle Tournament of Evil". Fighters from around the world enter the tournament for the chance to earn the title of "The World's Mightiest" and a massive purse of prize money. During this event, M. Bison and Geese intend on capturing contestants in the tournament and enslaving them as the elite initiates of an unstoppable force known as the "Immortal Military". When the fighters find out about this plan, they strike back against M. Bison, Geese, and their evil allies.

 

 

 

8 unlockable characters! What an EPIC roster!

   
REVIEW
Releasing in 1999, SNK Vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium is the first-ever crossover fighting game between the two "gods" of the 90's arcade days kicking off the Capcom Vs. SNK series which launched in arcades shortly after. The Match of the Millennium features an impressive grand total of 26 characters from various SNK and Capcom IPs, including: Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, The King of Fighters, and Samurai Shodown. Several SNK sprites return from earlier NGPC games, retaining their lovable "chibi" style and form. Impressively, most SNK veterans are actually redrawn or retouched from earlier titles. Of course, all of the 2D sprites on Capcom's side are completely new for this game, and they fit the game's gorgeous art style perfectly!


SNK Vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium
also features an impressive variety of modes and match-up options (especially innovative for a handheld fighting game in 1999), including: Traditional 1-VS-1, "KOF style" 3-VS-3, and even... a very cool and solid 2-VS-2 Tag Team mode!

 

The first ever SNK & Capcom cross-over fighting game!

 

The Match of the Millennium's
16-bit charm, catchy art direction, and streamlined animation speaks for itself. The character sprites and backgrounds are incredibly sharp, clean, and look superb on the NGPC screen. MOTM is no doubt one of the best looking NEOGEO Pocket Color games to date! The colors are crisp, the characters are charismatic, and the iconic special attacks & effects are simple yet satisfying. Most importantly, MOTM's gameplay is intuitive, easy to get into, and actually surprisingly deep and combo-friendly. Once you learn the basics, you'll be performing classic bread-and-butter combos with ease thanks to the NEOGEO Pocket's excellent, pleasingly "clicky" and responsive D-pad! (One of my all-time favorite D-pads, for sure.)


Arcade / Story mode provides each character with a "short & sweet" storyline. There's actually quite a lot of dialogue to read through in a single playthrough, some of which is rather hilarious (in a good way) even if some things seem mistranslated (in traditional SNK fashion). In fact, there's more dialogue and effort put into character interactions in this game than in most arcade fighting games at the time of its release. Story mode also features some enjoyable cutscenes with plenty of cool 2D artwork to gaze at. In short, SNK did an awesome job with this game's presentation and packed in a lot of heart.

 

Some epic extra mini-games! Sup Miss Kanzuki? <3

 

Also included are some bonus Mini-Games, adding even more charm and personality to the package. These bonus games include a Dance Dance Revolution style game starring Felicia from Darkstalkers, a Ghost & Goblins mini game starring Sir Arthur, a Metal Slug shoot'em up with Fio & Marco, and a Samurai Shodown bamboo-cutting mini game featuring Jubei Yagyu. Throughout the various modes, old school Capcom and SNK fans will enjoy many entertaining character cameos and other Easter Eggs mixed into backgrounds, endings, super moves, and story mode cutscenes.


For presentation-value alone, SNK Vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium a must-have title for anyone who calls themselves a SNK or Capcom fan. SNK delivered some amazing fan service to this game, being the first to bring together fans of both companies in such a brilliant and innovative way. Due to the fact that the graphical capabilities of NGPC are limited, it seems like the artists behind the game really put in that "extra" effort to make The Match of the Millennium more enjoyable and stand out.

 

Page Updated: April 19th, 2021
Developer(s): Capcom
Publisher(s): SNK
Platform(s): Neo Geo Pocket Color, Nintendo Switch
Artwork By: Falcoon
Release Date(s): Nov. 30th, 1999              NGPC
Dec. 22nd, 1999
             NGPC
1999
                                      NGPC
Feb. 17th, 2021
             Nintendo Switch
Playable Characters Kyo Kusanagi, Terry Bogard, Iori Yagami, Ryo Sakazaki, Mai Shiranui, Yuri Sakazaki, Haohmaru, Athena, Nakoruru, Leona, Geese, Akari, Orochi Iori, Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Morrigan, Felicia, Zangief, Sakura, Dan, Guile, B.B. Hood, Evil Ryu, M. Bison, Akuma
Support Characters Karin, Arthur, Firebrand, Marco, Fio, Jubei, Sagat

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Gameplay Engine  9.0 / 10
Story / Theme  9.5 / 10
Overall Graphics  9.0 / 10
Animation  9.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  9.5 / 10
Innovation  9.5 / 10
Art Direction  10 / 10
Customization  7.5 / 10
Options / Extras  9.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  9.5 / 10
Replayability / Fun  8.5 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  8.0 / 10
Characters  9.0 / 10
BOTTOM LINE

 9.5 / 10

 

 

Final Words:

Upon its arrival, SNK Vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium was easily one of the best, most-polished portable fighting games to date. Especially for a 1999 handheld game, it was very much ahead of its time. MOTM is an amazing little package. The streamlined gameplay is straight-forward, solid, fun, and uniquely complimented by the NEOGEO Pocket Color's responsive and enjoyably "clicky" D-pad. MOTM was indeed one of the main reasons to own a NEOGEO Pocket Color (besides Card Fighters Clash, of course).

The impressive roster of 26 fighters stands on its own, but one of my favorite aspects of MOTM is how every character has his or her own original (yet remixed) background music! For a game that is literally "small"... MOTM packs more heart and polish than some other recent fighting game releases the "big boy" consoles. Visually, the stylish and charismatic character sprites & artwork also stand on their own, and are truly the star of the show. In my opinion, this game has the best "chibi style" art I've ever seen. Everything just looks clean... and easily-likeable without being too over-the-top or obnoxious.

If for some reason you think this game looks "too kiddie" for your tastes, you might be surprised how much it grows on you after playing it. SNK Vs. Capcom: MOTM has a better gameplay system than some arcade fighting games I can think of over the years. At the end of the day, SNK Vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium was not only the humble beginning of the epic Capcom Vs SNK saga... but a truly unique and badass little fighting game in its own right.
~TFG Webmaster | @FIGHTERS_GEN
 
 

 


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