Famous software house SNK Playmore was invited at the Italian Museum of Videogames in Rome, named Vigamus. Main attractions during this event were the interviews to Yamamoto Kei and Kiyoji Tomita, Ogura Eisuke‘s exclusive illustrations, and The King of Fighters 98, Samurai Shodown II, Fatal Fury Special and Art of Fighting arcades, special gifts from SNK to Vigamus. Definitely appreciated gifts by us fans! Gualtiero Cannarsi‘s in-depth analysis was also quite interesting: SNK passionate expert, he reviewed many essential milestones in SNK’s history, starting from the beginning. He captured our attention with a digression on Vanguard and ASO Alpha Mission, where SNK’s logo still presented Shin Nihon Kikaku (Project New Japan) ideograms; he then talked about Ikari and Tagami Yoshisa‘s cover image, Athena’s Wonderland‘s media mix concept and, last but not least, Famicom‘s edition of Psycho Soldier, a cassette with this original single on, a cutting-edge marketing idea at the time.
After this itinerary across the history of videogames, we were delighted by Masako Makaron singing two Athena Asamiya‘s songs, the previously cited Psycho Soldier, and Kizudarake no Blue Moon (Wounded Blue Moon), both rearranged for this event by SNK team, which really made an effort to please the fans. In Italy, we rarely have the chance to feel protagonists in videogame events, but SNK decided to support our rising community of aficionados, so we actually appreciated these special treats.
Other gift to Vigamus were Ogura Eisuke’s illustrations of The King of Fighters, now displayed at the museum.
Cannarsi also explained in detail this particular digital image, displaying together different SNK eras: you can see above all other character G-Mantle, former mascotte replaced by yankee Terry Bogard, which appears right after, simbolizing early ’90s. We then have Kyo, representing a japanese status symbol in mid-’90s, and then Kura Diamond, new millennium emblem.
This hand-drawn illustration portrays Terry Bogard playing Neo-Geo, with an original autograph, a real tresure!
Two unmissable artworks, that we suggest you see for yourself if you happen to come to Rome, beside action figures and historical material offered by Vigamus.
Original article by Eleonora L., translated by RibesBianco