SNK Playmore

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SNK Playmore
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Founded 1978
Headquarters Osaka, Japan
Other Names
  • SNK
  • Shin Nihon Kikaku

SNK Playmore was founded in 1978 with the name Shin Nihon Kikaku (translated as New Japan Planning). In 1986, the company became SNK. In 2000, due to poor sales, the company was acquired by Aruze and the founder left to form Playmore. SNK officially collapsed on October 22, 2001. Afterward, Playmore purchased the rights to SNK and changed renamed themselves SNK Playmore.

The company had their own audio team called SNK Shinsekai Gakkyoku Zatsugidan (SNK新世界楽曲雑技団).


Music Development


Toshikazu Tanaka and Satoru Okada created the arcade sound drivers. Tanaka mainly did the newer games while Satoru did the earlier games.


Toshikazu Tanaka wrote the sound driver which was used in most NES games. Mechanized Attack uses a sound driver by Satoru Okada. To make NES music, composers wrote the music in Music Macro Language on PC, which was converted to binary data, in which the NES sound engine ran the binary data.

Audio Personnel