SNK VS. Capcom: Card Fighters’ Clash (Switch)

A card game based on the fighting games from SNK and Capcom. It features high-quality animation, in a very similar style to the source material.

The “SNK VS. CAPCOM: Card Fighters’ Clash 2 English Rom” is a fighting game released by SNK and Capcom on the Nintendo Switch. The game was released in Japan on December 19th, 2017, with an international release scheduled for January 31st, 2018.

This is no exaggeration: I’ve been waiting for this moment for twenty-two years. Back in 1999-2000, I recall reading reviews and articles on SNK VS. Capcom: Card Fighters’ Clash in magazines. It seemed to be the greatest portable game ever, releasing almost simultaneously with the Game Boy Color’s smash hit Pokémon Trading Card Game. The issue was that Card Fighters’ Clash was a Neo Geo Pocket Color exclusive, which meant that almost no one had it. After the enormous popularity of Neo Geo Pocket Color Selection Vol.1, SNK and Code Mystics decided to bring it back as a cult hit for many, many, many years. Thank you very much. The wait was really worth it.

Card Fighters' Clash Visuals

It looks a lot like the Game Boy Color edition of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, which isn’t a terrible thing.

This is not a re-release of the original Neo Geo Pocket Color game. It hardly qualifies as a remaster. With the same button layout, save states, overlays, and display filters as Neo Geo Pocket Color Selection Vol.1, it follows the same principle. When you initially power it up, you’ll have to manually modify the screen size to something less embarrassing, just as with that collection. In this remaster of SNK VS. Capcom: Card Fighters’ Clash, everything that worked (as well as everything that didn’t) in that collection is recreated. The distinction is that this is a card game. We don’t have to be concerned about quick inputs or button combinations. Because of its relaxing style and brief fights, this is the ideal game to play on a handheld device.

SNK VS. Capcom: Card Fighters’ Clash is one of the most basic virtual trading card games I’ve ever played, and I don’t mean that as a criticism. It works really well, especially considering its age and the constraints of the portable system for which it was published, and it stands up better than I imagined. This is a basic fighting game inspired by the Pokémon Trading Card Game and a little Yu-Gi-Oh, in which you must use your roster of SNK and Capcom fighters, as well as action cards that serve as Yu-Gi-Oh Spell Cards, to deplete your opponent’s life points.

Card Fighters' Clash Terry

Kids nowadays say things like, “Oh look, that guy from Smash.”

You draw a card at the start of each round. After that, you may “summon” one fighter or “upgrade” a current fighter with a comparable character (it sounds confusing but it is pretty straightforward). Cards have just two characteristics: their strength, which serves as both their health and their attack against adversaries, and the number of action points they provide once summoned. Action points may be used to play the aforementioned action cards, as well as certain characters’ unique powers.

Only characters summoned in a previous round are allowed to join the fight phase. If feasible, you may strike with all of your warriors at once, but this may leave them “frozen” against an impending enemy assault during the adversary’s following round. You’ll need to prepare ahead of time since you’ll need at least one card to function as a protective barrier against direct life point strikes. The player who depletes the opponent’s health first wins. It’s as simple as that, and understanding all of the rules takes no more than five minutes in the game’s tutorial. Despite its simplicity, SNK VS. Capcom: Card Fighters’ Clash has a large number of distinct cards, allowing for almost limitless deck combinations.

Mikami

If you’re wondering, yes, it is the Spencer Mansion, and yes, that is who you believe it is.

You get a basic, but superb card-based RPG that works really well on a portable when you add in a smart little campaign that lets you to tackle each of the essential elements in any order. Even the finest current games suffer from pacing difficulties and an excessive amount of hand-holding. I may have played amazing Switch card games like Shadowverse: Champion’s Battle a while ago, but even the best modern games suffer from some pacing issues and an excessive amount of hand-holding. In approximately five minutes, SNK VS. Capcom: Card Fighters’ Clash teaches you all you need to know and then throws you into its enormous, colorful universe. It just wants you to have as much pleasure with it as possible as fast as possible.

Ken and Dhalsim

Isn’t that simply the cutest thing ever?

Any flaws in SNK VS. Capcom: Card Fighters’ Clash had nothing to do with the porting process and were simply a result of the Neo Geo Pocket Color’s hardware constraints. With that considered, this game has held up fairly well over time. It’s hard to get tired of collecting beautiful 8-bit cards of your favorite SNK and Capcom characters and fighting in basic yet strategic rounds. This game is deserving of its cult classic reputation after two decades, and it’s a must-have for RPG aficionados and fans of both studios.

 

The overworld graphics are basic yet appealing, and the card designs are surprisingly durable. This game’s art style is extremely stunning.

You should be able to pick up the game in little more than five minutes. It’s a pretty easy and addicting card game system that’s only limited by minor technological restrictions, particularly when it comes to browsing menus and putting together decks.

Most games published for portable systems back in the day had the same problem: a respectable but unmemorable soundtrack restricted by hardware restrictions.

Dare I claim it’s as excellent as the Game Boy Color rendition of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The epitome of a cult classic, a hidden treasure. Surprisingly, it stands up nicely.

Final Score: 8.5

On the Neo Geo Pocket Color and Switch, SNK VS. Capcom: Card Fighters’ Clash is now available.

On Switch, the game was reviewed.

The publisher donated a copy of SNK VS. Capcom: Card Fighters’ Clash.

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SNK VS. Capcom: Card Fighters’ Clash is a card game released on the Nintendo Switch. It has received mixed reviews, with some praising it for its simplicity and others criticizing it for not being as deep as other games in the genre. Reference: snk vs capcom card fighters ds review.

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