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SNK goes Xbox-mad at E3

Lots of Xbox stuff. With another Metal Slug GBA game and a PS2 pack on the cards too, and Falcoon on hand to sign posters.

SNK PLAYMORE USA CORPORATION sends VERY LOUD WORD that it plans to unveil eight new games for Xbox, PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance at E3 in a fortnight's time. The majority of which involve the words "King of Fighters" or "Metal Slug" in some context, predictably.

Still, when you're onto a good thing, etc. And SNK clearly is onto a good thing. Its Xbox showing consists of Samurai Shodown V, The King of Fighters Neowave, The King of Fighters '94 Re-Bout, KOF: Maximum Impact - Maniax, King of Fighters 2002/2003 and Metal Slug 4/5 - the latter pair presumably being some of SNK's double pack efforts.

The publisher also has plans for the PS2 and GBA. PS2 owners will get the Metal Slug 4/5 double pack, while Game Boy Advance owners can start looking forward to a port of the very first Metal Slug to go with what was reportedly a very strong showing in the recent Metal Slug Advance.

Also: Falcoon, whose signed SVC Chaos artwork we recently gave away on Eurogamer, will be on hand to sign limited edition posters of Mai Shiranui from King of Fighters. He'll be there 2-4pm on Wednesday and between 10am and noon on Thursday while stocks of the posters last.

"The SNK booth is usually crammed with our fans at E3," said SNK's Ben Herman (by which he surely means key industry figures with a professional interest; perish the thought that trade-only E3 is actually overrun by 14-year-olds throwing the word "whack" around without a hint of irony).

"With the added excitement of Falcoon signing his limited edition Mai posters for fans, I expect our booth to experience the largest turnout ever to both play our games and to get each of the posters."

Very probably. We'll be there anyway. We have no choice really. If we don't go and retrieve at least one poster, our pal Leo will blow up the website.