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SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS is the third card game of the SNK vs. Capcom series. Developed for the Nintendo DS, the game was released on December 14, 2006 in Japan and was released on April 24, 2007 in the United States.

Gameplay[]

The gameplay, mechanics, and cards were replaced with an almost entirely new system. In addition, in this version:

  • Alpha Denshi characters were added to the SNK side, from games like World Heroes, Aggressors of Dark Kombat, and Ninja Master's Haou Ninpou-ko.
  • Many newcomers have been added from more recent games produced by both companies, such as Capcom's Dante (marking his first appearance outside of the PlayStation 2) and Phoenix Wright, as well as SNK's Yuki and Nagase.
  • Power Stone characters are absent from the game.

Game-breaking bug[]

Almost immediately after the American DS version was released, an unavoidable bug was discovered in the game. The bug occurs on the ninth floor of the tower, during the second play through. The game crashes after talking to an opponent named Jon, who has to be defeated in order to finish the game. On June 6th, SNK announced that the replacement cartridge would be available in stores on June 25th and began the process of implementing a recall. These cartridges have been sent by mail along with a package of five The King of Fighters trading cards. The recall ended in January 2008. Fixed versions of the game features a black and white graphic behind the title font on the cartridge's label. Bug version of the label is full color.

Fortunately, the other versions of the game didn't contain the above-mentioned glitch. Nothing unusual happens when the player speaks to Jon in the New Game+ mode, the game proceeds normally after they beat him in a card battle.

Reception[]

The game was mostly poorly received.[1] Eurogamer said it was "broken in the literal sense of not working as sold and, as such, must be scored appropriately. That the game underneath the bodged localisation is also, figuratively, a broken shell of what it once was and absolutely nowhere near as good as it should have been, is more than anything, deeply, deeply sad."[citation needed] IGN said it was "Without a doubt one of the biggest letdowns thus far on DS."[2] Game Revolution said that the game "takes everything I remember about playing tradable card games, highlights the bad parts, and then breaks."[citation needed] Famicom Tsūshin scored the game a 25 out of 40.[3]

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