Do you like fighting games? Do you like the Neo Geo? Do you like SNK? Then boy, do we have a treat for you today.
Our friends at Funstock have just put up the SNK Fighting Legends Collection for preorder — click here to take a look — and they sent us an early (and Spanish) copy for us to unbox and share with you all. So let’s take a look at what this sexy bundle has to offer for fighting game fans!
Here’s the SNK Fighting Legends box. Nice, colourful and glossy — and about twice the size of a standard PS4 Blu-Ray case, as you’ll see when we open the thing up. If you like boxes that are as good for display as they are for keeping all your stuff in order, there’s plenty to like here on the front.
The front also shows what we have in the SNK Fighting Legends collection — there’s the Fatal Fury Battle Archives Vol. 2 (which itself contains Real Bout Fatal Fury, Real Bout Fatal Fury Special and Real Bout Fatal Fury 2), there’s the Art of Fighting anthology (which includes Art of Fighting, Art of Fighting 2 and Path of the Warrior: Art of Fighting 3) and there’s The King of Fighters ’97 Global Match.
On the back here we’ve got some blurb, including the number of the edition — they’re limited, don’t you know — and a bit of info about what is contained in the SNK Fighting Legends box. This blurb is on a detachable paper sheet — and thankfully the sticky goo used to secure it to the box isn’t particularly troublesome to remove — and thus, upon taking it off, you’re greeted with…
…this! What a lovely piece of art. Wouldn’t look out of place on the side of an arcade machine, that. It probably was on the side of an arcade machine at some point.
But enough of this outer box teasing — let’s see what lurks in the depths of the SNK Fighting Legends collection!
Had you going for a minute there, didn’t I? Here’s a side view of the box for those curious about such things, because I know someone will ask if I didn’t bother to put this in there. Here’s the side. It’s nice, but the front and back are nicer, so you’ll probably want to display this either front- or back-on.
Now I’m really done teasing. Let’s get in there!
The box is hinged, which means it opens up nicely, and everything is packed neatly in there. The yellow thing is a block of foam that keeps everything from rattling around.
Here’s the contents of the box spread out for your enjoyment. We’ve got the three PS4 discs, each in their own Blu-Ray case, we’ve got the soundtrack CD, and we’ve got the Fighting Legends Databook.
You want a closer look?
Here’s the Art of Fighting Anthology front cover, once again showing us the games that are included on this particular disc.
And here’s the back… in Spanish, again. Don’t worry, English copies will be available.
Here’s the Fatal Fury Battle Archives disc. I really like the colour scheme on this; it’s really vibrant, and the characters stand out really well against the blue backdrop. If you were wondering, Volume 1 of the Fatal Fury Battle Archives was only available on PlayStation 2, and included Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special and Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory.
Again, here’s the back, in Spanish, informing you that these games can indeed be enjoyed by one or two jugadores.
And finally, The King of Fighters ’97 Global Match, which gets its own disc all to itself. The art here is really cool again; it’s got a very manga-style vibe to it, particularly with the way the outlines are presented and the shading is used. Very nice indeed.
Here’s the back, featuring a thoroughly ’90s pink and purple sunset and the promise of 35 luchadores to grapple with.
Speaking of ’90s pink and purple sunsets, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything as gloriously ’90s as this CD for a very long time indeed. Everything about this is perfect.
It’s not a complete soundtrack, sadly, as it’s just one disk, but it does serve as a nice “greatest hits” of the games in this collection, with 20 tracks to enjoy in total.
Here’s the inside of the soundtrack CD. I’d show you the inside of the Blu-Ray cases but those aren’t very interesting — just photosensitivity warnings and Blu-Rays with yellow labels. I’m sure you can imagine that for yourself.
Finally, we come to the Databook! This is a nice chunky paperback affair, and is the main reason the outer box is as large as it is. We’ve got a nice manga-style front cover to kick us off.
Inside, we’ve got localised text which I can’t read because I don’t speak Spanish, but you can hopefully glean from this image that the book contains a bit of info about each of the series covered by the three discs, and some specifics about the individual characters in the games.
Here’s a randomly selected page from the Art of Fighting Anthology section, showing off the various characters, including their names, fighting styles and a bit of biographical information.
There’s some cool full-page artwork throughout the book, too, which is always nice to see. This is another gloriously ’90s image that I like very much — firmly in keeping with the era these games are from.
And we close out with a cheerful “thank you for playing!” Isn’t that nice? Almost enough to make you forget that these games are about people punching one another in the face repeatedly. But not quite.
Anyway, isn’t that nice? If you want your own copy, hie thee over to Funstock immediately and preorder yourself one right now. The collection is available for PS4 only, and will be released in the fourth quarter of 2021.