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SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy (SNKエス・エヌ・ケイヒロインズ 〜Tagタッグ Teamチーム Frenzyフレンジー〜) is a 2.5D 2-on-2 tag team fighting game and a spiritual successor of SNK Gals' Fighters, which also feature various female heroines from the SNK universe. The arcade version titled "SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy AC" started running on Taito's NESiCAxLive 2 on October 11, 2018.[1], and the PC version (through Steam) was released in February 21, 2019.

The main illustrations were done by Eisuke Ogura.

Storyline

Kukri's obsession for women caused him to create a pocket dimension where women fighters must survive in his universe and join forces and slug it out with other women, genuine and otherwise...

Gameplay

Kula, seconds before applying a Special Cancel in Mai.

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is a 2-on-2 fighting game and can have up to four players clashing in either local play or online.

Gameplay of Mai vs. Kula

Utilizing the Spirit Gauge, players can activate Special Moves with a single button, and make use of special items to change the tide of battle. When the Spirit Gauge is low, attacks will be weaker, so players can swap between characters. When enough health has been chipped away from an opponent and their Life Gauge is red, players can use their Dream Finish technique to win the match. It also has universal Air Dash and Jump Cancel. However, it lacks of Crouching button and its attacks.

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy allows spectating of other battles online, and allows viewers to wage on who they think will win using in-game points. Winnings can be used to buy voice clips and over 140 accessories in an all-new costume system, to customize heroines. Each heroine has three base costume choices that can be further accessorized and four different voice sets. Accessories include everything from hats to wings. While these costumes can be used in battles, players can also have their heroines pose for photoshoot with special backgrounds and stamps.

Extra online game functions include Quick Play (can also earn in-game currency here) and an 8-player Room Match.

Characters

With exception of Terry Bogard (who was turned into a woman by Kukri, boss of the game), Shermie and the DLC characters, all the original character cast is composed of female characters from KOF XIV. All the voice cast who worked in KOF series appears in this game.

The crossover DLC characters are featured as part of the collaboration with Square Enix's Million Arthur: Arcana Blood (a fighting game adaption of the online free-to-play Million Arthur card game series) and Arika's Fighting EX Layer fighting game series.

Initial Roster

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Athena Asamiya

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Kula Diamond

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Mai Shiranui

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Yuri Sakazaki

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Leona Heidern

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Nakoruru

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Shermie

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Sylvie Paula Paula

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Zarina

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Love Heart

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Mian

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Luong

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Mui Mui

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Terry Bogard (Female Version)

Boss

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Kukri (non-playable)

DLC Characters

Original SNK DLC Characters

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Miss X (SNK Gals' Fighters; both gender versions)

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Jeanne D'Arc (World Heroes series)

Crossover Guest DLC Characters

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Thief Arthur (Square Enix Million Arthur series)

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Skullomania (Arika fighting game series) (Female Version)

Stages

Stage
Stage's Name
Order/Character
Description
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Grand Hall
1st Stage
The hall of the castle where the fighters are imprisoned. Can be seen a red carpet, banners, stained glasses, candelabra, pillars and statues statues referencing Kukri.
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Passageway
2nd Stage
A white hall. Can be seen statues, sun beams, chandeliers, chairs, pillars, a big door and wind roses in the floor, besides a portrait of Kukri's win pose in The King of Fighters XIV.
Note: Sometimes, Kukri appears in the background, with the open door.
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Courtyard
3rd Stage
A balcony, in a sunset. Statues and flower arrangements decorate the stage. Also can be seen doors, stairs and pillars.
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Dining Room
4th Stage
A giant and gorgeous dining salon. Can be seen pillars, the principal dinner table with a bouncing kettle, windows, doors with curtains, a fireplace, a handrail and candlesticks, besides a portrait of Kukri.
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Library
5th Stage
A two-story library with a giant statue of Kukri. Can be seen books on the shelves, in the second floor, stairs giving access to the ground floor, a large stained glass window and lamps, besides flying books and the two doors of the stage.
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Occult Mansion
6th Stage (Penult Stage)
A balcony falling apart. Can be seen torn banners, pillars, lamps, candlesticks and loose stone tiles, besides a giant statue with hood, containing the energy of the female fighters.
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Audience Chamber
Kukri (Boss Stage)
An giant and empty stone arena. Can be spotted big pillars, banners, doors, torches and a throne, besides a energy ball in the background.
Note: This stage also can be seen in Versus and Training Modes.

Development

After the release of The King of Fighters XIV, the development team decided to start a new project with female characters from SNK games.[2] SNK Heroines was developed at the same time as the The King of Fighters XIV DLC and uses the same game engine as that game with some customization.[3]

The team decided to use SNK female characters since they were popular worldwide.[4] The basic idea was to create a spiritual successor to SNK Gals' Fighters,[5] while, at the same time, the team tried to steer away from making a rehash of it but a completely different and new game within the concept of using female fighters.[2]

The main objective of the game is make it possible to laugh when playing it, whether the player wins or loses, similar to a party game or professional wrestling.[6] Oda explained that the idea is that not only players, but also spectators can enjoy the battle with its comical looks, which contrast with gauge management and rules.[6] The target audience was aimed at both newcomers, with the simple controls, and experienced games, with the mind games involved.[4] The team focused its efforts into creating a fun atmosphere in the game so that SNK fans look at that side of things.[7]

For the selected female characters, popular ones were selected and characters that the team wanted to make more popular, as well as few special guests.[6] According to Oda, he would've liked to add Cathy from Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy, and the team was lucky to be able to add Jeanne D'Arc from the World Heroes series.[6] Terry Bogard's female version was the very first thing decided during the development of the game as his design would allow his gender bent version to be easily recognizable.[5]

A customization element, with outfits and accessories, was added to the game as Oda and his team thought that this system would be enjoyed more in this type of game than in a The King of Fighters title.[4] This also allows to take pictures to share on social media and so on.[8] An uncommon trait for SNK games is the two vs. two battle system.[8]

As part of the effort to make the game more accessible for all kinds of players, the Dream Finish mechanics was tailored specifically for those who aren't good at combos, and this was important for the development team since it allows people who aren't particularly great at fighting games to enjoy the game.[2] The game still requires practice and to learn how to play, but the Dream Finish system makes it more welcoming.[2]

Since the game was developed specifically for consoles, the team focused on easy to use controls, so that when pressing a button and the analog stick in a direction, a special attack is performed, so the focus of the players should be on SP management and on how to use items, making a kind of complexity that differs from other fighting games.[7]

Theme Songs

Main Themes

Calling Heart

  • Music & Lyrics: Naoki Kita
  • Vocals: Ai Kakuma (as Yuri Sakazaki)

Sivilelu Passion

  • Music & Lyrics: Naoki Kita
  • Vocals: Mio (as Sylvie Paula Paula)

cresc.

  • Music: Satsy
  • Lyrics: 7chi

Gallery Song Themes

Some themes exclusive to the gallery mode are references to the characters' old themes in SNK past games (or original themes). Below, the list:

Character
Music Theme
Game/Series' Source
Athena Asamiya
Psycho Soldier ~SNK Heroines Edit~
Psycho Soldier (Athena's Theme)
Kula Diamond
Ice Place ~SNK Heroines Edit~
The King of Fighters 2000 (Kula's Theme)
Mai Shiranui
Enryuujin (A.K.A. Flame Dragon God) ~SNK Heroines Edit~
Fatal Fury 2/Special (Mai's Theme)
Yuri Sakazaki
Diet ~SNK Heroines Edit~
Art of Fighting 2 (Yuri's Theme)
Leona Heidern
Rumbling on the City ~SNK Heroines Edit~
The King of Fighters '96 (Ikari Warriors Team's Theme)
Nakoruru
Banquet of Nature ~SNK Heroines Edit~
Samurai Shodown I (Nakoruru's Theme)
Shermie
Fanatic Waltz ~SNK Heroines Edit~
The King of Fighters '97 (Orochi Shermie's Theme)
Sylvie Paula Paula
Venator Ballare ~SNK Heroines SYLVIE Edit~
The King of Fighters XIV (Official Invitation Team's Theme)
Zarina
COCO ~SNK Heroines Edit~
The King of Fighters XIV (South America Team's Theme)
Love Heart
Magical Sky ~SNK Heroines Edit~
The King of Fighters XIV (Another World Team's Theme)
Mian
Venator Ballare ~SNK Heroines MIAN Edit~
The King of Fighters XIV (Official Invitation Team's Theme)
Luong
Belief ~SNK Heroines Edit~
The King of Fighters XIV (Kim Team's Theme)
Mui Mui
Make it Tso ~Instrumental~ (A.K.A Yatchaina ~Instrumental~)
Original Theme
Terry Bogard
Big Shot! ~SNK Heroines Edit~
Fatal Fury 3 (Terry's Theme)
Miss X
Stormy Saxophone Under The Moon
The King of Fighters '96 (Arashi no Saxophone 1 & 2), The King of Fighters '97 (Cool Jam) & The King of Fighters XIV (Saxophone Under the Moon)
Jeanne D'Arc
Magnificent Fighting Spirit ~SNK HEROINES Edit~
World Heroes 1 (Jeanne's Theme)

Beside that, the DLC crossover characters have musical themes from their original games (or franchises). The list can be seen below:

Character
Music Theme
Game/Series' Source
Thief Arthur
Combat Exercise & Bravery Flame (Arcana Blood Remix)
Million Arthur: Arcana Blood
Skullomania
Amusementive Crime ~SNK Heroines Edit~
Fighting EX Layer (Skullomania's Theme)

Reception

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy received "mixed or average" reviews on Metacritic holding a metascore of 60/100 on both PS4[9] & Nintendo Switch.[10]

Trivia

  • The main inspiration of this game is the webcomic Nariyuki Quest, published as an April Fools' Day, which some women fighters are cloistered in a castle, the same premise as the game itself. The webcomic was published in 10 chapters.
  • Since Sky Love's rights were sold by SNK in 2016, Love Heart has been used under license from Highlights Entertainment (company already bankrupt). As a result, Love has been excluded in various merchandise of this game. Although, she still appears in some other promotional materials.
  • This is the third SNK game (second considering that KOF XIII was produced by SNK Playmore) to use DLC content (in this case, DLC characters).
  • In this game, each move's character evokes traits of their personalities. Below, the list:
Character
Effect
Athena Asamiya
Stars (due to the fact she being a superstar), Animals & Strawberries
Kula Diamond
Ice Creams, Snow Statues & Snowflakes (due to the fact that she manipulates ice)
Mai Shiranui
Japanese Fans, Sakura Flowers & New Year Items and Foods (references to her birthday)
Yuri Sakazaki
The Kanji of Kyokugenryu Karate, Desserts & Dishes of Japanese Curry (her favorite food)
Leona Heidern
Vegetables (her favorite food)
Nakoruru
Animals (due to the fact she being a nature protector)
Shermie
Hamsters (her pet animal)
Sylvie Paula Paula
Eyeballs & Fingerprints (reference to one of her habits)
Zarina
Flowers, Brazilian Musical Instruments & Toucans (reference to Coco, his pet toucan)
Love Heart
Hearts & Playing Cards
Mian
Money Ciphers, Money Notes & Precious Stones (reference to her habit of check exchange rates)
Luong
Cosmetics, Lotus Flowers & Codes
Mui Mui
Pandas & Chinese Foods
Terry Bogard
Wolves, Monkeys (reference to Ukee, his pet monkey) & NEO GEO Arcade Cabinets (reference to his habit of playing videogames)
Miss X
Musical Instruments (reference to his profession and all with Kyo's face), Kyo's Stylized Doll & Dishes of Japanese Food
Jeanne D'Arc
Cocktails, Desserts, Frying Pans & Pans (references to his hobbie of cooking)
Thief Arthur
Treasures & Looting (references to her profession)
Skullomania
Skulls, Doves & Bones (also can be seen a fridge and a table in one of her Finish Moves)

Gallery

Trailers

Game Trailers

Promotional trailers of the game.

Characters Trailers

Reveal Trailers of some characters.

Characters Individual Gameplay Trailers

Gameplay Trailers of the regular characters.

DLC Characters Trailers

Reveal Trailers of the DLC characters.

SNK Original Characters Trailers

DLC Guest Characters Trailers

WEB Programs

Programs presented by the voice actors Hiroki Takahashi (Kukri), Ami Koshimizu (Mai), Erina Seto (Shermie) and Toa Yukinari (Love).

See also

References

  1. https://www.taito.co.jp/nxl/title/0000002285
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Thorpe, Nick (2018-09-07). "Yasuyuki Oda talks SNK Heroines (SNK)". Blog - Retro Gamer. Future Publishing. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  3. Powell, Kai (2018-02-17). "SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy Interview – 2v2 Tag Battles, 60 FPS On All Platforms, And More". Wccftech. NewAge ADS. Retrieved 2019-12-26.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Palma, Darren (2018-02-20). "SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Interview: Learning More About The All-Female Fighter". Nintendo Insider. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Nelva, Giuseppe (2018-11-01). "SNK Interview — Yasuyuki Oda Talks Heroines, Gender Bent Terry, Rebooting Old Series, and Much More". DualShockers. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Yasuyuki Oda (SNK) – Interview". Arcade Attack. 2018-11-30. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Romano, Sal (2018-03-05). "Interview: SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy’s Yasuyuki Oda, Kaito Soranaka, and NIS America staff". Gematsu. Retrieved 2019-12-26.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Chan, Owen (2018-09-01). "Interview with Yasuyuki Oda - Producer for SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy". Gamegrin. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  9. Metascore for SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy on PS4, Metacritic, Retrieved May 22, 2020
  10. Metascore for SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy on Nintendo Switch, Metacritic, Retrieved May 22, 2020

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