SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

ABOUTThe "spiritual successor" to SNK Gals Fighters (2000), SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy was announced on January 11th, 2018 during the
Nintendo Direct Mini stream. SNK Heroines is a 2-Vs-2 tag team fighting game with "simplified" special moves, fast-paced gameplay, and up to 4 players online or offline.

The early character selection screen. 29 slots? The fan service in this game will be crazy.

Gameplay systems include the Spirit Gauge - enabling special moves with a single button press or using "items" to turn the tide of battle. Attack damage become weaker when the Spirit Gauge is low, so players can switch out characters. When the opponent's life gauge is red, characters can initiate the Dream Finish technique to win the round.

Shermie's back! ...Reason enough to play the game??

SNK Heroines features a customization mode where players can alter their characters' costume, voice, and accessories. Online features include match spectating and "betting on" winning players which wins you in-game currency. Players can use their winnings to buy voice clips and accessories in the customization mode. Other online modes include Quick Play and 8-Player Room Match.

DOA with an actual customization mode? How did SNK beat Koei Tecmo to it? ^o^

A PS4 Collectors Edition titled "Diamond Dream Edition" was announced which contains a variety of bonus items. The $119.99 special edition (which can now be pre-ordered on NIS America), features: a hardcover art book, 2-disc soundtrack, "Fatal Cutie" cap, lapel pin set, collector's box, a sleeveless Mai Shiranui shirt, wrist sweatband, and workout towel. The standard edition will be priced at $49.99.

Get ready for the next... COSTUME. 1 button specials. lul.

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy launches Sept. 7th, 2018 on PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Full TFG Review coming later this year!

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Page Updated: February 16th, 2019
Developer(s): SNK Corporation
Publisher(s): NIS America, Inc.
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PC
Release Date(s): Sept. 6th, 2018      ( PS4/Switch)
Sept. 7th, 2018
      ( PS4/Switch)
Feb. 21st, 2019      (Steam)
Characters Athena Asamiya, Leona Heidern, Kula Diamond, Mai Shiranui, Yuri Sakazaki, Nakoruru, Shermie, Zarina, Sylvie, Love Heart, Luong, Mian, Mui Mui, Terry Bogard, Thief Arthur, Skullomania, Miss X, Jeanne
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Related Games: SNK Gals Fighters, King of Fighters XIV, Blade Strangers, DOA5: Last Round, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite, Arcana Heart 3, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Fighting EX Layer, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late[st], Dead or Alive 6

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First Impression:

SNK Gals Fighters (2000) is an iconic NeoGeo Pocket title with a well-deserved cult following. In case you don't know, it was a charming title heavy on fan-service and something very "different" for SNK fans at the time. Well... it's 18 years later. We've all grown up quite a bit. Apparently, SNK decided Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is what the world needs in 2018.

At first glance... SNK Heroines isn't the type of game I'd personally get too excited about. Just being honest. Do I need to explain myself? I like serious fighting games. (I'll even gladly settle for semi-serious, with some strong comic relief thrown in.) This game though? What is this?

*In stupid movie-announcer guy voice* In a world... where SNK fans are dying for a reboot of Samurai Shodown, Garou, or Art of Fighting. . . Comes a game. . . With girls. . . who seem like they are slightly uncomfortable in their clothing. . . in a mansion.
Ok, I'm done... I'm done, but I'll give this game a chance because it looks so ridiculous.  

I feel that if I had a 10 year-old daughter (which I don't plan to), I'd probably recommend SNK Heroines to her so that she could play it on her little Nintendo Switch... and in turn, maybe someday understand her father's weird obsession with them fight'an games he plays. Yes, I just suggested that SNK Heroines is a game that looks like it's for little girls. *Inb4 34-year old angry male superfans blast me on Twitter.

SNK is trolling us. . . it's a funny time us FG fans are living in, when DOA6 is allegedly "toning down" sexuality, and SNK is giving us a female Terry Bogard with huge breasts. Long after this game becomes boring (because the gameplay looks really really casual), fighting game historians will refer back to this game and remember... ohh yeah, that happened. The reaction SNK is getting from their guest character reveals (judging from hilarious Twitter/Youtube comments) is likely to outshine (and outlive) the "game" itself, whether or not it's actually fun to play. In fairness, SNK Heroines does have some pretty legit guest characters. 

SNK purposely set out to make a niche game. It's an unexpected direction from SNK, especially at this time, and now they've got fighting game players talking about over-sexualization (the thing that DOA banked its career on) instead of EVO or eSports. I see what you're doing there, SNK. Even though it's not the Samurai Shodown reboot I want (but later got), I'm still interested to try this game. (I'll just wait for the ultimate edition with all the DLC characters, because.... yeah). Btw SNK, by all means, take your sweet time with the Samurai Shodown reboot. There's no rushing that!) P.S. It's interesting that I wrote the above sentence before that reboot was announced.

I actually like the art style of SNK Heroines. The character art is funny... but somehow good. The alternate costume designs are a good mix of nostalgia, fan service, and random SNK kookiness. I'm entertained... keep it coming SNK.

"SNK Waifu Battle 2018" probably won't end up being center stage at EVO 2018 (and not every fighting game needs to be). Some fighting games can just be fun. So I'll remain optimistic. SNK Heroines could catch on, and end up being a "fun" change of pace in the genre. (Or... it could suck... there's always that chance, too.) 1-button special moves? Are gamers' attention spans really that deteriorated here in 2018? Sad. I can guarantee one thing, at least. The final TFG Review of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy will be entertaining. 
~TFG Webmaster

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