A online game collector has not too long ago introduced that he could have discovered proof that helps the idea that SNK as soon as developed a recreation console.
Anthony Bacon, a Chicago-based YouTuber, was despatched a mysterious bundle earlier this yr containing an SNK motherboard. The sender tasked Bacon to analyze what precisely this motherboard was designed for.
In a current YouTube video revealed on his channel — Video Recreation Esoterica, Bacon goes into element concerning the motherboard and theorizes that it was a take a look at PC motherboard for SNK Millennium, an unreleased console from the King of Fighters and Samurai Showdown developer.
SNK Millennium Motherboard
Rumors for the SNK Millennium surfaced as early as 1999 with it reportedly anticipated to be a contender within the sixth era of gaming consoles, which might add up with what Bacon mentions in his video that the SNK motherboard encompasses a Hitachi SH-4, the identical processor that Sega’s closing residence gaming console used.
“However it’s unheard of outdoor of some statements from 1999 a couple of residence console SNK was engaged on that individuals thought by no means received off the bottom, however clearly it did get off the bottom, at the very least to a sure stage,” Bacon instructed Eurogamer.
The SNK Millennium would have been a successor to the Hyper Neo Geo 64, an arcade system board initially conceived as SNK’s 3D fifth-generation gaming console launched in 1997 that was seen as a flop for the corporate and was discontinued in 1999.
Bacon has since returned the motherboard to its unique proprietor and is presently inspecting the BIOS file to try to decompile the code and see what references are inside that might assist decipher extra concerning the console. Nonetheless, Bacon instructed Eurogamer that the motherboard doesn’t function any software program growth equipment or video games inside.
Though SNK has not been a competitor within the residence console marketplace for a while, the potential discovery of a console that by no means was is a pleasant addition to the developer’s historical past.
Taylor is the Affiliate Tech Editor at IGN. You possibly can observe her on Twitter @TayNixster.