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SNK's 80s shmup TNK III returns on PS4 and Switch

November 10, 2019 1 min read

Here's a blast from the past, quite literally. Retro fans Hamster have dug out another old school SNK arcade game for re-release, as this week sees 1985 shmup TNK III made available for download on PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

Originally released in arcades during SNK's fledgling period, TNK III is a free-movement top-down shmup that sees players pilot a fearsome tank through a warzone, taking out infantry, gun encampments and other heavy metal monstrosities en route to each stage's conclusion. The vehicle is armed with standard machine gun fire as well a a limited number of rockets.

TNK III was essentially a variant on Capcom's popular Commando, released the same year, and a precursor to SNK's own Ikari Warriors, which would follow in 1986. TNK III would receive numerous home computer ports under the less confusing moniker of T.A.N.K. and would even see a loose sequel on the NES in the form of Iron Tank. You can check out a video below courtesy of YouTuber RetroMGV

TNK III is available for download now on PS4 in Japan and Nintendo Switch worldwide.

SNK's 80s shmup TNK III returns on PS4 and Switch screenshot