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Did you know the most famous stage in KOF history? Fans visiting may need tissues to hold back the tears as the Neo Geo arcades that famously lit up the road are now gone, along with the famous logo on the tower. The King of Fighters 98 is such a legendary game that even though it is two decades old, it still enjoys success, being re-released on new platforms such as the Nintendo Switch. The Neo Geo land that can be seen in the back was actually a stage for the King of Fighters Some shops have gone, and the two Neogeo Lands plus the one in the tower have closed, but the bridge view is unmistakable once you find it. An easy landmark is the Excellsior Caffe on the corner Every time I visited, it was a weekend and it was closed! The SNK logo was still there in , but when I visited in , the sign had been taken down, however, the edges are still noticeable if you looked hard enough…. SNK Playmore moved out of this Osaka office, its logo remains burned into the building — amazing yet symbolic.
Esaka is a name related to several songs in The King of Fighters series of fighting games, often related to Kyo Kusanagi or his clones. Esaka is the name of a train station in Osaka, the city where the SNK headquarters are located so Esaka is also often used to reference and refer to SNK. The first Esaka has a prominent usage of keyboards.