Aruze Corp. is Japanese corporation specializing in pachinko games (Japanese gambling machines played on a vertical pinball machine) and other gambling ventures. In an attempt to broaden its holdings, Aruze bought the financially strapped SNK in its final years and put it under its Aruze Group. Other than releasing gambling simulators for the NGPC and MVS, it did very little to help SNK - leaving it out in the cold when it went bankrupt in 2001. After the bankruptcy it no longer possessed the SNK intellectual copyrights. Aruze tried to hold onto the SNK name within the Japanese market, but upon Playmore's (the successor to SNK) move to Japan, Playmore was able to win title back the the SNK name.