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Metal Slug: The Ultimate History is the first officially-licensed book to document the lineage of one of gaming’s most beloved franchises.

An instant classic on its debut in 1996, the original Metal Slug laid the foundations for an action-packed series that would become globally renowned for its tight gameplay, gorgeous hand-drawn visuals and playful sense of humour. The franchise has effortlessly retained these core attributes across multiple sequels and spin-offs in the years since, and this publication – the first officially-licensed and fully-endorsed book of its kind, ever – not only aims to illuminate the rich history of the franchise via hundreds of carefully curated screenshots and a comprehensive written account of its often mysterious history, but also seeks to celebrate the iconic artwork which has made millions of players fall in love with the antics of the plucky Peregrine Falcon Squad.

To help achieve this goal, SNK has offered unprecedented access to its vast archive of high-resolution concept artwork and illustrations, some of which is being made publicly available for the first time. The book also contains 11 exclusive and incredibly detailed interviews with key members of the development team, including Kazuma Kujo, Takushi Hiyamuta, Andoh Kenji and Takeshi Okui, the latter two of whom have never previously spoken about the series. These insightful discussions bust myths and reveal the real truth behind the creation and evolution of this esteemed franchise, extensively covering its beginnings at Nazca and the truth behind Metal Slug Zero – the version of Metal Slug that existed, before Marco and Tarma, when you controlled only the SV-001 tank. The book also explores the roots of Metal Slug, looking at Irem titles In the Hunt and GunForce II and how these arcade cult classics influenced what was to come later.

Book specifications
452 pages. 210mm × 297mm. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Special Pantone ink used throughout. Hardback. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Black foil-blocked cover and spine. Bookmark ribbon. Shrink-wrapped. 

Includes interviews with:
Shinichi Hamada, Takushi Hiyamuta, Andoh Kenji, Kazuma Kujo, Atsushi Kurooka, Hidenari Mamoto, Sadaki Matsumoto, Takeshi Okui, Kazuhiro Takeshita, TONKO and Toshikazu Tanaka.

Games featured include:
GunForce II / In the Hunt / Metal Slug 1st Mission / Metal Slug 2: Super Vehicle-001/II / Metal Slug 2nd Mission / Metal Slug 3 / Metal Slug 3D / Metal Slug 4 / Metal Slug 5 / Metal Slug 6 / Metal Slug 7 / Metal Slug Advance / Metal Slug X / Metal Slug: Super Vehicle-001

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05/12/2021
DB
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Fantastic

Just arrived (within a few days of ordering) and it's even better in real life. As with all the Bitmap Books titles, quality of materials and service and content is first rate. If you're a fan of SNK and the Slug series... BUY IT NOW!

KG
01/22/2021
Kelsey G.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Beautiful Beautiful Book

Bitmap Books kills it once again with this exquisite hardcover.

LS
01/08/2021
Lonzia S.
United States United States
I recommend this product
This book is outstanding. Exceeded my expectations.

Book is really high quality and filled with fascinating information. A must for any Metal Slug fan! Here’s brief video on my youTube page: https://youtu.be/lUFZ4HEOLcw

JC
01/01/2021
Janet C.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Excellent service

Quick delivery, excellent packaging and great product

DM
12/12/2020
DIAZ M.
Spain Spain
I recommend this product
Nothing else but perfect

All was perfect. Packaging well protected. Product quality. Details. 100% recomended

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