274 reviews   |  
“An absolutely gorgeous tome” IGN
“A very impressive book” Kotaku 
“Metal Slug has the official book it deserves” Nintendo Life
“Chock-full of incredible artwork” Retro Gamer Magazine
“An Outstanding Tribute” The Gamer 

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

An instant classic upon its debut in 1996, the original Metal Slug laid the foundations for an action-packed series which would become globally renowned for its tight gameplay, gorgeous hand-drawn visuals and playful sense of humour. Metal Slug has effortlessly retained these core attributes across multiple sequels and spin-offs in the years since, and this publication – the first officially-licenced and fully-endorsed book of its kind, ever – aims to not only 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 archives of high-resolution concept artwork and illustrations, some of which is being made publically 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 which have never spoken about the series previously. These insightful discussions bust myths and reveal the real truth behind the creation and evolution of this esteemed franchise, extensively covering the formation on 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 x 297mm, Special Pantone ink used throughout, Lithographic print, Hardback, Sewn binding, Black foil-blocked cover and spine, shrink-wrapped.


Customer Reviews
5.0 Based on 274 Reviews
Write a Review Ask a Question
  • Reviews
  • Questions

Thank you for submitting a review!

Your input is very much appreciated. Share it with your friends so they can enjoy it too!

Filter Reviews:
  • content
  • quality
  • books
  • pages
  • interviews
  • history
  • series
  • Metal Slug
James P.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Gorgeous prduct

Just fantastic! Highly recommended

Chris T.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Great book

Really great book with background on the history of the games, and excellent showcase for the amazing pixel art that makes the Metal Slug games.

A Bitmap Books Customer
Roberto C.
Italy Italy
I recommend this product
Awesome book!

Exceeded expectations, highly suggested to all Metal Slug fans!

Inderjeet G.
I recommend this product
So much information

This book is amazing and has such a huge amount of detail about all the games so far. I love it. The hardcase slip cover with weapon sound effects is brilliant too.

Luis F.
Portugal Portugal
I recommend this product

As a big fan of Metal Slug since i was a child, this book is a huge trip of emotions and nostalgia. Totally recommend if you're a fan of this franchise.

Bitmap Books Metal Slug: The Ultimate History Review