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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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11/20/2020
Pier G.
Italy Italy
I recommend this product
Awesome buy for my collection!

Best gift for my incredible and retrogame lover brother!

ST
11/12/2020
STEPHANE T.
France France
I recommend this product
Metal Slug Book

Awesome Quality !! 5 stars

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11/12/2020
Francisco B.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Its fantastic if you're a fan, but a few things.

I just want to start off with the simple fact that if you are a Metal Slug fan, you are going to enjoy this book. It's chock full of of the beautiful sprite art that MS is known for, concept art, promotional material, and interviews. I quite like how the book is laid out, it goes game by game according to its release date with the title of said game being center page before delving into it. I especially like how on the bottom of the page for every title it shows every known platform the game was released on, it even counts the PSVita. Basically, everything that is in the book is good, and I don't have complaints on the content itself, my gripe is with how some of it is presented. Many pages in the beginning was just a bunch of text on a word document printed out into the book. Of course, if you're a fan you are giddy to know what the people who worked on these games have to say, and will happily read along, but it could've been better. I couldn't help but just imagine how awesome it would be if all this raw info was accompanied by pictures, illustrations, or photographs of what was being written. It wasn't until the END of the book where they had interviews that I saw cartoony illustrations of the people being interviewed. The book opens with quotes of people and facts around the franchise, wouldn't have been cool if there was a picture or even a cartoon illustration of said person along the text? It talks about its arcade heritage, wouldn't it be cool if we saw some arcades of that era with people playing? or how about if the illustrations of the people who were interviewed or worked on the game had their illustration look like the character select screen of MS? You know those really goofy but realistic looking portrait before you select a character and drop out in front it? But no, it just looked like a textbook with nothing to it, and that's the other thing that wasn't quite right. Again, the book is divided up by each game in the franchise, and there's a big picture of the title for one whole page that separates each section. Well, accompanying said image, is just some times-new roman looking word doc with a brief message before turning the page. Wouldn't been cool if the text looked like the font for MS? or heck just having the first word be fancy by having it look like the power ups in the game, like if the sentence started with the letter "s," then have the shotgun power up be in place of it? or some even smaller details like have the back side of each hardcover have the vector outlines of the Metal Slug tank in green like you would see in the game before or after playing? My point is, I love Metal Slug, and Metal Slug literally drips and oozes personality. I still love this book, but cant help be see potential in it being better. But again, it still good! It even has stuff in here that I didn't know or have never seen, and that's what I really liked about it. Bottom line, if you're a Metal Slug fan, you are going to enjoy this book.

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11/09/2020
Natasha P.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Great

Fast efficient and in perfect condition. Can’t ask for more Thank you

DH
11/09/2020
Daniel H.
Germany Germany
I recommend this product
Just great

What a great quality book. It's pure joy looking at all this amazing pixel art. Great tribute to this fantastic game series. High quality prints and paper. Highly recommended for any fan!