Metal Slug: The Ultimate HistoryPRE-ORDER NOW – RELEASED IN NOVEMBER
Pre-orders will ship in early November 2019. Please read our pre-order policy before placing order.
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.
The standard edition of Metal Slug: The Ultimate History is a shrink-wrapped copy of the book, priced at £29.99.
Fully Loaded Edition
The second edition – dubbed the ‘Fully Loaded Edition’ – is limited to 1,000 units and priced at £49.99. This will never be produced again once it has sold out. The Fully Loaded Edition features the book housed within a battery operated slipcase* that plays in-game sound effects, such as ‘HEAVY MACHINE GUN’ and ‘FLAME SHOT’ when the fascia buttons are pressed. This edition also comes with an A2 SV-001 blueprint poster, printed with glow-in-the-dark ink and a bespoke postcard, illustrated by SNK artist TONKO, created especially for the book.
452 pages, 210mm x 297mm, Special Pantone ink used throughout, Lithographic print, Hardback, Sewn binding, Black foil-blocked cover and spine, shrink-wrapped.
*Slipcase comes with cell batteries included, which can be replaced in future via easily accessible panel on the reverse of slipcase.
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