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“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.


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Alban G.
France France
I recommend this product

A must have for any MS/Neo fan

David S.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Great gift

Gave this to a friend who is a huge Metal Slug fan. He loves it. Tons of great articles and art work. He didn't even know this book existed and is thrilled to have it. Thank you!

Nick H.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Beautiful and exhaustive

The book has been fantastic. Extremely well built, beautifully laid out, and endlessly interesting. I fully expect to buy more books from this line.

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Zouher O.
France France
I recommend this product
SNK & Metal Slug books

VERY qualitative books! Nice Work! Thanks also for the packaging! I recommand!!

United States United States
I recommend this product
Totally Satisfied

First, the shipping was on time and the package was wrapped well. I was nervous the book would arrive with some shipping damage, but it showed up in fantastic condition. The double cardboard wrapping and padding seemed to take all the damage. The book is great. Nice photos, well built, and lots of secondary information on the game series.

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