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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. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

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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Thomas R.
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Just wow!

I order alot of books. Usually for collectability. Bitmap books is easily the best experience ive had puchasing new material for my collection. The shipping was quick even though im overseas and the packaging sowed a level of customer empathy that i havnt seen in a long time. As for the book. 10/10. I bought this mostly as a pixel art enthusiast and metal slug has some of the best art in the industry. What i didnt expect was id actually read the book! The history of metal slug is way more interesting than i expected. A must have for game/software history enthusiasts.

Pablo M.
United States United States
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The Definitive book on the Metal Slug Series.

Great Content covering the series as a whole including fascinating interviews, an extensive collection of screen shots and art showcasing the entire run of Metal Slug presented in a wonderfully designed & printed format!

Joseph T.
United States United States
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Best Purchase of 2021

This book is incredible. EVERY aspect of it from design to layout to production quality is superb. THE INTERVIEWS! THE SPRITES! THE HISTORY! I’m 41 & I’ve been on a hunt for EXACTLY this for years. I couldn’t believe no one had made something like it, but I had no expectation of receiving THIS. I’ll keep this book for life. If you can wrangle a similarly amazing tome for Ogre Battle/ Tactics Ogre/ Vagrant Story I might just die. Thank you Bitmap team! -Joe

John B.
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Metal slug

Love Bitmap Books!!! all of the meticulous time in creating these books is clearly evident as you read. Highly recommend for any video games nerds in your life!! cant say enough good things about these books.

Andy F.
United States United States
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Fantastic resource for details and history of the Metal Slug Franchise

Beautiful book full of cool illustrations and details about the Metal Slug Franchise.