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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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Caden H.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Bitmap is the best!

The book was exactly what I expected it to be, and Bitmap packaged it amazingly to ensure a safe delivery!

David G.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Metal Slug: History

Amazing quality and an excellent read. Also the shipping was perfect.

淳哉 谷.
Japan Japan
I recommend this product

非常に高品質なゲーム内アートを見ることができるので、勉強になりました。 本自体も安っぽくなく、長く保存していけるような価格相応の重厚感が有り 今後も長く楽しめそうです

Tim G.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Fantastic Book

It's no surprise that Bitmap Books have released another great book, high quality, great in depth detail of the Metal Slug series, there isn't really any more I can say, if you already own any of the other books you know how great they are, if this is your first then prepare yourself for a quality overload.

Lacie S.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Fast shipping, and a good book

I have to say I was shocked at how fast the book came in considering I lived in the us and the book came from the uk, as for the book it has amazing artwork and fun interviews on how metal slug became the gaming staple it is now. I did wish it had more intel on characters and some more art on the metal slug characters, but it’s definitely a fun read for metal slug fans.