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

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

David S.
United States United States
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Metal Slug: Ultimate History 10/10

10/10 Great experience. Book arrived fast and in perfect condition. So much content and amazing pixel art.

Jacqueline S.
Mexico Mexico
I recommend this product
Beatiful item

It exceeded expectations, the binding is very beautiful and the prints are of excellent quality.

Tal L.
Israel Israel
I recommend this product

BEAUITIFUL BOOK! arrived fast within immaculate packaging. having a blast with it !

Kiren P.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
This book is as solid as a Heavy Machine Gun

I've always loved the original Metal Slug series (1,2,X,3) and this book was way more that what I expected. Just from the unboxing I knew this was going to be special. Well done to you guys on the packaging, I've spent more on other more expensive books and the care you've taken into making sure that the book got to me in perfect condition is the best I've ever seen and much appreciated! As for the content of the book, it is absolutely perfect as a tribute to this amazing series! The quality of the book is absolutely superb and I didn't expect it to be so heavy and the cover so well made. I've recently started playing the series again as my 5 year old nephew loves to play it with me. He especially loves the zombies in MS3 Stage 2. I've bought a copy of the book for him as well as a remembrance of this time in his life, so he'll be thrilled with the artwork. I'll definitely be supporting Bitmap Books going forward, well done on you all!

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