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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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Glatin L.
France France
How many coin I've put in this arcade

Sooo good to be able to read a bit about this fantastic IP! The book in itself ois a jewel, it arrives quickly, PERFECTLY packed. Prinitng is amazing, and the overall book is just of piece of art ! Laurent

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Edgar C.
Spain Spain
Amazing quality and content

A heavy (believe me, it is heavy) book: many thick pages, great images and more text than I expected.

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Krzysztof W.
Poland Poland
Amazing piece of gaming history

Fascinating book about one of the most important series in the gaming history. Beautifly published with meticulous attention to detail. To add to all this Bitmap Books always packs their books in a way which they could survive the apocalypse so they always arrive in pristine condition.

András B.
Hungary Hungary
My favorite

I recommend it to everyone who likes the Metal Slug series a bit, which I think is the king of run-n-gun!

Carlos S.
Spain Spain
Great Book

I was a little doubtful when buying about the contents of this boook: would there be enough novelties inside or just a compilarion of drawings and art I had seen before? After receiving the book I cant’t be happier about it. It is bigger format than I spected and feels very good. I was astonished when I opened it, the manufacturing is high quality. As for ita contents, it includes plenty of history, interviews and artwoe. Really interesting and enough for keeping on admiring it for quite some time.