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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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Magdalena C.
Poland Poland
I recommend this product
Perfect blending of visual and info.

The book is more impressive than I expected. It is very big, high quality and the pages are impressive to look at. I also value interviews and history. I wish it could have even more text. The delivery was very fast!!!

Benny R.
Belgium Belgium
I recommend this product
Metal slug:the ultimate history

This is a awesome book.I have a arcade machine and together with that is great.These books from Bitmap are nice and beautiful artwork. I recommend these books for every arcade fan.

Peter D.
Canada Canada
I recommend this product
Amazing book

Waited decades for an art book about Metal Slug and it was worth the wait. On top of that it has art from GunForce and In The Hunt... a fantastic bonus to an already awesome book. Yay!

Spain Spain
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Must buy for all Metal

Must buy for all Metal Slug fans. Absolutely impressive!

Adrian R.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Bitmap rocks!

If you have a special place in your heart for the Metal Slug games this is a must have book. The presentation, the art, the writing the history it's all there and it's top notch, I highly recommend it.

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