Metal Slug: The Ultimate History

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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.


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Ran M.
United States United States
I recommend this product

A must have book!!

Absolutely stunning and well documented. All the good old memories :)

andrea m.
Italy Italy
I recommend this product

An authentic nostalgia trip

I grew up playing the Metal Slug saga and still play some to this day, it was a blast reading this book and enjoying the amazing art.

United States United States
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Exactly what I’d hoped for

I’m a long time pixel artist and fan of metal slug games. Sketches, concept art, pixel art, weapons, character designs, vehicles etc. Seems very thorough, I highly recommended it.

Daniel H.
United States United States
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Simply wonderful

This book is amazing. I own almost every book published by Bitmap and they are all excellent. They are also shipped securely which is much appreciated. I can't wait for the next SNK book!

Abe M.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Amazing Book for Metal Slug Fans

I've never opened a book that was as well packaged as this. I don't think I've purchased books from book stores that are in this nice of shape come to think of it. It arrived in perfect condition. PERFECT. And I'm hard to please. This is a wonderful full color journey through the history and art of the game.