THE KING OF FIGHTERS: The Ultimate History

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Bitmap Books is incredibly proud to present THE KING OF FIGHTERS: The Ultimate History. Put simply, KOF is one of the most important fighting game series of all time, and today, in 2022, it is considered versus fighter royalty. But despite this legacy, the history of this long-running and much beloved gaming series has never been comprehensively told, leaving the story of how it came to be, and the cultural phenomenon it became, largely shrouded in mystery.

Here, in the first officially licensed and fully endorsed book of its type, that story is revealed in its entirety. With the help of SNK itself, which has granted unprecedented access to its immense archives of illustrations and artwork, as well as the key members of the original development team, who have spoken in unparalleled detail about how they created the series, this official history delivers a comprehensive visual and written history of KOF. The book celebrates iconic characters in the KOF roster such as Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami, as well as hearing from the voice actors who brought them to life; it uncovers never-before-seen details about the mysterious origins of KOF; and delves into the sumptuous pixel art and rich story narratives the series is known for. With its wealth of imagery and information, this is the ultimate KOF history.

Priced at £34.99, THE KING OF FIGHTERS: The Ultimate History is 544 pages long, hardback and printed to the highest possible standards, using special Pantone ink and high-quality paper. It comes in Standard and an ALL-STAR EDITION, with the latter restricted to just 3,000 units.


As with our previous SNK books on the NEOGEO, and METAL SLUG, we’ve worked with SNK to create a special ALL-STAR EDITION. Priced at £54.99, this collector’s edition of THE KING OF FIGHTERS: The Ultimate History includes not only the book, but also a heavy-board slipcase to house it. The slipcase includes a series of touch-panels on its fascia, which when pressed, play in-game sound effects for each fighter, and is finished with metallic gold detailing. Also included with each ALL-STAR EDITION is a set of five A4 art prints from various KOF games. The art prints are housed within a white envelope, complete with an imitation wax seal, embossed with an ‘R’ – something that fans will remember from the intro to KOF ’94. Finally, each ALL-STAR EDITION will come with a postcard featuring an exclusive illustration by Eisuke Ogura, created especially for this edition. Only 3,000 units of this ALL-STAR EDITION will be produced, and once they’re sold, it will never be printed again.

Book specifications
Standard edition: 544 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.

ALL-STAR EDITION: 544 pages. 210mm × 297mm. Heavy-board electronic slipcase that plays in-game sound effects, embossed with metallic gold foil details. 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:
Masaaki Kukino, Masanori Kuwasashi, Toyohisa Tanabe, Shinichi Shimizu, Hideki Asanaka and Eisuke Ogura.

Games featured include:
Art Of Fighting, Fatal Fury, KOF ’94, KOF ’95, KOF ’96, KOF ’97, KOF ’98 The Slugfest, KOF R-1, KOF ’99, KOF R-2, KOF 2000, KOF 2001, KOF 2002, KOF 2003, KOF ’94 Re-Bout, KOF XI, KOF ’98 Ultimate Match, KOF XII, KOF 2002 Unlimited Match, KOF XIII, KOF XIV, KOF XV, Street Fighter, Street Smart.


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Brian L.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Very Happy With The Book...But...

Bitmap Books are always absolutely phenomenal and their products are nothing short of amazing. I have several of their books and plan to purchase more in the future. My problem, however, is that this book is an officially licensed SNK product and I am EXTREMELY opposed to the 96.18% shareholdership of SNK by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman. For numerous obvious reasons, I find Mohammed Bin Salman's existence appalling and I refuse to participate in any action that might potentially contribute to his wealth moving forward. To be clear, I pre-ordered this book BEFORE he obtained such a large shareholdership. My hope is that Bitmap will not engage in any future partnerships with a company tethered to someone who engages in a lifelong practice of heinous human rights violations. In any case, partnering with SNK would prevent me from considering any future purchases from Bitmap for any SNK-related titles.

United States United States
I recommend this product

A must have for King of Fighters fan

The book has great content, and the quality of the material and print is great! The interview is interesting, and the arts are also superb. I purchased the All-Star edition and it came with the extra postcards. The only gripe I have is that I wish the KOF invitation letter ribbon is not glued to the envelop, because I had to tear the envelop a little bit just to access the postcards inside. Hope to purchase more books from Bitmapbooks in the future!

Bruno L.
Portugal Portugal

This is how fighting games were truly like...

I remember way back playing KOF94 in the arcade saloon, while my dad played pool with his friends. When the book arrived, my dad now 71, looked at the pictures and remembered seeing those fighters on the arcades and said how awesome they always were and hard de play with. KOF was always an elite type of fighting game that was killer experience among those who really knew how to play it. i can say that i did ok playing it many hours with my friends. Clark and Ralph...always there man. I´m gonna be a daddy next month. like all the books i have from you, they will serve to show my kid how gaming evolved and understand why we all miss those gaming times. Golden... My dad is 71, like is said... He remembered the good old days. My son will know through your books, how good the good old days were... Your books are all special... but this one touched my heart...Clark and Ralph...always there man. Thank you bitmapbooks...

Felipe C.
Spain Spain
I recommend this product

Bonito libro de The King of Fighters All-Stars Edition.

Very good book of The King of Fighters All-Stars Edition many pages explaining the history of fighting games beautiful illustrations and conceptual art etc... Waiting for more books to come out of other SNK NeoGeo sagas with this is already the third book that I buy from SNK bitmap books.

Burc G.
Sweden Sweden
I recommend this product


This book is perfect seriously it's PERFECT. The look n feel, quality, weight, size, interviews, print quality, and even the smell is 10/10. ALL-STAR edition with all the extra stuff is super crisp (especially the touch-panels). Thank you bitmapbooks! I'm looking forward add more books to my newly started collection.

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