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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Corbin B.
I recommend this product

Beautiful Book

This is a must own for any fighting game fan, especially if you're into KOF. The binding is incredible along with the other aspects of the books quality. Top notch as always!

Alessandro A.
Italy Italy
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Always awesome books from bitmap books!!!!

Cristian M.
Chile Chile
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A book for The King

I think it's not necessary to mention the quality of the printing, with colorful and sharp pictures. The design as is to be expected is topnotch. I'm not the biggest fan of the franchise but I really like the illustrations of this book. It also includes its history and interviews with the creators. The delivery is again impeccable. If you are a fan of The King of Fighters and even if you are not, you have to get this book!

Darryn B.
South Africa South Africa
I recommend this product

A one-two punch of passion and fighting game history

I was expecting a great book the moment I placed my order, but I don't I was prepared for what I got. The King of Fighters: The Ultimate History is a treasure trove of history and secrets, all crammed into a gargantuan tome of knowledge that is eye-catching to say the least. Reading how the games were made, how SNK crafted a series of fighting game heavyweight contenders, and flicking through pages of beautifully preserved concept art, makes for one of the best books that I have on my shelf right now. It's passion combined with professionalism, and if you're an avid video game history buff, it's an essential purchase for your personal library.

Roger P.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

Great Gift

Fantastic support from bitmap books helping me get this to a friend as a gift. They were very pleased with the ALL STAR Edition. High quality and great support. Kind regards