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.

ALL-STAR EDITION

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.

© SNK CORPORATION ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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JS
08/19/2022
Jasper S.
United States
I recommend this product

Amazing Quality

The book and all of the extras in the All-Star Edition are beautiful, and the interviews are very interesting. I learned a lot about the series.

P
08/19/2022
pi
China China
I recommend this product

Very good

I like it

DB
08/18/2022
David B.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Flawless Production

This has to be, to date, the most comprehensive publication covering the history of the KOF franchise. Any person that considers himself a fan, but wishes to transcend from 'fan" into 'historian' must have his book in their possession.

CG
08/15/2022
Chris G.
Germany Germany
I recommend this product

Very good Book But Not perfect

Very good Book But Not perfect Some games could have more pages. And all the Game Boy Advanced Games are Not inside. But finally you can say it is a very good book that you can buy without a doubt!

AS
08/13/2022
Andrew S.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

Power Geyser!

An amazing book, compiling the history of the KoF series, full of beautiful screen shots and artwork. An essential for any fighting series fan!