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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05/24/2022
Mattia
Italy Italy
I recommend this product

10 STARS

Bitmap Books means QUALITY! Always!!! Great job!!!

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05/24/2022
Johnny A.
United States United States

A must have for all KOF Fans.

This is book is absolutely amazing. I love the details and everything they show. It's a huge book packed with a lot of content. If you're a King of Fighters fan this is a must have! Pick it up while it's available don't miss out.

FB
05/24/2022
Freddie B.
United States United States
I recommend this product

I Love It!

I absolutely love this book. First, the quality of the book and pages are amazing. The book has so much information on KoF. Also, the All Star Edition has a fun protective cover where you can press on a character and hear their voices. Very nice touch. I was expecting this book 3 days later than when I received it so that was a huge plus as well. Overall, I recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of the KoF series. 5 Stars!!!!

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05/23/2022
F1Nunez
United States United States
I recommend this product

A must buy for any fighting genre fan

Let me start by saying how much care they put into shipping their books. The book itself is amazing. I have loved the King of Fighters series since I was kid. I got the all stars edition and everyone loves the touch cover. The colors are vibrant and the paper quality is great. The added Envelope invitation and post cards is a very nice touch. All their books are on point. Bitmaps and their contributors always hit the mark with their books.

JM
05/23/2022
Justin M.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Outstanding book quality, presentation, and delivery

I am beyond pleased with my purchase of The King of Fighters Ultimate History All Star Edition. Not only did I get the digital PDF immediately upon purchase, the item itself was delivered quickly and securely via DHL within a month of pre-order. This format made me very happy and I wish other vendors would do this. The presentation is gorgeous. Being a SNK fan, some licensed brands produce books or reproductions that are less than ideal in quality. Bitmap Books knocked this one out of the park. All of the scans are high quality and printed well and the book itself is of a heavy feel. The sound clip box and included prints put the icing on an incredible cake of a book. The interviews are unique, insightful and provide a closer look at the development of KOF, particularly in the beginning. I would have loved more discussion on the years following, including the Eolith developed games, becoming SNK Playmore and the challenges and development of bringing KOF to 3D. This is the weakest part of the book, but doesn't take away from the entire package. While a total sprite collection for the entire series would take multiple volumes, this collection shows a great variety for stages and character sprites for every game (including non-primary releases like NGPC games) and virtually all of the important key art from each game of the series, leaving little to no wanting. Amazing book and acts a piece that ties my KOF collection together.