Remember when we told you about Bitmap Books' upcoming Metal Slug release a couple of months ago? Well, pre-orders are now live, so what are you waiting for?

Metal Slug: The Ultimate History is an officially-licensed book which documents the franchise's creation and evolution. The UK publisher says that SNK has offered it "unprecedented access" to make the book a reality, with high-resolution concept artwork and illustrations included which are being made available to the public for the very first time.

There are two editions available at the time of writing: the Standard Edition and the Fully Loaded Edition. The standard variant includes a shrink-wrapped copy of the book for £29.99, while the Fully Loaded Edition is a limited release which is a little more pricey at £49.99. For that, you get a copy of the book inside a battery-operated slipcase that plays in-game sound effects; a glow-in-the-dark, A2 SV-001 blueprint poster; and a postcard illustrated by SNK artist TONKO. Only 1,000 copies of this edition will be printed.

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If you're interested, you can secure your copy of either version right here. Bitmap Books has previously published NEOGEO: A Visual History, Super Famicom: Box Art Collection, and the excellent Visual Compendium range, which has so far covered the NES and SNES.

Do you have a collection of gaming books at home? Will this one be finding a home on your shelves? Let us know with a comment.