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UK publisher Bitmap Books - previously responsible for The Unofficial NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium and Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection - has announced that its next project is NEOGEO: A Visual History, an officially licensed publication celebrating one of the most iconic gaming platforms ever made - and one which will be instantly familiar to Switch owners, as HAMSTER's excellent range of ACA NEOGEO titles has effectively turned the console into a portable arcade machine.

NEOGEO: A Visual History is packed with hardware photography, cover artwork, concept artwork and associated memorabilia, as well as interviews with key SNK staff such as Yasuyuki Oda, Tatsuhiko Kanaoka (AKA Falcoon) and Hideki Asanaka.

At 400 pages long, this hardback book will come in three different editions. The Standard Edition costs £29.99, while The Collector’s Edition - £49.99 - ships in a heavy board black slipcase with five A4 posters, two stickers and an enamel pin badge. This edition is exclusive to the pre-order period. 


If you want something even fancier, then the MEGA Edition offers the same package as the Collector’s Edition but comes in a metallic gold slipcase and includes an exclusive ‘Memory Card Kid’ black T-shirt. Costing £69.99, the MEGA Edition is limited to 330 copies and comes with a stamped letter of authentication.


Pre-orders open at 7AM BST on Monday 3rd July 2017, direct from the publisher. Worldwide shipping is available and delivery is expected in September; if you'd like to sign up for an email update the moment pre-orders open, you can do so here. Will you be buying this one?