Bitmap Books, famous for its visual compendiums on consoles like the Amiga, NES, SNES, and Atari, has announced its latest effort: The King of Fighters: The Ultimate History.
The book will be officially licensed, allowing Bitmap Books full access to SNK's archives of illustrations an artwork, as well as brand new anecdotes and stories from key members of the development team. Coming in at 544 pages in length, it's sure to be the go-to resource for fans of The King of Fighters.
Pre-orders will launch on Bitmap Books' website on May 9th with shipping starting on May 23rd. The book will come in two flavours: the standard edition hardback at £34.99, and the "ALL-STAR" edition at £54.99.
The ALL-STAR edition will be limited to 3000 copies and will come complete with a heavy-board slipcase displaying 16 touch-panels that emit each character's voice when pressed. It will also come included with five A4 art prints from the games along with a postcard featuring brand new artwork from Eisuke Ogura, created specifically for this edition.
Let us know in the comments if this looks like something you'd like to pick up, along with your suggestions on other franchises you'd love to see get the same treatment.
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Cant wait to grab this!
That's a hefty book. I'm definitely interested.
Will most definitely be ordering this the second the pre-order window opens. Can't wait!
admittedly the ultimate history of metal slug was kind of a huge let down so im...a little hesitant
would like just a good kof artbook in english along the lines of SF25
I wouldn't normally comment on books as they are not my thing, but I have to say the general design, layout looks really cheap and nasty. I think even I could have done better with that!
KOF has lowkey some of the best character designs in the industry. Definitely going to pick this up.
Some of their books are great but some of them are definitely style over substance, I got the last one - Go Straight, guide to side scrolling beat-em ups and it was ok, but the book has so many pages it was unwieldy and difficult to actually sit down with and read. Also some of the biggest games had very little coverage in comparison to lesser known and unpopular games. The layouts are very lacklustre too and there are obvious errors where the authors have either missed out the obvious or just haven’t done their research.
If you’re interested in gaming art books I’d go for the Udon Capcom ones or try and source the Mook art books from Japan which often show up on eBay.
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