Monday, May 9th, 2022 

The King of Fighters: The Ultimate History by Bitmap Books Now Available to Pre-order

  

Bitmap Books is an award-winning independent publisher of retro gaming books, celebrating the rich history of software, hardware, developers, and iconic series of gaming over the decades. Now available to pre-order, Bitmap's latest hardback tome features 544 beautiful pages and tons of history, references, and information all about SNK's iconic and influential King of Fighters series including some great interviews with several KOF artists and developers. Starting today, The King of Fighters: The Ultimate History is now available for pre-order for 34.99 (approximately $43 USD). Check out the official YouTube trailer for the book (below) and continue reading for all the details.
 

 
In addition to the standard version of the book, Bitmap is offering a special
ALL-STAR EDITION, strictly limited to 3,000 copies. Priced at 54.99, the collector's edition of KOF: The Ultimate History comes with a heavy-board slipcase that actually plays different in-game sound effects for each fighter, and is finished with metallic gold detailing.
 


 

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:  Art Of Fighting, Fatal Fury, KOF 94, KOF 95, KOF 96, KOF 97, KOF 98 The Slugfest, KOF R-1, KOF R-2, KOF 99, 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.

  
Also included with each ALL-STAR EDITION is a set of five A4 art prints from various King of Fighters titles. These high-quality art prints are housed within a white envelope, complete with an imitation wax seal, embossed with an 'R' something that old school fans will remember from the intro to The King of Fighters '94.
 

 
Finally, each ALL-STAR EDITION book also comes with with a postcard featuring an exclusive illustration by Eisuke Ogura, created especially for this version. Pre-orders for the book launch May 9th at 5pm BST. Shipping will begin on May 23rd. To pre-order either version of the book, head over to bitmapbooks.com.

FUN FACT: TFG Webmaster Frank Joseph and The Fighters Generation website are mentioned on the very last page of KOF: The Ultimate History, generously given credit for providing high quality rips of classic KOF stages and other reference materials during the book's creation! I'm honored to have been a small part of this!

~Frank Joseph, FightersGeneration.com | @Fighters_Gen

 

 Source:  Bitmapbooks.com           Related Tweet:  @Fighters_Gen           

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