I’m going to be honest and admit that I haven’t played all that many Neo Geo games over the years, because both the games and the consoles were crazy expensive even on release (the Swedish launch prices could give just about anyone a heart attack…). In the matter of fact, I only knew one single person in my old home town that owned a Neo Geo console (he bought a Neo Geo AES console in Japan back in the mid 90s). So that’s one of the main reasons why I haven’t owned any Neo Geo games or consoles myself. Even so, I do recall playing “The King of Fighters“, “Metal Slug” and “Samurai Shodown” as a kid (all three of those games were to be found at my local Arcade hall in the early and mid 90s).
Anyways, if you’re into Neo Geo and the history that surrounds its games and consoles, then I’m happy to inform you that Bitmap Books is going to release their “Neo Geo: A visual history” book in October this year:
“NEOGEO: a visual history is the first officially licensed NEOGEO art book of its kind released in the English language. A visual celebration of all things NEOGEO, it’s crammed full of beautiful visuals split into dedicated chapters, including Hardware, Box Art, Character and Concept Art and Pixel Art. The imagery has been collated and photographed the from all over the world, which has been handpicked to appear in this unique and exclusive volume. NEOGEO: a visual history also features official interviews with key staff integral to the NEOGEO’s history, including producer Yasuyuki Oda, artist Tatsuhiko Kanaoka (Falcoon) and composer Hideki Asanaka (sha-v).The book weighs in at a healthy 400 pages in length, A4 in size and available in hardback only.
Metallic gold ink is used throughout and the binding employs thread rather than glue, so it will be much more durable and can open flat, minimising imagery lost in the binding. Produced using the very best in print techniques, it will happily grace any gamer’s coffee table.We’ve devised a series of different editions to suit both the casual NEOGEO fan and also the hardcore collector such as a Standard Edition, Collector’s Edition and MEGA Edition.NEOGEO: a visual history promises to be a real collector’s item for all fans of the NEOGEO system and of classic gaming in general. It provides a fascinating insight into the world of the mystical NEOGEO console – something that was so unobtainable for many of us back in the ’90s.” – Bitmap books
Nice indeed, and it’s just about to get even better. You see, there are actually three different editions of the “Neo Geo: A visual history” book. However, the mega edition book is said to be sold-out (I bet that some copies will end up on ebay in the near future). Nevertheless, the collector’s and standard editions are still available for pre-order:
Limited to 330 units
Comes with a protective metallic gold board slipcase plus extras.
69,99 GBP – Sold-out!
Comes with a protective full-colour board slipcase plus extras.
49,99 GBP – Pre-order
Just the book
Hardback book comes within a protective shrinkwrap.
29,99 GBP – pre-order
And with that said, what do you think about the “Neo Geo: A visual history” book so far? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
Robin “V-Act” Ek
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