Author: Math Manent
Publisher: Geeks - Line
Release Date: 2016-11
September 29th, 2016, marks the Nintendo 64's twentieth anniversary. To celebrate the birth of this incredibly avant-gardist machine, Matt Manent has written the most comprehensive and remarkable book about this legendary console. 348 pages long, this book inventories and chronicles the entire game library (388 games sold in Japan, the US, Europe, and Australia), sifts through the canceled games, accessories, collector's editions, and, of course, every Nintendo 64 version and bundle. By interviewing the people involved at the time - Martin Hollis (Rare - GoldenEye) and Eric Caen (Titus - Superman; acknowledged as one of the machine's worst games)- Matt Manent has worked to make this book an encyclopedia honoring the Nintendo 64 we've all come to love.
Author: Screw Attack
Publisher: Mango Media Inc.
Release Date: 2016-06-04
Happy Anniversary N64! It’s been twenty years since every kid growing up in the 90s lost their mind when they received an N64. Whether it was for your birthday, on Christmas morning or your bar mitzvah, the Nintendo 64 changed your life. The folks at ScrewAttack are no exception. To them, the 64 continues to be one of the greatest inventions known to man. With that kind of importance, it only made sense to relaunch the Video Game Vault series with the N64 leading the way. Following in the vein of their hit series "Video Game Vault,” ScrewAttack's debut book takes a look at one of the most important systems in history. The ScrewAttack team covers their favorite games for Nintendo's iconic console while providing quirky personal stories that these games helped create. From the traditional fan-favorites, to the games everyone loved to hate, the Vault is back and it has it all.
Author: Garitt Rocha
Publisher: Prima Games
Release Date: 2016-11-11
A Veritable Love Letter to Nintendo Fans! This paperback version offers a fascinating retrospective on 17 NES classics--including Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda! Interviews and commentary from Nintendo visionaries who pioneered this era of gaming. A showcase of vintage advertising and priceless excerpts from Nintendo Power magazine back issues! Plus hand-drawn maps, character and game environment art, and much more! TM & � 2016 Nintendo.
Author: Stuart Brett
Publisher: Bitmap Books Limited
Release Date: 2016-01-05
Compilation of Japanese Super Famicom game packaging featuring around 250 titles, including many rare examples and some that have never before been documented in print, each box is presented life size, with a critique of the artwork, plus interviews with other collectors, explaining their love of the format.
Author: Pat Contri
Release Date: 2016-05-15
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 1985-1995 is an expansive and thorough look at one of the greatest video game libraries of all time - the Nintendo Entertainment System. This nearly 450-page book covers all 800+ licensed and unlicensed games released during the system's lifespan, and features information and reviews for these classic (and not so classic) 8-bit games.
Author: Jeremy Parish
Release Date: 2015-04-11
Look back at the history of the Nintendo Game Boy with this comprehensive retrospective of all games released for the system in both Japan and the U.S. during the year 1989. Features full write-ups on each game, an in-depth look at the Game Boy itself, and extensive original photography of the system and its packaging. Based on content created for www.gameboyworld.com, with extensive bonus material!
Author: Dan Ackerman
Release Date: 2016-09-01
February 21, 1989. A self-made software magnate with a street hustler's flair, the privileged son of a hard-charging media mogul and a globe-trotting game programmer land in Moscow within hours of each other. Their goal? To undercut one another and strike a deal with the Soviets for the most lucrative piece of intellectual property to ever escape from behind the Iron Curtain - the rights to the game Tetris. Technology reporter Dan Ackerman brings us the gripping tale behind a game so addictive that scientists termed it the world's first 'pharmatronic'. Combining elements of a fast-paced cold war thriller with corporate espionage, courtroom drama and international conspiracies, The Tetris Effect is also the story of a one-in-a-million software startup, a unique example of an idea, a product, and an era coming together at exactly the right moment. Tetris was perfectly (if accidentally) crafted to hit primal triggers of human experience and in Ackerman's hands it becomes unputdownable once again.
Author: David Sheff
Release Date: 2011-11-02
Genre: Business & Economics
More American children recognize Super Mario, the hero of one of Nintendo’s video games, than Mickey Mouse. The Japanese company has come to earn more money than the big three computer giants or all Hollywood movie studios combined. Now Sheff tells of the Nintendo invasion–a tale of innovation and cutthroat tactics.
How many video games have you played during your life? Do you think games are a form of art that should be preserved? What if we told you that there are thousands of interesting games you'll never play, all of which could be lost forever? It's true, there are many cancelled titles that are often lost to video game history. While video games may not be largely considered to be on par with paintings and statues, they are still art on their own, just like books, movies, and music, and like other works of art, video games have their own lost works. Games that were cancelled, never released, and often not even known by the general public. Unfortunately, there is no proper museum dedicated on saving them. Unseen64 is an online archive to preserve articles, screens and videos for cancelled, beta & unseen videogames. Every change and cut creates a different gaming experience: we would like to save some documents of this evolution for curiosity, historic and artistic preservation. Over the course of almost 500 pages, the 45+ writers and editors of this crowdsourced book hope to educate the gaming world on the history of video games as an ephemeral art form, by showcasing more than 200 lost games that could have been forgotten. Starting from early '90s PC titles, to 8-bit games for the NES and Sega Master System, and all the way through to the 7th generation of consoles with PS3, X360 and Wii, there are many unseen games that you will discover in this book. Also included are essays about the preservation of cancelled games, how to research for these unseen titles, and 20 interviews with museums and developers who worked on lost games. In this book there's plenty of examples of what gaming history is losing every day. Hopefully, by reading this book, more gamers, developers, youtubers, gaming journalists and historians can look back at what could have been and as a result raise awareness on the preservation of lost games: to see the hidden stories that played a part in leading gaming culture to where it is now. This is the black / white version of the book, the content is identical to the full-color version, the only difference is the cover and the interior color. Before to read this book, please keep in mind that: - The lost games featured in this book are just a small sample of all the titles we will never play. It would be impossible to list them all in just one book. - We are a collective of gamers from all around the world. - This book is fully in English, but most articles were written by Italians and people from other non-English countries. Each article was proofread by English native speakers, but there could still be typos and random engrish. - This book was made with love and sleep deprivation.
8 bit classic videogames are burned into the collective consciousness of an entire generation, thanks to countless hours spent with Pac Man, Mario Bros, Zelda, Mega Man and others. This lavish art book traces the graphical evolution of these early game classics. Filled to the brim with stunning artworks of the most iconic 8 bit games and a gallery of the corresponding platforms it´s a nostalgic stroll down memory lane invoking entertaining flashbacks with the turn of every page.
Author: Tim Nicholls
Publisher: Bitmap Books Limited
Release Date: 2016-01-04
Gamers who cut their teeth in the arcades will love this trip down memory lane. Artcade is a unique collection of coin-op cabinet marquees, some dating back 40 years to the dawn of video gaming. Originally acquired by Tim Nicholls from a Hollywood props company, this archive of marquees - many of which had suffered damage over time - have now been scanned and digitally restored to their former glory. The full collection of classic arcade cabinet artwork is presented here for the first time in this stunning landscape hardback book, and accompanied by interviews with artists Larry Day and the late Python Anghelo. Relive your mis-spent youth with artwork from dozens of coin-ops including Asteroid, Battlezone, Street Fighter II, Out Run, Moon Patrol, Gyruss, Q*Bert, Bubble Bobble and many more. Each marquee takes up a full double-page spread in the book, and is faithfully recreated using beautiful lithographic printing on the highest quality paper. Tim has spent over a thousand hours assembling the high-resolution scans, restoring the images in Photoshop and color-correcting them back to their vibrant, as-new appearance. The results of all that hard work are now available as a lasting record of the amazing artwork that adorned the arcades during the golden era of coin-op video gaming.
Author: Florent Gorges
Publisher: Les Editions Pix'N Love
Release Date: 2012-11-20
This highly detailed publication delves into the rich and varied (and often forgotten) 120-year history of the world's leading video game company. For the very first time, Nintendo's historical product portfolio is catalogued in painstaking and loving detail, with over 500 card games, tabletop games, toys, electronic, and arcade games, all compiled into one superbly crafted book. This book details Nintendo's humble beginnings as a playing card manufacturer, charting progress through the entire range of toys and games, including such legendary products as Love Tester, Ten Billion, Ultra Hand, Custom Gunman, and hundreds more, progressing up to the first video arcade games, home consoles, and Game & Watch series.
Author: Chris Kohler
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
Release Date: 2005-10-12
Maybe it was the recent Atari 2600 milestone anniversary that fueled nostalgia for the golden days of computer and console gaming. Every Game Boy must ponder his roots from time to time. But whatever is driving the current retro gaming craze, one thing is certain: classic games are back for a big second act, and they're being played in both old and new ways. Whether you've just been attacked by Space Invaders for the first time or you've been a Pong junkie since puberty, Chris Kohler's Retro Gaming Hacks is the indispensable new guide to playing and hacking classic games. Kohler has complied tons of how-to information on retro gaming that used to take days or weeks of web surfing to track down and sort through, and he presents it in the popular and highly readable Hacks style. Retro Gaming Hacks serves up 85 hard-nosed hacks for reviving the classic games. Want to game on an original system? Kohler shows you how to hack ancient hardware, and includes a primer for home-brewing classic software. Rather adapt today's equipment to run retro games? Kohler provides emulation techniques, complete with instructions for hacking a classic joystick that's compatible with a contemporary computer. This book also teaches readers to revive old machines for the original gaming experience: hook up an Apple II or a Commodore 64, for example, and play it like you played before. A video game journalist and author of Power Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life, Kohler has taught the history of video games at Tufts University. In Retro Gaming Hacks, he locates the convergence of classic games and contemporary software, revealing not only how to retrofit classic games for today's systems, but how to find the golden oldies hidden in contemporary programs as well. Whether you're looking to recreate the magic of a Robotron marathon or simply crave a little handheld Donkey Kong, Retro Gaming Hacks shows you how to set the way-back dial.