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With its cutting edge graphics and extensive catalogue of iconic games, the NES/Famicom played a huge part in the history of videogaming.

Nintendo’s console stormed onto the market and immediately raised the bar with classic titles such as Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., Mega Man, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Fire Emblem and many more. Over the course of its 20-year lifespan the console sold in excess of 60 million units, making Nintendo a household name, and introducing youngsters everywhere to a whole new world of characters and stories. For many, this would be a turning point in their lives, leading them to become artists, game designers and programmers. It helped to popularise manga and anime among Western gamers, and brought icons of Western culture into Japanese homes. Nintendo’s little 8-bit console changed the world of entertainment forever, and its influence cannot be overstated.

NES/Famicom: a visual compendium aims to showcase the very best pixel art, box art and product design on each system. Spread over 512 pages, it features more than 170 classic games, with articles on the leading developers, interviews with key figures in the industry and mini-features on subjects such as packaging, fan art and unreleased games. 

Each book comes in a 3mm protective board slipcase which has a lenticular fascia and is shrink-wrapped.

Book specifications
512 pages, 170mm x 230mm, 3mm protective board slipcase with lenticular fascia, Lithographic print, Hardback, Sewn binding, Spot varnish cover, Spot varnish dust jacket, Bookmark ribbons.

Book version
This is the second edition of NES/Famicom: a visual compendium. Latest version includes small edits made to the Nintendo feature to reflect the demise of the Wii U, introduction of the Switch and of course the NES Classic Edition. Typographically, we have updated the contributor entries to now include their role in the game or profession, to be in-line with more recent visual compendiums. We have also removed the gatefold pages.

Contributor's include

Kaz Aizawa, Martin AlessiKevin BaylissColette BennettGary BraceyRené BoutinFrank CiroccoSamuel ClaibornWes CopelandDavid WarholDavid DarlingTom duBoisAndy DyerMarc EricksenGreg FordTim GirvinAlberto J. GonzálezSteve JarrattSam KennedyWes NiheiJared PettyJohn PickfordSte PickfordJulian RignallAndy RobertsPerry RodgersDavid Siller (Sushi-X)Mat SneapAudun SorlieBruce Schlickbernd‘Trickman’ Terry MinnichMichitaka Tsuruta, Michael WinterbauerManabu Yamana plus many more...

Please note that some content may not be suitable for young children.
This book is unofficial and not licensed from Nintendo.
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Cezary S.
Poland Poland
I recommend this product
Beautiful and exquisite

Wonderful collection of tidbits and art printed on great paper to browse through from time to time and getting some inspirations for games to play in the future. Highly recommended

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Glatin L.
France France
i'm loving it!

This is HUGe part of my childhood, so THANK YOU for putting it into a such perfect book! EVERYTHING from A to Z is perfect, from the package, to the delivery time, going through the printing quality and the fact that a free pdf is also available to help you enjoy this piece of art on the go. Just wish that other book editor would do the same. I ll keep on ordering, no question asked!!! :-) Laurent

Michael L.
United States United States
Amazing Book!

This is amazing visual guide to the most classic and indispensable NES games - a true collector's display item. Worth every penny!

United States United States
Great content and quality

Even if you're familiar with the history of the NES and its games, you'll likely learn something new from this excellent book. I kept a browser window open to listen to soundtracks and watch playthroughs of games I wasn't familiar with. Great experience.

Tatyana I.
Ukraine Ukraine
NES/Famicom: a visual compendium

The book is of very good quality! I especially liked the cover with lithographic print, with beautiful pixel art and full information about the games.

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