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It would be a massive understatement to say that the Super Nintendo had a formidable act to follow when it arrived at the dawn of the 1990s. Nintendo's previous console the NES (or Famicom as it was known in its native Japan) enjoyed seven years of almost unrivalled dominance following its initial launch in Japan in 1983 and had almost single-handedly rehabilitated the home video game market, turning Nintendo into a household name across the globe.

Focussing on the Super Famicom in Japan and the SNES across North America and Europe, SNES/Super Famicom: a visual compendium offers a visual snapshot of the best games, developers, box art and product design from across these territories. As the name suggests, the book is mainly visual; it won't be a super-detailed insight into the SNES/Super Famicom, but more a visual companion designed to stir up excitement and nostalgia for this fantastic machine and its legacy of classic games.

The book measures 170mm x 230mm and is printed lithographically to the highest standards. This ensures that colours in the book are really vibrant and pages have a high-quality, luxurious feel to them. As standard, all visual compendiums now come with a spot varnished cover and a spot varnished protective dust jacket. The binding is 'thread sewn' which means that the book can lie flat so the imagery can be fully enjoyed. The binding does not use glue which can crack over time and result in loose pages. Thread sewn binding is the best available.

SNES/Super Famicom: a visual compendium comes as a hardback edition and 500+ pages long. It also comes with four Super Famicom coloured bookmark ribbons and a 3mm protective board slipcase which has a lenticular fascia and is shrink-wrapped.

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

Book version
This is the second edition of SNES/Super Famicom: a visual compendium. Latest version includes the removal of the the gatefold pages.

Contributor's include
Akira Nishitani, Andrew Hayward, Andy Roberts, Brian Fehdrau, Chris Sutherland, Colin Anderson, Damien McFerran, David Giltinan, David Warhol, Don Coyner, Dylan Cuthbert, Eugene Jarvis, Frank Matzke, Gail Tilden, Gary Bracey, Giles Goddard, Greg Ford, Greg Sewart, Gregg Barnett, Gregg Mayles, Hideki Konno, Hidenori Shibao, Hifumi Kono, Hiroki Kikuta, Hironobu, Sakaguchi, Howard Philips, James Leach, Jason Brookes, Jeff Peters, Jez San, John Gillin, John Tobias, Jonathan Davies, Julian Eggebrecht, Julian Rignall, Jun Nagashima, Kazuhiko Aoki, Keiji Inafune, Kelly Rogers, Kev Bayliss, Kevin Henderson, Kinuyo Yamashita, Kouji Yokota, Krister Wombell, Mario Zavala, Mark Stevenson, Martin Alessi, Masahiro Ueno, Masanori Adachi, Masatoshi Mitori, Masayuki Suzuki, Matt Bielby, Michael Brook, Michael Stragey, Mick McGinty, Mike Koelsch, Ned Langman, Nick Bruty, Nigel Cook, Perry Rodgers, Phil Theobald, Ritchie Brannan, Robert Jerauld, Robert Workman, Ryouji Amano, Sam Kennedy, Samuel Claiborn, Samwise Didier, Satoshi Nakai, Shigeru Miyamoto, Shigesato Itoi, Simon Aubrey Drake, Simon Butler, Soyo Oka, Ste Pickford, Stephen Robertson, Steve Harris, Steve Jarratt, Steve Mayles, Taichi Ishizuka, Takashi Tokita, Ted Woolsey, Thomas Brockhage, Tim Lindquist, Tomoyoshi Miyazaki, Toshihiko Nakago, Trickman’ Terry Minnich, Will Wright, Yasuhiro Wada, Yoko Shimomura, Yoshio Sakamoto, Yoshiro Kimura and Yuji Horii.

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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Andrew D.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

Another quality tome from Bitmap Books. Goes far beyond mere pixelated nostalgia; an artistic and textual celebration of a pioneering gaming era. No retrocave coffee table should be without one. Search out the games you missed and the other books in this collection too.

Erik N.
United States United States
I recommend this product
This is a labor of love

I thought I knew a lot about the SNES but this book surprised me. I also love how beautifully designed all of the visual Compendiums are and the lenticular art on the slipcase is a nice touch too. Also, the shipping was lightening fast and I love in the US. Thank you.

Germany Germany
I recommend this product
Learning about a console I never owned

At the time I was too young to own a SNES and "only" got a Game Boy from my parents in the late 90s. Still, I have memories from playing this with friends and have always liked the graphics and sounds. Naturally I had to get this book the moment I learned about it. It provides great insight into the world of SNES games, the console itself and also the perspective of developers/artists. I especially enjoyed reading the interview with Samwise Didier, who I greatly appreciate for his contributions to Warcraft III, one of my favorite games of all time. Make no mistake about it, this is full force nostalgia and if you've owned a SNES back in the day you'll probably like it even more than I do.

Kenton P.
United States United States
I recommend this product
High Quality Books

This was just like the others I have purchased from Bitmap Books. Very High quality and visually beautiful.

Chris S.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
A beautiful book... as is always the case with Bitmap Books.

This book is beautiful, filled with wonderful images and text. Anyone with any interest in the SNES or the 16-bit era of gaming owes it to themself to pick this one up.