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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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Louis O.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Incredible Quality

I had high expectations going in, after seeing the tons of 5 star reviews thinking “How many of these are bought reviews?” Well, quite honestly, it deserves every single 5 star review because not only is the book physically constructed to the highest level, but the content is so incredibly well thought out. You can tell that a lot of love was poured into the pages by the authors and everyone involved in the making of the book. This definitely won’t be my last.

Mathew J.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
A Blast From The Past

Extremely happy with this book! Plenty of information on the system, great library of games and very well presented. Definitely looking to buy more from Bitmap books!

Chuck O.
United States United States
I recommend this product

It is well made and fun to sit down and read.

Andre D.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Beautiful, Brilliant & Essential

Bitmap's NES Visual Compendium is even better than advertised. The amount of information is phenomenal and the visuals are vividly conveyed, but it's how the book flows that's the real source of its magic -- you'll run into a 2-page spread on a specific game, then shuffle off to a segment on box art. Or an interview with a game designer. It's like a digest of the system that touches upon every significant angle of it, and includes a lot of information, but it's presented in such an accessible, breezy way, that you'll find yourself picking the book up, reading for a few minutes (or longer), then coming back for more. If you're a NES fan it's essential, but also unique -- not just a regurgitation of information you already know, but rather that, and more, presented in a way that will bring you back constantly for more.

Malaysia Malaysia
I recommend this product
Probably the best NES book on the market!

Thank you to the Bitmap team as this book is truly a work of art! Every pixel filled page you can see the attention, care and love for the NES by the writers and designers of this book. I was absolutely floored by the content and beautiful artistic direction this book takes. It's filled with countless classic games and takes me down memory lane to the simpler times of childhood. I will enjoy sitting back with a cup of coffee and leafing through this book for many weeks to come! Also want to commend the postage and packaging. I've received many books over the years, ordered online, but I've never had ones delivered with such protection and care!! Super well packed, with foam corners, boxed inside a box haha. This book made it all the way to Malaysia in less than a week and in perfect condition!! I couldn't recommend this company more highly! Thank you guys and I can't wait to pick up the reprint of the SNES and future Gameboy books!