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It would be a massive understatement to say that the Super Nintendo (SNES) 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; by 1990 it 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, we’ve concentrated on the stunning visuals contained in SNES/Famicom games, alongside text snapshots and anecdotes. The result is a visual companion designed to stir up excitement and nostalgia for this fantastic machine and its legacy of classic games.

The SNES/Super Famicom: a visual compendium measures 170mm × 230mm and its 500+ pages are 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. It also comes with four Super Famicom coloured bookmark ribbons and a 3mm protective board slipcase with animated-effect lenticular images.

Book specifications
536 pages. 170mm × 230mm. 3mm protective board slipcase with “animated” lenticular fascia. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Hardback. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Spot-varnished cover and dust jacket that highlight key elements against a matte background. Four coloured bookmark ribbons. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go. 

Reprint updates
In this latest reprint of SNES/Super Famicom: a visual compendium, we have removed the gatefold pages and reformatted the content so nothing has been lost with this change. 

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

Games featured include:
46 Okunen Monogatari: Harukanaru Eden E / ActRaiser / ActRaiser 2: Crusade to Silence / The Addams Family / The Addams Family: Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt / Aero Fighters / Aero the Acro-Bat 2 / Akumajō Dracula / Akumajō Dracula XX / Alien3 / The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes / Arcana / Area 88 / Assault Suits Valken / Axelay / Batman Returns / Battletech / Battletoads in Battlemaniacs / Biker Mice from Mars / BioMetal / Blackthorne / BlaZeon: The Bio-Cyborg Challenge / Bokujō Monogatari / Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure / Brain Lord / Brandish / Brawl Brothers / Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind / Captain America and the Avengers / Card Master: Rimsalia no Fuuin / Castlevania: Dracula X / Chrono Trigger / Chō Jikū Yōsai Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie / Chōmakaimura / Clay Fighter 2: Judgment Clay / Clock Tower / Congo’s Caper / Contra III: The Alien Wars (Contra Spirits) / Cybernator / Darius Twin / David Cranes Amazing Tennis / The Death and Return of Superman / Demon’s Crest (Demon’s Blazon) / Der Langrisser / Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf / DinoCity / Dinowars Kyōryū Ōkoku e no Daibōken / Disney’s Aladdin / Donkey Kong Country / Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest / Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble! / DOOM / DoReMi Fantasy: Milon’s DokiDoki Adventure / Dragon Quest VI: Maboroshi no Daichi / Dungeon Master / E.V.O.: Search for Eden / EarthBound / Earthworm Jim / Equinox / Exhaust Heat / F-Zero / F1 ROC: Race of Champions / Fatal Fury Special / Final Fantasy II / Final Fantasy III / Final Fantasy Mystic Quest / Final Fight / Final Fight 3 / Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 / Firepower 2000 / Gaia Gensōki / Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Emaki / Garō Densetsu Special / Gradius III / Hagane: The Final Conflict / HAL’s Hole in One Golf / Harvest Moon / Hook / Hoshi no Kirby 3 / Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe / HyperZone / Ikari no Yōsai / Illusion of Gaia / Indiana Jones’ Greatest Adventures / International Superstar Soccer Deluxe / J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I / Jaki Crush / Jikkyou World Soccer 2: Fighting Eleven / Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja / The Firemen / John Madden Football ’93 / Jumbo Ozaki no Hole in One / Jurassic Park / Karuraou / Kiki Kaikai: Tsukiyo Soushi / Killer Instinct / Killer Instinct 2 / King Arthur’s World / Kirby Super Star / Kirby’s Dream Land 3 / Knights of the Round / Krusty’s Super Fun House / The Legend of the Mystical Ninja / The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, / Lennus II: Fuuin no Shito / Lennus: Kodai Kikai no Kioku / Live A Live / Majyūō / The Lost Vikings / The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse / Mario Paint / MechWarrior / Mega Man X / Mega Man X2 / Mega Man X3 / Metal Warriors / Mick & Mack Global Gladiators / Mickey Mania / Mickey’s Magical Adventure / Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Duel / Mortal Kombat / Mortal Kombat 3 / Mortal Kombat II / Mother 2 / Muscle Bomber: The Body Explosion / NBA Jam: Tournament Edition / NHL ’94 / The Ninja Warriors / Nosferatu / Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen / Operation Logic Bomb / Paladin’s Quest / Parodius / Parodius Da! Shinwa kara Owarai e / Pilotwings / The Pirates of Dark Water / Plok / Pocky & Rocky 2 / Popful Mail / Pop’n TwinBee / Prince of Persia / Pro Football ’93 / Project Dream / R-Type III: The Third Lightning / Rayman / Rendering Ranger / Return of Double Dragon / Rival Turf! / Robotrek / Rock n’ Roll Racing / Rockman & Forte / Rockman X / Rockman X2 / Rockman X3 / Romancing SaGa 2 / Royal Conquest / Rushing Beat / Rushing Beat Ran / Samurai Shodown / Saturday Night Slam Masters / Secret of Evermore / Secret of Mana / Seiken Densetsu 2 / Seiken Densetsu 3 / Septentrion / Shadowrun / SimCity / Skyblazer / Slapstick / Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill / Solstice II / Sonic Wings / SOS / Soul Blazer / Space Megaforce / Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage / Star Fox / Star Fox 2 / Street Fighter Alpha 2 / Street Fighter II: The World Warrior / Street Fighter II Turbo / Street Fighter Zero 2 / Stunt Race FX / Sunset Riders / Super Adventure Island / Super Aleste / Super Back to the Future Part II / Super Buster Bros. / Super Castlevania IV / Super Double Dragon / Super Formation Soccer / Super Formation Soccer II / Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts / Super James Pond II / Super Mario All-Stars / Super Mario Kart / Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars / Super Mario World / Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island / Super Metroid / Super Pang / Super Punch-Out!! / Super Shadow of the Beast / Super Smash T.V. / Super Soccer / Super Star Wars / Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back / Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers / Super SWIV / Super Tennis / Super Turrican / Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together / Takahashi Meijin no Daibōken Jima / Tatakae Genshijin 2: Rookie no Bōken / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time / Tenchi Souzou / Terranigma / Tetris Battle Gaiden / Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! / Top Gear (Top Racer) / True Lies / U.N. Squadron / Umihara Kawase / Uniracers / Vortex / Whirlo / Wild Guns / Wild Trax / Xandra no Daibōken: Valkyrie to no Deai / Yamaneko Bubsy no Daibōken / Yoshi Safari / Yoshi’s Road Hunting / Ys III: Wanderers from Ys / Ys V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin / Zelda no Densetsu - Kamigami no Triforce / Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel / Zoku: The Legend of Bishin / Zombies Ate My Neighbors

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United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Beautiful book

Absolutely beautiful book, this was the first Bitmap book that I bought and I wasn't disappointed. First impressions are great with the lovely binding and stylish cover in black linen with gold text and it continues to impress once inside. The paper and print quality is top notch and the photos are all extremely clear and crisp with vibrant colours. The layout is consistent throughout with a photo of the game box on a plain coloured background with some descriptive text - it's a simple and clean layout that I think is perfect for this book as it doesn't distract from the box art which is obviously the main focus. I highly recommend any fan of the SNES/Super Famicom to buy this.

Simon B.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Superb quality, content could be tweaked

The quality of the binding, printing and packaging is truly exceptional. For officianados it is nice to have several entries to the catalogue which may be odten overlooked, and the interviews with developers can be quite captivating (we dont need a synopsis of every game, so good decision by BB.) The interspersed editorials are also a nice bit of variety. This is more like a giant magazine, than an encyclopedia. However, it is a shame to see some unflattering reviews of a few personal favourites and, on occasion, some EXTREMELY pedestrian screenshots. BB also have a dedicated pixel art book for the SNES, but I would have hoped they'd aimed for knockouts on each entry here to begin with. That said this is my third purchase from BB and i would love to see further systems covered similarly (such as the Mega Drive in particular) so please keep it up!

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Andrew C.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Who doesn't love History?

I cannot recommend this book enough. Quality? Absolutely? Full of interesting information and beautiful video game artwork? On every single page. I am a huge fan of history (I studied it in college) and I have been an avid gamer for 35 years. This is the type of content I can't get enough of, and I will be purchasing other volumes in the future. Even the shipping exceeded my expectations. I received my book quickly, and the measures taken to ensure that the book arrived in pristine condition shows a level of love and commitment to excellence that is rarely seen anymore. I looked up this site after watching a YouTube video by the Happy Console Gamer. He has recommended it in the past, but this was my first time actually following up on his advice. I will never regret it. All credit goes to Bitmap Books and their stellar staff, who also answered a few odd questions that I had about my order. Top notch all around.

Olivier G.
Canada Canada
I recommend this product
Love the book

It’s great, as usual! Its huge, but I wish there was even MORE games covered!

Barnsley C.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Fantastic book and amazing quality

Everything about this book is top notch, the content, design, printing, production and even the way it’s packed and posted out. For the price this is amazing value and I can’t recommend Bitmap highly enough and I’ll be buying more of their books in the future.