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Book Review: Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia

Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia covers the first 30 years of the most well-known video game franchise ever. This book was originally released in Japan three years ago and it is now finally available in an English translation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t cover any Super Mario games beyond it’s original publication date: 2015. So, you’re not going to get any info about Super Mario Odyssey or any other recent titles in this 255-page tome. Another strange omission is there’s no essay from Shigeru Miyamoto, the visionary producer and director of the original Super Mario Bros. game and a constant creative force in the franchise. Instead, we get an introduction by Takashi Tezuka, one of the designers from the original game. Sure, his insight is interesting. But I would have preferred an introduction by Shigeru Miyamoto and an afterword by Takashi Tezuka, since Miyamoto is more important and well known. Aside from these gripes, there’s plenty to enjoy in this book. It covers all of the major games from the original Super Mario Bros to Super Mario 3D World. This beautifully bound book will let you track the evolution of the Goomba, witness the introduction of Yoshi, and relive your favorite levels. It also includes tips to help you find every coin, star, sun, and mushroom, and it even provides explanations for glitches. Overall, Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia is an excellent book that fitingly pays tribute to my favorit video game character of all time. It’s a reminder and celebration of the magical characters and games that only Nintendo can create.

Book Review: The World Of The Rock

DK Publishing is back with another new hardback WWE book: The World of the Rock. Is it worth buying? Below is my video review of this 160-page book, which is available now.

WWE RAW: The First 25 Years

WWE RAW: The First 25 Years, coming out May 15, is a new hardcover book by DK Publishing. As the title suggests, it celebrates 25 years of the longest running weekly-episodic television program: WWE Raw. Is this new tome worth the price of admission? Watch my video review below to find out.

WWE Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

DK Publishing is back with another new hardcover WWE book. This one is called WWE Absolutely Everything You Need to Know. Watch my video review below to determine whether or not this book is worth picking up.

Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics

playing-with-powerDK Publishing, the company that has created countless terrific pop culture books that I’ve reviewed, has just released Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics. This beautiful hardback book celebrates the history of the most iconic and influential video game system of all time, as well as the games that defined it. It’s a great companion piece to the newly released, yet hard-to-find, NES Classic Edition. Below is my full video review. Enjoy!

Blood, Sweat And Bond: Behind The Scenes Of SPECTRE

2CC2DBA000000578-3247907-Blood_Sweat_And_Bond_Behind_The_Scenes_Of_Spectre_curated_by_Ran-a-9_1443346701744If you’re a James Bond fan looking to learn about all of the behind-the-scenes details from the latest 007 film, SPECTRE, DK Publishing has a new book out you might be interested in picking up. It’s called Blood, Sweat and Bond: Behind the scenes of SPECTRE. Check out my review of the book below to determine whether or not it’s worth the price of admission:

Undertaker: 25 Years Of Destruction

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This year marks the Undertaker’s 25th anniversary in wrestling, so it’s only fitting that DK Publishing should release a beautiful hardback book celebrating this occasion. Below is my review of Undertaker: 25 Years of Destruction.

Book Review – Bond By Design: The Art of the James Bond Films

BondbyDesignWith newest James Bond film, Spectre, about to hit theaters, several new 007 books are hitting the market, including Bond By Design: The Art of the James Bond Films by DK Publishing. For a look what’s inside this big, beautiful book, check out my video review below:

 

Book Review: WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide

 I received an advance copy of WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide from DK Publishing, the same company that produced WWE 50 and 30 Years of WrestleMania. You can buy WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide here. Check out my video review of this great book below. 

WWE 30 Years Of WrestleMania

30 Years of WrestleManiaI received an advance copy of 30 Years of WrestleMania from DK Publishing, the same terrific company that created WWE 50 and the WWE Encyclopedia. Below is my video review of 30 Years of WrestleMania, which you can buy here.

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