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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.

Super Mario Odyssey: Prima Collector’s Edition Guide

Super Mario Odyssey has taken the world by storm. Not only has it received countless perfect scores from myriad video game critics, it’s the fastest-selling Super Mario game of all time. In less than one week, this Nintendo Switch game has been bought by millions of gamers and their verdict is unanimous: Super Mario Odyssey is a masterpiece. If you’re looking to fully enjoy this epic adventure and uncover all of the secrets that lie within it, you may want to considering picking up the Super Mario Odyssey: Prima Collector’s Edition Guide. Below is my video review of this new book from Prima Games.

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Nintendo Switch Launches March 3 at $299.99

nintendoswitch_hardware_box_01_finalYesterday, Nintendo issued the press release below following the January 12 press conference about its new console: Nintendo Switch. Also included below are videos about this exciting new system and the video games slated for release in the coming months.

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Nintendo Releases Super Mario Run For iOS

mobile_supermariorun_illustration_05Today, Nintendo celebrates a huge milestone. For the first time ever, its most iconic video game character, Mario, makes his debut on a device not produced by Nintendo. Super Mario Run, a fully-featured platformer starring everyone’s favorite plummer, is now available in Apple’s App Store for iPhone and iPad.

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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!

Nintendo Switches It Up With New Console

20-nintendo-switchLast week Nintendo announced its next console: Nintendo Switch. This device will serve as both a home console and a mobile device, so people can game on-the-go with ease. If you haven’t watched the video preview below, do so. This device, which is being released in March, looks amazing. In related news, Nintendo announced today that they will give a presentation on January 12 to provide more details about the new system, including pricing and the games available at launch.

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