As many of you are likely aware, we're currently approaching the end of the year that has marked the 30th anniversary of the Super Mario series. It's hard to believe that this iconic game franchise has only been around for 30 years when you look at the impact it's had on the game industry and the world as a whole, but nonetheless, time flies when you're having fun. In an effort to honor Mario's rich history and to fittingly close out his 30th year, Nintendo of Japan has just published an encyclopedia of all things Mario.

Covering all 17 main titles in the series, this volume is absolutely packed to bursting with developer interviews, original art, explanations of level designs, famous glitches, and much more. Unfortunately, there's no word as to when or if this will be released in the West, though it would be a bit of a head scratcher if Nintendo chose to leave the rest of the world out of this celebratory work of literature. We'd sure love the chance to lay this next to Hyrule Historia on the coffee table.

What do you think? Would you buy this if Nintendo published it outside Japan? Do you think we'll be getting this? Drop us a comment in the section below.

Thanks to MikeW for the tip

[via amazon.co.jp]