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This time last year we reported on a book which look certain to adorn the coffee tables of Nintendo fans the world over. Stuart Brett's Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection was a glorious celebration of the lush Japanese artwork found on 16-bit Nintendo game covers of the period, and a Kickstarter campaign was started in order to bring the project to market. Sadly, Brett was forced to cancel said campaign when doubts arose regarding copyright.

Thankfully, a year later, Brett has teamed up with famed UK publisher Bitmap Books and the book is finally becoming a reality. There's no crowdfunding campaign required this time around - Bitmap will be publishing the book outright. Pricing and a solid release date are still to be confirmed.

Here's what Brett himself had to say:

I'm proud to announce that Bitmap Books will be publishing Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection. Bitmap have been fantastic in helping me with the project and also making this book much more special.

The book is now physically larger - 25cm x 25cm square, which means the games are life-size in the book. We re-shot all of the games for the book in a photographer's studio so I could output them to sizes at ultra resolution. I've also added more pages, which means more games! I also wanted to make the cover more stylish and unique. So, it's now cloth bound with gold foil printed on the front, spine and back.

The book now as an editor. Editing the book and overseeing the content will be Steve Jarratt, ex-Editor of Edge Magazine, Official Nintendo magazine, Total, official Playstation magazine, Amiga Format, Zzap64! Crash!, and countless others. Having Steve onboard is incredible as I've been a fan of many of the magazines he's edited and he's also a huge Super Famicom fan.

The book will include an foreword by Steve and introductions by James Wragg (project manager at Pyramid, who are just about to launch DariusBurst Chronicle Saviours), Misaki Enami (owner of Japanese Nintendo-licensed store, King of Games), and Van Orton Design (illustrators for Rolling Stone Italy and retro video game fanatics).

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As well as giving us early details on the book, Brett has also shared a "working itinerary" of the photoshoot. This is subject to change but it gives an excellent indication of the range of games featured:

  • 46 Billion Year Story (E.V.O)
  • Actraiser
  • Actraiser 2
  • Akumajo Dracula (Castlevania)
  • Akumajo Dracula XX (Castlevania: Vampire's Kiss)
  • Disney's Aladdin
  • Alien 3
  • Aliens Vs Predator
  • Appleseed
  • Area 88
  • Armoured Manouverer: Dion
  • Art of Fighting
  • Assault Suits Valken
  • Astro Go-Go
  • Axelay
  • Bastard
  • Batman Returns
  • Battle Blaze
  • Battle Cross
  • Battle Dodgeball 2
  • Battle Mobile
  • Battle Pinball
  • Battle Zeque Den
  • Beasts and Blades
  • Biometal
  • Blackthorne
  • Blazeon
  • Bomberman
  • Bomberman: B-Daman
  • Bounty Sword
  • Brandish
  • Bushi Seiry den: Futari no Yusha
  • Captain Commando
  • Caravan Shooting Collection
  • Cho Aniki
  • Choplifter III
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Clock Tower
  • The Combatribes
  • Contra Spirits
  • Cosmo Police Galivan
  • Crayon Shin Chan
  • Cyborg 009
  • Darius Force
  • Darius Twin
  • Dark Half
  • Dead Dance
  • Demon's Blazeon
  • Dezaemon
  • Donald Ducks Magical Hat
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Donkey Kong Country 2
  • Donkey Kong Country 3
  • Doom
  • DoReMi Fantasy
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Dragon Quest I.II
  • Dragon Quest III
  • Dragon Quest IV
  • Dragon Quest V
  • Edono Kiba
  • Elfaria
  • Estpolis II
  • F Zero
  • Family Dog
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • FEDA Emblem of Justice
  • Fighter's History
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy V
  • Final Fantasy VI
  • Final Fight
  • Final Fight 2
  • Final Fight Guy
  • First Samurai
  • Fist of the North Star 6
  • Flashback
  • Fortress of Fury
  • Front Mission
  • Front Mission 2: Gun Hazard
  • G2: Genocide
  • Gamera
  • GDLEEN
  • Gegege No Kitaro
  • Ghost Chaser Densai
  • Ghost Sweeper Mikami
  • Ghouls n' Ghosts (Chōmakaimura)
  • Godzilla
  • Godzilla Monster War
  • Gokyjou Parodius
  • Gourmet Sentai Bara Yarou
  • Gradius III
  • Gundam V
  • Gundam W
  • Gunforce
  • Hagane
  • Hashire Hebereke
  • Holy Striker
  • Hybrid Wrestler
  • Hyper Iria
  • Hyper Zone
  • Ihatovo Story
  • Indiana Jones Greatest Adventures
  • Iron Commando
  • Jackie Crush
  • Jikkyo Oshaberi Parodius
  • Jikkyo World Soccer
  • Joe & Mac 3
  • Justice League Taskforce
  • Kabuki Rocks
  • Kamen Rider
  • Kamen Rider SD Battle
  • Kats Run
  • Kawa no Nushi Tsuri 2
  • Keeper
  • Keroppi KeroKero: Keroleen in the Sleeping Forest
  • Kiki KaiKai
  • King of Dragons
  • King of the Monsters
  • King of the Monsters 2
  • Kinnikuman: Dirty Challenger
  • Kirby of the stars 3
  • Kirby Bowl
  • Kirby Super Deluxe
  • Knights of the Round
  • Koryu no Mimi
  • Lady Stalker
  • Legend of Mystical Ninja
  • Lennus
  • Lethal Enforcers
  • Lupin the 3rd
  • Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie
  • Magic Sword
  • Majyuuou King of Demons
  • Mario & Wario
  • Mario no Picross
  • Mario Paint
  • Marvel Superheroes: War of the Gems
  • Mazinger Z
  • Mickey's Magical Adventure
  • Mickey's Magical Adventure 2
  • Mickey's Magical Adventure 3
  • Mobile Police Patlabor
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat 2
  • Mother 2 (Earthbound)
  • Muscle Bomber
  • Musya
  • NBA Jam
  • Ninja Warriors: Again
  • Nosferatu
  • Oni
  • Ossu! Karate Bu
  • Outer World
  • Parodius
  • Parodius Da!
  • Perfect Eleven
  • Phalanx
  • Pilot Wings
  • Pinnochio
  • Pop & Twinbee
  • Popeye
  • Power Instinct
  • Powerful Pro Baseball 3
  • Prince of Persia
  • Psycho Dream
  • Puyo Puyo
  • R-Type the 3rd Lightning
  • Raccoon Rascal
  • Raiden
  • Rainbow Bell adventures
  • Ranma half
  • Rendering Ranger R2
  • Return of Double Dragon
  • Rockman 7
  • Rockman and Forte
  • Rockman X
  • Rockman X2
  • Rockman X3
  • Rokudenashi Blues
  • Rushing Beat Ran
  • Sailormoon S
  • Samurai Spirits
  • Sangokushi IV - Romance of the 3 Kingdoms IV
  • Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana)
  • Sengoku
  • Septentrion
  • Shadowrun
  • Shien: the Blade Chaser
  • Shin Megami Tensei
  • Sim City
  • Solstice 2
  • Sonic Blastman
  • Sonic Blastman II
  • Sonic Wings
  • Space Invaders: The Original Game
  • Spiderman: Lethal Foes
  • Spriggan Powered
  • Stardust Suplex
  • Starfox
  • Stealth
  • Streetfighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Streetfighter II: The World Warrior
  • Streetfighter Zero II
  • Sugoi Hebereke
  • Super Adventure Island
  • Super Adventure Island II
  • Super Air Diver
  • Super Aleste
  • Super Back to the Future
  • Super Chase H.Q
  • Super EDF
  • Super Fire Pro Wrestling X
  • Super Genjin
  • Super Genjin 2
  • Super Mario Brothers 1,2,3 (Mario Allstars)
  • Super Mario RPG
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mariokart
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Pang
  • Super R-Type
  • Super Starwars
  • Super Starwars: Return of the Jedi
  • Super Starwars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Super Streetfighter II: The New Challengers
  • Super Turrican
  • Super Valis
  • Sutte Hakkun
  • Sword Maniac
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tales of Phantasia
  • Tekkaman Blade
  • Tetris Flash
  • Tetsuwan Atom
  • Super Tetris 2 & Bombliss
  • Super Tetris 3
  • Tetris Battle Gaiden
  • The Firemen
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Triforce of the Gods
  • Thunder Spirits
  • TMNT: Turtles in Time
  • Turtles Mutant Warriors
  • Umihara Kawase
  • Undercover Cops
  • Ushio No Tora
  • Violinist of Hamelin
  • Vortex
  • Warlock
  • Wild Guns
  • Wonder Kitchen
  • Wonder Project J
  • Wondrous Magic
  • Wrecking Crew 98
  • Xandra's Great Adventure: Encounter with the Valkyrie
  • Xardion
  • Yamu Yamu
  • Yoshi no Road Hunting
  • Yoshi's Cookie
  • Yoshi's Island
  • Ys V
  • Zen Nippon Pro Wrestling 2-3-4 Budokan
  • Zenki Battle Raiden
  • Zoku: The Legend of Bishin
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[via bitmapbooks.co.uk]