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News: Hardcore Gaming 101's Next Book Focuses On Taito's Arcade Legacy

Hardcore Gaming 101's Next Book Focuses On Taito's Arcade Legacy

From Elevator Action to Liquid Kids

Video game site Hardcore Gaming 101 has become something of a goldmine for retro gamers, with its staff tirelessly uncovering gems from the past that everyone else has all but forgotten about. The site also produces a line of excellent books which feature both new and re-written content, and the latest offering...

News: Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection Pre-Orders Go Live Next Month

Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection Pre-Orders Go Live Next Month

Starting 2016 with a bang

Back in October, we delivered the happy news that Stuart "Super Famicom Guy" Brett's Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection had found a publisher and would be coming to store shelves in the near future. Bitmap Books has now revealed that pre-orders will open on January 2nd, giving you something to look forward to early in...

News: You'll Want To Get Your Paws On This Lavishly Illustrated Animal Crossing Guide

You'll Want To Get Your Paws On This Lavishly Illustrated Animal Crossing Guide

Unofficial, but in the best way possible

A Guide to Village Life isn't an official publication to accompany Animal Crossing: New Leaf - hence the fact that the game's name doesn't appear anywhere on the cover. However, that's not a bad thing at all - it's highly unlikely that any official guide would have the same degree of love and care lavished...

Book Review: The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 2

The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 2

"I hit my head against the monitor hard enough to make the screen crack"

The term "labour of love" is often bandied around in media circles, usually relating to a personally important project by an artist writer, and while it's possibly overused in some cases, it most certainly applies to John Szczepaniak's quest to chart the hitherto unseen...

News: Britsoft: An Oral History Charts The Birth Of The British Games Industry

Britsoft: An Oral History Charts The Birth Of The British Games Industry

Packed with exclusive interviews

While the exploits of Japanese and North American games makers are well documented, the considerable contribution that the United Kingdom has made to the global gaming scene is perhaps less well known. Thankfully that appears to be changing; last year's From Bedrooms to Billions documentary took an extensive look...

News: Some Nintendo Life Contributors Are Making A Book About Arts In Entertainment, And Need Your Help

Some Nintendo Life Contributors Are Making A Book About Arts In Entertainment, And Need Your Help

"A series about art impacting life"

There once was a time when the notion of someone writing a serious book about the impact of video games would have seemed laughable, but the medium has become such an entrenched part of our popular culture that we're now blessed with many fine tomes on the topic. As if to illustrate the fact that gaming is now on...

News: Nintendo of Japan Has Just Published a 30th Anniversary Super Mario Bros. Complete Encyclopedia

Nintendo of Japan Has Just Published a 30th Anniversary Super Mario Bros. Complete Encyclopedia

255 pages of gaming history

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...

News: Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection Is Back, And Better Than Ever

Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection Is Back, And Better Than Ever

Book returns with publisher backing, Steve Jarratt editing

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...

Book Review: The Unofficial Game & Watch Collector's Guide

The Unofficial Game & Watch Collector's Guide

LCD legacy

Game & Watch was Nintendo's first foray into the world of portable electronic gaming. These small, pocket-sized devices used LCD screens to create crude but surprisingly playable games, perfect for passing the time on the way to and from work (in fact, creator Gunpei Yokoi even stated that he was inspired to create the range after...

News: Summer Video Game StoryBundle Features Some Awesome Nintendo-Related Reads

Summer Video Game StoryBundle Features Some Awesome Nintendo-Related Reads

Castlevania! Untold History of Japanese developers! Bible Adventures!

The Summer Video Game StoryBundle is now available, and might be of particular interest to Nintendo fans thanks to the inclusion of some riveting reads. Hardcore Gaming 101's superb Castlevania retrospective is in there, as is John Szczepaniak's indispensable Untold History of...

News: A Book About The Iconic Bitmap Brothers Is Being Kickstarted

A Book About The Iconic Bitmap Brothers Is Being Kickstarted

The full history of the creators of Gods, The Chaos Engine and Speedball

If you're a UK gamer with a keen sense of history then the name The Bitmap Brothers will be instantly recognisable. Most active during the 16-bit era, "The Bitmaps" are considered by many to be gaming's first "rock star" developers, and produced such classics as Gods, The...

News: Konami Demands That Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Castlevania Book Be Removed From Sale

Konami Demands That Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Castlevania Book Be Removed From Sale

"Their qualm is that it's unlicensed, but it doesn't need to be"

At the request of Konami, the review-packed book Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Castlevania by Kurt Kalata has been removed from sale. The full colour book was only released two months ago on September 13th, and not only includes overviews of nearly every Castlevania title, but also...

Book Review: Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works

To be this good takes AGES

Back in the early '90s Sega and Nintendo were hostile enemies, and this rivalry trickled down to the people who played their products. Anyone old enough to have experienced this period will no doubt recall the heated playground debates about which console was best, and the splintered friendships caused by something as...

Book Review: Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Bros. 2

Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Bros. 2

Subcon-text

For how unique it is compared to other games in the Mario line, it’s amazing how easily Super Mario Bros. 2 is taken at face value or glossed over entirely. Many fans are happy to share the fact that the game is actually a reskin of Japanese title Doki Doki Panic after the original Super Mario Bros. sequel was deemed too difficult...