The black sheep of the Mario series

A new set of books based on video games is set to be published after the team behind it smashed through their goal on a recent Kickstarter campaign.

The series - known as Boss Fight Books - will feature five books based on historic and groundbreaking video games - two of which are on a Nintendo system: Earthbound and Super Mario Bros. 2. The other three are Galaga, ZZT and Jagged Alliance 2, all of which have helped shape video gaming history.

Each book takes a critical and historical look at the game in question, with each author also adding their own personal experience to the text.

According to the Kickstarter page each book will focus on something different, be it history, level design, story or music. It's not clear what the books based on Earthbound and Super Mario Bros. 2 will focus on, but either way we're sure they'll be an interesting read!

The individual books will be made available in paperback and e-book form from the official website and other participating online bookstores. They'll all be numbered and collectable and there's a chance more could be made.

At the time of writing the campaign has destroyed its original goal of $5,000 and has raised more than $15,000, there are a few stretch goals in place and a sixth book will be revealed at the end of the campaign - which currently has 23 days left to run.

The Earthbound book is set to be released in December 2013, while Super Mario Bros. 2 will be available in April 2014. Galaga comes out in January, ZZT in March and Jagged Alliance 2 in May.

Will you be picking any of these up? Check out the awesome covers below and let us know what you think in the comment section underneath.