It should be said that, overall, the gulf of attractive collectibles available in Japan compared to the West has probably shortened. Localisation and an increasingly globalised world — not to mention various import retailers — make it easier for fans of Japanese culture to keep up with awesome products released in the country. There's another such product to potentially add to the list, this time focused on Nintendo's history.
The Nintendo Complete Guide book, pictured below, is over 190 pages long and covers the history of the company, seemingly from its playing cards days, to its range of toys in the '70s and, of course, its rise to the top of the video game industry. That's 125 years of history and products to soak in.
The timing is perfect, of course, as Nintendo celebrated its 125th anniversary this year. A book like this is certainly be ideal for the occasion.
We don't expect this to make it West, but it's certainly a potential option for import when it hits Japan on 5th December, especially if the promise of 500 images throughout minimises the worry over translating Japanese text.
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[source tinycartridge.com, via amazon.co.jp]
First, also make it international
1889? wow, more proof that nintendo wont be dying anytime soon.
How I wish this was made an international release
Yeah, Nintendo's pre-videogame endeavors are so interesting! Everyone should check out this amazing blog cataloging Nintendo's history! http://blog.beforemario.com/
@creeprtrainer52 You.... didn't know...? picks up Master Sword
I still have a Game & Watch of Donkey Kong Jr. That's as far back as my Nintendo experience goes.
I'd be down for picking this up
I still have my original Mario's Cement Factory Game & Watch too - my first ever video game. It's 30 years of Nintendo gaming later, yikes!
@creeprtrainer52 Nintendo was founded in 1889 as a Playing cards company, and would make things like Hanafuda cards and the like. It's why they sometimes put Hanafuda card sets on Club Nintendo, in remembrance of their heritage. They made playing cards for about 90 years, until they transitioned into toys/entertainment which led to the arcade market, and the rest is history.
@Mus1cLo3r i come from a world of blocks, what do you expect? grabs diamond sword and hops onto horse HAAAAYIAAAA
I nerd out about this kind of thing. I hope it comes out in America. I might buy it. I like books cuz it's a easy way to share Idea's and they are cheap to buy.
Hope we het a nice translation for Europe, maybe next year. Be very nice to flick through.
Hopefully it gets translated and comes to UK
@JaxonH They still make cards though. It is just not their main business anymore. The Mario Trump and the Zelda Trump are part of their all plastic line which is still currently made.
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