Image: Damien McFerran / Nintendo Life

The SNES is so hot right now. Not only have we seen the SNES Classic Edition fly off the shelves amid rave reviews, we've also got the lovely new Analogue Super Nt to look forward to.

To cap it all off, today sees the launch of Bitmap Books' Unofficial SNES / Super Famicom: A Visual Compendium, which comes packed with artwork, interviews, features and much, much more besides.

We've been lucky enough to get a pre-release edition of the book (which, if you were a Kickstarter backer, you will have received a short time ago) and we've been utterly, utterly blown away by it - which is quite surprising when you consider that one of the writers involved is none other than our very own Damien McFerran. Amazingly, he managed to keep his spelling errors and typos to a minimum and didn't use any rude words.

At 536 pages long, it's a weighty book for sure. You can order it in softback or hardback, with the latter coming with four very snazzy Super Famicom-coloured bookmark ribbons. Both the hardback and softcover include a protective slipcase which has a lenticular fascia covered in iconic sprites and images from SNES history.

The bulk of the book is taken up by lovely full-page screenshots chronicling some of the most beloved SNES games ever made, along with a short passage either from one of the developers or memories from a whole range of writers and fans. There are also exclusive interviews with developers behind titles such as Donkey Kong Country, Star Fox and The Lost Vikings, as well as highly detailed company profiles for the likes of Squaresoft, Hudson Soft and Enix.

You can order this fine tome by heading over to the official Bitmap Books site. Its costs £24.99 for the softback and £29.99 for the hardback, and UK shipping is free.

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