Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom: Serious Gamers Coffee-Table Book

The Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom: a Visual Compendium is the brainchild of Sam Dyer, a veteran publisher of the electronic/digital gaming world. This newest book will feature pictures, games, maps and information from the Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom or NES. For some, this will be the ultimate trip into nostalgia: that special gift or the system for which youthful entrepreneurs saved their lawn-mowing and baby-sitting money. The Nintendo Famicom system provided a kid-friendly box with plug-in games that could keep a youngster occupied for hours – without later having to rake those deadly Lego blocks out of the shag carpeting. It did things that no toy had done before – and it did them well. Many of the games could be set for one or two players. Rainy afternoons? No problem. Plug in the Nintendo, and your kid and the neighbor kid were occupied and out from under foot for hours. All a parent needed to do was to keep the chips, popcorn and soda flowing.

The Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom: a Visual Compendium, under the expert guidance of Sam Dyer will provide a visual record of all those great games – Donkey Kong, Kick Boxing, Mule, Winter Games, Summer Games and so many more. There are many adults who now remember those tragic days when the old Nintendo finally beeped its last who have joyfully embraced the PC emulators that allow them to play those old favorites once again. They’ve even introduced those games to the next generation – the ones used to concert level background music, and beautiful, seamless graphics.

The NES Compendium Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign is currently underway. If you were one of those kids who grew up with Nintendo, or if you are just discovering those old games through emulators, now is your perfect opportunity to help bring this book to life through your contribution to Sam Dyer’s Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Of course, by so doing, you can garner some pretty cool rewards – including one of those lovely coffee table books. As of June 6, 2016, the campaign is already well past its initial goals and moving fast through the stretch goals with only 23 days to go, so this is like betting on a sure thing. The book itself is available as a PDF, in softcover, and in hardcover. For those who contribute £40 or more, there is also a lovely pack of Glitch cards. Now, if you aren’t sure what those are, GlitchNES is a program that glitches graphics into incredible designs. The Glitch deck is a selection of the best of the best, lithographed onto heavy cardstock as postcards and then housed in a faux Nintendo game case. Also in the upward reward area (in addition to your book, of course) are posters of the old Nintendo system blueprints, or you can select a favorite game spread and write a 100-word review.

Bitmap Books is the selected publisher for the new compendium. Sam Dyer explains that he selected them because they reliably turn out great product at a reasonable cost. From the sample shots displayed in the Kickstarter webpage, the book is going to be wonderful. All of those colorful, but pixilated, old graphics in full color, along with maps from the original game publishers. Dyer says that he has quite a shopping list of constraints for how he can go about publishing this stuff, but that all the I’s are dotted and the t’s crossed – everything is legal and above board. Better yet, there will be editorials and comments from actual people who worked on the originals. For the fans who once carefully copied pre-written programs into computers (because not everyone could afford new games as often as they would have liked), some of whom later went into computer tech and while others simply remained fans, this is almost as good as the page after page of incredibly rendered pictures.

If you are into gaming at any level, but especially if you hold LAN parties or table-top gaming events, then you will want at least the softcover edition for your coffee table. Of course, scoring a hard-cover copy would be even better. For those who struggle to make it from paycheck to paycheck, but still love those old games, £10 will net you the PDF copy of Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom: a Visual Compendium so you can enjoy all of the full-color content. That PDF is also handy if you view most of your reading material digitally.

Regardless of your level of commitment to the world of gaming, you will want to participate in Sam Dyer’s Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom: a Visual Compendium. Out of the roots of NES and Famicom has grown an entire movement, the nurturing of a generation of creative people. This book is your opportunity to share those memories with friends, family and a new generation.