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The Unofficial SNES/Super Famicom: A Visual Compendium Review


Release Date: February 1, 2018
Publisher: Bitmap Books
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Price: Softcover £24.99 ($35.45), Hardcover £29.99 ($36.86)
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Back in March Bitmap released The Unofficial NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium. I reviewed this book and over that time I find it to be one of the favorite video game books I own. When I saw the next one in the series would be for the SNES/Super Famicom, I could not wait to get my hands on it. 

First off, the book is 536 pages with beautiful gatefold pages of classic SNES games like Super Mario World, Super Castlevania, A Link to the Past and many more. The quality is what you would expect from Bitmap. 3mm protective board slipcase with lenticular fascia, lithographic print, sewn binding so it will not crack and break, spot varnish cover, available in soft or hardcover. The book is quality through and through.

The majority of the book is visual just as you would expect. It captures some of the best the SNES had to offer. From box to pixel art, the book really shows how great games on the SNES looked. The book has over 200 games featured as well as homebrew and unreleased games. It also has interviews with Samwise Didier, Julian Eggebrecht and many more. There are even company profiles from Acclaim to Square going over the history of the companies on the system and a round up of magazines that were published during the time. 

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If you are an SNES fan, a fan of 16 bit art or even a fan of video game history then this book is a must own. I can not recommend this book enough. It is an outstanding book and worth every penny.

Thanks to Bitmap Books for supplying a copy for review. To buy your own copy, check out the link at the top of the review.

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