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N64: a visual compendium

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N64: a visual compendium tells the fascinating story of a console that changed the gaming world. Inside its pages you’ll find a rich written history of a machine that marked the moment Nintendo moved to fully embrace 3D, resulting in some of the best games ever made – and a turbulent period for one of the globe’s most celebrated entertainment companies.

Continuing Bitmap Books’ visual compendium series, this unofficial chronicle of Nintendo’s remarkable console doesn’t only share a riveting, in-depth account of the gaming giant’s move to keep pace with the rise of 3D. It is also packed with meticulously realised screenshots and game art, which accompany profiles of over 150 titles that defined the N64, from Super Mario 64 and GoldenEye 007 to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Banjo-Kazooie. You’ll also find spotlights of lesser-known titles such as Beetle Adventure Racing, Mischief Makers, World Driver Championship, and Body Harvest. And every one of those profiles is written by a developer involved in the game, or a game journalist with a deep connection with the N64.

As well as a foreword penned by GoldenEye 64 and Perfect Dark’s David Doak, N64: a visual compendium is filled with exclusive interviews with game industry luminaries such as Jim Wornell (Nintendo), Michael Mendheim (BattleTanx), Kevin Bayliss (Diddy Kong Racing), Remington Scott (Turok) and Julian Eggebrecht (Star Wars). As such, the book brings a bounty of unique insight, unearthing parts of the console’s story not told elsewhere. It also includes a number of rigorously researched features, zeroing in on everything from the iconic N64 controller to the sought-after 64DD disk drive peripheral.

Being a Bitmap Book, you can expect the highest standards of design and production throughout its 436 pages. You’ll find numerous professionally shot photographs of Nintendo hardware and peripherals. We’ve used the very best lithographic printing techniques, with every page brought to life through vibrant Pantone inks, meaning everything looks and feels fantastic. Your copy of N64: a visual compendium will also come packaged in a sturdy 3mm protective board slipcase sporting an animated-effect lenticular cover. And with four bookmark ribbons inspired by the N64 logo, you can find favourite pages lighting fast.

The 1990s was a wildly innovative time for video games, with new players, new technologies, and new audiences presenting Nintendo with tremendous opportunity and challenge, as it readjusted to a new era. N64: a visual compendium offers an unmissable profile of that period. If you adore Nintendo, or retro gaming history, it’s an essential addition to your bookshelves.

Includes contributions from:
Eiji Aonuma, Marc Aubanel, Hal Barwood, Kevin Bayliss, Gary Brandy, Andrew Brown, Dallan Christensen, Samuel Claiborn, Nick Clarke, David Doak, Yasuo Daikai, Jonathan Davies, Paul Davies, David Dienstbier, Julian Eggebrecht, Brian Fehdrau, Will Freeman, Hiroki Fujimoto, James Gale, Dave Gatchel, Neill Glancy, Mark Green, Jaime R. Grieves, Andrew Hayward, Martin Hollis, Kazutoshi Iida, Pauline Jacquey, Steve Jarratt, Kurt Kalata, Kouji Kenjo, Sam Kennedy, Grant Kirkhope, Jon Knoles, Amir Latif, Gonçalo Lopes, Graeme Mason, Yasuhiro Maekawa, Steve Malpass, Chris Marlow, Steve Mayles, Michael Mendheim, Guy Miller, Shigeru Miyamoto, Paul Mountain, Ian Osborne, Sean Patten, Matthew Paul, Ste Pickford, Julian Rignall, Brad Robnett, Takashi Saito, Masahiro Sakurai, Hiroyasu Sasano, Remington Scott, Stew Shearer, Henry Sterchi, Mark Stevenson, Ben Stragnell, Saul Trewern, Mark Turmell, Obbe Vermeij, Martin Wakeley, Jim Wornell and Chris Zimmerman.

Book Specifications

436 pages. 170mm × 230mm. 3mm protective board slipcase with “animated” lenticular fascia. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Special Pantone inks. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Spot varnished cover and dust jacket. Four bookmark ribbons. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go. Volumetric weight: 2.5kg.

Games featured

1080° Snowboarding / Aero Fighters Assault / Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage / All-Star Baseball 2000 / Army Men: Air Combat / Army Men: Sarge’s Heroes / Bakuretsu Muteki Bangai-O / Banjo-Kazooie / Banjo-Tooie / BattleTanx / BattleTanx: Global Assault / Battlezone: Rise of the Black Dogs / Beetle Adventure Racing / Blast Corps / Body Harvest / Bomberman 64 / Bomberman Hero / Buck Bumble / Castlevania / Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness / Chopper Attack / Command & Conquer / Conker’s Bad Fur Day / Cruis’n USA / Cruis’n World / Custom Robo / Densha de Go! / Dezaemon 3D / Diddy Kong Racing / Donkey Kong 64 / DOOM 64 / Doshin the Giant / Doubutso no Mori / Dr. Mario 64 / Duke Nukem 64 / Duke Nukem: Zero Hour / Excitebike 64 / Extreme-G / F-1 World Grand Prix / F-Zero X / F-Zero X Expansion Kit / FIFA Soccer 64 / Fighter Destiny 2 / Fighters Destiny / Fighting Force 64 / Flying Dragon / Forsaken 64 / Gauntlet Legends / Gex: Enter the Gecko / Glover / Goemon’s Great Adventure / GoldenEye 007 / Hey You, Pikachu! / Hybrid Heaven / Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine / International Superstar Soccer 64 / Japan Pro Golf Tour / Jet Force Gemini / Killer Instinct Gold / Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards / Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, The / Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The / Mace: The Dark Age / Madden NFL 99 / Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. / Mario Artist (series) / Mario Golf / Mario Kart 64 / Mario Party / Mario Party 2 / Mario Party 3 / Mario Tennis / Mega Man 64 / Mickey’s Speedway USA / Micro Machines 64 Turbo / Mischief Makers / Mission: Impossible / Mortal Kombat 4 / Mortal Kombat Trilogy / Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon / NBA Jam 99 / Neon Genesis Evangelion / New Tetris, The / NFL Blitz / NFL Quarterback Club 2001 / NHL 99 / Nightmare Creatures / Nushi Tsuri 64 / Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber / Paper Mario / Perfect Dark / PGA European Tour Golf / Pilotwings 64 / Pokémon Snap / Pokémon Stadium / Pokémon Stadium 2 / Puyo Puyo Sun / Quake 64 / Quake II / Quest 64 / Rampage: World Tour / Rayman 2: The Great Escape / Ready 2 Rumble Boxing / Resident Evil 2 / Ridge Racer 64 / Road Rash 64 / Robotron 64 / Rocket: Robot on Wheels / San Francisco Rush 2049 / Shadow Man / Shadowgate 64: Trials of the Four Towers / Sim City 64 / Sin and Punishment / Snowboard Kids / South Park / Space Station Silicon Valley / Spider-Man / Star Fox 64 / Star Wars Episode I: Battle for Naboo / Star Wars Episode I: Racer / Star Wars: Rogue Squadron / Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire / StarCraft 64 / Super Mario 64 / Super Robot Wars 64 / Super Smash Bros. / Superman: The New Superman Adventures / Tetrisphere / Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six / Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater / Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 / Top Gear Overdrive / Top Gear Rally / Tsumi to Batsu: Hoshi no Keishōsha / Turok 2: Seeds of Evil / Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion / Turok: Dinosaur Hunter / Turok: Rage Wars / Vigilante 8 / Virtual Pro Wrestling 64 / Wave Race 64 / Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey / WCW vs. nWo: World Tour / WCW/nWo Revenge / Wetrix / WinBack: Covert Operations / WipeOut 64 / Wonder Project J2: Corlo no Mori no Josette / World Driver Championship / World is Not Enough, The / WWF No Mercy / Yoshi’s Story


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Reprint Updates

This first edition may have received minor updates when reprinted. If not specified here, these changes will not be significant, and likely be small text amends.

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