SNES/Super Famicom: a visual compendium

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It would be a massive understatement to say that the Super Nintendo (SNES) had a formidable act to follow when it arrived at the dawn of the 1990s. Nintendo's previous console, the NES (or Famicom, as it was known in its native Japan), enjoyed seven years of almost unrivalled dominance following its initial launch in Japan in 1983; by 1990 it had almost single-handedly rehabilitated the home video game market, turning Nintendo into a household name across the globe.

Focussing on the Super Famicom in Japan and the SNES across North America and Europe, SNES/Super Famicom: a visual compendium offers a visual snapshot of the best games, developers, box art and product design from across these territories. As the name suggests, we’ve concentrated on the stunning visuals contained in SNES/Famicom games, alongside text snapshots and anecdotes. The result is a visual companion designed to stir up excitement and nostalgia for this fantastic machine and its legacy of classic games.

The SNES/Super Famicom: a visual compendium measures 170mm × 230mm and its 500+ pages are printed lithographically to the highest standards. This ensures that colours in the book are really vibrant and pages have a high-quality, luxurious feel to them. It also comes with four Super Famicom coloured bookmark ribbons and a 3mm protective board slipcase with animated-effect lenticular images.

Book specifications
536 pages. 170mm × 230mm. 3mm protective board slipcase with “animated” lenticular fascia. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Hardback. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Spot-varnished cover and dust jacket that highlight key elements against a matte background. Four coloured bookmark ribbons. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go. 

Reprint updates
In this latest reprint of SNES/Super Famicom: a visual compendium, we have removed the gatefold pages and reformatted the content so nothing has been lost with this change. 

Includes contributions from:
Masanori Adachi, Martin Alessi, Ryouji Amano, Colin Anderson, Kazuhiko Aoki, Sophia Aubrey Drake, Gregg Barnett, Kev Bayliss, Matt Bielby, Gary Bracey, Ritchie Brannan, Thomas Brockhage, Michael Brook, Jason Brookes, Nick Bruty, Simon Butler, Samuel Claiborn, Nigel Cook, Don Coyner, Dylan Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Samwise Didier, Julian Eggebrecht, Brian Fehdrau, Greg Ford, John Gillin, David Giltinan, Giles Goddard, Steve Harris, Andrew Hayward, Kevin Henderson, Yuji Horii, Keiji Inafune, Taichi Ishizuka, Shigesato Itoi, Steve Jarratt, Eugene Jarvis, Robert Jerauld, Sam Kennedy, Hiroki Kikuta, Yoshiro Kimura, Mike Koelsch, Hideki Konno, Hifumi Kono, Ned Langman, James Leach, Tim Lindquist, Frank Matzke, Gregg Mayles, Steve Mayles, Damien McFerran, Mick McGinty, Trickman’ Terry Minnich, Masatoshi Mitori, Shigeru Miyamoto, Tomoyoshi Miyazaki, Jun Nagashima, Toshihiko Nakago, Satoshi Nakai, Akira Nishitani, Soyo Oka, Jeff Peters, Howard Philips, Ste Pickford, Julian Rignall, Andy Roberts, Stephen Robertson, Perry Rodgers, Kelly Rogers, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Yoshio Sakamoto, Jez San, Greg Sewart, Hidenori Shibao, Yoko Shimomura, Mark Stevenson, Michael Stragey, Chris Sutherland, Masayuki Suzuki, Phil Theobald, Gail Tilden, John Tobias, Takashi Tokita, Masahiro Ueno, Yasuhiro Wada, David Warhol, Krister Wombell, Ted Woolsey, Robert Workman, Will Wright, Kinuyo Yamashita, Kouji Yokota and Mario Zavala.

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DePorres C.
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I recommend this product

Another awesome book by Bitmap

This is the second book I’ve ordered from them (the first is A Guide to JRPGs. As with that one, this book is well made, shipped securely and timely. If they were to make a book like this for the PS1 I’d probably get that too.

United Kingdom United Kingdom
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My collection grows

Outstanding as usual, I probably won’t stop until I own every one of your books, thank you

Aimee (.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

A beautifully crafted walk down memory lane!

I’ve had my eye on Bitmap books for a while, but never took the plunge until now. The SNES was the console that instilled in me, a lifelong love of video games - and Bitmap Books have put together this incredible compendium of my favourite SNES games; games I’d completely forgotten about! (Earthworm Jim anyone? ) The product itself is made from thick paper, with a beautiful box cover featuring iconic pixel art and sprites. Every single page is vibrant and it’s perfect for collectors and general gaming enthusiasts alike. I’ll absolutely be buying many more for my collection - great work folks! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Dopest Old School Vibes

This book is simply amazing! The sections about the developers are interesting and the best SNES games each get their chance to shine with overviews and commentary about them. I’ve been using this as my reference/encyclopedia for SNES games and going back through emulators to play those I never got to as a child. Thoroughly recommend this if you’re into retro games. I’ve bought the NES version already.Would love to see the Saturn/Dreamcast get this kind of love. Where you at, Sega?

Richard W.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
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Amazing piece of work

An absolute fantastic book. Everything about it screams ‘premium’, from the lenticular artwork on the slipcase to the high quality binding of the book. Clearly put together by people who love the SNES/Super Famicom. I’ll definitely be picking up more Bitmap Books in the future.