With the recent announcement of the NES Classic Edition, gamers around the world are turning their attention towards the past, to a time when consoles were young and Nintendo seemed like an unstoppable force of the industry. Perhaps seeking to capitalize on that recently-revived nostalgia, Nintendo is now teaming up with Prima Games to release an official book reflecting on some of their greatest games in the NES era. Described as the “perfect companion” for the NES Classic Edition, “Playing With Power” will feature information and interviews about seventeen different first-party titles for Nintendo’s first home console.
Currently they have only revealed three of the games that will be present in the book—Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda—but they will all likely be members of the list of games coming with the retro console. Its 320 pages will include developer interviews, excerpts from the old Nintendo Power magazine, and some of the old hand-drawn maps that could once be found in gaming manuals. And, of course, the hardcover book will come with a slip cover made to look like a classic NES cartridge, as seen below. It will release on November 18th, but you can go ahead and preorder it now from Amazon if you’re interested.
If this all sounds somewhat familiar, it may be because of a recent Kickstarter that was looking to do the same sort of thing, only with a lot more games being covered, including many of the NES’ third-party classics. They were shut down by Nintendo for a time, but eventually managed to bring it back up and successfully complete the campaign after rebranding themselves as an “unofficial” compilation of information. It’s quite possible, though unconfirmed, that Nintendo’s plans with Playing With Power are what spurred them to take action against this Kickstarter.
Will you be grabbing this book? How about the NES Classic Edition—will you be picking that up too? What other games are you hoping to see covered in Playing With Power? Let us know in the comments!