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!

Source: Amazon (via IGN)

Our Verdict

Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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