Bitmap Books

NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium

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Bitmap Books

NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium


The original Nintendo console was the undisputed champion of 1980’s living rooms. The instantly recognisable grey-box design is an iconic part of our popular culture. It brought many classic gaming icons like Super Mario Bros, Contra, Donkey Kong, Metroid and the Legend of Zelda – making Nintendo a household name.

This system began its life in Japan under a very different name and look; the Family Computer or “Famicom” for short. Putting aside its monumental impact on the gaming industry, it introduced many people to a new world of digital games, creating life-long gamers in the process, and inspiring many others towards becoming programmers, artists or game designers.

The book is substantial and weighs a fair bit more than the system on which it is based. It comes with a slipcase that has a charming cover featuring an “alphabet” design comprising 26 system-themed letters. For instance, D stands for Duck Hunt, E for Excitebike and Z for the NES Zapper. All the images move in a fun 2-step animation when viewed from different angles.

As for the content of the book, readers will find 536 glossy pages of gorgeous artwork, information about the system hardware and interviews with programmers, artists and composers. The artwork features descriptions about the games including circumstances about its release, noteworthy attributes and how it plays. These were written by legendary figures in the games industry and developers who worked on the games itself, giving a new perspective and a greater appreciation for these classic games.

If you love your original Nintendo or Famicom console, this is the perfect book for you.


536 pages, 17cm by 230cm – Hardcover book with sewn binding, spot varnish cover with dust jacket. Gatefold pages, 3mm protective board slipcase with lenticular fascia, Metallic inks, Lithographic print.

Some of the content may not be suitable for your children. This book is unofficial and not licensed by Nintendo.

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