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Jumping for Joy: The History of Platform Video Games (Hardback)

Including Every Mario and Sonic Platformer

Photographic Books Colour Books White Owl Gaming

By Chris Scullion
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 168
Illustrations: 100 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526790132
Published: 30th August 2022

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The platformer is one of the most well-loved video game genres ever, having entertained players for over 40 years. Jumping For Joy is a celebration of everything platform games have to offer, spanning their entire history. The first part of the book is a complete guide to every platform game starring Mario, Nintendo’s mascot and the most popular video game character of all time. With nearly 80 games featured in this section, it’s the definitive history of a true gaming hero. There are always two sides to every story, though, so the second part of the book focuses on every one of the 50+ platformers starring Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario’s former rival. After this it’s the book’s main course: a huge 100-page section detailing 50 other iconic and notable platform games covering the entire history of gaming, from the days of the Atari 2600 and ZX Spectrum all the way up to the Nintendo Switch, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. Whether you’re a long-time veteran of platform gaming or a newcomer who wants to learn more about one of the most entertaining genres in video games, this is the perfect book for you. And there are some bad jokes in there too, if that’s your thing.

As featured in

The Yorkshire Reporter, June 2022

About Chris Scullion

Chris Scullion is a Scottish video game journalist with more than 15 years of experience writing about games professionally. He’s been playing games since the early ‘80s and is the author of the NESSNES and Mega Drive Encyclopedias for Pen and Sword Books / White Owl Books. Although he’s best known for his six years at the UK’s Official Nintendo Magazine, he’s also written for the likes of Computer & Video GamesOfficial Xbox MagazineOfficial PlayStation MagazineNintendo Life and Retro Gamer. Chris is currently the Features Editor for Video Games Chronicle (VGC).

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