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The SNES Encyclopedia (Hardback)

Every Game Released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System

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By Chris Scullion
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 264
Illustrations: 714 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526737830
Published: 13th October 2020

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Following on from the previously released NES Encyclopedia, the SNES Encyclopedia is the ultimate resource for fans of Nintendo's second home video game console, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Containing detailed information on all 780 games released for the SNES in the west, this enormous book is full of screenshots, trivia and charmingly bad jokes. It also includes a bonus section covering the entire 22-game library of the Virtual Boy, Nintendo's ill-fated 3D system which was released at the end of the SNES's life.

I have so many half-memories of SNES games which were – I thought – lost to the rivers of time. This book is the tool I’ve needed to unlock all the childhood delights first gifted to me by Nintendo so many years ago, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. A wonderful present both for yourself and for your friends, The SNES Encyclopedia: Every Game Released For The Super Nintendo Entertainment System is a joy to behold, and firmly deserves a place on every gamer’s bookshelf.

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Gamebyte

Chris Scullion has been passionately playing many of these games and doing extensive research on all the others. The result is a book that can't be missing near your consoles, be it NES, SNES or the recent Mini NES and Mini SNES reissues!

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On The Old Barbed Wire

Like the NES book, this proves to be an exhaustive reference when it comes to picking out the very best SNES titles, so if you're a newcomer to the format, then leafing through its 264 pages is going to be a revelatory experience – as well as highly entertaining, as Scullion's writing is infused with plenty of humour.

However, unlike a lot of gaming writers who trade laughs for knowledge, Scullion clearly knows his stuff and does an excellent job of summing up precisely why you should (or shouldn't) seek out a particular game. While we all have fond memories of titles such as Super Mario World, Zelda: Link to the Past and Secret of Mana, there are a shocking number of duds on Nintendo's 16-bit powerhouse, so Scullion's book should help you pick out the gems and avoid the duffers.

Just like its predecessor, the SNES Encyclopedia comes in hardback format and is printed on high-quality, glossy paper stock, making it the ideal coffee-table tome for anyone who is even remotely interested in video games or Nintendo consoles. Scullion's next project tackles the SNES' rival, the Mega Drive / Genesis, and we can't wait to get our hands on that.

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Nintendo Life

About Chris Scullion

Chris Scullion has been a gamer for over 30 years and first fell in love with the NES at the age of four. He has been a games journalist for the past 12 years, most notably as the longest-running staff member of the Official Nintendo Magazine UK. He’s also written for the likes of Official Xbox Magazine, Official PlayStation Magazine, Nintendo Life, Vice, Retro Gamer, Polygon, The Guardian, Computer & Video Games, GamesMaster and Red Bull, and has appeared on Sky News and BBC News in the past to discuss gaming. He was recently nominated for the Best Critic award by the Games Media Brit List 2018.

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