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Finally getting started on my book! *The Unofficial* World of Nintendo: Complete Guide to the NES

Aug 29, 2016 at 2:50:37 PM
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After thinking about it for around a month and a half now, I've finally decided on a format for my book project. It's titled: World of Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library.

This book will feature information of every single NES game in the NTSC-USA and PAL libraries. Some titles only earning a quarter page, while other titles earning entire pages, or even double pages dedicated to themself.

It will also feature at least 25 full game pixel perfect walkthroughs of my personal top 25 games and possibly some centerfolds ala Nintendo Power.

There will be other sections as well which will be dedicated to hardware, accessories, test cartridges, promotional displays, Nintendo Power Magazine, variants, and homebrews.

Each game will have its box and cartridge art displayed in beautiful detail with information such as publisher, release date, product code, players, special requirements, rarity, and a full detailed review based around four critical aspects each aspect earning up to 10 points, Graphics, Audio, Gameplay, and Replay Value based on a perspective of TODAY'S gamer, and not yesteryear's.

The book will be 9" x 12" and pack in around 600 pages of full color content, I will also be including an NES box sized checklist book that allows you to track your collection, and fits in nicely with your CIB collection. There will also be a vinyl sticker decal of the artwork I am going to comission for the cover. It's going to be MASSIVE weighing in around 5 pounds and about 2 inches thick.

I will not be taking preoders, and I think it's fair to say that a book of this size and quality will be fairly priced at $60.

Since I've only began to toss around the layout, I've got nothing to show in that regards, but here's what the cover might look like...keep in mind this is just a sketch and I haven't comissioned the artwork yet.

 

I also want to add special details like painted book edges, a slip cover, h-seam sealed, a bookmark, a poster, and a stack of postcards, and something REALLY special if the person of interest is willing to co-op with me.

I'll try and keep progress limited to this thread. If this belongs in Gamers Gauntlet instead, please move it mods!

Oh and last but certainly not least: 10% of all proceeds (right off the top) will go to a charity for SIDS Research in memory of my son, Vincent.

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Only reviewing unique games. PAL Lic. also includes "Mah Jong (ASI)"


Edited: 10/13/2016 at 02:48 PM by JosephLeo

Aug 29, 2016 at 2:51:01 PM
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List of Unique NES Games to be reviewed:

All 677 Licensed Games, except for...
  1. Donkey Kong Classics
  2. Punch-Out!!
  3. Sesame Street ABC & 123
  4. Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt
  5. Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt / World Class Track Meet
  6. Super Spike V'Ball / Nintendo World Cup
  7. World Class Track Meet
Short Order / Egg-Splode will not be reviewed separately.

All 91 Standard Unlicensed Games, except for...
  1. Mermaids of Atlantis
  2. Gauntlet
  3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  4. Pac-Man
  5. R.B.I. Baseball
  6. Six in One (Myriad)
  7. Sunday Funday
  8. Impossible Mission II (SEI)
All titles within Action 52, Caltron 6-in-1, Maxi-15 (Stakk-M only), and Quattro Sports/Arcade/Adventure to be reviewed separately.

34 of the 35 PAL Licensed Exclusives, and Mah Jong (Asia Region) - 3-in-1 Super Mario Bros./ Tetris / Nintendo World cup excluded.
  1. Asterix
  2. Aussie Rules Footy
  3. Banana Prince
  4. Championship Rally
  5. Crackout
  6. Devil World
  7. Disney: Beauty and the Beast
  8. Disney's: Aladdin
  9. Disney's: The Lion King
  10. Dropzone
  11. Elite
  12. Formula 1 Sensation
  13. Hammerin' Harry
  14. International Cricket
  15. Kick Off
  16. Konami Hyper Soccer
  17. Mah Jong (Asia Region)
  18. Mario Bros. (Remake)
  19. Mr. Gimmick
  20. New Ghostbusters II
  21. Noah's Ark
  22. Over Horizon
  23. Parasol Stars: Rainbow Islands II
  24. Parodius
  25. Rackets & Rivals
  26. Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2
  27. Road Fighter
  28. Rodland
  29. Saint Seiya: The Golden Legend
  30. Smurfs, The
  31. Super Turrican
  32. Tecmo World Cup Soccer
  33. The Legend of Prince Valiant
  34. The Trolls in Crazyland
  35. U-four-ia
The following PAL / Worldwide Unlicensed Games
 
GLUK Creatom  
GLUK El Bloque Magico  
GLUK El Destructor  
GLUK Gluk the Thunder Warrior  
GLUK La Gran Aventura Submarina  
GLUK La Guerra Del Golfo  
GLUK Policeman  
GLUK Skate Boy  
GLUK Tanque  
HES Duck Maze  
HES Little Red Hood  
HES Othello  
Sachen Magical Mathematics  
Sachen Little Red Hood, The  
Sachen Penguin and Seal, The  
Sachen Pipe 5  
Sachen Auto-Upturn  
Sachen Bingo 75  
Sachen Challenge of the Dragon  
Sachen Chess Academy  
Sachen Chinese Checkers  
Sachen Cosmo Cop  
Sachen Dancing Blocks  
Sachen Final Combat  
Sachen Gaiapolis  
Sachen Great Wall, The  
Sachen Happy Pairs  
Sachen Hell Fighter  
Sachen Hidden Chinese Chess  
Sachen Honey Peach  
Sachen Huge Insect  
Sachen Jovial Race  
Sachen Jurassic Boy  
Sachen Locksmith  
Sachen Lucky Bingo  
Sachen Magic Cube  
Sachen Mahjong Partner  
Sachen Mahjong School  
Sachen Mahjong Trap  
Sachen Mahjong World, The  
Sachen Middle School English  
Sachen Millionaire  
Sachen Olympic I.Q.  
Sachen Po Po Team  
Sachen Poker I  
Sachen Poker II  
Sachen Poker III  
Sachen Poker Mahjong  
Sachen Pyramid II  
Sachen Q-Boy  
Sachen Rockball  
Sachen Silver Eagle  
Sachen Strategist  
Sachen Street Heroes  
Sachen Super Cartridge Version 1 - 4-in-1  
Sachen Super Cartridge Version 2 - 10-in-1 For: Omnibus Hearts, Fan Tan, Chinese Rummy, Max 2, Ghost-Buster, 99, Change Around, Fortune Telling (English), Fortune Telling (Chinese)
Sachen Super Cartridge Version 3 - 8-in-1 For: Minesweeper 1, Minesweeper 2, Minesweeper 3
Sachen Super Cartridge Version 4 - 6-in-1  
Sachen Super Cartridge Version 5 - 7-in-1  
Sachen Super Cartridge Version 6 - 6-in-1  
Sachen Super Cartridge Version 7 - 4-in-1  
Sachen Super Cartridge Version 8 - 4-in-1 For: Worm Visitor, Frog Adventure, Magical Tower
Sachen Super Cartridge Version 9 - 3-in-1  
Sachen Super Pang I  
Sachen Super Pang II  
Sachen Taiwan Mahjong  
Sachen Taiwan Mahjong II  
Sachen Tasac  
Sachen Thunder Blaster Man  
Sachen Tough Cop  

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Only reviewing unique games. PAL Lic. also includes "Mah Jong (ASI)"


Edited: 11/20/2016 at 07:10 PM by JosephLeo

Aug 29, 2016 at 2:52:57 PM
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good luck with this Joe

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Aug 29, 2016 at 3:03:45 PM
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I'll need it!

16 to 20 games a week is my goal! That means play, complete, review, scan, and research.

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Only reviewing unique games. PAL Lic. also includes "Mah Jong (ASI)"

Aug 29, 2016 at 3:07:03 PM
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in for 1, sight-unseen. Sounds like it'll be a blast to research, but surely a lot of work to put together. You seem to have exactly the attention to detail something like this requires, though.

Aug 29, 2016 at 3:20:35 PM
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Good luck. Glad to hear about a book covering PAL games.

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Aug 29, 2016 at 3:21:51 PM
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Originally posted by: barrelsAndRivets

in for 1, sight-unseen. Sounds like it'll be a blast to research, but surely a lot of work to put together. You seem to have exactly the attention to detail something like this requires, though.

Awesome, thanks for the support.

I'm legitimately concerned about some things though. Since I'm doing it from the eyes of a modern gamer it'll be tough to review Sports and Trivia games with outdated information.

Also, I don't want to immediately discount childrens games, non-games, and the systems only "girl" game just because they aren't my style, but I also don't think they deserve the attention of the same rating scale. The 5 Sesame Streets, the 3 Fisher-Prices, Barbie, DK Math, Mario Is Missing/Time Machine, Mickey's Numberland/Letterland, Videomation, Cartoon Workshop, Waldo Search, Carmen Sandiego, Color A Dinosaur, Miracle Piano, and Racermate.

Then I also want to give special attention to laughably shitty unlicensed games while separating the decent ones with serious reviews, I'm talking Active, 6-in-1, Panesian, Bunch/Color Dreams, SACHEN, HES...again not on the same scale since they're just for the most part so darn crappy, yet worth it for the humor.

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Edited: 08/29/2016 at 03:42 PM by JosephLeo

Aug 29, 2016 at 3:22:50 PM
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I will happily buy a copy! Looks like a great format too

Aug 29, 2016 at 3:24:35 PM
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damn joe, way cool! this has to be a massive project... any rough idea of a completion date?

Aug 29, 2016 at 3:28:55 PM
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That's awesome. I really like the idea of the checklist too. Good luck mang!

Aug 29, 2016 at 3:29:29 PM
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Originally posted by: Milwaukee_Nintendo

damn joe, way cool! this has to be a massive project... any rough idea of a completion date?

Roughly a year, more realistic, a year and a half.

This is my "I have a dream", and I want to make it as information rich as possible and I will legitimately play through everything I review unless the game is impossible to beat , there is no ending, or the ending requires years of mastery (e.g. Cheetahmen II, or DK Tetris killscreen)

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Edited: 08/29/2016 at 03:32 PM by JosephLeo

Aug 29, 2016 at 4:19:20 PM
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Good luck with this project. I've bookmarked this thread and am looking forward to watching it develop.

Aug 29, 2016 at 4:30:01 PM
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I'm going to be honest, I would be much more excited about this if it hadn't already been done...twice in fact (to my knowledge): Jeffrey Wittenhagen as well as Pat the NES Punk both had successful Kickstarter campaigns.

Aug 29, 2016 at 4:37:55 PM
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Originally posted by: nicktendo

I'm going to be honest, I would be much more excited about this if it hadn't already been done...twice in fact (to my knowledge): Jeffrey Wittenhagen as well as Pat the NES Punk both had successful Kickstarter campaigns.

Jeff's book is great but lacks a lot of what I want to put into this book. Pat's book I haven't had a chance to read but from what I've seen he *does* have very similar content as what I plan, however I do plan to be very, very different. I want this book to feel like a super large issue of Nintendo Power...without any ads. I want people to read this book and be inspired to play the NES instead of just use it as an index.

I promise to work my hardest to make you excited about this book  

The more I think of it, the more I realize that 25 games is too hard to choose to do pixel perfect multipage walkthroughs and I might need to bump it up to 30 or more, but I'm limiting myself for good reason.

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Aug 29, 2016 at 4:45:40 PM
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very cool. good luck with it! i'll buy one once you're done

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Aug 29, 2016 at 5:10:54 PM
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Good luck with the project! Love the work so far on the WIP cover. The "collector series" shelf logo is pretty cool.  

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Aug 29, 2016 at 7:24:05 PM
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Thanks, just a quick update too.

I've uploaded a demo page. This is what a page will look like with "lesser" games, basically no major work to be done on these pages, I want to say about 2/3 of the book will look *something* like this of course with more fleshed out detail.

And before anyone asks, yes that's Bronty's (former) Stadium Events. I will however be using scans of my own along with scans from other people with permission.

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Edited: 08/29/2016 at 07:25 PM by JosephLeo

Aug 29, 2016 at 7:33:10 PM
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Originally posted by: JosephLeo

Thanks, just a quick update too.

I've uploaded a demo page. This is what a page will look like with "lesser" games, basically no major work to be done on these pages, I want to say about 2/3 of the book will look *something* like this of course with more fleshed out detail.

And before anyone asks, yes that's Bronty's (former) Stadium Events. I will however be using scans of my own along with scans from other people with permission.





Did you do the layout yourself? It looks great! Any prior experience in layout design?

Aug 29, 2016 at 7:36:11 PM
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Originally posted by: BertBerryCrunch

Did you do the layout yourself? It looks great! Any prior experience in layout design?

It's just a sketch for now, but yeah I did it on my own.

I have tons of graphic design experience from many years ago and I still do graphic design on the side when I have downtime and need some quick cash.
 

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Aug 29, 2016 at 7:38:33 PM
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Best of luck with the book!  

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Aug 29, 2016 at 8:07:24 PM
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I would gladly purchase one of these. Looks good so far. Best of luck.

Aug 29, 2016 at 8:15:16 PM
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Looks very good.
I think I would buy it although the shipping to Brazil would cost a lot.

Aug 29, 2016 at 8:20:16 PM
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Quite an undertaking, good luck with everything. I would definitely be interested in buying a copy when it releases, rather put money in your pocket than Pat the NES Dink.

Aug 29, 2016 at 8:22:18 PM
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Originally posted by: Galdius

Looks very good.
I think I would buy it although the shipping to Brazil would cost a lot.

Something can be arranged. I'd love to get a copy of Crimebusters and to my knowledge it's the only Brazilian exclusive game

 

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Aug 29, 2016 at 8:33:15 PM
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Originally posted by: JosephLeo
 
Originally posted by: Galdius

Looks very good.
I think I would buy it although the shipping to Brazil would cost a lot.

Something can be arranged. I'd love to get a copy of Crimebusters and to my knowledge it's the only Brazilian exclusive game

 
That isn't an expensive game to buy.
I don't have but there are a few on MercadoLivre.