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When Brett Weiss asked if I'd like to be part of a project where my only responsibility was to reminisce and share memories about my favorite SNES titles, I got really excited. All these years being part of NintendoAge I've been cast as a NES guy, never really getting to talk about my experiences with the SNES, and so it was a welcomed change to get to shift a generation for once.

I received my reviewer's copy in the mail of The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A-M) and my first impression was, Wow, this book is heavy... and massive! I feel like they spared no expense as it just feels like the kind of book you'd keep on your bookshelf for generations (I plan to). As I opened the Omnibus and started thumbing through its pages, my hunches were correct: it's the kind of book my kids could pick up in 10 years' time and learn everything they'd possibly want to know about the entire SNES library.

The organization of the book is pretty straightforward, with each page dedicated to a single title, showing the year, publisher, cart and box images, a few screenshots and a few titles even have pictures of their posters. The simplicity of the format makes it easy to thumb through quickly to get a feel for games you don't know much about.

The best part of the book, and what sets this apart from other books on the SNES, is that the information about each game is sourced by the gaming community, collectively, in the form of "Notable Quotables" from old books, magazines and websites as well as "Insider Insight[s]" on certain titles directly from people involved in the gaming industry (full disclosure: I was one of the insiders that contributed to the book). It's remarkable how many disparate sources were used, and only someone very familiar with the gaming scene could pull this off the way Brett did (nice work!). I want to point out the amount of information presented is just enough to give you a taste for the flavor of the title, without boring you to death and in many cases it's almost like a time machine, where the info is from older publications from the era the game was released in. The quotes chosen are often humorous, quirky or downright mean, which made reading through the pages a lot of fun!

A lot of video game books are real snoozers, this isn't one of those. If you'd like to support Brett's work, get your copy here. I'm definitely looking forward to Volume 2!

-Dain
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