Welcome to the Kickstarter for The NES Omnibus: The Nintendo Entertainment System and Its Games, Volume 1 (A–L)!
Featuring a robust, hugely entertaining, 1,200-word foreword by The Goldbergs creator and producer Adam F. Goldberg, The NES Omnibus Vol. 1 (A-L) is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed two-volume SNES Omnibus set.
Like those books, this one will be well over 400 pages, feature more than 2,000 full-color photos and more than 220,000 words, and boast the writing of numerous industry pros and personalities who tell their nostalgic stories (some funny, some sad, all memorable) of playing games on the respective Nintendo console.
Featured contributing story writers include “8-Bit” Eric Perez, John “Gamester81” Lester, “The Immortal” John Hancock, David Warhol (legendary Intellivision programmer), Steve Woita (noted Atari, Genesis, and PS1 programmer), Sean Tiedeman (director of The King of the Arcades), Greg Sewart (former Previews and Reviews Editor for Electronic Gaming Monthly), Shane Stein (the Executive Producer of The Game Chasers Movie), Patrick Hickey Jr. (voice actor and author of The Minds Behind the Games series), and Ken Horowitz (author of The Sega Arcade Revolution and Playing at the Next Level), among many other content creators.
This book takes a detailed look at EVERY U.S. release for the NES from A to L, and each of the more than 350 games featured gets at least one full page of text and images, including gameplay synopses, history, reviews, box art, screenshots, release data, developer and publisher info, and quotes from vintage magazines. There are colorful ads from various classic magazines as well. Plus, I share my memories of playing many of the games. I got my NES for Christmas in 1987 and have been playing it on a regular basis ever since!
While every game is guaranteed at least one full page of coverage, more than 35 of the more popular titles, such as Baseball Stars, Castlevania, Donkey Kong, Double Dragon, Dragon Warrior, Final Fantasy, Ghosts ’n Goblins, and Kirby’s Adventure, get two pages! And The Legend of Zelda is spread out over three beautiful pages! Plus, the book will have a stunning centerfold featuring all your favorite NES characters by Old School Gamer Magazine illustrator Thor Thorvaldson. This is a big, durable, beautifully bound book with professional production values. Schiffer Publishing did a great job on my SNES Omnibus books, and The NES Omnibus is looking fantastic as well!
The Nintendo NES is one of the most iconic video game systems of all time, resurrecting the home console industry during the mid-’80s and offering some of the most enjoyable and exciting gaming experiences ever created, from shooters to RPGs to platformers and beyond. This deluxe hardcover book pays considerable respect to the console many of you guys and gals grew up playing and still enjoy today. Every game, no matter how obscure or mainstream, gets the full treatment. The book is a walk down memory lane for older gamers and a great history lesson for younger folks. And it’s entertaining for everyone!
In addition to writing an overview of every game in the book, I also provided a foreword detailing my history with the NES, as well as the history of the console itself. In the back of the book, there’s an essay on the infamous Power Glove controller by Zoe K. Howard as well as one on the Comic Book Games of the NES by Blair Farrell.
Every Kickstarter backer will get their name in the book as a special thank you, and there are other cool rewards for backers as well. Thanks for supporting me on this grand adventure!
Here are some sample pages, but they will be bigger and clearer when you are reading the actual book.
Risks and challenges
The NES Omnibus Vol. 1 is already in the design stages and is looking great. It’s been a labor of love for myself and my contributing writers. Backers of this project will help me finish Vol. 2 (M-Z) in a timely manner. Thanks for your support!
For more information and to pre-order your copy, visit Nintendo NES Book Now on Kickstarter!