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About

Welcome to the Kickstarter for this SNES Guide Book!

Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the SNES Library 1991-1998 is the follow-up to the acclaimed Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 1985-1995. Like that first book, this sequel will examine the game library of a legendary Nintendo console - the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. This 450+ page book will cover the nearly 800 games officially released in North America and PAL territories during the console's lifespan. 

The Super NES defined gaming for many in the 1990s, with classic and memorable titles such as Star Fox, NBA Jam, Super Metroid, Chrono Trigger, Super Castlevania, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastMega Man X, Earthbound, and more! This book features full descriptions and reviews of all games in the exceptional SNES library, with cart pictures, screenshots, and detailed information such as the release date, developer, publisher, genre, availability, and more, as well as a reviewer rating for each title. There is also a separate "Reflections" section for each game where the reviewer expounds upon the game's history, offers further insight on its interesting aspects, and even relates memories or humorous anecdotes about it.

As with the NES guide, all those who preorder will have their name appear in the supporter section of the book as a special thank you! 

Page examples:

3 Ninjas Kick Back / The 7th Saga

HAL's Hole in One Golf / Hardball III

Harley's Humongous Adventure / Harvest Moon

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Road Runner's Death Valley Rally / RoboCop 3

RoboCop Versus The Terminator / Robotrek

Super Metroid

Super Morph / Super Ninja Boy

Tin Star / Tintin in Tibet

Whizz / Wild Guns

Note: This book is not authorized or endorsed by Nintendo. All registered trademarks, game art, and game screenshots used are copyright their respective holders and are utilized here under Fair Use.

Book Sections

  • Reviews and Info for Nearly 800 North American & European Games
  • Competition/Special Game Carts  
  • Popular SNES Hardware/Accessories 
  • Unreleased SNES Game Spotlight by Evan Gowan from SNES Central
  • Super Famicom Game Spotlight 
  • Supplemental Articles

 Supplemental Article Writers

  • James Rolfe 
  • Norm Caruso
  • Karen Niemla
  • Andre Meadows
  • Kelsey Lewin
  • More TBA!

Book sections/articles are subject to change based upon author availability.

A section will spotlight special games and promo carts on the SNES.
A section will spotlight special games and promo carts on the SNES.
Some of the special contributors (in 16-bit form).
Some of the special contributors (in 16-bit form).
Special section featuring unreleased Super NES titles!
Special section featuring unreleased Super NES titles!

Note: This book is not authorized or endorsed by Nintendo. All registered trademarks, game art, and game screenshots used are copyright their respective holders and are utilized here under Fair Use.

Different Covers Available

This campaign is offering three different hardcover book covers. If you'd like the North American version, PAL version, or Special Edition version, the choice is yours! (Please keep in mind that the book content is exactly the same in all three versions.)

Special Edition Pre-Order Hardcover - Spot Gloss Embossed with Matte Finish
Special Edition Pre-Order Hardcover - Spot Gloss Embossed with Matte Finish
         NA and PAL Hardcover Versions
NA and PAL Hardcover Versions

About the Team

Pat Contri is a writer, gaming historian, podcaster, and web content creator best known for producing Pat the NES Punk, The Video Game Years, and Flea Market Madness. This is the second video game book where he is acting as writer, executive editor, and producer. Check out his profile in Wired magazine if you'd like to know more!

Asheton “Ashi” Phinney is an interstellar bounty hunter, a princess-rescuing plumber, a whip-wielding vampire slayer, a brave blue robot, a cute pink gourmand, and a sword-swinging, boomerang-flinging hero with a lot of heart(s)… when not serving as lead editor, fact checker, and writer for this very book! 

Kyh Yang is an advocate for Barbie games, which are too often dismissed. She thinks Dr. Wily’s Mets are the cutest enemies ever. Her greatest obsession is the game composer Tim Follin, and she highly recommends the ZX Spectrum’s Agent X track. She is den mother to all, but especially the WRecking Crew.

Daniel Greenberg (@winterion) is a professor of Computer Game Design at George Mason University researching game appreciation and giving academic lectures at various game conventions across the US. He is also a hockey player, root beer aficionado, and founder of Winterion Game Studios, which produces the web series IONGAMING: youtube.com/winteriongamestudios

Peter Skerritt began playing video games back in 1976 at the age of 4 and hasn’t stopped since. Playing Hardball! and 4th & Inches on his Commodore 64 in the late 1980s sparked an interest in sports video games which continues today. He also enjoys pinball and arcade games. 

Jim Evans still plays terrible games so others don't have to. He is also compiling 8- and 16-bit retro video game music into podcast episodes on YouTube called The Retro Sound Test. He can also be found talking gaming nonsense on Instagram @super_jimtendo.

Mike Vito’s goal in life is to play every video game known to man. His wife and daughter constantly try to convince him that it’s not possible, but he loves games too much to give up so easily. When he’s not playing games, he’s writing about them. You can find more of his work at HeyPoorPlayer.com. 

Karen Niemla is of the “Oregon Trail Generation” and enjoys retro consoles and computers, PC gaming, web design, drawing, and writing. For 12 years she’s been a librarian and is currently a Reference and Research Librarian at Mercyhurst University. She collects any retro games that interest her, particularly Atari 8-bit.

Dagan Moriarty really wanted to pilot an X-Wing and/or Voltron when he grew up. But alas, he had to settle for his backup career as an animator working in television. He loves his amazing family and awesome friends, and he’s not above using flattering adjectives in return for gifts. He is co-host of the retro-fueled KnockBack Podcast.

Daniel Anderson spends his time working a grindy day job, tending to a pair of ridiculous cats, and fighting his Amazon.com addiction. He hopes to one day be a novelist but finds reviewing terrible SNES games an even greater calling. (Not really.) He also hosts a modest podcast - The Daily Daze at podomatic.com. 

Alli Flanagan grew up in the leafy suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. After spending the first few years of her life mastering the ability to use her thumbs, she grabbed a controller and the rest is history. Alli can be found fighting monsters, leaping through time, and exploring the galaxy almost every day of the week. 

Cover art by Oliver Arcee

Cart and hardware pictures and Special Edition cover by Yoshi Vu.

Stretch Goals

We're not usually for stretch goals, but what the heck... if this hits $1,000,000, we'll record an unnecessary audio book version for free release to all backers! 

Thank You!

Thank you very much for all the support on this project, and a special thank you to the writing and editing team. My team and I are so excited to present this book to you! Please feel free to share this Kickstarter with anyone who loves the Super Nintendo or classic/retro video games.

Risks and challenges

Being that the vast majority of the book has already been written, there is little risk of the project not being completed at this point. The NES guide book was released to critical acclaim and has done well, and I expect the process to go smoother the second time around based upon everything that I have learned. :)

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