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500+ Page Comprehensive Super Nintendo Collector's Book & Ultimate Guide to the SNES w/ US, PAL, Unreleased, Homebrew & More!
500+ Page Comprehensive Super Nintendo Collector's Book & Ultimate Guide to the SNES w/ US, PAL, Unreleased, Homebrew & More!
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The Complete SNES is a comprehensive near 500 page Super Nintendo Collector's Book. Like with my previous project, to my knowledge there has not been a comprehensive book on the Super Nintendo that has covered every game released with complementary artwork! Aside from the licensed and unlicensed US releases, this book will also include PAL exclusives, Competition Carts, Homebrew Games and even accessories. We are striving to make this the Ultimate source for the Super Nintendo!

The book itself will be optimal quality with a large 8.5" by 11" size, around 500 beautiful color pages with a glossy hard cover; perfect for a coffee table! This is also completely consistent with the previous book releases and will look perfect next to them on a shelf.

We are also trying to create a second book called the Super Nintendo Compendium to go along with the main book. This secondary book is available to back right at the launch of the project and we will be able to do a full print run once we hit our first stretch goal!

 

For the main body of the book we are keeping the formatting consistent with our previous Collector Book releases by still giving a minimalist view with a brief synopsis for each game: including a picture of the box art, screenshot, developer, publisher, release date and a detailed amount of players. Inconsistent things such as rarity and genre are still not included as those are typically topics that cause conflict amongst gamers. We also still kept the large check boxes so you can note if you have the cartridge, box and/or manual for each game. Finally, things such as cartridge and manual images are still avoided as they would simply take up space since many have the same art as the boxes. As always we are bringing you the most concise and streamlined approach to a collector's guide in an amazing book format!

 

 

 

 

  • 700+ North American Game Reviews
  • System Review, Accessories and Controllers
  • PAL Exclusive Releases
  • Holy Grails
  • Unreleased Games
  • Homebrew Reviews
PAL Exclusives
PAL Exclusives

 

Unreleased Games
Unreleased Games

 

Homebrew Games
Homebrew Games

 

The Super Nintendo Compendium will be a second book we are releasing once the secondary funding is met. This will have 100-200 pages of SNES amazingness!

  • Personal Super Nintendo Stories
  • Supplemental Articles
  • Backer Contributed Expanded Reviews
  • Notable Super Famicom Games
  • Expanded Essential SNES Game Reviews

  

By popular request, this time around certain games will also be expanded upon with more personal stories. This also opens up the opportunity for backers to write about their favorite SNES games as well, which is now available as special backers tiers and gives you the ability to contribute if you want to! Note: We are shooting for this section to be part of its own book! However, there will still be expanded reviews included in The Complete SNES even if the stretch goal isn't hit.

Example of an Expanded Review
Example of an Expanded Review

 

Example of an Expanded Review
Example of an Expanded Review

 

Example of a Backer Review
Example of a Backer Review

 

There are multiple supplemental articles and personal stories from contributors from around the world, plus you will have the opportunity to contribute your own to the book!

  • Console Wars - Nintendo versus Sega
  • Hidden SNES Gaming Gems
  • Collecting for the SNES and Prices
  • Community Collaborator SNES Stories
  • SNES Oddball Items
  • Launch of the Super Famicom
  • Super Famicom Hidden Gems
  • SNES Fan-Translated Games
  • The SNES Reproduction Scene
  • The Story of the Exertainment Bike
  • Playing the SNES in Modern Times
So much extra content your head will explode!
So much extra content your head will explode!

 

 

Unlocked! - Time for free stuff! All physical book backers will get a free custom designed SNES sticker with artwork designed specifically for this project!

Unlocked - Book Expansion! The project will be split into two separate books, instead of one gigantic "tome". The Complete SNES will still be its own near-500 page entity. However, all of the expanded reviews, backer contributed reviews and supplemental articles will become a second 200 page compendium, with many many many more expanded reviews added! This entire extra book will be in the graphical style of the Video Game Culture Chronicles Patreon series and will be a great complementary piece, while not taking anything away from the main Collector's book.

Example of an Expanded Review
Example of an Expanded Review

Unlocked - More Free Stuff! All physical book backers will get a free custom designed SNES bookmark complete with artwork designed specifically for this project!

@ $40,000 - Ribbon Bookmark Upgrade! There will be a ribbon bookmark attached to both books to give it a classic look and feel. (Note: If we cannot add the ribbon bookmark for some reason, we will instead add a second free bookmark with a different custom design for all physical book backers)

@ $50,000 - Perforated Game Checklist! In the back of The Complete SNES there will be a perforated checklist for those of you that don't want to take the book out with you on the go.

More Stretch Goals....? Let us know your ideas and we might make it a reality!

An All-Star Cast of Community Contributors!

There are a lot of people from within the gaming community that have reached out, wanting to be a part of the SNES book. Some names you might recognize, others you might not, but everyone shares one thing in common: A love of the Super Nintendo!

Jeffrey Wittenhagen - It's a me! Player, Collector and Writer of all things gaming as well as a cohost on the VGBS gaming podcast. Writer of a majority of the reviews in the book and a huge advocate for the Super Nintendo.

Joe Simko - Cover Artist for The Complete SNES and also works for Topps drawing Garbage Pail Kids and Mars Attacks cards. Joe also has his own brand of trading cards called Cereal Killers.

Shawn Long - Retrotainment '85 master of the chin strapped beard, Shawn has been a part of the gaming community for many years, recently focusing more on retro-based endeavors and he is of course a huge SNES fan.

Anthony Di Masi - Cover artist for The Super Nintendo Compendium and has provided various artwork throughout the books. An amazing artist and huge advocate for retro gaming!

John Riggs - A frequent visitor on the Metal Jesus Rocks YouTube channel, Johnny boy has recently made a name for himself on his own channel doing tons of weird and wild videos including NES and SNES reproductions.

Aaron Stapish - Aaron is one of the madmen behind the hugely popular RetroLiberty YouTube channel. When Aaron isn't out eating churros with Ricky, he is collecting and playing retro games. The SNES is one of Aaron's favorite systems of all time!

Dave Parks - Smells like Beefs, Cheeses and Dumpsters. Loves finding games for a great deal and is extremely knowledgeable on the SNES.

John Hancock - THE Immortal John Hancock is known around the retro gaming community for having an extremely large collection, consisting of multiple complete sets; some fully boxed. He is also a frequent visitor to the Metal Jesus Rocks channel, has his own YouTube channel on game collecting and runs the Cowlitz Gamers for Kids charity expo each year.

Shane Luis - Shane Luis is the creator of Rerez: a video series dedicated to showcasing strange and unique video games and hardware. Many of his fans will already know what his foray into the world of the SNES will consist of...

Scott Squatch - Having been hunting for games at garage sales for many years, Scott is a huge collector and all around knowledgeable dude. He enjoys quite a few of the more obscure SNES titles. Scott is the creator of the YouTube show: Video Game Sellers.

Vinnie Cooper - Runs a Nintendo-centric YouTube channel called 8-Bit Vintendo, covering a new system each season, and is a huge SNES fan.

Rob Strangman - Author of Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman and heavy into the Super Nintendo. Also an advocate for Super Famicom games, Rob used to run a few obscure gaming websites, such as West Mansion.

Wood Hawker - Wood is an all around cool dude and a huge contributor in the retro gaming community; hosting a channel on YouTube called BeatEmUps. He also is a professional video editor and edited the campaign video for this project!

Reggie Williams - Another larger than life personality from the Metal Jesus Rocks YouTube channel. Reggie is a big time collector and advocate for hidden gaming gems, including those for the Super Nintendo.

Steve aka RVG Fanatic - Extremely knowledgeable member of the gaming community and has lots of stories about Super Nintendo to tell!

Matt Ezero - Defender of crappy games, Matt aka Cygnus Destroyer enjoys a lot of games that people often discount or dislike. What games will he focus on for the SNES?

David "Doctor" Ortiz - Surely you've heard of Mariachi Entertainment System? If not, go to David's YouTube channel stat and listen to their rendition of Frog's Theme from Chrono Trigger and Terra's Theme from Final Fantasy VI and prepare to be blown away!

John "Gamester81" Lester - John is a huge fan of retro gaming and even is part of Collectorvision Games where they make new games for retro systems. John also runs the popular YouTube channel Gamester81 as well as the Game On Expo in Arizona.

 

 The Complete SNES Hardcover Book - Physical Copy of the Book!

The Complete SNES Hardcover Book + The Super Nintendo Compendium - Both Books!

The Complete SNES Custom Controller - Created by Marshall Clark, this controller has a super glossy finish and has artwork from the project on it!

 

Leather-Bound "Tome" Edition (Limited to this Campaign only!) - This excessive version will be ridiculous but is extremely awesome! You get the content from Both Books, Numbered in order of backing, however both will be one gigantic "Tome". The cover will be leather bound in black and will have a full color Foil-Embossed Jacket. Why you ask? Because why not! *Design is an example and not Final*

Example of what a Leather-Bound Cover could look like
Example of what a Leather-Bound Cover could look like

Legend of Zelda Custom Console (Limited to 5) - Both books + Custom SNES Console *Note will be US NTSC Console and not final art*

Chrono Trigger Custom Console (Limited to 5) - Both books + Custom SNES Console *Note will be US NTSC Console and not final art*

 

Is there something else that you want with this project? Simply add it to your backer pledge and we'll include it! (All prices include extra shipping costs) After the campaign concludes, there will be a backer poll where you simply tell us what add-ons were on your pledge, it's as easy as that!

+$75 - The Complete NES Hardcover Book - A physical copy of our last release consisting of every licensed game for the original NES!

+$55 - Video Game Culture Chronicles 1990 Hardcover Book - Get a physical copy of the first book from the Complete Archives Patreon book series, covering everything gaming from the year 1990, including interviews and stories from the Nintendo World Championships.

+$55 - Video Game Culture Chronicles 1991 Hardcover Book - Get a physical copy of the second book from the Complete Archives Patreon book series, covering everything gaming from the year 1991, including a lot of Super Nintendo games and the launch of the system in North America.

+$45 - Super Nintendo Compendium Hardcover Book - Physical Copy of the near 200 page Book!

+$65 - Extra Copy of The Complete SNES Hardcover Book - Want another copy of the book? Add it on!

 +$20 - Complete SNES Shirt - We will be bringing these to conventions with us, so we might as well offer you the opportunity to get a shirt here too!

+$100 - Complete SNES Custom SNES Controller - Custom Painted by Marshall Clark with an amazingly slick glossy finish!

 

With the Complete NES project, there were sections we decidedly put as stretch goals, that we were just shy of funding. In order to avoid other people from releasing a similar book 6 months down the road, and capitalizing on this missing content from ours, this time around we are including everything from the beginning! So more personalized game stories, PAL exclusives, Accessories, Grails, Homebrew Games and much more are already included within this book from the get go! The stretch goals will instead allow us to do cool things with the project that we would not be able to accomplish without your support!

We are also able to drop the price-per-book down this time around for those people who support us on Kickstarter. If we can get more of the same great support from the community, as we did with The Complete NES, allowing backers to save some money is the easiest way we can say thanks!

I also am offering International Shipping again with this project, however as everyone knows rates have increased dramatically. I have calculated International shipping costs based on book weights from my last release and they are unfortunately unavoidably more than last time. (*UPDATE* - if shipping ends up being lower than what we have put in there, due to not being able to modify shipping per country, the difference will be reimbursed back to you!) Stateside shipping remains unchanged from the last project.

Finally with our last project, having a game associated, that had not yet been developed, was a hurdle that backers had to wait on (and unfortunately still are...). We did not have the foresight to sync up releases and the book was completed way before the game. While getting a brand new game is an amazing thing, this time around I decided not to associate the book with a SNES homebrew game, even though there were a few offers. That way backers won't have to wait on anything else before they can get their books!

 

I decided to drop the overhead by 5% due to not associating with a game this time around. 80% book printing & shipping from publisher and 10% Kickstarter fees 10% production costs and advertising.

I can never say it enough, but thank you again for all the support with this book project. I love how this has become a community project, evolving from my original idea into what it is today. It honestly blows me away and I am eternally grateful for all the amazing support! Also, even if you are not interested in this book right now, take a couple seconds and share this Kickstarter project with someone who might be. If they love the SNES or classic gaming in general, they might enjoy this book!

Here are a few projects that were cool enough to cross promote with us. Click on the images to see what other cool inventors & developers are up to!

Mariachi Entertainment System - MES

MES is an all Mariachi band that plays video game music! This campaign is not only to support a physical run of their second album, but they are also offering a limited edition Legend of Zelda vinyl!

                           

RobMcCallumFilms

Rob McCallum has released a video game documentary called Nintendo Quest, where the goal is to collect every licensed NES game in a ridiculous amount of time! He also is currently working on a Video Game Box Art documentary that looks amazing!

8-Bit Kids Commodore 64 Book

8-Bit Kids is a Commodore 64 memories book that looks pretty amazing. The author is very interactive with his backers and there are plenty of options with this book.

 

Xydonia is a love letter to the Japanese arcade classic shoot 'em ups of the '90s. Customize your equipment and blast through multiple paths of destruction!

Fire of Eidolon is a light and super portable Board Game for 1-6 Players that can be played in 30-40 minutes! Work together, Explore the Dungeon & rescue the Fire of Eidolon!

 

** All product names, logos, and brands are property of their respective owners. All company, product and service names used in this campaign are for identification purposes only. Use of these names, logos, and brands does not imply endorsement. **

 

 

Risks and challenges

This campaign is a true grass-roots project and we are the definition of the term indie. Our goal is to make this Kickstarter interactive with all backers, having fan interaction, backer submitted game reviews, polls and even online gaming opportunities; as in the end we are gamers and collectors too, just like you!

This campaign strives to be as self sufficient, and give back to the community, as much as possible. Not only is each person involved with the project responsible for their part; you, as the backer, will also be directly supporting them and their endeavors. You are helping us make everything possible and on a much larger scale. This is the true meaning of a diverse community project, and everything, from the perk pricing to the stretch goals, has been structured as such. We have tried to add as many bonuses to reward tiers as we can to make each reward tier worthwhile and think outside of the box for ways to create special limited edition items for those that are interested.

Talking with multiple other creators of successful Kickstarter campaigns, their biggest problem was not accounting for "Overhead" when running their projects. Due to those conversations, we decided that the easiest way to cover this is to account a simple 20% for all overhead expenses. This means Kickstarter fees, taxes, excess shipping/packaging costs, etc are all accounted for within each item's price.

As for challenges, the main portion of The Complete SNES is finished, so there will be less waiting time involved for backers! That being said, there could be unforeseen circumstances, out of our control, that delay this process, such as waiting on book backer contributors. Our pledge to you is that we will keep all backers up to date with anything that happens with the project, typically through monthly updates here on Kickstarter. We want to keep you involved as much as possible as this is your project as much as it is ours!

All tiers will be released as they are completed, which will all be shipped out at the same time. Combination tiers will be shipped as one package, in order to save on shipping costs and avoid confusion. We will put out a poll after the completion of the Kickstarter, once the initial items are ready to be shipped out, that will have an address field for all backers with a physical reward. It is extremely important for this to be up-to-date as this will be the address we use for shipping rewards! It is also very important to specify any add-on items you may have purchased, such as adding in the Compendium Book or other books.

Thank you for supporting our endeavor and we look forward to seeing how much of this we can make a reality for everyone!

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    Contribute a Review + Hardcover Book

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    2 Books for Double the SNES Mastery!

    Those wanting the awesome compendium addition to become a reality can back this tier! You get two hardcovers SNES books!

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    Hardcover Book + Compendium Book + Contribute a Review

    Here is your opportunity to contribute your own game review for inclusion in the book! Not only will your review be included in the book, but you will also be included in a special contributor section.

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    The Triforce of Courage!

    I will write a graphical 2-page review of your favorite SNES Game! + both Hardcover Books

    This is a special tier that I figured at least a some people would think is cool.

    Basically you choose your favorite SNES game and I will do a thorough review and add it to the book! You will also have the opportunity to submit your own story of why you like it for inclusion in the book as well. This is your opportunity to be a part of history! You will also be included in a special contributor section of the book.

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    Custom Controller Edition

    Not only do you get both books, but an amazing custom painted custom controller by Marshall Clark. This controller will be extremely slick and will consist of the Complete SNES logo on the front and project art on the back.

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    Leather Bound "Tome" Edition

    This ridiculously excessive tier gets you a combination of both books in a hard cover bound in black leather and a foil embossed color cover jacket. We are doing this because it is possible and amazingly crazy!

    This tier includes everything from all the books associated with this project and this Kickstarter project is the only time this will be done for these books and will be limited and numbered to however many backers get a copy!

    FYI, this is how much it actually costs to make this happen, I'm just doing it because it is ridiculous and would be amazing to have!

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    Custom Zelda Console Edition

    This awesome edition, includes all books and a custom Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past Themed SNES created by the amazingly talented CK Signs. Only 5 of these will be available ever!

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    Custom Chrono Trigger Console Edition

    This awesome edition, includes all the books and a custom Chrono Trigger Themed SNES created by the amazingly talented CK Signs. Only 5 of these will be available ever!

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