14 posts tagged book
Mercenary Kings: Master Codex
Rad, someone’s making a Nintendo Player’s Choice-style strategy guide/art book for Mercenary Kings — rather, Off Base Productions will make the guide if it can raise $65,000 on Kickstarter. That’s a lofty goal, but the rewards are nice: digital and print copies, art prints, miniature Mercenary Kings arcade machine replicas, and more.
Tribute won’t release Mercenary Kings to PlayStation 4 and Windows until later this year, but you can still buy/play an Early Access build of the game on Steam. And, hey, we actually have a code to give away! Leave a comment, reblog this, or send a tweet to let us know why you’re excited about Mercenary Kings, and we’ll announce a winner tomorrow on our Twitter.
Amazon already has Prima’s six-book collection of Zelda guides discounted by more than a third of its sticker price ($180), four months before its November release. It’s still pretty expensive, but the set does include some decent extras.
If you preordered this for $153 a few days ago, you should receive a credit for the reduced price.
As we established this morning, Zelda is one of the best franchises in the world. It’s so good, that you will want to own a box set of Prima game guides for six of the series’ entries. Yes, you could save money by printing out a bunch of guides from GameFAQs and just putting them in a binder, but some people like to have nice things.
This is a $180 nice thing ($153 at Amazon), and it comes with hardcover collectors edition guides for Ocarina of Time 3D, Spirit Tracks, Phantom Hourglass, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword, the last of which has been revised and expanded with 100 extra pages. Each of the books feature gilded edges on their pages.
Also included in the set is the treasure chest with a magnetic clasp, a certificate of authenticity with a signature and message from series director Eiji Aonuma, and a 7.5”x2.5” metallic bookmark and its protective case. Prima will release the package right before the holidays, on November 26.
Monster Hunter Beginner’s Guide
Monster Hunter fansite Culty took on a very important job: writing a guide to help Monster Hunter neophytes pick up the idiosyncratic series. The Monster Hunter Beginner’s Guide is available either as a $9 ebook or a $25 print edition, which includes a super cute Nyan Jirou print.
Culty is giving the book away along with copies of the game and a lot of other fun stuff, to one lucky person who signs up for the mailing list. If you want just a bit of it for free, check out a four-page preview. It’s just about armor!
I’m thinking about reading this before I get into Monhun (although I’m not going to be playing at launch, likely, just because I don’t have the time at the moment). Monster Hunter is kind of intimidating.
I’d never heard of this book until I came across Daruma’s photo of its elegant cover. From the book’s description:
"I Love Games Graphics presents a nostalgic journey through the visual world of games from its early beginnings up until today. I Love Games Graphics also explores the roots of the games industry in Japan, its worldwide dissemination and the relationship between games culture and techno music."
Tempted to pick this up just for the photos of Japanese handheld gamers — potential Handholding material.
I almost forgot that this will be shipping out in a week! Unfortunately the more expensive limited edition has been sold out for some time now, but you can still put in a half-price preorder ($19.42) for the standard hardcover.
Hyrule Historia will receive a limited Collector’s Edition that will release alongside the standard book packed with Legend of Zelda art, history, and more.
The good news: this version has gold-gilded pages and a faux-leather cover with debossed Gate of Time artwork. Preorders are currently discounted to $45.73.
The bad news: Amazon lists this as shipping two weeks later than the standard version (January 29), and with eight fewer pages — it’s unclear if that’s because the Collectors Edition is missing the Akira Himekawa manga packed in with the standard release, or if the comic is just not included in the page count.
New North American cover for Hyrule Historia, that upcoming Legend of Zelda book that features 274 pages collecting the series’ history and artwork. This is the same book that blew everyone’s minds with the Zelda timeline.
Just in case you haven’t heard, Dark Horse is bringing Hyrule Historia — that amazing Legend of Zelda book featuring “never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games,” and more — to the U.S. in January 2013. Yeah, that’s a while from now, but I never expected Nintendo to work with anyone to bring this outside of Japan in the first place!
Anyway, if you preorder the 248-page hardcover book now at Amazon, you can save $14 on Hyrule Historia's list price, as the retailer has it on sale for only $20.99.
Hurrah! French outfit Pix’n Love Publishing is translating its book on Gunpei Yokoi, creator of the Game Boy, the directional pad, the Game & Watch, and many other Nintendo innovations. It’s titled Gunpei Yokoi: Life And Philosophy Of Nintendo’s ‘God Of Toys’.
I believe this is the same book as the inventor’s Yokoi Gunpei Game House autobiography (co-authored by Takefumi Makino, who is also credited as the writer on the Pix’n Love listing), but I could be wrong on that.
The book is slated to release in the first quarter of 2012 for £24.99 ($40). Pix’n Love also has two other English translation projects on the way early next year for The History of Nintendo - Vol.2 and The History of Mario.
Buy: Nintendo Magic
See also: More Gunpei Yokoi posts
[Thanks, Olivia! Image via moossye]
The Monster From The ’80s, a cute, pixelart-illustrated children’s book about “monsters, skates, video games, friendship,” and the ’80s from Andrea Interguglielmi.
Formerly a technical artist at Lionhead, Interguglielmi created this 32-page book as a way for you to “show your kids what it was like in the ’80s”. You can buy The Monster From the ’80s at Lulu for $15.90 and preview more pages at this Tumblr blog. As you might have noticed in the images above, there’s a Tiny cameo!
See also: Video game zines
Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain book.
Along with the upcoming Fighting Fantasy DS game, Icon put out another edition of the original Warlock of Firetop Mountain gamebook with a new cover by Martin McKenna.
If you put in a preorder for the DS release at GameStop (in-store or online), you can get a copy of the book for free, which is a pretty neat promotion for a few reasons:
- It will keep your attention much longer than most of the random and useless tchotchkes (e.g. LKS's stress doll) that publishers give away as reservation gifts.
- This is the only way to buy the book in the U.S.
- If you find that you enjoy the Fighting Fantasy universe and premise much more than the actual game, you can read and play the book instead.
I recently figured out why I’m so interested in this game, and it’s nothing short of imbecilic: I enjoy loot with unique properties and a back-story. It’s a penchant I picked during my Diablo days, and it’s the only excuse I can come up with for why I played Puzzle Quest to completion.
I’ve seen one screenshot that indicates Fighting Fantasy has those alluring items, and I hope that example isn’t an exception. I scoured every frame of the latest trailer Aspyr put out for Fighting Fantasy, but couldn’t find another instance:
See also: Fighting Fantasy trailer