Nine months after the beginning of the Kickstarter campaign, Sam Dyer and Bitmap Books have released NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium. The tome, dedicated to showcasing the artwork and design of the NES/Famicom era, is a collaboration between Kevin Bayliss (Ex-Rare graphic artist), Steve Jarrett (Total! / Edge / Official Nintendo Magazine), and others. Together, they’ve created a work unlike any other, featuring a forward by Bayliss, who started working in the industry by joining Rare in the 1980’s, over 100 reviews of games from the era (each of which is 200 words), quotes and interviews from developers and artists, a handful of discussions on unreleased games for the two consoles, a snippet on the creation of the NES and Famicom, and more than 500 pages of pixel and box art.
Over the six months the compendium was being Kickstarted, it raised £190,000, seven-and-a-half times the initial goal of £25,000. The excess funds went toward stretch goals for the campaign and improvements to the book’s structure. Of special note is the decision to use thread instead of glue in the binding, to avoid the cracking and deterioration which comes with large texts and glue-based binding. The compendium is designed to lay flat, allowing the highly visual book to be enjoyed without undue obstruction by the spine or crease.
The NES/Famicom compendium is the third which Bitmap Books has produced, following Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga and ZX Spectrum. As with those three, NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium is sold exclusively by Funstock. NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium is available for £24.99.
Source: Bitmap Books