Play­ing with SU­PER Power

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an of­fi­cially li­censed prod­uct for nin­tendo, al­though writ­ten and com­piled in­de­pen­dently, Play­ing With Su­per Power ben­e­fits from a fan’s eye for de­tail along with ac­cess to a fan­tas­tic archive on con­tent around the SNES. Se­bas­tian Ha­ley does a great job of retelling the story of the de­sign and emer­gence of nin­tendo’s 16-bit con­sole with pages di­rect from Nin­tendo Power is­sues from back in the day as well as be­hind-thescenes de­sign doc­u­ments, char­ac­ter art and much more that you will likely find very in­ter­est­ing to browse.

Once we get into the games we’re im­me­di­ately treated to mas­sive, level-long panoramic im­ages from Su­per Mario World, as well as some fan­tas­tic in­sight into the devel­op­ment process of the game and art­work. Sim­i­lar multi-page treat­ments are given to F-zero, A

Link To The Past, Su­per Mario Kart, Star Fox and the other games on the us SNES Mini.

a clos­ing sec­tion on the SNES’S su­per fans chron­i­cles the last­ing, liv­ing com­mu­nity of play­ers who con­tinue to cel­e­brate the con­sole’s games and char­ac­ters through art­work, per­for­mances and fan sites.

While it may not be the most com­pre­hen­sive look at the le­gacy of the SNES out there, its fo­cus is ac­tu­ally its great­est strength. There’s ac­cess and in­sight here that any fan of the con­sole will find en­joy­able, and while not ev­ery game gets a men­tion, those that do are treated with so much rev­er­ence that you’ll be charmed by them all over again.

The over­all qual­ity, es­pe­cially of the hard­back edi­tion, is clear, with a nice mix of mod­ern, sim­ple de­sign work­ing well with the retro in­serts from Nin­tendo Power and all that clas­sic art. a re­ally top-notch col­lec­tion for SNES fans.

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