Playing with SUPER Power
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. www.primagames.com