From Pat The NES Punk, a new Kickstarter to get you the Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library is a 450 page hardcover book that reviews over 750 8-bit Nintendo games released 1985-1995!  Only 2 weeks left and it’s on fire!!

About this project

What is this Nintendo book about?

Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 1985-1995 is an expansive and thorough look at one of the greatest video game libraries of all time – the Nintendo Entertainment System. This 450 page book covers all licensed and unlicensed games released during the system’s lifespan, and features information and reviews on hundreds of classic (and not so classic) 8-bit games.

The "just about final" book cover!
The “just about final” book cover!

The 30th Anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System just passed on Oct. 18, and the NES is still played and remembered fondly today. Why? It might just be because the NES helped save the video game console market in North America. But more importantly, it’s beloved for its great and diverse library of games. Super Mario Bros., Tetris, Castlevania,Punch-Out, Mega Man, Duck Hunt, The Legend of Zelda, Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl — what do they all have in common? They were all great games released on a single system. And many great game franchises still around today, had their start way back on the NES! The NES had nearly 800 unique game cartridges released for it during its lifetime. While almost every video game fan has played or at least heard of the more famous titles, there were many, many games that weren’t as popular or well-known. This book features all of them, with detailed information such as the release date, developer, publisher, genre, availability, and more, as well as a review and rating for each title. There’s also a separate “Reflections” section for each game where the author of that review can expound upon the game more, comment on interesting aspects of the game, or even go off on a tangent about video game history, or muse about childhood memories or a humorous anecdote the game may have conjured up.

Sample page layout - most contain two games per page.
Sample page layout – most contain two games per page.
One of the several games important enough to get a dedicated page!
One of the several games important enough to get a dedicated page!
Both licensed and unlicensed titles are covered!
Both licensed and unlicensed titles are covered!
The entire library of NES games is covered!
The entire library of NES games is covered!

About the reviewers

Pat Contri is a retro video game aficionado and collector who also produces various web shows including Pat the NES Punk, The Video Game Years, Flea Market Madness, and more. He also is on the Completely Unnecessary Podcast, runs thepunkeffect.com, and is a guest at several video game conventions each year. Besides editing/compiling the book and designing the layout, he is responsible for the majority of the book’s reviews, clocking in at nearly 450.

Ian Ferguson spends way too much time researching games instead of sleeping and is the general manager of Luna Video Games. He is also well-versed in pinball, synthesizers, and the Peanuts comic strip. He currently resides in San Diego with his wife Vani and their cat Spike and eats all of the breakfast cereal as they sleep.

Asheton Phinney, AKA “Ashi,” is an interstellar bounty hunter, a princess-rescuing plumber, a whip-wielding vampire slayer, a writer residing in Delaware, a brave blue robot, a bubble-blowing dragon,a cute pink gourmand, a summa cum laude graduate of Dickinson College, and a sword-swinging, boomerang-flinging, studio art-majoring, creative writing-minoring hero with a lot of heart(s).

Jim Evans is a self confessed know-it-all when it comes to 8 and 16-bit gaming. With a strange fondness of playing rubbish video games for the fun of it, there is no stoop too low he won’t go to for entertainment. Find more of him at retrocollect.com.

Brett Weiss is the author of the “Classic Home Video Games” series, and of The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987. A gamer since 1974, Weiss has had articles published in Game Informer, Classic Gamer Magazine, Retro magazine, Video Game Collector, and Video Game Trader. Find Brett at www.brettweisswords.com.

Karen Niemla grew up in Pennsylvania and enjoys vintage computers, retro gaming, drawing, and writing. Currently she is a reference librarian at The University of Louisiana at Monroe and Web Administrator for the Association of College & Research Libraries Louisiana Chapter.

Joey “Roo” DeSena co-founded the geek-centric website, Clan of the Gray Wolf, in 2009. He has two flagship web series: 16-Bit Gems – spotlighting under-appreciated video games from the 90s – and The Way Games Work – explaining video game technology to the layman. Additionally, he has produced original content for Vsauce3 and RetrowareTV.

Joe Pingree is a thirty-something college student in Detroit. A lifelong NES fan, he has spent nearly three years building a sizable collection of boxed and loose game cartridges, his favorite of which is Mega Man 2. He enjoys reading, writing, and retro gaming on a variety of platforms.

Stephen Wilds is a writer in the dirty South. A recovering internet addict and freelancer, he wakes up every morning grappling with nightmares of Silent Hill and Battletoads that fuel his fiction and desire to create, when comics and wrestling aren’t taking up his spare writing time. Find him on the Twitter machine: @StephenWilds.

Book Sections

Foreword: graciously written by Blake Harris, author of the hit video game history/drama bookConsole Wars!

  • 750+ North American game reviews and reflections
  • 30+ PAL exclusive reviews
  • 10 HES exclusive reviews
  • Test cart overview
  • Promo/special game carts
  • North American game cart variants
  • Popular NES controllers and accessories
  • Supplemental Articles
A page from the PAL review section.
A page from the PAL review section.
The first page of the HES section.
The first page of the HES section.
A page from the cart variant section.
A page from the cart variant section.
A page from the controllers/peripherals section.
A page from the controllers/peripherals section.