A comprehensive and in-depth look at one of the most important video game lineups ever: The 16 games that comprised Nintendo's American rollout for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Good Nintentions 1985 takes a game-by-game look at these "black box" classics and the hardware that accompanied them, examining the NES launch lineup through both a lens of critical analysis for the quality of the games and a wider view that details their place in the context of their times, the creative forces behind them, and their overall impact on game history. Presented as a series of standalone written vignettes about each game and peripheral, Good Nintentions 1985 also includes original photography of the games' physical packaging and screen shots taken directly from NES hardware. Unlike other books detailing the history of the NES, Good Nintentions 1985 focuses on a singular moment in the system's history in exhaustive detail, supported by extensive original visual reference material. From the pointless Stack-Up to the timeless Super Mario Bros., this book offers both a trip down memory lane and a valuable reference. Also included here is a supplement on the nine games that appeared during the console's equivalent Japanese launch period (Family Computer, 1983) to help contextualize just how extensively Nintendo reshaped the NES and its lineup for the American market. Written by the creator of the Game Boy World series, this is the first of several comprehensive year-by-year NES compendiums to come. This version of Good Nintentions 1985 includes the full contents of the color edition... minus the color, of course.
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Jeremy Parish writes and talks about video game history rather a great deal, having done so under the auspices of the Retronauts podcast, USgamer, IGN, 1UP, Electronic Gaming Monthly, RETRO Magazine, Official PlayStation Magazine, Computer Gaming World, Gaming Intelligence Agency, GMR, and more.
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