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Besides <em>Game Over</em> and <em>Super Mario</em>, what other Nintendo books are there?


Infendo reader Jason emailed the following question last week:

I just finished reading Super Mario by Jeff Ryan and I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed David Sheffs’ Game Over. A few years ago ( I’m currently 37) I realized that I more of a fan of Nintendo than I am of video games. With that said, are there any other non-fiction books about the big N that you could recommend?

As for Nintendo-only books, I’ve only read Game Over (highly recommended, it’s a 4.5 star book) and have Super Mario downloaded to my Kindle for later. There’s another one called Playing to Wiin (see what they did there?), but it only has slightly better than average reviews on Amazon.

Any other recommendations, Infendo Nation?


  1. Nintendo Magic is one I enjoyed. It gives you a full insight into the company up to the creation of the DSi (which it indicates is the next leap in handheld gaming for Nintendo so it doesn’t predict well). Not to mention its from the Japanese perspective giving you a different viewpoint than Game Over.

  2. Alas, I don’t read many books based on video games–most of the information is free on the internet, after all. In fact, the only books related to video games that I own are art books that came with «Limited» Editions or somesuch, the Zelda manga collection, and the Scott Pilgrim collection, if you want to count that.

    Sorry I can’t be of much help!

  3. Well, I wrote one in grade 5 about Super Mario Bros. 2. Unfortunately I can’t find it anywhere, and the digital file is long gone. So you can’t read it. Its kind of exclusive that way.

  4. Chris Kohler has a pretty good book titled Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life. If anyone is interested in how Japanese culture affects video games, I really suggest you give it a read.

  5. while they don’t deal exclusively with nintendo, Stephen L. Kent’s The First Quarter and The Ultimate History of Video Games are both engaging, informative reads.