SNES Omnibus - Brett Weiss - Schiffer Publishing

The SNES Omnibus Is Available For Pre-Order!

Retro gamers, nostalgia buffs and anyone who enjoys reading about video games can now take a sneak peek at Schiffer Publishing’s forthcoming video game book, The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A-M), written by longtime gamer and author Brett Weiss. The book features detailed write-ups for more than 350 games, plus 2,000 full-color images, including box art, cartridges, screenshots, and vintage gaming ads.
SNES Omnibus - Adventures of Yogi Bear

In addition to Weiss’s write-ups for each game, The SNES Omnibus features nostalgic stories by a number of prominent gaming professionals, including Blake J. Harris (author of Console Wars), Kurt Kalata (Hardcore Gaming 101), Tim Lapetino (author of Art of Atari), Shawn Long (RGT 85 on YouTube), Brittney Brombacher (BlondeNerd.com), Eric “8-Bit Eric” Perez (YouTuber), Christopher “The Old Ass Retro Gamer” Pico (YouTuber), Benjamin Reeves (senior editor for Game Informer), John Riggs (RIGG’d Games on YouTube), David Warhol (one of the original Mattel Intellivision “Blue Sky Rangers”), Steve Woita (longtime programmer for Atari 2600, Genesis, etc.), and too many others to list.
SNES Omnibus - Aero Fighters

The SNES Omnibus is a large (9×12), full color, hardcover coffee table book weighing in at 416 pages. $49.99. The book will be available late spring or sometime this summer.
SNES Omnibus - Donkey Kong Country 3

You can get more information on the book here:
http://www.brettweisswords.com/p/the-snes-omnibus-vol-1-m.html
SNES Omnibus - Arkanoid

Or check it out on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/SNES-Omnibus-Super-Nintendo-M/dp/0764355325/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
SNES Omnibus - Art of Fighting

Here are some early reviews for The SNES Omnibus!


“I read the whole thing and loved it! My favorite chapters were the more intimate ones, where the contributing writers talked about how the games affected them from a personal standpoint…I kept turning the pages looking to connect with the writers, and it happened a lot…The quotes and factoids are great…Grammatically, it’s spotless…There’s a plethora of balance, knowledge, and fun here…This is the best book Weiss has written so far.” – Patrick Hickey, Jr., author of The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult and Classic Video Game Developers

“Brett Weiss proves again that he is the master of game directories”- Leonard Herman, author of Phoenix IV:The History of the Videogame Industry.

“Brett Weiss has captured an essential part of what made the SNES indelible and one of the classic video game systems. The personal stories and memories wrapped up in each game are a welcome time warp back to those halcyon days.” – Tim Lapetino, author of Art of Atari.
SNES Omnibus - Brett Weiss - Back Cover

The Future of Baseball is nearly upon us!

I don’t really like ‘real’ Baseball as a sport. Playing it can be fun, but the need to follow so many rules can really make it drag out.

That said, I am hugely excited about the game because I have seen its future. In only three years time – in 2020 – you’ll be seeing male, female and robotic players in the field!

Yes, the future of baseball is almost here!

The Future of Baseball is here

In the world of Super Baseball 2020, robots jostle with human players in the Cyber Egg Stadium. To properly complete, human competitors can be equipped with powerful armour, computer sensors, and jet-packs for improved offence and defensive skills. Jet-packs!

Even the commentators are going to look cool!

Wait? What the hell is that robot? That one looks hostile! Those glowing red eyes suggest that baseball might only be the start of the robot revolution.

Super Baseball 2020 by Marc Ericksen

The image above, the one with the evil robot, can be found on the website of artist Marc Ericksen. Marc was asked to create the piece for Electronic Arts in 1994 after they had seen an earlier work created for GamePro magazine around a Japanese baseball game called Bases Loaded II: Second Season.

As you’ll see from this fantastic artwork, the future might actually involve laser swords instead of bats. You need this sort of kit if you’re going to be hitting balls thrown at light-speed by robots.

Bases Loaded II: Second Season by Marc Ericksen

Experience the future, in Super Baseball 2020, on the Neo Geo, Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. You can see a great comparison video over on the Retro Core Youtube channel.

The side-by-side comparisons from around 10 minutes into the video are a great way to get a glimpse of the future.

This post marks the start of a new series from me:
An irreverent and artistic A-Z of Neo Geo Gaming. Catchy, right?

Super Mario Kart… with 101 players!

Hands up if you loved Super Mario Kart on the SNES. Lots of hands? Good! Keep your hands up if you think that Super Mario Kart remains the pinnacle of the series, and cannot be beaten. Still some hands up! Well, prepare to re-evaluate that opinion as Hat-Loving Gamer gives you the Nintendo classic with 101 racers on course!

Watch the video below and see how many characters you recognise. Be warned though. not all of them are from Nintendo!

Visit the Youtube video page for the complete character list. You can also visit the Hat-Lover on Patreon to keep the cool coming, or the creators Facebook page for more awesome.

It’s time to slam it into gear with Rock N’ Roll Racing

Rock 'N Roll Racing

I was reading through a “Top 20 retro racing game” feature online and at number 18 was one of my favourite Super Nintendo games – Rock ‘N Roll Racing!

I spent many hours driving around its isometric tracks back in 1993. The game was definitely fun, but like so many games that I played in my youth, it wasn’t the gameplay that kept me hooked, it was the soundtrack. As you can probably guess from the title of the game, the music in the game had a hard rock tone, featuring classics such Paranoid by Black Sabbath, Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf and Henry Mancini’s Peter Gunn theme!

The video above has just the music and is great for a nostalgic listen as background music. The hardcore amongst you could opt for the 4 hour play-through of the game below!

I’d forgotten that Olaf from The Lost Vikings game was a playable character in this SNES classic!