Book Review: N64: A Visual Compendium | AUSRETROGAMER

We’ll be honest with you all, prior to the Nintendo Switch, the N64 was by far our favourite (and most played) Nintendo gaming system in the late 90s. The N64 had an amazing array of games, some which we still play to this day on a regular basis, including Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007 and Wave Race 64 to name just a few.

Books like this Bitmap Books published “The Unofficial N64: A Visual Compendium” serve as a reminder how awesome the Nintendo 64 console was, and of course, it also induces a lot of nostalgia.

From the moment you crack open this book, you’re greeted with a feast for the eyes. Each page is meticulously crafted, featuring vibrant artwork, rare concept sketches, and behind-the-scenes insights that will transport you back to the days of cartridge-based gaming. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer who grew up with the N64 or a newcomer eager to explore its rich history, there’s something here for everyone.

One of the most captivating aspects of this book is its visual presentation. Every aspect of the N64’s iconic games and hardware is lovingly showcased, from the sleek design of the console itself to the stunning landscapes of beloved titles like Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The high-quality printing and attention to detail truly bring these games to life in a way that’s both nostalgic and inspiring.

But ‘The Unofficial N64: A Visual Compendium‘ is more than just a collection of pretty pictures. It’s also a treasure trove of information for fans and collectors alike. Each game is accompanied by fascinating tidbits of trivia, developer interviews, and historical context that shed light on the creative process behind some of the N64’s most beloved titles. Whether you’re interested in learning about the development of a particular game or simply want to appreciate the artistry that went into its creation, you’ll find plenty to sink your teeth into here.

Overall, ‘The Unofficial N64: A Visual Compendium‘ is a must-have for any fan of retro gaming. Its stunning visuals, insightful commentary, and nostalgic charm make it a true masterpiece that belongs on the shelf of every gaming enthusiast. Whether you’re reliving cherished memories or discovering new favourites, this book is sure to delight and inspire for years to come.

Where to buy/pre-order:
  • Title: The Unofficial N64: A Visual Compendium
  • Store: PixelCrib
  • Price: AU$69.99

image source: Alex Boz for ausretrogamer

Disclaimer: The Unofficial N64: A Visual Compendium book was kindly provided by PixelCrib for this review.

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