SNES Omnibus Volume 2 (N-Z) Review
Last year, author Brett Weiss surprised the retrogaming community with his superb SNES Omnibus Volume 1, focusing on titles beginning with the letters A through M. Featuring highly detailed excerpts on each game, the giant book served as an encyclopedia / coffee table book that many guests in my household loved looking through, while waxing nostalgic about simpler times of blowing on cartridges and gaming systems that did not rely on internet connections.
This second volume immediately picks up where Brett left off, and covers all Super Nintendo games released in the United States that begin with the letters N through Z. The layout is what strikes me as the most positive element of these two excellent additions to my retro book collection. Each page is masterfully designed and is very easy on the eyes. Brett has the knowledge to know which games truly deserve the coverage of more than one page, and which ones can stick to the half of a page format. One of my favorite parts is seeing the old advertisements for these games that regularly appeared in magazines that were passed around our neighborhood such as Game Pro and Electronic Gaming Monthly.
The tales of gamers providing their stories about each title are interesting as well. I particularly enjoyed hearing about similar tales of receiving games for holiday gifts, or being blown away about Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels being included on the Super Mario All-Stars cartridge. I wish something like this book was available in the mid-nineties, the closest I had was the Super NES green guide from Nintendo Power, which never came close to being complete compendium of all Super Nintendo titles.
Overall the SNES Omnibus Volume 2 (N-Z) is a wonderful companion piece to last year’s release of Volume 1. All entries are very informative and are bright and colorful. This hardcover book with dust jacket has pages that have a nice weight to them and have a semi-gloss finish, giving off a professional look. Listed at a MSRP of $49.99, there is extreme value in all 464 pages of this masterpiece. This guide book is perfect for Super Nintendo Collectors, and anyone who had a Super Nintendo growing up back in the 1990s.