Just in time for the reveal and release of Nintendo’s upcoming mini NES Classic console release, Prima Games has revealed the new Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics book. Set for release later this year, it is written by Garitt Rocha and is described as “A Veritable Love Letter to Nintendo Fans!”

The hardcover book is packed full of retrospective analysis and information on many of Nintendo’s most iconic characters, games and personnel. It details everything from in-depth/behind the scenes coverage of some of the system’s most classic titles, while offering up interviews, commentary and more from some of the visionaries that made it all happen.

You can also expect hand-drawn maps, characters, environment art and a series of vintage Nintendo ads, along with “excerpts” from back issues of Nintendo Power magazine.

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The book takes a detailed look at 17 classic NES titles: Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Dr. Mario, Excitebike, Ice Climber, Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure, Mario Bros., Metroid, Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, StarTropics, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

And better yet, it comes in what appears to be a pretty amazing “embossed slipcase” designed to resemble a classic NES cartridge. It will arrive on November 18th and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon for $27.85 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $49. That’s 38% off the $50 Amazon was originally charging and the lowest we have seen it offered for.

While we are talking vintage gaming, you’ll definitely want to check out the new ATGames Sega Mega Drive system as well as our feature on the best ways to play all the old classics while you’re waiting for Nintendo’s new mini NES to arrive.

A Veritable Love Letter to Nintendo Fans!

Exclusive embossed slipcase holds this hardcover tome in a clever package that resembles a classic NES Game Pak

A fascinating retrospective on 17 NES classics—including Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda!

Interviews and commentary from Nintendo visionaries who pioneered this era of gaming.

A showcase of vintage advertising and priceless excerpts from Nintendo Power magazine back issues!

Plus hand-drawn maps, character and game environment art, and much more!

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