Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More great stuff underway!

Some months ago, I posted about the beautiful 2013 and 2014 editions of Nintendo's company guide, given to (prospective) staff of Nintendo in Japan.


I recently managed to get my hands on a few more of these; editions 2009 to 2012, to be precise.

These fantastically designed books provide a rare glimpse into the kitchen of our favorite (video) game developer from Kyoto. You can expect full coverage here soon!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

(A bit) more news about the Before Mario book

This week we released some new information about the upcoming Before Mario book.

More information will become available soon, but for now here's a first glimpse of the content within this book.

"The period from 1965 to 1983 was a pivotal time for Nintendo, during which it transformed from manufacturer of traditional playing cards into a key player in the area of electronic entertainment. BEFORE MARIO provides a richly illustrated overview of over fifty Nintendo toys and games that are representative of these formative years."


BEFORE MARIO is 228 pages chockfull with information and hundreds of pictures taken exclusively for this book. It measures 24 by 20 centimeters.


A limited edition of 500 will be available during pre-order, with alternative cover.

Stay tuned for (pre)ordering information.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Big news!

I have some exciting news to share with you, about a project that has been cooking inside Before Mario's headquarters for quite some time: Before Mario has been turned into a book!


This brand new book will be released by Omaké Books, at the end of November. It will be available in English and French. Pre-ordering will be possible from October.

More information soon! Stay tuned!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Beforemario at the Retro Game Experience

Hi folks!

I realize it has been a bit quiet here the last few months. I expect to pick up the regular posting again towards the end of the year, but until then I will be quite busy with some other projects.

One of these is an upcoming exhibition of part of my collection. This will happen as part of a great three-day retro game event called the Retro Game Experience. It will be held in Hilversum in the Netherlands, in the weekend from September 12 to 14.

Retro Game Experience 2014

You may recall I visited the first edition of this event last year.

At this year's event, I will be showing a broad selection from my collection of Nintendo toys and games from 1965 to 1983. Many of the cool items featured on this blog will be on display. This will be a unique opportunity to see these items in real life. I don't believe something similar has been been organized before, except for the 2007 exhibition held by Isao Yamazaki in Osaka.

Besides the beforemario exhibition, there is much more to see and do. The 2014 edition promises to be even bigger and better than last year. More information can be found here in Dutch and here in English. Details about my section of the event are here in Dutch and here in English.

I am personally looking forward most to the arcade hall. I had a blast last year playing all these games in an authentic arcade environment. Here's the teaser for the event.


So, if you are in the neighborhood, please drop by in Hilversum. I would love to meet you!

And regarding regular updates on this blog, please stay tuned. I appreciate your patience.