Sunday, September 9, 2018

FEATURED IN GAME INFORMER MAGAZINE -- The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A-M)

I was delighted to discover that my new Super Nintendo book, The SNES Omnibus Vol. 1, took the #1 spot in the Fall Reading List in the new issue of Game Informer Magazine. Click on the images for a closer look. You can order a signed copy of The SNES Omnibus direct from me and find out more information on the book HERE.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

New Super Nintendo Game Review - Sydney Hunter and the Caverns of Death

Back in 2014, I reviewed CollectorVision’s Sydney Hunter and the Shrines of Peril, a Smurf Rescue in Gargamel’s Castle pastiche for the Intellivision. Now it’s time for Sydney Hunter and the Caverns of Death, an action/adventure title for the Super Nintendo. CollectorVision is an independent company producing games for modern and vintage consoles, and Sydney Hunter, an amiable Indiana Jones-type adventurer and geologist, is basically their mascot.

In this 16-bit expedition, Sydney heads to the South Pacific and explores the mysterious Sundial Island, home of Mount Doom. Deep within Mount Doom are treasures untold and a volcano god who demands human sacrifice. Tempted by a colorful jewel on a pedestal in a cavern within the mountain, Sydney ventures boldly inside, only to get trapped. You must help him gather treasure, battle enemies, and find his way out.

Armed only with a boomerang and a torch (for lighting the way), Sydney must run, jump, and climb through the various caverns, hurling his weapon at bats, frogs, ghosts, firebirds, snails, and spiders. There are also obstacles to avoid, including green slime, dropping water, and ghost flames (which can’t be killed). Tricky jumps will test your dexterity, and you must tread carefully throughout the game because one-hit deaths are the rule of the day—unless you are playing easy mode, where Sydney can find hats along the way. While wearing a hat, Sydney can take an extra hit.

There are no inventory systems to manage, magic potions to mix, weapons to upgrade, or other such complications, meaning some will find the goings a little light for their tastes. However, others will enjoy the simple, pick-up-and-play nature of the game. I find myself in the latter camp, especially since the game is deeper than it appears on the surface. As you make your way through the caverns, you must pick up crystal skulls, diamonds, and golden idols and carry them to specific places to make your way out.

Graphically, the game isn’t oozing with detail, but it does have a pleasant appearance, with a cute protagonist, nice lighting effects, glowing walls, and rising lava (when it’s time to quickly exit the cavern). From an aural standpoint, the music fits the mood nicely. More importantly, the game is fun, it has solid controls, and it presents a fair challenge.

As icing on the cake, the packaging is top-notch, old-school SNES, with box art by Joe Simko of Garbage Pail Kids trading card fame. If nothing else, the game is a nice stop-gap while we all wait for the highly anticipated Sydney Hunter & TheCurse Of The Mayan for the Nintendo Switch, Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

You can purchase your copy of Sydney Hunter and the Caverns of Death HERE.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Foreword by Brett Weiss

This year I had the distinct honor of writing the forewords to two very cool video game-related projects: The Bits of Yesterday, a documentary on collecting vintage video games featuring such celebs as Pat Contri and James Rolfe, and The Minds Behind the Games, a book featuring interviews with developers of such classics as Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, and Yars' Revenge.
 The Bits of Yesterday was directed by Darrin Peloquin while The Minds Behind the Games was authored by Patrick Hickey, Jr. Both are great ambassadors for the retro gaming community.

Click on the image to read my foreword to The Bits of Yesterday:

Click on the images read my foreword to The Minds Behind the Games:

Monday, August 20, 2018

NOW AVAILABLE! - The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A-M) with FREE MAGAZINE

You can now purchase a signed copy of The SNES Omnibus direct from me, Brett Weiss, and you will receive a copy of Old School Gamer Magazine #5, which is the new issue, for free. Simply PayPal $59.98 to, and I will send you The SNES Omnibus (signed) and the magazine. Thanks!

*Write-ups for 350+ games *2,000+ full-color photos *Nostalgic stories from famous gamers *History *Reviews *Memories *Fun Facts *Essays *Quotes from vintage magazines *And more!

416 pgs. - 230,000+ words - Large Format (9x12) - Deluxe hardcover coffee table book with dust jacket

For more info about the book, click HERE.

Click on the image below for a closer look. Click HERE for a bigger and even closer look at several pages via Amazon.

Free magazine with purchase of The SNES Omnibus!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

SNES Omnibus Vol. 1 Book Reading!

The super talented Chris Baker has created a reading of my new book, The SNES Omnibus Vol. 1. More specifically, the chapter focusing on The Death and Return of Superman. You can watch the video in full screen by clicking HERE.

SNES Omnibus Writer Spotlight #28 - John Szczepaniak

John Szczepaniak is my kind of cat: a prolific author and journalist writing about video games. He has thoroughly explored a subject I know little about: the inner workings of Japanese game development. I'm grateful to John for his informative and entertaining contributions to the SNES Omnibus project. Judging by our interactions online, John is also a nice guy and a solid citizen. Thanks, John!

John Szczepaniak has been a journalist for over 15 years and has interviewed more than 180 people. He is also a novelist and copy editor. His trilogy of interview books, The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers, is available on Amazon and totals nearly a million words detailing previously undocumented secrets about your favorite Japanese games, direct from the developers themselves. He’s written for Gamasutra, Game Developer Magazine, Retro Gamer, GamesTM, Official PlayStation Magazine, The Escapist and Hardcore Gaming101, plus over a dozen other outlets.

Monday, August 6, 2018

VIDEO REVIEW - The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A-M)

Check out this polished, entertaining and even funny video review of my new book, The SNES Omnibus Vol. 1. Thanks to David Hoffman for a job well done. You can watch the video full screen HERE.