The N64 Encyclopedia: Every Game Released for the Nintendo 64

White Owl. Nov. 2022. 264p. ISBN 9781526772183. $39.95. REF
Scullion (The Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Encyclopedia), a gamer for more than 30 years, provides detailed insight into the history of the popular entertainment medium. This is the fourth in a reference series dedicated to video gaming. The Nintendo 64 (N64) was released in 1996 and became an icon in the industry. At the time, 2D games were the most popular format, and the N64 introduced 3D virtual worlds that provided another level of “freedom, finesse and conviction.” The innovations created by this system included expanding the social side of gaming with four controller ports and the introduction of legendary titles, such as Super Smash Bros. The history of the N64 is detailed to include color advertisements and the chronology of its launch. Scullion has compiled all the titles released in the United States and Japan, making it a very comprehensive reference. Each title is briefly reviewed and contains color screenshots, release year, and related facts. This volume successfully argues that the N64 reset expectations for what video games could be and set the standard for many decades in the future.
VERDICT This reference work is a detailed historical accounting of this revolutionary gaming device. Recommended for casual fans, game designers and dedicated gaming aficionados.
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