Game Over Press Start to Continue The Maturing of Mario written by David Sheff and first published in 1993 is one of the oldest retrogaming publication even though it didn’t bear that name at the time.
It goes through Nintendo’s history from its foundation in 1889 to its conquest of the Western world in the early 1980s with a small arcade game called Donkey Kong. Not too technical, the book deals with many interesting parts of Nintendo’s history such as the lucrative deal with Coleco that earned the Kyoto-based company more than $5 million in licensing; or the lawsuit against MCA/Universal over the “Kong” terms too close to what they called their King Kong; or my favorite part in the book, how Nintendo backstabbed Atari, Mirrorsoft and even
The author also managed to collect quotes from top key people like Minoru Arakawa, former Nintendo of America’s CEO and Hiroshi Yamauchi’s son-in-law; and Howard Lincoln, Nintendo’s lawyer during the lawsuit and the person who chose to stand up to MCA/Universal and owner of the MLB Seattle Mariners.
If you like Nintendo and would love to know more about their history and their arrival in the West, this book is for you even though the book is unfortunately rare nowadays.
Title: Game Over Press Start to Continue The Maturing of Mario
Author: David Sheff
Publisher: Cyber Active Game Press
# of pages: 498
Original Release Date: 1993
Ease of read: ★★★★★