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Bilingual book (English and French).

BEFORE MARIO provides a richly illustrated overview of over fifty of Nintendo's fantastic toys and games.

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Until the 1960s, Nintendo was a modestly successful company, which manufactured playing cards for the local Japanese market. Fast forward 25 years and Nintendo has become a world leader in electronic entertainment. How did this miraculous transformation come about?

BEFORE MARIO will answer that question, through a richly illustrated overview of over fifty Nintendo toys and games, that represent this crucial period in the company's history (1965 to 1983). Some of these toys appear here in print for the very first time. Together they show the path that Nintendo traversed, as it evolved into one of Japan’s most admired and valuable companies.


Written by Erik VOSKUIL, owner the world’s largest private collection of Nintendo products from the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s, with a foreword by Satoru OKADA, one of the geniuses in Nintendo's first game design team and later manager of the R&D department, (co)designer of many of Nintendo's games and toys, including Game & Watch, Metroid and the Game Boy.
BEFORE MARIO is a book for collectors of vintage and original games and toys as well as for everybody interested to learn more about the fascinating early history of Nintendo.




+ Exclusive bookmark signed by the author, Erik Voskuil!

+ Omaké Books trading card (#16)!

+ Greatly reduced fee for worldwide shipping (only €2)!


Title : BEFORE MARIO (The Fantastic toys from the video game giant's early days)

Author/Photographer: Erik VOSKUIL

Foreword by: Satoru OKADA (co-creator of the Game Boy, Game & Watch and many vintage Nintendo toys)

Pages: 224 pages

Size: 20x24 cm

Quality: hard cover, 100% color.

I.S.B.N : 978-2-919603-10-7

Availability: 20 November 2014

Bilingual book (English/French)


 ATTENTION : we usually ship within 24/48h. But please take into account that depending on countries or states, the delivery may take 2-6 weeks. Thank you for your understanding. If you want a tracking number, please don't take the €1 shipping offer.







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