Shop now Shop Clothing clo_fly_aw15_NA_shoes Shop All Shop All Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop Fire TV Shop now Shop Fire HD 6 Shop Kindle Voyage Shop Now Shop now

Customer Reviews

12
4.3 out of 5 stars
5 star
5
4 star
6
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Picked this up on an impulse the other day after seeing the cover, and I'd consider it a tenner pretty well spent (bought it in a bookshop - the cheaper Amazon price is even better value). The prose extremely straightforward and easy to read, resulting in the book being a pretty quick read - my guess is that the writer is a journalist or blogger day-to-day. There's some great stories about Nintendo, especially the stuff about some of the most important people in the company's history such as Yamuchi, Arakawa, and Miyamoto which rounds them out nicely as people rather than names. On the negative side though, the writer skips or glosses over parts of the story, such as the impact of Mario 64 or the whole GBA/Gamecube era, as well as several Mario titles, leaving the book feel a little empty in places. Also, there are some random stories inserted randomly, making it seem like he had stuff he wanted to include but no logical place to insert it.

That said, really enjoyable read and I devoured it in a matter of hours, and would easily recommend to anyone who is a gaming fan.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 6 March 2014
This is a truly brilliant read. I couldn't put it down and finished it in three days. The author has been very passionate with his words. As a consequence the book is very well written. Its relevant to mention the author is a well established gaming journalist, hence why his sentences flow together rather elegantly.

Theres a few issues I have with it. Firstly I understand the book is called 'How Nintendo Conquered America'; yet I would have enjoyed a more comprehensive examination of Nintendo's European success, not simply America and Japan. This book covers Japan and North America extensively, yet I would have liked some more research into other regions, especially Europe. The other thing is that this book is simply black and white text. I would have also liked the option of a fully coloured hardback edition. For a book like this, I felt that text alone dosen't do the narrative justice. I would have loved to have seen pictures of Super Mario Bros. 3 super smash launch around the world, or images of Nintendos' consoles innards. The author describes hardware specifications at some points, yet without images its difficult to contextualise what he means. For example he explains that the console nomenclature (bits) refers to an exponential output in power, not cardinal. Thus I would have liked maybe a few diagrams to demonstrate this point more clearly.

Aside from that, I would say this is geared to anyone with an interest in the history of the games industry. However... To me this isn't just a book about Nintendo. Its a book that delves into the resilience of the human spirit. I felt very emotional at points in the book reading about how the team at Nintendo defied all expectations. How every failure made them stronger. Theres one point in the book the author describes the launch of the original NES console. The president of Nintendo (at the time) took one gamble... he decided to pack Super Mario Bros. with every NES console. It was his ace in the hole. It was magic to read about these pivotal moments in Nintendo's history, where one wrong move could make or break the company. This book is excellent. The only reason I awarded 4 stars is because its not enough, this story deserves photos and full colour in hardback, but for £7 the paperback is definitely a worthwhile read.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is a really good book, with tons of information about how Nintendo built itself into the company we see today and I would have given it 5 stars if it had been proofread properly.
Throughout the whole book, the author refers to the Japanese NES as the Famicon, but it is called the Famicom! For a book charting a company, it should really get the product names correct.
There are many other mistakes, such as using the number 0 instead of the letter o, using a person's name twice in one sentence and spelling it wrong one of these times, and at one point the book talks about the company Phillips but then starts calling them Panasonic! Things like this make parts of the book hard to read and will have you reading a page over to try and work out if you have lost the narrative at some point.
Also the authors use of brackets and commas to go into a tangent is not always elegant and you may find yourself again needing to re-read a section to get back on track from the tangential information.
That said, if you are interested in video game history, the book is well worth reading.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2013
This is a really good book. I recommend this book to Nintendo fans. During long train rides I read this book and it kept me entertained very well. An extremely good book. Even though it is expensive it is well worth the money.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 19 April 2015
Don't get me wrong. The book is funny and entertaining. But it lacks the depth knowledge of the systems and the situations that the author is describing. It is not like other titles as 'Console Wars' where you can feel the author has gone the extra mile interviewing the main players of the book and knowing things that are not available in Wikipedia. I paid £7 for the kindle editions and it seems a little bit pricey for what I got.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 17 February 2015
I liked this book. Provides a great insight into nintendo's history and now I know more about nintendo than I probably should. It does run out of steam towards the end but never the less a brilliant geeky book.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 30 May 2014
Bought for my son, who just loves this book. So much information and history that he's read it many times.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 4 November 2014
Had useful information about Mario's origins, including what he was inspired by.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 15 July 2015
Really insightful, enjoyable to read. Good work.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 16 June 2015
Amazing Insight
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this item also viewed

The Illustrated History of 151 Videogames
The Illustrated History of 151 Videogames by Simon Parkin (Hardcover - 10 Dec. 2013)
£14.94

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia by Shigeru Miyamoto (Hardcover - 29 Jan. 2013)
£17.67
 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.