Review – Playing With Power Hardcover Edition

VANAPHASE™ the Vanadium powerhouse!

Playing With PowerOn November 11, 2016, to coincide with the release of the NES Classic Mini from Nintendo, Prima Games released Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics. This 320 page book takes you back in time with tips, tricks and walkthroughs for 17 of Nintendo’s classic games, which also happen to be the 17 games on the NES Classic Mini. Join us as we take a closer look at the Hardcover Collector’s Edition of Prima Games’  Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics.

When you pick up the hardcover edition of Playing With Power, you will immediately notice the slipcover. Designed on all sides to look like a NES cartridge, the slipcover has ridges in all the right places. Everywhere the original cartridges had any sort of texture, from the little triangle on the front, to the horizontal stripe of ridges on the front, to the cartridge board on the bottom, everywhere you expect there to be texture on an actual cartridge has  a varying degree of embossing here. The book’s hardcover is designed in NES grey wit half of a controller on both sides with the title in classic Nintendo red. The feel of the book is identical to Prima’s other hardcover guides.

20161128_105717

Now onto the meat and potatoes of the book. The majority of the book covers the 17 Nintendo published titles that are on the NES Classic Mini. Each game’s section covers everything from controls to tips to walkthroughs for certain section. Every little piece of information is here. Let’s take a look at The Legend of Zelda, for example. The section first gives you the basic information (credits, game synopsis) and general tips before going over the items and enemies in the game. Then it goes in depth into each of the game’s various dungeons. For each dungeon, Prima has provided detailed maps that indicate where every key, map and enemy is inside. In addition to detailed maps, Prima also includes little anecdotes from tips on defeating enemies and bosses to tips on effectively using your items and weapons, such as “Proper Boomerang Usage.” How in depth each game’s coverage goes depends on the game (looking at you Excitebike) but most have pretty extensive coverage. Spread throughout the book are sections relating to Nintendo and the NES (such as detail information on how the control deck and game paks work, timelines on Nintendo’s early, mid, and late game output, and even a interview with Shigeru Miyamoto reprinted from the Jan/Fab 1990 issue of Nintendo Power).

20161128_105822

The Collector’s Edition of Playing With Power does have kind of high MSRP price point at $44.99. That being said, this is probably one of the coolest books I have looked at in a while. Maybe it is the Nintendo fanboy or the nostalgia talking. Maybe both. I don’t now if I can really justify it at that price for the non-hardcore Nintendo fan, but the book is definitely worth picking up, even if it is just the paperback version. That gamepak slipcover is dope as hell, though. 

Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics
  • Hardcover Edition
3.5

The Verdict

Sure, you can find most of this info for free online. Hell, you might know all these tips and tricks. Having all these tips and tricks in one handy spot is a real convenience for when you are playing the NES Mini. Especially when coupled with the bits about the history of the NES or on how it works. The score was given on the entire package based on cost. If I scored just the contents of the book, it would probably be a 4 or 4.5. The price point is a hard pill to swallow for most non-hardcore Nintendo fans, however, there is a cheeper, paperback version of the book that is definitely worth a look.

Sending
User Review
0 (0 votes)
YogaOutlet.com

Leave a Reply

Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Michel and Oliver Gondry Present Six Daring Short Films in ‘Las Vegas Love Stories’

Michel Gondry is one of the most visually stunning directors working...

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Revisiting ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ on Blu-ray

blu It’s not always easy to figure out why a film...

Superman Celebrates 40th Anniversary with release of Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital 11/6

From Warner Bros – BURBANK, CA, September 25, 2018 – Warner...

Event News Event Reviews
The 9th Annual Brew HA HA Craft Beer Photo Gallery

Photos by FanboyNation Craft Beer Expert, Dave Warner. Related

Long Beach Comic Con Photo Gallery

Related

viz media
Have no Fear, for Viz Media is Here! – SDCC 2018

I grew up reading more manga than I did American comics....

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Exclusive Track Premiere from Madden NFL 19!

(July 26, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records today...

Star Ocean Anamnesis
8.0/10
The Most Intuitively Fun Gameplay of Any Mobile RPG – Star Ocean Anamnesis Review

Star Ocean Anamnesis is hands down the most fun and intuitive gameplay...

Ghostbusters World
Strap On Your Jumpsuits and Proton Packs – Ghostbusters World First Look

Ghostbusters World First Look at SDCC2018 – When someone asks you if...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Five Questions for Gary Morgenstein About ‘A Mound Over Hell’

Gary Morgenstein is a journalist, public relations expert and author with...

Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel
Dark Horse Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel Revealed

Dark Horse reveals new original Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic...

black torch
Black Torch – New Supernatural, Action Manga from Viz Media

VIZ Media releases a new, supernatural story with the release of...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Nooligan Talks About His New DC Collectibles Batman Family Line

Visual Artist Nooligan uses the influences of his First Nation ancestry along...

DC Collectibles Brings Batman Dark Nights: Metal to Life

Straight from the pages of the bestselling DARK NIGHTS: METAL comics series comes...

pix
Make Better PIX this Year with PIX Smart Animative Backpack

Start the school year off by making better life PIX, like picking up...

Arena Football Automotives MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
Bellator Hawaii to be Exlusively Aired on DAZN

From Bellator MMA – LOS ANGELES – The Neal S. Blaisdell Arena...

USA Boxing’s 1st West Coast Alumni Association Comes to Hollywood

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (September 11, 2018) – The stars will be...

Trifecta/UFC Kick-off Golden Ticket Giveaway for Sold Out UFC 229 Khabib vs. McGregor Epic VIP Experience

Running from today, September 11th through September 16th, the first 250 orders...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics presents: Harry Potter and the cat conjuring pt: 5… no, 4!

Oh this cat conjuring thing is getting out of hand!

Fantoy Comics Presents Harry Potter and the Cat Conjuring Pt3

Pt 3 of the epic non-canonical Harry Potter and the Cat...

Fantoy Comics Presents – Harry Potter and the Cat Conjuring pt 2

Pt 2 in the epic non-canonical adventure of Harry Potter and...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Coastal Commoners Ep 3 The Dirty World of Politics

Editor’s Note: The views reflected in Coastal Commoners are those of...

Coastal Commoners Ep 2 Who’s Better Chris Jericho or Ric Flair and The Black Superman ‘Controversy’

This week Gary and R.C. respectfully disagree on who the better...

Coastal Commoners Ep 1 Rosh Hashanah and the Assyrian/Jewish Connection

Editor’s Note: The views of Mr. Morgenstein and Mr. Samo do...

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Deadpool 2 Vinyl Giveaway!

We are giving away a copy of Deadpool 2 Score Soundtrack on...

Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack
Blake Neely Behind-the-Scenes Recording of Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack

Check out this exclusive Behind-The-Scenes video with Blake Neely as he...

Rising Country Music Artist Kaylin Roberson Talks About her work with St. Jude

Kaylin Roberson is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Raleigh, North...

%d bloggers like this: