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  1. Hi, everyone, I've got a new YouTube show where I tell stories from the early days of video games. I've been gaming since the mid-1970s, so I have a lot of stories to tell. You can watch the first episode of Tales from a Retro Gamer here: Thanks for watching!
  2. Amazon has a great deal going: The SNES Omnibus two-volume set is on sale for less than $70, which is a nice discount off the combined cover price of $99.98. As of this post, The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A–M) is $36.22 while The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 2 (N–Z) is $33.06. These books were a labor of love by yours truly and were years in the making. Check out sample pages from Vol. 1, which is available now, HERE. Check out sample pages from Vol. 2, which is shipping April 28, HERE. With the two-volume set, you’ll get: *Two deluxe hardcover coffee table books, each with a colorful centerfold featuring your favorite SNES characters *More than 470,000 words; More than 870 pages *Write-ups for EVERY U.S. release for the Super Nintendo; Each game gets at least one page *More than 4,100 full-color images: box art, cartridge scans, screenshots, vintage ads *Nostalgic stories from prominent YouTube celebs, programmers, authors, and other industry insiders *Quotes from vintage magazines *Memories *Historical info *Reviews *Essays on the Super Game Boy, the Super Scope, the Console Wars, and Super Metroid
  3. I've started posting reviews on my website on a much more frequent basis. I recently reviewed Oddworld: Abe's Oddyssee for PlayStation, Paperboy for Nintendo 64, Chuck Norris Superkicks for ColecoVision, Airlock for Atari 2600, Blueprint for Atari 5200, and Carnival for Intellivision. Check them out here: http://www.brettweisswords.com/ Thanks for reading!
  4. Any fans of The Game Chasers here? There's a new article about them where Billy discusses their forthcoming film, how he met Jay, Retropalooza, their YouTube channel, and more: http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/entertainment/03-26-19-game-chasers-youtube-show-Billy-Chaser-Jay-Hunter-movie/
  5. Attention gaming writers/journalists: If you would like to review The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 2 (N–Z) in advance of its April 28 release date, please email me with your request and the URL where the review will appear. I will have my publisher email you a PDF of the book. Email me at [email protected] Thanks! http://www.brettweisswords.com/2018/09/the-snes-omnibus-vol-2-now-available.html Volume 2 of The SNES Omnibus is a fun and informative look at ALL the original Super Nintendo games released in the US starting with the letters N-Z. More than 375 games are featured, including such iconic titles as Star Fox, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Tetris Attack, and Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Each game, whether obscure or mainstream, is covered in exhaustive detail. In addition to thorough gameplay descriptions, the book includes reviews, fun facts, historical data, quotes from vintage magazines, and, best of all, nostalgic stories about many of the games from programmers, authors, convention exhibitors, video game store owners, YouTube celebs, and other industry insiders. The book also features more than 2,000 full-color images, including box art, cartridges, screenshots, and vintage ads. Plus, there’s a gorgeous centerfold starring your favorite SNES characters. Includes nostalgic stories by such gaming celebs as John Jackson Miller (best-selling author of Star Trek and Star Wars novels), David Warhol (Intellivision programmer), Steve Woita (Genesis and Atari 2600 programmer), Rusel DeMaria (author of SNES strategy guides), Kelsey Lewin (popular YouTuber), John Riggs (popular YouTuber), John Lester (popular YouTuber), and many others.
  6. Sneak a peak at The SNES Omnibus Vol. 2! Amazon now has some nice sample pages you can zoom in on. Read nostalgic stories by YouTube celeb Kelsey Lewin, esports champ Matt Miller, author Bill Loguidice, historian Michael Thomasson, SNES strategy guide author Rusel DeMaria, and superhero expert and industry veteran Chris Baker. Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/SNES-Omnibus-Super-Nintendo-Games/dp/0764357255/ref=pd_sbs_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0764357255&pd_rd_r=6e26a15d-c8a3-11e8-a928-ef882c0cd905&pd_rd_w=k7eJX&pd_rd_wg=tOijo&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=53dead45-2b3d-4b73-bafb-fe26a7f14aac&pf_rd_r=HJT1RTR0FNJ9N2ZP8302&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=HJT1RTR0FNJ9N2ZP8302
  7. There are some YouTube videos reviewing The SNES Omnibus, if anyone wants to check them out:
  8. For the The Test Drive II insider insight, he did comment on the SNES version when he referenced the 16 bit machines. Part of the strength of the book is that the Insider Insights are from a wide variety of people of different ages and backgrounds. That they discuss other versions in addition to the SNES versions is a plus in my book (so to speak). The Insider Insights vary greatly in tone and content. Some may be more to your liking than others. I like that there is such variety. Here's another review to consider, from someone name C. Chandler on Amazon: Brett Weiss, author of The 100 Greatest Video Games (1977-1987) has created a new series called the SNES Omnibus. Split up into two editions, Brett takes the entire Super Nintendo library and splits it right down the middle. The first release which debuted at the end of July covers all games that start with the letters A-M. Featured in a beautiful hard-bound edition in a glossy dust jacket features information about the famed 16-bit system and it's video game library. The first thing you will notice when you crack open the SNES Omnibus is how colorful the pages are. Every page seems to stand out due to the massive amount of artwork that decorates throughout the book. Screenshots, box and cartridge art as well as original advertisements from magazines all adorn the pages of each game entry. Most entries stick to a single page per game, although there are some where two pages are necessary just due the sheer amount of information that was provided for that title. Contributor entries also are posted throughout, recalling memories of their childhood or how they had an opportunity to purchase a rarer title but failed to do so in the past. All of it is entertaining and informative, and gives you a perspective into some of the lives of fellow video game collectors. Overall the SNES Omnibus Volume 1 is a great addition to any video game enthusiast's bookshelf. I found myself scouring the pages of this masterpiece like I would as a child receiving this month's issue of Nintendo Power. I found no errors in any of the factoids presented. The paper quality is above par for most retrogaming books that are similar in nature. The only downside I found is now I have to wait until Volume 2 is released to get games N through Z! If you are remotely a fan of the Super Nintendo, you owe it to yourself to pick this book up.
  9. My forthcoming book, The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 2 (N–Z), is now available for pre-order. It features more than 2,000 photos, write-ups for more than 375 games, nostalgic stories by famous industry folks, and much more. Click here for more info: https://www.amazon.com/SNES-Omnibus-Super-Nintendo-Games/dp/0764357255/ref=pd_sbs_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0764357255&pd_rd_r=cdcc31bf-c319-11e8-85d4-ef9f8da44be6&pd_rd_w=FPanM&pd_rd_wg=DjR0H&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=53dead45-2b3d-4b73-bafb-fe26a7f14aac&pf_rd_r=PAWAPME84DBVTCWWD11S&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=PAWAPME84DBVTCWWD11S Thanks for reading! For those who pre-order The SNES Omnibus Vol. 2 direct, I will include a physical copy of my book of short stories, The Arcade and Other Strange Tales, as a bonus item with your shipment. Plus, I will go ahead and send you a digital copy of The Arcade and Other Strange Tales right away. Or, I will ship a physical copy of Old School Gamer Magazine #5 with your order. I will include some surprises with your shipment as well. If you want an idea of what The SNES Omnibus Vol. 2 will look like inside, check out samples pages of Vol. 1 on Amazon by clicking HERE. Volume 2 of The SNES Omnibus is a fun and informative look at ALL the original Super Nintendo games released in the US starting with the letters N-Z. More than 375 games are featured, including such iconic titles as Star Fox, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Tetris Attack, and Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Each game, whether obscure or mainstream, is covered in exhaustive detail. In addition to thorough gameplay descriptions, the book includes reviews, fun facts, historical data, quotes from vintage magazines, and, best of all, nostalgic stories about many of the games from programmers, authors, convention exhibitors, video game store owners, YouTube celebs, and other industry insiders. The book also features more than 2,000 full-color images, including box art, cartridges, screenshots, and vintage ads. Plus, there’s a gorgeous centerfold starring your favorite SNES characters. Includes nostalgic stories by such gaming celebs as John Jackson Miller (best-selling author of Star Trek and Star Wars novels), David Warhol (Intellivision programmer), Steve Woita (Genesis and Atari 2600 programmer),Rusel DeMaria (author of SNES strategy guides), Kelsey Lewin (popular YouTuber), John Riggs (popular YouTuber), John Lester (popular YouTuber), and many others.
  10. The writer of the Test Drive II piece said he was inspired to get the game by the positive comments in the reviews. Even mediocre reviews typically have some positive comments. He doesn't mention 16-bit COMPUTER versions, so that's really not relevant in this case. If you have any other questions about the insider insights, let me know. Thanks.
  11. SNES Omnibus Update! Hey guys and gals, I’ve got a little news about Vol. 2. *I’ve seen the cover for The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 2 (N-Z), and it looks awesome! *I’ll be able to reveal the cover to Vol. 2 in September, which is when the book will be listed (but not available yet) on Amazon. *Vol. 2 will be released in the spring of 2019. Pre-orders will be available well before then, TBA. *Vol. 2 will have even more pages, words, and photos than Vol. 1 because of all the “Super” titles, but it will cost the same: $49.99. *New “industry insiders” contributing nostalgic stories for the book include best-selling author John Jackson Miller (Star Trek, Star Wars) and popular YouTubers Kelsey Lewin and John “Gamester81” Lester, among others. *Many returning favorites are featured as well, including Game Informer senior editor Ben Reeves, who wrote the new foreword. *Meanwhile, Vol. 1 signed copies are still available direct from me with a free copy of Old School Gamer Magazine #5. Click here for details: http://www.brettweisswords.com/p/the-snes-omnibus-vol-1-m.html
  12. The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A-M) is now in stock on Amazon. You can check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/SNES-Omnibus-Super-Nintendo-M/dp/0764355325/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 Or order a signed copy direct from me here: http://www.brettweisswords.com/p/the-snes-omnibus-vol-1-m.html The SNES Omnibus Vol. 1 features: *350+ game write-ups (EVERY U.S. release from A to M) *2000+ full-color photos *213,800 words *Fun and nostalgic SNES stories from more than 70 industry professionals *Professionally published by Schiffer Publishing (this is NOT self-published) *Bookstore distribution *History; fun facts; memories; quotes; and more! *Large format book with beautiful hardcover binding, glossy pages, and dust jacket *Author Brett Weiss has been gaming since 1975 and writing professionally about games since 1997 THANKS FOR READING!!
  13. Here's a new interview I did about The SNES Omnibus: https://www.twingalaxies.com/feed_details.php/1698/snes-omnibus-catalogues-and-celebrates-nintendo-golden-age
  14. I'll have my advance copy of The SNES Omnibus on display at CORGs on June 2. If you can't make it to the show in Columbus, Ohio, you can check it out on my website--please share on social media. Thanks! http://www.brettweisswords.com/2018/05/the-snes-omnibus-super-nintendo-and-its.html
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