BOOK REVIEW!!! The SNES Omnibus

Allright, so it’s been a while since I updated, and for that, my apologies. The month of July has been pretty crazy as far as being busy with real world stuff.

BUT, I have something very neat to show you today, something I didn’t expect to do, but the opportunity popped up, and I couldn’t resist, so we’re doing a BOOK REVIEW today! Yes, that’s right, I’m writing about a book of writing! It’s a pretty cool book though, and it has lots of pictures.

A few weeks ago, I got an email asking if we’d like to cover the SNES Omnibus, by video game author, Brett Weiss. Over the years Brett has put together a few books about retro gaming, including The 100 Greatest Console Video Games (1977-1987), Classic Home Video Games, 1985-1988: A Complete Reference Guide, and Classic Home Video Games 1989-1990: A Complete Guide to Sega Genesis, Neo Geo and Turbografx-16 Games.

The SNES Ominbus, Vol. 1, covers every game released for the SNES, in alphabetical order from A through M.  The book is pretty hefty, and has that nice brand-new-textbook smell when you open it.  Okay that’s not really a critique, but I just noticed it and I love that smell of new books.

Anyways, the book covers pretty much every game you can remember, and then a lot of those that you may not, or even those that you’ve tried to forget about.  Aaahh!!! Real Monsters is one of those I’ve tried to forget about.

Sam and I spent the weekend flipping through it, and being mesmerized by long lost memories.  She in particular remembered playing Faceball for god knows how many months with her sister, when they were younger.  I personally had never even heard of that game, but the cover art did seem vaguely familiar in my head.

Each game has a write up about it, including info such as the publisher, the developer, original release dates, and other info, such as reviews of the games, when they were originally released.

The most interesting thing that I learned from this book, is actually about the only sports game that I’ve ever enjoyed playing, and that game is Mega Man Soccer.  Apparently, NO ONE wanted it, or expected it.  I don’t know why, but I rented that game from Blockbuster at least 7 times, and is the only soccer video game I have ever willingly played in my life, even to this day, mostly because I don’t acknowledge soccer as a real sport, but that’s another point.  If someone rebooted this for modern day consoles, I’d preorder it in a heartbeat.  I already have it side loaded onto our SNES classic, and it’s the only sports game on there.  It’s a classic, y’all are just missing out.


Mario is Missing, is yet another title that I have long forgotten about, but I also rented at least 3 or 4 times.  I’m not sure why, seeing as how it was technically an “educational” game, but I was addicted to it for some reason.

Overall, there’s quite a lot of history and information for all of the games included in the book, and it’s a great trip down memory lane, if you spent quite some time in front of your SNES as a kid, like we did.

You can currently pick it up from Amazon for $49.99.   Can’t wait for Volume 2 to release, personally.  This book makes addition to any gamer’s library, and would be fun to show to your friends when they come over, to reminisce, and get you digging through storage to find your old games.