The Definitive Super Mario Encyclopedia From Dark Horse Is Available to Pre-Order

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If you're a huge Super Mario fan, and pretty much everyone at the WWG office is, then there's a really exciting project from Dark Horse and Nintendo that you need to be paying attention to. It's called the Super Mario Encyclopedia, and it's freaking exactly what it sounds like. This is going to be a profusely illustrated, extremely detailed, insider's look at the evolution of the Super Mario series. Whether you're into lore and character designs, or the type of person who likes to know interesting factoids about development and game glitches, there's going to be so much information here for you. You can pre-order your copy right here.

"Super Mario Encyclopedia is jam-packed with content from all seventeen Super Mario games," the listing reads, "from the original Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario 3D World. Track the evolution of the Goomba, witness the introduction of Yoshi, and relive your favorite levels. This tome also contains an interview with producer Takashi Tezuka, tips to help you find every coin, star, sun, and mushroom--even explanations of glitches! With information on enemies, items, obstacles, and worlds from over thirty years of Mario, Super Mario Encyclopedia is the definitive resource for everything Super Mario!"

The original Super Mario Bros. was released in 1985, and Super Mario 3D World launched for the Wii U in 2013. So we're talking about almost 30 years of history behind the world's most famous video game series and all of its characters, settings, enemies, mechanics, designs, and stories. This is going to be am invaluable tome for collectors, and at 256 pages, it will be a mighty tome indeed.

The only downside to any of this is that the encyclopedia won't be released until October 23. The wait is going to be absolutely brutal, but at least we know it will be worth it. We've seen enough from Dark Horse to know that this is going to be exceptionally bound and put together, and $39.99 is a really attractive price for what we're getting. We can't wait to show it off to you all this October!

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