Super Mario Encyclopedia Set to Release in October

Dark Horse Publishing looks to turn the history of Mario into a coffee table tome.

Dark Horse Publishing is teaming up with Nintendo to create an encyclopedia that details the design of the Super Mario series. 

The Super Mario Encyclopedia‘s coverage extends from the 1985 release of Super Mario Bros. for the NES to the release of 2015’s Super Mario 3D World. While that sadly means that Super Mario Odyssey will not be covered in-depth by the book – it may warrant a mention – this encyclopedia still figures to provide an in-depth look at the franchise. 

Included within its 256 pages are detailed character descriptions, maps of the various level designs, a history of pro tricks and game glitches, collectible guides, fond memories from some of the games’ creators, and much more. It sounds like the final product may be a bit more artwork intensive than information heavy, but given the beauty of Nintendo’s design – and the undeniable appeal of a coffee table book – that might not be a bad thing at all.

The encyclopedia will release on October 23rd. It will retail for $39.99 and should be available via most major outlets. There’s no word on whether or not Dark Horse also plans to release a special edition of the Super Mario Encylopedia.

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This isn’t the first time that Dark Horse and Nintendo have joined forces. You may recall that Dark Horse is responsible for the recent Legend of Zelda volumes that detailed the development and design of those games via developer’s notes, drawings, maps, and more. Those collections were praised for their details, artwork, and general entertainment value. The collector’s edition of one of the volumes was even designed to resemble a classic Zelda NES cartridge. 

It’s usually pretty easy to recommend these books to Nintendo fans and collectors. At the very least, it should help tide you over during this terrible point in life known as the time between new Mario games.