Gallery: this magnificent SNES pixel art book will be the perfect Christmas gift

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The award-winning specialized editor Bitmap Books has just announced an English version of Robert Bannert and the unofficial SNES Pixel Book by Christine Bauer, and you can order it today.

Translated from the original German in collaboration with Elektrospieler, this 272-page volume is full of beautiful works of art from SNES, as well as a lot of written content that covers some of the console's most beloved titles, such as The world of Super Mario, Street Fighter II, Axle, Zelda: Link to the past and Super Castlevania IV.

This includes tens of thousands of screenshots, all captured exclusively for the book, which include individual shots, sprites, mass mounts and even evocative level maps that recall some of the most memorable moments in our favorite SNES releases. Despite the advances in technology, there is certainly an argument to affirm that the 16-bit era contains some of the best 2D video game art of all time, and this book demonstrates it brilliantly.

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We have been fortunate to leaf through a preliminary copy of the book and we can confirm that it definitely hits the spot. The writing is enthusiastic and attractive, while the design allows the incredible pixel art to do the rest of the conversation. The book is carefully divided into relevant sections, so games of the same genre are placed together.

The book is protected by a varnished protective case and costs £ 29.99. If you are looking for the perfect gift for a friend or relative obsessed with games, then this fits the bill; If you don't, you can subtly ask someone to get it for you. Ahem.

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