Category: Books

HG101 Digest Vol 8: The Bride of Retro Horror

Now available just in time for Halloween!

HG101 Digest Vol. 7: Metroid and Kid Icarus

Nintendo’s Metroid series has become one of the most influential in the video gaming sphere, to the point where it’s responsible for the whole “Metroidvania” subgenre. Learn about the history of this sci-fi classic, as well as its star Samus Aran, in this Nintendo-themed HG101 digest. Also included is coverage for Metroid’s spiritual brother, Kid Icarus, as well as other lesser known (but still beloved) Nintendo classics like Punch-Out!! and Balloon Fight, and other obscurities like Joy Mech Fight, The Mysterious Murasame Castle, and Devil World!

HG101 Presents: The Guide to Beat-Em-Ups: Vol. 1

Cover artwork by Mike Morrocco Cover artwork by Rusty Shackles Now available! Paperback (Rusty Cover – Color): Amazon US: $25.00 Amazon UK:

A Guide to Japanese Role-Playing Games

Welcome to the world of Japanese Role-Playing Games! Video role-playing games, adapted for computers from their pen-and-paper forebears, have been

Retro Game Super Translation Selection II

A sequel to the first Retro Game Super Translation Selection book originally published in 2017, this volume analyzes even more lines of dialogue from classic video games, compares how they were localized, and includes some explanation for the business or cultural reasons surrounding such changes.

The NES Endings Compendium: Years 1985 – 1988

By Rey Esteban The Video Game Museum presents the NES Endings Compendium, covering the finales of Nintendo Entertainment System games

HG101 Presents: The Guide to Shoot-Em-Ups: Vol. 2

Blast off again and check out the second in HG101’s line of books on shoot-em-ups! This volume features the works of Namco (Xevious, Dragon Spirit), Toaplan (Tiger Heli, Truxton, Batsugun), Raizing (Sorcer Striker, Battle Garegga, Terra Diver), and Psikyo (Strikers 1945, Samurai Aces), as well as several other arcade and console shooters like Trouble Shooter / Battlemania, Gaiares, Phalanx, and more!

HG101 Presents: The Unofficial Guide to Shin Megami Tensei and Persona

Beginning as a 1986 science fiction/horror novel, Megami Tensei has since grown to become one of the most expansive Japanese RPG series of all time, comprising of over thirty titles in variety of subgenres. As the original “monster collecting” game, the heroes converse with hundreds of demons across various world mythologies and convince them to join their cause. While early entries focused on exploring post-apocalyptic Tokyo, the series has branched out in several different directions, putting you in the role of demon-hunting detectives and high school students, across other spinoffs like Devil Summoner, Persona, and Devil Survivor. This book catalogues all of them and untangles the web of the this complicated but fascinating series, reviewing many Japanese-only entries as well as other incredibly obscure titles within the series.

HG101 Presents: Wrestling with Pixels

Over 300 games across two dozen machines, pachinko machines in the smokiest parlors of Osaka, that handheld Tiger Electronics game you got for your birthday that you hate and love at the same time, every game was played on original hardware and explored. Cancelled games unearthed, a legend who turned the genre on its head and development stories shared, this is the complete journey into the world of professional wrestling video games!

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