Dark Horse’s latest Nintendo tome is about to get a lot cooler. The newly announced limited edition of the Super Mario Encyclopedia not only has a neat slipcase, but also four variant covers hidden underneath.
As a big fan myself, I kind of can’t wait for Dark Horse’s celebration of all things Super Mario. Sure, I loved their Zelda books too, but Mario has always been a favorite of mine, even more so than Link and crew. And this book will run all the way through the Italian plumber’s history, right up till this past year’s Super Mario Odyssey.
And now that we have news about the standard edition out there, let’s talk limited. Much like other Nintendo books from Dark Horse, the Super Mario Encyclopedia is getting some special treatment. This new special edition will include:
“…an embossed slipcase designed to look like the iconic Super Mario Question Mark Block! Inside, you’ll uncover one of four covers-Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, Super Star, or 1-Up Mushroom-each accentuated with shimmering holofoil! The book also includes a ribbon bookmark, printed with the original vine design from Super Mario Bros., and a sky-and-cloud design printed along the pages’ edge.”
If you are as big a Mario fan as I am, that’s kind of a must buy. A note about the covers though, because obviously you don’t get all of them. Each variant will be printed in equal quantities, but it’s random as to which you’ll get, and there’s no way to tell what’s in the package. So in that way, it’s actually just like the iconic “?” blocks from the game. Kinda cool.
Clocking in at 256 pages, watch for the Super Mario Encyclopedia: Special Edition to hit retail on October the 23rd, right alongside its standard brother (guess that one’s Luigi). This one will cost a little more as well, and will be marked in at $79.99 USD.