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NES Visual Compendium Kickstarter returns after complications with Nintendo

Jason Clement

If you're not familiar with Bitmap Books' upcoming NES/Famicom Visual Compendium, a Kickstarter campaign was started in the last month for the book, which will serve as a tribute to the art and design of some of the most popular games released on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) as well as the Famicom in Japan.


The campaign initially garnered a lot of interest from fans, even netting several times the Kickstarter goal in the process, but eventually ran into some legal trouble with Nintendo right before the campaign came to an end, resulting in it being pulled down during the interim.


Apparently, the dispute was over the way Nintendo's intellectual property (such as Super Mario Bros. Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda) was being used, but it appears that negotiations took place that allowed the Kickstarter to return to active state with less than a day left before it ends.




While details remain scarce on the settlement, the word "unofficial" has been added to the book's title, and any images of the Nintendo Seal of Quality have been removed. Otherwise, everything else seems to have the green light for publication.


At the time of this writing, the Kickstarter stands at $252,374 pledged (way past its original goal of $36,733) and stretch goals have seen to it that a whopping 272 additional pages are being added to the book along with other modifications. If you're interested in backing the campaign before it ends, you can check out the Kickstarter here.


In all, it sounds like a happy ending for fans of the upcoming book and the publisher alike!


Source: Game Informer


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